Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DARE TO SURRENDER by Carly Phillips

(Dare To Love #3)
by Carly Phillips
ARC Review
Released: July 15th, 2014

My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️

"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?"


Oh how I am enjoying this slightly kinkier side of Carly Phillips!!

In this third novel of the Dare To Love series, Carly also needed to fold the book into a joint series "Welcome To Eden"; a collaboration of 27 authors with at the centre an exclusive island resort where fantasies come alive. And I say she was able to do so quite seamlessly!

Where the previous two books have circled around the same characters, this one moves to a different branch of the Dare clan, introducing us more intimately to the siblings, Gabe, Decklan and Lucy, with Gabe taking the lead in this story. It also does not centre around the ownership and management of a sports team, but a chain of hotels and clubs, which is the heritage of this particular group of "Dares". 

Isabelle and Gabe have had a superficial acquaintance only, mostly through a business relationship Gabe had with Isabelle's ex, but there has always been a special connection that was more a feeling, a sensation or instinctual awareness, then it was a conscious realization. 

Gabe in particular has bided his time, hoping for Isabelle to get shot of the man she was with. Not a choirboy in the meantime, he made sure never to mix emotions with physical release. Somehow with Isabelle he craved a different connection. Her instinctive responses to his subtle stimuli have the urge to control nearly overwhelming him. He realizes she will need to trust herself, before she can fully trust him.

Hungry from childhood on to simply be loved and cared for, Isabelle had long since realized that the man she thought would provide her with that security, was in fact stripping away the last vestiges of her self-esteem. Tempting as Gabe was, it was important for Isabelle to find her own feet, before she was ready and whole enough to be able to give herself into the type of deep involvement a relationship Gabe would require.

I would have loved to have seen more in terms of the relationship development, which was still all very quick. But the writing was, as usual, nice and tight, and deliciously descriptive. 

Tempting, intuitive and erotically charged read! 

**Copy provided in return for an honest review**

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