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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?
Posted August 26, 2014
Dare to Surrender has a different feel to it from the first two books in the series--not in a bad way, but definitely different.
For one thing, it's told in both first person (Isabelle) and third person (Gabe) point of view. I liked how it worked here; the fact that each section was indicated with the character's name and a fun label (for example, two of Isabelle's consecutive sections were labeled Out of the frying pan and Into the fire) made it even better.
Secondly, even though the Dare family is here, they didn't feel as if they were quite as much of a focus as in the first two books. Part of this might be due to the fact that Gabe is one of the New York branch, whereas the first two books focused on the Miami Dares. The elder Mr. Dare who resided in New York (he and his wife died just after Gabe's college graduation) managed to sire only a single family, so there was less family drama here than in Ian and Alex's books.
Finally, as part of the Invitation to Eden series, a good chunk of the story takes place on the mysterious resort on Eden Island, with gives it more of an escape-from-reality feel. The first two books were definitely more grounded in the everyday lives of the characters.
That said, Dare to Surrender is a great addition to the series. The switch to a more personal drama from the bigger family focus was refreshing--hopefully while we're spending some time with this side of the family (the next series book is Gabe's younger brother Decklan's book) Ian and Alex can put more of their differences behind them. Gabe and Isabelle are great characters--Gabe is another strong alpha hero, like his cousins, though he does seem to have his act together a bit more than his Miami counterparts when it comes to knowing what his woman needs to find her way. Iz managed to re-create herself after her ex did a real number on her, which took a lot of courage and strength.
Overall the conflict and drama of this novel seemed to be brought down a notch from the other two--perhaps the influence of sand and sun? ;)
The island location is intriguing--I'll definitely be looking into picking up more books in that series to see what kinds of experiences other couples are having there.
And I'm really glad that the Dare family is such a large one. So many more series books to look forward to!
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted January 24, 2015
Dare to Surrender by Carly Phillips is the third book in her Dare to Love series and also a crossover to the Invitation to Eden line.
Isabelle has been in a steady relationship with Lance. Not the best person in the world, Lance is domineering, controlling and full of all kinds of bad personality traits. When she chooses to leave him with the few possessions she does have, he decides to report the car stolen and have her arrested. Nice guy right?!
Gabe Dare comes to her rescue, but despite his attraction to her, he tries (a little) to keep his distance. He wants to control and protect and he figures she's already had enough of that. But when it's a man like Gabe wanting to domineer... who can help but be ok with it!!!
Isabelle has a lot of past demons she has to deal with and insecurities she has to wrangle with in order to be able to fully bring herself into a meaningful relationship. Gage is the same way. He has a troubled past that haunts him and he must find a way to let that go to truly be with Isabelle the way he wants to.
Another passionate, well written tale that will keep you engrossed and absorbed in the story from the first page to the last.
Posted January 9, 2015
Carly Phillips continues to entertain in this third installment in her Dare to Love series. From its likable main couple, to its vividly depicted locations, to the pleasant narative flow that easily brings readers into the seductive world Ms. Phillips has crafted this is a delectable read from start to finish.
Isabelle's feeling adrift after dumping her cheating, dominant, and manipulative boyfriend. After going from her parent's home to her ex's home she's never been on her own and isn't sure how to be on her own. With no money, no home, and no phone ending up at the police department is the final straw. Luckily for her a man who runs in the same circles as her ex, and who's fascinated her each time she's seen him in the past, comes to her rescue by offering her a place to stay. Though she's attracted to him she doesn't want to jump right back in to a bad relationship. Theirs is a relationship that progresses slowly to allow her time to gain inner-strength and become her own person. From the uncertainty she displayed while in New York to the self-assuredness gained once she got to the exotic island of Eden to do a decorating job, hers was an inspirational journey to becoming her own woman. Though her wishy-washy nature when first with Gabe frustrated me there was still much to like about her.
Gabe is decadently delightful from the very start. While he too is a dominant man he tempers it with compassion and understanding. He's been drawn to Izi from the moment he first saw her but knows that to truly have her he'll have to let her be on her own for awhile. He's the kind of man who can't help but protect, so bringing her home was an easy decision but knowing he wants more and that he'll have to wait to get it frustrated him. All he wants though is what's best for Izi, to make her dreams come true is what propels him. It's not until they get to the erotic environs of Eden though that he finally gets to have her in the way he's always wanted and boy, does it lead to some scorching encounters! His dominance is finally on full display in their sexually-charged interludes as well as in his naughty talk that left me blushing. These scenes were well worth the wait and were nicely balanced with Izi's coming into her own and Gabe's dealing with his own painful past.
This book is actually part of two series but can be read on its own as there's only a bit of interaction with previously seen characters. Those brief glimpses though show the Dare family as supportive, caring, and not shy in maneuvering things to their best advantage. This story overall gives readers erotic encounters, vivid scenery to provide a romantic background, and a delectable hero and admirable heroine. It's another delightfully written and carefree read from Ms. Phillips and I look forward to meeting another member of the Dare family soon.
Posted January 8, 2015
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.
