(Dare To Love #3)
by Carly Phillips
Released: July 15th, 2014
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?
(Dare To Love #3)
by Carly Phillips
Released: July 15th, 2014
My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️
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**
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 Daltrywould 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.
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 Family Tree:
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.