Title: Dare to Desire (Dare to Love #2)
Author: Carly Phillips
Release Date: April 10, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=275YTkBUOSg
Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all — an all-star football career with the Tampa Breakers and his choice of willing women — until a severe injury forces him into early retirement. When he is offered a ground-breaking position with a rival team, he’s intrigued, but there’s a catch. He’ll be working alongside the same woman he hasn’t been able to get out of his head for too long.
Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows first hand what it means to have-not. She isn’t impressed by Alex Dare’s wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests. This time around Madison refuses to succumb to Alex so easily.
But Alex wants Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it’s to get what he wants. The playboy athlete must prove he’s got game in more places than on the field. He means to prove that he’s a changed man but no sooner does he begin to break through Madison’s defenses when a new opportunity comes knocking and threatens her new-found trust. Can he make Madison take a risk and dare to love?
Without replying, Ian opened the door. They stepped into the room, and Alex laid eyes on the one woman he hadn’t been expecting to see. The same woman who’d haunted his dreams and sidetracked him from many of his nightmares.
Madison faced him head on. Her shoulders drawn back, golden-blonde hair pulled away from her face, she didn’t back down from his stare. She wore a pair of black slacks that hugged her curves and a white silky-looking top that clung to her generous breasts. And those unusually blue eyes frosted over at the sight of him.
“Alex, I believe you know Madison Evans.”
Blindsided — and his half brother knew it — Alex strode up to her. He inhaled her familiar fruity scent, which only served as a reminder of the hot times he’d spent breathing her in as his cock moved inside her body. Her effect on him was potent, and even the most common expressions failed him.
“Alex,” she said, her cool tone bringing his head out of the desire-filled fog he’d found himself in.
“Hey, Angel,” he said, using the endearment he’d started calling her during their brief time together. Another sign he’d had it bad, whether he’d wanted to admit it or not.
Her head whipped up, her eyes narrowing and settling on Ian. “This won’t work.” She turned to go.
Alex still had excellent reflexes, and he grabbed her arm before she could stride past him.
He didn’t look away, determined to win this battle of wills. This potential job, which had interested him on an intellectual and emotional level initially, suddenly felt even more important, and she was the reason.
“We need to talk,” he insisted.
“I have nothing to say.”
“Ian’s proposition said otherwise.”
Madison looked over his shoulder in search of Ian and frowned. “Well, the traitor is gone. No big surprise there.”
Smart man, Alex thought. “If I let you go, will you stay long enough to discuss this position Ian and Riley want me to take?”
She let out a frustrated puff of air.
He took that as a yes and released her.
“Us working together is not a good idea, and somewhere in that thick head of yours, you know that.”
“Because we slept together? More than a couple of times?”
She set her jaw. “That was a mistake.”
Ouch. That hurt, he thought, and filed away the why to deal with later. “I want to know more about this training program and what my role in it would be.”
“Why? You can’t possibly be interested.”
“It sounds more like you don’t want me to be interested.”
She rolled her shoulders back even farther, stiffening her posture. “You’re right. I don’t. This is a serious project that could help a lot of people and have far-reaching positive repercussions for years to come. I need a partner willing to go all in. And let’s face it, I’ve seen your staying power. It’s nonexistent.”
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Dare to Desire (Dare to Love #2)
Review by Sue Ellen
After reading the first book Dare to Love, I already knew I wanted to see what the author had up her sleeves for Dare to Desire. Each of the novels have their own stories and are considered stand-alone. Alex Dare is first introduced to us in Dare to Love, where we learn that there are two things he loves, football and his family. He loves women in the sense of just for a good night, nothing else. He has a history also on the reason why he is the way he is, by reading this treasure you will understand a little more, it may not be right. However, when he meets the first women that intrigues him because she won’t even give him a second look, Madison, he knows right away he wants more than just a good night. When an unfortunate accident caused him to lose his football career he doesn’t know how to handle this new way of life and starts to take it out on everyone including Madison. Only problem now is Alex has decided he made a mistake and does want Madison, but it may be a little too late for that!
Madison, has grown up without really knowing what a family was, being abandoned from her father, being transferred from foster home to another; she grew up and decided to try helping those that needed help. My heart goes to her because how hard of a life she had and what it must have felt like to feel unloved.
The author made both of these characters lives are something that everyday people could happen to them. They both have to learn to trust each other and if they are really wanting to make it work then compromising is a must, but sometimes it is not enough! And that will be where you will have to read and find out what I know.
This book has kept me interested and I enjoyed reading this second book in the series as much as the first. I would definitely recommend her books to the readers out there because she has never failed to amaze me. This book will make your heart melt!
Dare to Love (Dare to Love #1)
Review by Sue Ellen
I have read several books by this author and have never been let down. Dare to Love is the first in a series, where each novel is a complete story that will make you laugh, love, and possibly cry for the next one. The main characters in this novel have both been through a hard life and while they both have managed to maintain a wall around their hearts; things may end up changing once these two find themselves. Ian’s character is a sexy, loyal, and very controlling, whose family will always come first but when he gets betrayed by the one man who he looked up to the most it made me feel sorry for the pain that I know Ian’s family went through. When he meets Riley they have a connection from the moment they meet. Riley, has taken a long time to overcome her past along with the abuse she suffered, and become the strong and independent women she is today. Only a very few people know about her life growing up, one which includes her best friend Alex, who also happens to be Ian’s half-brother. Let’s just say your able to see what the issue with this picture is once you read this book. When you think of rivalry and competition these boys definitely know how to do it in a big way. Both Ian and Riley have had their trust broken numerous of times, will they both be able to overcome their fear and learn to not only trust but love?
The way that the author has written this story was a page turner from beginning until the end. The scenes in the book are scorching and will have you wanting more. Her story line was well thought out and flowed perfectly. I love this series, and look forward to reading more from the author in the future and seeing the beautiful covers.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels that today’s readers identify with and enjoy. After a successful 15 year career with various New York publishing houses, Carly is making the leap to Indie author, with the goal of giving her readers more books at a faster pace at a better price. Her Serendipity books will still finish up in January/February 2014 via Berkley as planned. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find all information about Carly at her website and other social media sites …
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