Review: Dare to Love by Carly Phillips

dare to loveReviewed by Carrie

This is the first in a new contemporary series by Carly Phillips, which features the Dare family.  Phillips is a new author for me but has a large following, so I plunged in without reading any other reviews.  I think, for most, this book will find readers on one side or another.

Ian Dare is an admitted control-freak and has been ever since he was required to step up for his mom and siblings after his father left them in the lurch for the other woman and kids he had on the side.  After all these years, Ian never forgiven his father nor accepted his half siblings.  Yet, it’s because of his love for his sisters, that he finds himself at a party for his father where he runs into the woman of his dreams, who just so happens to be on the arm of his half-brother, Alex.

Riley Taylor has been best friends with Alex Dare since childhood.  In fact, he was the only one to support her when things got bad at home.  Riley knows her attraction to Ian Dare is going to cause problems with her BFF, but she also can’t stop Ian’s enigmatic pull.  After her experiences with her abusive father, Riley is stubbornly independent and refuses to rely on anyone for anything. However, when Ian takes control in the bedroom, Riley finds herself responding.

I’m not going to mince words.  This is another wealthy dominant male story with very light BDSM overtones.  Where this one differs, is the startling pace.  It’s largely superficial, touching only briefly on any heavy topic.  Don’t expect some in depth soul searching by the characters here.  Situations arise and resolve in a page or two.  Also, I feel like the dialogue managed to hit every romance cliché written.

The main characters were decent, even if sparsely drawn.  Ian would overstep his bounds, but was quick to apologize.  When Ian aggravated Riley, she didn’t hold a snit forever.  Despite my issues, I liked Phillips writing.  It was engaging and didn’t let the reader stop and think too much.  I like to call these books cotton candy – not the kind I want often, but it certainly fills a slot when I need it.

Rating: C

Click to purchase: Amazon

Dare to Love
by Carly Phillips
Release Date: January 10, 2014

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