by Carly Phillips
on May 3, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 Carly Phillips in 16 years, and I’ve forgotten how skilled this author is in writing steamy but heartfelt romances. Dare to Take reminded me of that.
The story is quite simple. Years ago, back when Ella was only 18, she snuck into Tyler Dare’s bed and spent one passionate night with him. The aftermath was one of Ella’s most humiliating experience in her life. She never really got over it. Tyler for his part didn’t handle the situation well. His potent reaction to young and off-limits Ella scared him, but instead of handling it like an adult, he ran.
Tyler Dare has successfully avoided spending alone time with Ella for years. But then Ella got into trouble and is stranded at St. Lucia. At the urging of his sister, Avery, Ella’s best friend, Tyler went down to St. Lucia to take care of Ella, forcing both of them to confront the simmering attraction between them.
Right at the get go, I was invested in Tyler and Ella’s story. Tyler has his own demons, having been an unwitting party to his father’s philandering in the past. It colored his perception about love and relationship. And although he loves his family, he wasn’t quite sure if he’s capable of loving someone. I enjoyed how the author wrote Tyler’s character. He has issues but he’s not damaged by it. He clearly needed to confront them, and confront them he did. I loved how he finally owned up and faced his feelings for Ella head on.
Ella is the same thing. All her life, she’s been abandoned and let down by the people she loved. And what happened with Tyler exacerbated her hurts and it made her believe that she’s not worthy of being loved. But like Tyler, she wasn’t damaged. And I loved the fact that the author gave Ella room to make changes and confront her issues without the help of the magic peen. Her issues didn’t disappear because Tyler Dare finally gave her attention, and I really loved that. It made me believe their connection to each other even more.
Don’t me wrong. The sexy times are plenty in this book, and steamy but it didn’t overpower the plot and the characters’ development, which I appreciate so much.
The whole Dare clan are also present in this book, and I just loved seeing the interaction between the siblings. And you know, it’s great to catch up to what the previous couples are doing.
Overall, Dare to Take is a feel good romance with a good dose of steam. You can never go wrong with feel good romances, so yes, I definitely recommend this book.