Posted January 5, 2015
I was pulled right into this story. The story flowed well and I was able to read it in one sitting. The story has laughs, pain, secrets, betrayal, and heartbreak.
If you have not already read the below I would recommend reading those books first:
Dare to Love (Dare to Love, #1)
Dare to Desire (Dare to Love #2)
This is Isabelle and Gabe’s story. After Isabelle leaves her ex he has her arrested for stealing her car he bought her. She leaves him and gets help from Gabe. She feels she has to prove herself and leaves Gabe’s apartment to strikeout out on her own. He keeps an eye on her when she leaves. He wants her but can he make her understand she is perfect for him? Or will the past get in the way?
I loved these characters and all the Dare family members. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read.
I highly recommend this book, this series and this author.
Posted September 30, 2014
Carly Phillips has added a great story to both the Dare series and the Eden series.
Gabe and Isabelle's story is hot. We learn about the NYC cousins to the Florida group.
We get to see the softer side of another alpha male in the Dare Family--so fun.
Thanks Carly & Good Writing
Posted September 18, 2014
Isabelle left a bad relationship and drove away in her baby Benz. The she got arrested for grand theft auto. Lance, her ex, dropped the charges and took back the car she thought belonged to her. Who should come to her rescue at the police station but her long time crush Gabriel Dare. They started seeing each other. She soon realized he wanted more than she was ready to give and he wasn't ready to let her all the way in. So, she left. Three months later Lucy Dare, Gabe's sister, presented Isabelle with an offer too good to pass up. Interior design in a club, on a private island called Eden.
Gabriel Dare is swoon worthy. That take charge attitude of his is ultra sexy! He can rescue me ANY day. For being such an Alpha man and we all know they have to have things their way, Gabriel has a tremendous amount of patience. He gives Isabelle three months to find herself before he can't stand it any more and makes his move. They are so in-tune with each other, it's enviable.
Fantastic story! I can't wait for the next book in this amazing series by this equally amazing author.
Posted September 5, 2014
Posted September 3, 2014
I was sucked into this story from the first page. With an exciting introduction, this book continued in this fashion the entire way through, and never failed to deliver.
When I read the beginning of this story, somewhere between Isabelle’s arrest and when she asserted her independence, it felt like I was witnessing a modern take on Pretty Women, minus the prostitution of course; although Gabe did tease Isabelle about it at the police station.
I loved that Gabe was kinda a bad boy but with a golden heart, and I think he would have taken Isabelle in whether his interest in her was romantic or not. I also really loved that Isabelle refused to be a charity case. She had been a doormat for too long, losing herself and all of her dreams in the process, and it was great to see her bounce right back.
I was a little sad that she ran away from Gabe after the kindness he had shown her, but again, I had to admire the way he allowed her to follow her heart and he gave her the space she so desired. Once they were reunited there was no coming between them and they were one smoking hot couple. Passionate and romantic, they nearly melted my Kindle a few times.
This was a sexy romance, with great characters. I loved getting to know them and going on this journey of love with them.
Posted August 31, 2014
Carly Phillips never disappoints. Dare to Surrender is yet another one of her books that I enjoyed reading. And I emphasize BOOK - it is a full length book, not one of the annoying, frustrating, rip-off little novellas or short stories that "call" themselves a book and then leave the story so you have to buy another "book" and another one to find out what actually happens. This is what tipped me to 5 stars when I was really at about 4.5. :)
Glad to see more of the Dare family. Can't wait for the next books to come out - whether about the siblings, half-siblings, or now, the cousins. :)
Good character development, good story line, good setting description. Would I like to shake Isabelle a few times? Yup. Did I want to smack Gabe upside the head once or twice? Definitely. Would I have liked to see Isabelle to be a little stronger as she bounces back from a second confrontation with her ex? Sure. (But thank you, Ms. Phillips for not having her get kidnapped off the streets of the big city and whisked away to some shack in the woods where she had to be rescued by the hero.) Even with those minor character corrections (the kind of things I'd like to adjust in some of my real-life friends and acquaintances, by the way) I still very much enjoyed the book. Wanted to get back to it each time I had to set it down.
Posted August 24, 2014
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly
3 out of 5 Licks
Book 3 in the Dare to Love series starts with an arrest rather than a bang. When Gabe happens to show up at the station and sees Isabelle he sees an opportunity to have what he’s been wanting and he’s going to take it. This one is classified as an NA and it’s in first person. I’m not necessarily the biggest fan of NA so that plays into my feelings for this book. I’m not a big fan of self-created drama and NA just seems to be full of it. I liked the Eden aspect of this one. I haven’t read many of the books in the Eden series yet but the island definitely sounds like an awesome place to visit. I like a strong heroine and Isabelle starts off pretty weak. She does get her backbone though and winds up walking out on Gabe so she can find it. Rich, dominant men have become a bit of a staple in books lately. Gabe is pretty typical and fits into all the stereotypes. The addition of Eden is what added enough whimsy to keep this one from being a run of the mill dominating romance. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
Posted August 22, 2014
I don't normally like a book written in the first person. But this book was such a joy to read and you really got to know each caricature in the story. Their good things and the things that made them what they are. I couldn't put this book down at all, hard to do work around the house let alone go to work as all I wanted to do was finish the book to find out how it ended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2014
Eden is paradise, I loved Gabe and Iz's story. It was well written and sucked you right in from the very beginning, my only complaint is the the booked ended to fast. I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a good love story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2014
Eden is indeed a pleasurable paradise.
