by Carly Phillips
Released: April 10th 2014
Series: Dare to Love #2
Published by Self Published
Narrator: Sophie Eastlake
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
“Fun, light hearted and sexy, usually with a bit of a brooding alpha hero and a strong willed, independent heroine. DARE TO DESIRE has exactly that!”
~ Under the Covers
I’ve been playing catch up on this series for Roll Back Week and as you probably have been able to tell in the past, I’m a fan of Carly Phillips’s writing style. It’s exactly what I look for in a contemporary romance. Fun, light hearted and sexy, usually with a bit of a brooding alpha hero and a strong willed, independent heroine.
DARE TO DESIRE has exactly that! This is Alex’s story, whom we met in book one as the best friend of the heroine. He’s lived his life to the fullest of his quarterback playboy abilities, and never thought he would be settling down. That is until one woman made a bigger impact than he thought would be possible.
After an injury that ends his sports career as he knows it, Alex has to rethink everything about his future and where his life is going. And when Madison comes across his path again for a project they must do together, he knows he wants to hold on to what they had and explore it further.
Madison has a lot of issues to get over, being in the foster system she’s grown up feeling she’s not good enough for love. That she can’t trust people to care for her and be there for her. I found her problems got to be a bit much for me, and her confidence should’ve been growing a bit more. I’m not sure how I can believe she won’t crumble again after their HEA. But I get it, the media focus on a star athlete can be a lot to deal with for a normal person and maybe she just needed time to come to grips with it.
Alex was completely adorable though. Perfect swoon worthy, sweet and sexy, sports hero. He’s just old enough that he’s had his fame and has played the field. He knows that the relationships around him need to be strengthened and it’s time for him to grow up. That includes the woman in his life, as well as his hang ups with his brother Ian.
This book has a pretty well rounded story for the low page count. We get plenty of romance, plenty of family and friendship bonds, and an overall good story. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I think it was missing a little something extra to make it special. Not quite sure what to put my finger on. Still a nice story and I’m ready for the next!
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