Friday, May 6, 2016

DARE TO TAKE by Carly Phillips - REVIEW

Dare to Take by Carly Phillips

Date of Publication: May 3, 2016


She was off limits,
But he couldn't resist.

There are just some guys you don't touch--even someone as innocent and inexperienced as Ella Shaw knows that. But when her brother's best friend is up for grabs and willing, she can't resist. After all, she's wanted him for years...
On leave from the army, Tyler Dare WAS just looking for a little fun, but his best friend's sister is off limits. Yet unable to deny how sexy and alluring she is, he finds it all too easy to succumb to a night of passion and heat that ends the next morning in the worst way possible.
Now years later, Ella is stranded on a tropical island with a hurricane bearing down, and only Tyler can save her. It's his chance to make amends for the past and show the woman he's never forgotten that he's coming after her . . . in more ways than one.


This is the 6th book in a series, but the author writes it so it can also stand alone. I haven't read any of the others and didn't feel lost at all. I think this is a great skill. Any author that can give you enough background to the other series characters and still maintain an individual story is talented.

Ella has been a part of the Dare family since she was ten-years-old. She met Avery Dare at the hospital when they were both donating bone marrow at the behest of their inconsiderate fathers. Avery and Ella had a lot to bond over. The Dare brothers immediately pulled Ella into their circle and started watching out for her.

Now, several years later and in her early twenties, Ella is working as an assistant to a fashion photographer and getting to see the world. She's finishing up a job on the Carribean when she is mugged and left without money, identification, or assistance. In addition to this terrible turn of events, a hurricane is barreling toward her island. Ella calls Avery, her best friend in the world to let her know what's happening and she immediately goes to Tyler, one of her brothers for help. Tyler owns a security company so he is the perfect person to deal with getting Ella home safely.

The problem? Tyler and Ella have been at odds for several years. Ever since Ella snuck into Tyler's bedroom one night when he was home on leave from the Army. She was eighteen-years-old and convinced to sleep with her (it didn't take much convincing since Tyler had been attracted to her for years). He just so happened to take her virginity that night, too. Tyler didn't handle it well. He freaked out, feeling guilty for taking something so important from her. Guilty for having feelings for someone who is practically family. Tyler does what he does best when things get sticky. He ran!

His rescue mission to the Carribean guaranteed that he and Ella would have to talk about what happened all those years ago. He is determined to make it up to her. Convince her everything was his fault. He just didn't realize how much what he did affected her. Ella was convinced he freaked out because the sex wasn't good. Ever since she's been self-conscious and insecure with men. Breaking through her barriers and earning her trust is going to be hard.

When things start happening to Ella that lead Tyler to believe the mugging was more than a random act of violence, Tyler's security experience kicks into high gear. He investigates what she was involved in during the photo shoot to get to the bottom of the danger that now seems to surround Ella. Protecting her gives him the perfect excuse to stay close. Hopefully it will be enough time to convince her how he really feels and apologize for running from her all those years ago.

Below is the reading order for Carly's books. As you can see, she has a lot of crossover with her characters. The Dares siblings are featured in this series and their cousins are in the NY Dares series. Then, there is a spin off coming soon that features some family friends. That series is Billionaire Bad Boys. We see Kaden at the end of this book.

Carly also has the Dirty Sexy Series written with Erika Wilde. WOW! I love that series. Here is my review of DIRTY SEXY INKED! I can't wait for the third book, DIRTY SEXY CUFFED!

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About Carly Phillips

After a successful fifteen year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. 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 out more about Carly at

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