Isabelle Masters gets one hell of an invitation to Eden after having endured an ex- that can only be classified as a first class dick. Only to be rescued by a first class attraction(Gabriel Dare). She has been attract to Dare for far too long and never would have imagined that it would lead anywhere. Dare knows in order to truly have her he must let her grow into the woman she years to be.
Phillips has put her stamp on this one. She makes you feel the desire to grow (Isabelle) and the desire to control (Gabriel). You experience the eroticism first hand and share the sheer pleasure of the first touch. Phillips made this book of the series truly stand by itself. I did not have to have first hand accounting of the previous to follow this one. Thank you, Phillips. I will be back to read this one again and others, to my utter delight.
Posted August 15, 2014
I have been a huge Carly Phillips's fan. Once I caught on to her novels, I ordered many of those that had previously been published. I could hardly wait for the next one to be written. The Dare series has been no exception. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the direction her novels appear to be taking. They're becoming a little more explicit than I appreciate - particularly this one with bondage. I know that there is a huge audience out there that appreciates this type of writing. I guess I need to decide if this level of writing is for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2014
Carly Phillips is one of my favorite authors and when she announced her latest release DARE TO SURRENDER would be part of the Dare to Love series <i>and</i>
the multi-author Invitation to Eden series I just knew it was going to be a wonderful read.
Gabriel Dare is a cousin to both Ian Dare from Dare to Love and Alex Dare from Dare to Desire. Much like his cousins, Gabriel Dare is a handsome, domineering alpha male and extremely sexy. Even though he has his choice of women he never gets emotionally attached to them and won't keep them around if they start to become attached to him. He has no problem with a woman being with him for his money as long as his needs are met. He's an extremely wealthy and powerful businessman whose focus is to work very hard to give his brother and sister, whom he loves unconditionally, an easy life.
Isabelle Masters is the only woman who has ever been different. From the moment Gabriel met Isabelle the attraction to each other has been intense and mutual. The only thing keeping either of them from acting on it was that Isabelle is Lance's kept girlfriend. Even then, Gabe has possessive, yet protective, nurturing, caretaking tendencies toward her when his usual schtick is to be overbearing and controlling. He knew Isabelle was the one he wanted and just waited until she was free. Even his brother and sister recognize right away he's in trouble with Isabelle.
Despite his natural tendencies to always get his own way, he recognized Isabelle needed to learn to trust him and see that he was the real deal, unlike the slick, cheating Lance who didn't appreciate what he had. Isabelle is an elegantly, beautiful young woman, but she hasn't had the best of luck when it comes to men or life in general. Her self-esteem has suffered for it. When Isabelle finally finds out Lance is not who she thinks he is, she walks out. Walks out with nothing but the clothes on her back. She is strong and determined, but it took that push for her to want find herself again. When Gabe comes to her rescue and makes his desires known she is every bit as attracted to Gabe as he is to her, but she is not about to put herself at the mercy of another domineering man even if he does make her want to melt with just a look. Isabelle feels she needs to prove to herself she is capable of taking care of herself and establish her independence.
Carly has crafted an intriguing story of two people attracted to each other, but at conflicting places in their life, which keeps them apart for awhile. That is until Gabe's patience is gone and he devises a plan to get her back in his life. He issues her an Invitation to Eden, or rather his sister does. Dare to Surrender has it's share of passion, sexy times, and even light BDSM, but it does not overtake the story. And of course, as every great fictional love story does, it ends with our couple prepared to live their HEA. 3.5 stars
~Complimentary copy received in exchange for a honest review.
Posted August 2, 2014
Couldn't put it down! I absolutely loved the character Isabelle. I also loved the story of Gabe being so smitten with her and finally getting his chance. Throw in the fact that Isabelle wants to be independent and he wants to care for her and you've got one awesome romance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 21, 2014
Dare to Surrender was not only an excellent installment in the Dare story but also in the Invitation to Eden story. Each of the stories in
the Dare series have been strong but this really tops the list at this point. I love that we are seeing another side of the Dare family that
is just as strong and interesting as the first. Each character is well rounded and even the ones we don't get much on, like Decklan,
we get enough that leaves us begging for more. I also love how the characters in the previous books are used to link in to the family
dynamics but don't take over the story. We see the closeness of the entire family and how they support and stand by each other. This
series is not just a romance based around members of a family, this is also a great play on family dynamics, of how different
circumstances shape the lives of the different members while still remaining true to their base roots of a family. I loved it all and can't
wait for the saga to continue!
Posted July 20, 2014
I loved the combination of first and third person!
Very emotional but complete story. The only thing keeping me from giving it a fifth star is the length.
Oh, forget it! I will addd a star!
Posted July 16, 2014