REVIEW: Dare to Take by Carly Phillips

dare-to-takeAuthor: Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #6
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Rating: 3/5
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
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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 is 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, 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.

My first encounter with a Carly Phillips book and it was good. But it could be better, I think.

Ella Shaw has been alone all her life ever since her mother died and she somehow lost her father to another woman who became his wife. Until Avery. And until Tyler.

Tyler Dare knew he fucked up so bad when he took his sister’s best friend’s virginity during that night of drunkenness then left right after like he couldn’t get away fast enough. He decided to stay away from her because he knew he had issues and wouldn’t risk hurting her again. But fate had other ideas. And both of them knew it was all or nothing.

I like second-chance romances and this one was filed under that category. Though I didn’t really like how Ella just crawled up in Tyler’s bed because of her crush on him and then when everything’s been said and done, she felt like Tyler should owe her. I mean, it’s her who made the move first, she baited herself first so she had no right to feel that way. It’s not like Tyler asked her that. But she still felt hurt because of his quick departure that she thought the sex sucked. That Tyler didn’t like it with her.

The book was actually good not only because Tyler and Ella knew there was something going on between them but both of them were too afraid to act on it but also because there was this underlying mystery when Ella got mugged in an island and someone was after her. And Tyler made it his mission to know who’s behind it. It made the story interesting. The drama was there, too, because both of them suffered from fatherly and personal issues. They needed freeing themselves and I got that. The sizzling scenes were definitely hot, too! Carly knew how to do them.

I guess I was just expecting that Tyler would actually be the one to know who the culprit was since he’s running a security business and I didn’t see that? There was also no grand gesture or anything that would make scream W O W. The epilogue was, I don’t know, why was it like that? It’s an introduction to the next series and it felt like it somewhat stole Tyler and Ella’s thunder. I didn’t even get to know what happened to them after that. I was expecting more and I didn’t get that, unfortunately.

Overall, I think Dare to Take has a steady and steamy romance and emotional backbone that involves family, courage and hope to back it up.

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