Thursday, January 8, 2015

Review: Dare to Surrender by Carly Phillips

Rating: ★★★1/2 stars
Date published: July 15th, 2014
Publisher:  CP Publishing
Synopsis: Part of Invitation to Eden 

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?

What I Thought:

I'll admit that when I started reading this book, I wasn't aware it was part of the Invitation to Eden series.  Oddly enough  that has no bearing on whether or not I would've read the book in the first place.  I was very eager to read another book featuring a Dare.  I thought it might be one of the "original" Dare siblings, but I can't say Gabriel was any bit of a let down, even if he is a Dare cousin and not one of the Dares I'd read about previously.  

I enjoyed reading this book and it felt like I read it in no time at all  I really liked seeing Isabelle come into her own after being lost for so long.  I can't blame her for being overwhelmed by everything that happened to her.  I'm glad Iz held her ground in the beginning with Gabriel, otherwise it was likely she'd be swept along into another relationship without finding her bearings.  I liked Gabriel too.  I like guys who know what they want, and Gabe certainly did, but he was a little lost as well.  

I think part of the reason I didn't rate this book higher is because I wasn't really emotionally invested in either character.  I knew Gabriel had a past and secrets he was keeping but when it came time for the big reveal I wasn't really shocked.  I was also a little thrown by a gap in the story.  It seemed like there was very little transition and I was lost. While the gap made since, I do wish my awareness of it would've been a little smoother and not so jarring.  I really didn't like Iz's ex, but I don't think anyone would like him. Carly Phillips is a wonderful story teller and her books have never failed to impress me, so I'm hoping it's just me.  

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About the Author
Carly Phillips New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels that today's readers identify with and enjoy. After a successful 15 year career with various New York publishing houses, Carly is making the leap to Indie author, with the goal of giving her readers more books at a faster pace at a better price. Her Serendipity books will still finish up in January/February 2014 via Berkley as planned. 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 all information about Carly at her website and other social media sites ...

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* Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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