*I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. I was not paid by the publisher or the author for my review.*
Welcome to That Ginger Girl Reads! I know that I’ve probably got some new readers today, so hello!
Today is an exciting day, it’s the release of Dare to Surrender by the very talented Carly Phillips. I’m assuming that since/if you’re visiting, you’re also very excited about this book. I know I’m excited and have been since her series started. If you haven’t read her other books in this series, Dare to Love and Dare to Desire… you’ve been seriously missing out. And I completely suggest that you go and get yourself a copy of those two before you read this one.
I thought Dare to Surrender was perfect. I’m pretty sure that this was Carly’s first book that was written in this style. I’ve recently become a fan of some first person books, and I thought that Dare to Surrender was going to be like that. But it’s not. Each chapter is in a different perspective. Isabelle’s chapters are told from her first person perspective, while Gabe’s chapters are told from his third person perspective. I wasn’t sure how I’d like it at first, but I found that I loved it.
Gabriel Dare (Gabe) is a very wealthy, ruthless business man with a strong desire for Isabelle Masters. He could have any woman he wants, and he wants her. Unfortunately, she’s in a relationship with another man. Gabe may ruthless, but he does have some morals and poaching from another man isn’t something he’s comfortable with… no matter how much he desires the other woman.
Isabelle Masters hasn’t had the best upbringing in the world, and hadn’t found herself in the best relationship. She’s beautiful but not completely whole, and doesn’t quite know her self worth until she meets Gabe.
The chemistry between them is off the charts. They want each other, but she’s wary and he’s determined. I loved how even though he didn’t necessarily want to or like the idea of it, he gave her the space she needed to learn just who she was and let her take charge of her life. Both Gabe and Izzy (I loved that he shortened her name to Iz… and also called her Kitten) made each other better. She was able to soften the hard parts (no pun intended) of himself that made him so closed off from feeling things. He gave her the self confidence to be her own person, and to make her own way in the world.
I’m hoping that we’ll get to see more of Decklan and Lucy (Gabe’s siblings) and maybe more of the cousins from the first two books. Both Ian and Alex (from Dare to Love and Dare to Desire respectively) made an appearance in this book, which was delightful.
I really loved this book, and I was sad to see it end. It was beautifully written and I completely fell in love with both Gabe and Izzy.
Below is an excerpt from Dare to Surrender.
Gabe silently thanked God his houseguest escaped into the shower as soon as she possibly could. The tour of the house had just about done him in. Isabelle’s oohs and aahs had been genuine, as had her love of his favorite room in the place. Unlike Naomi, who had taken one look at his apartment and immediately begun calculating how she could move in permanently, Isabelle, who he had invited, not only wanted to pay her way but she planned to leave as soon as possible.
Not if he had his way.
Back at the police station, outside in the rain, it’d been all he could do not to reach out and swipe his hands over her responsive nipples, feel her tremble beneath his touch, and get rid of the ridiculous distance between them. He might not know her well, but he’d always felt they’d connected. The physical attraction was obvious. She was all woman, supple curves, her breasts full and lush, and she possessed one hell of an ass. His cock twitched with the desire he’d felt from the moment he’d first seen her on Daltry’s arm.
But things ran deeper. They’d shared banter and flirting during opportune moments when he’d caught her alone. He’d had glimpses of the intelligent, witty woman she was when not with that pompous ass. But not until today had he really seen beyond the exterior beauty to the depth beneath. Those sexy blonde curls that bounced wildly around her face were a proud testament to the fiercely independent woman she desperately wanted to be.
The woman he intended to help her find.
It wouldn’t be easy. Isabelle needed gentling. Understanding. Patience. Not his best traits, but when it came to her, he’d already exercised plenty. He’d bided his time, knowing Daltry would fuck up sooner or later. The balls that made him a crack financial investor also imbued an arrogance that would be his downfall. And it had been.
It was Gabe’s good fortune that Daltry’s screw-up had landed Isabelle at his brother’s police station. Seeing her there had given him insight he wouldn’t have had otherwise. In Isabelle, he saw an intriguing combination of weary life experience and innocent ingenue. It was the innocence the most primitive part of him wanted to conquer, to possess. Since he’d begun running his father’s empire at the age of twenty-one, the same age he’d been drafted into surrogate parenthood to his sister, he had always gotten what he wanted.
And Gabe wanted Isabelle.
Do you see why I loved the book? Go get yourself a copy. You can thank me later. If you haven’t
read the first two… you should probably get those too while you’re at it.
About Dare To Surrender (Dare To Love #3):
After ending a relationship to a cheating, domineering man, Isabelle Masters takes off in her leased Mercedes, only to be arrested for grand theft and hauled to a local police station. To her surprise, she is rescued by the most unlikely person possible, Gabriel Dare, a man she’s been attracted to for far too long. Gabe offers Isabelle freedom along with an invitation to Eden, an exclusive island resort where everything and anything is possible.
Although Gabe yearns to possess Isabelle, he knows all too well he must fight his primitive need to bind her to him, and instead help bring out the independent woman she yearns to become – or risk losing her for good.
A woman who needs to run her own life. A man who needs to exert control. Can she surrender to his erotic demands without losing her sense of self once more?
Release date: July 15, 2014
The Dare To Love series by Carly Phillips:
New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips turns up the heat in her newest sexy contemporary romance series, and introduces you to the Dare family… siblings shaped by a father’s secrets and betrayal.
Dare To Love (Dare To Love #1):
Dare To Desire (Dare To Love #2):
Dare Family Tree: http://www.carlyphillips.com/dare-family-tree/
About Carly Phillips:
New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips tossed away her legal briefs and a career as an attorney to become a stay at home mom. Within the year, she turned her love of reading into an obsession with writing. Over 30 published novels later, Carly writes sexy contemporary small town romances, striking a balance between entertainment, humor and the emotion her readers have come to expect and enjoy.
Carly is a New York Times bestseller, USA Today Bestseller, Publisher’s Weekly bestseller and as of 2012, a Romance Writer’s of America RITA Nominee. In 2002, Carly’s novel, The Bachelor, became Kelly Ripa’s “Reading with Ripa” pick on Live with Regis and Kelly, making it the first romance ever chosen on a nationally televised book club.
Carly received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and is a graduate of Boston University School of Law (J.D.). To date, Carly has over thirty novels to her credit, all available wherever books are sold.
When not writing or playing online, Carly loves to read, occasionally to knit, and to spend time with her family. She lives in Purchase, New York with her husband, two daughters and her dogs, a soft coated wheaten terrier and a Havanese. Her dogs are prominently featured on her website and Facebook page.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Carly-Phillips/e/B001I9W0MS