(Dare to Love #4)
by Carly Phillips
Release: September 8, 2013, CP Publishing
My rating: 4.5 of 5 ⭐️
"Decklan Dare knows about the unexpected loss of loved ones and for this reason, he values control in all areas of his life.
Amanda Collins enjoys the freedom she finds in casual encounters without the emotional connection a relationship brings.
They meet and their physical attraction is mutual but both experience feelings that could run deeper – if they drop their guard and let each other in.
Decklan is first to trust, but when he discovers the secret Amanda’s been hiding, will he forgive? Or will he rebuild every wall before she has a chance to explain?"
Damn if that doesn't make want to join a club somewhere!!! If only so I could bump into a Decklan of my own, who could appreciate my 'voluptuous curves' like he does Amanda's.... Moral booster, right here!!
Carly has been cranking the heat in the Dare to Love Series, teasing with forays into dominance and submission. Well, with Decklan and Amanda, she goes full out! Not only on the D/s, but on the heat as well. It's a virtual sauna in these pages! An old dog (pardon the pun, Carly) CAN learn new tricks.....
Decklan and Amanda each have their own reasons for avoiding relationships, and both have looked to BDSM as a method to do so. The structured set up of a dominant and submissive connection is exactly what allows them to keep the necessary emotional distance.... Or so they think. Problem is, it works, as long as you are not with the right person. The moment the right person is in the same room, they don't even have to touch you, that structure you thought would keep you safe, is nul and void. As both our heroes come to find out.
Decklan recognizes quickly enough that he is fighting a losing battle and lets his tight control slide. Amanda however, is unable to do so, no matter how much she would love to. Her obstacle is not her own and it is not just she who bears the consequences when she opens up.
This was a fast read for me, or maybe just so engrossing that I flew through it. I really enjoyed it. I enjoy all Carly's books, but I could identify with Amanda in more than one way; with her insecurities but also with her sense of responsibility and loyalty, to her own detriment.
✨Positively scrumptious!! And the book is excellent too..... ;)✨