Dare to Love

Dare to Love

by Alleigh Burrows

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Overview

Nivea is determined to convince Lord Landis love and betrayal are not synonymous.

The only tangible benefit Dare Landis has of finally claiming the title of Marquis of Raynsforth will be that the current marquis has finally gone to the Devil where he belongs. Until then, Lord Landis will continue to enjoy life on his own terms. . .as a heartless rake who's beholden to no one.

Nivea Horsham knows there's more to Dare than he reveals to the world. She's loved him since her older brother brought his ridiculously handsome friend home from school all those years ago. But getting him to notice her has proven to be an impossible endeavor.

Is it possible for Nivea to shatter Dare's carefully crafted facade and show him how to love?

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ISBN-13: 9781616505783
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 458 KB

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Dare to Love 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
gaele More than 1 year ago
A debut novel from Alleigh Burrows, I enjoyed the story and the writing, I’m just not so sure that I loved the hero.   Going in I knew that this  story was a wallflower / rake story, I just was not aware how well that Burrows would play with the formula that has served others so well for so long.  Nivea is a wallflower, staying in the background for her is part social shunning and part personal choice.  A bit on the heavy side for the taste of her time, not gorgeous and stunning, quiet and endearingly sweet, she isn’t able to withstand the slings and arrows that the other debutantes are so freely throwing about.  With few to no prospects for marriage, and completely adored by her own family, she is comfortable and happy, holding her own personal crush on her brother’s good friend for many years.  Dare is an unapologetic rake, and is actually quite dismissive of those who don’t instantly meet his needs, and those who do, are dismissed thereafter.  Handsome and completely enjoying his life, Dare is completely uninterested in marriage, and really doesn’t seem to ‘like’ women even as he runs through them like water.  When Dare needs to accompany Nivea to her sister’s wedding – the time spent together is a novelty for him: Nivea calms him, settles him in ways that he never thought possible, and staunchly refuses to rise to his verbal bait, which Nivea bears with grace. It was a testament to her own kindness and gentle reactions to his boorish acts that stuck with him.  I loved that Nivea was no fawning and gushing maiden. She grew and learned as the story progressed, but she never lost the real sense  of who she was – and would allow herself to be. Her quiet confidence and gentleness in herself, hiding her deathly fear of horses and  riding, along with her very eligible status has other men noticing the diamond in the rough, and Dare just can’t believe he is jealous.  And he tried, really he did – to explain his bad behavior, to acknowledge Nivea and how she helped him be better, want to be better. I could understand him more, but I just didn’t see that his apologies, excuses and issues were enough.  I will say that Burrows did everything right in trying to redeem him in my eyes, his story was sad and his reasoning made sense, and Nivea’s ability to gentle him did feel honest and real. I just really didn’t like him.  Even disliking the rake, I couldn’t help but love the story and I needed to know if Nivea would be happy in getting her wish. A wonderful romance that is well written from an author that is sure to become many reader’s favorite.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review:  all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Nivea Horsham has been in love with Dare Landis, the Marquis of Raynsforth, since she was introduced to him. When Nivea's step-mother arranges for Dare to share a ride with her, she hopes that this will be the time that he notices her. Dare is not ready to settle down even when all of his friends are. He likes that he is a rake and beholden to no one. But will what happens at the wedding he is attending change all that? I'm going to be honest. I thought I would really like this story based on the write-up I read. Unfortunately it just fall flat for me. The hero was a j@ck@$$ and the heroine didn't think enough about herself to stop chasing said j@ck@$$. The first thing that irritated me was that Dare was with 2 other women in the story before getting together with Nivea. The first one being at the very beginning, which I was ok with since the story had not really started yet. But I don't want to read about the hero in a story getting together with someone other than the heroine after their story starts...yuck! Another thing that bothered me was that the weight of the heroine was brought up constantly. Yes, I liked that the she wasn't a tiny little thing, but don't keep going on and on about it. At one point in the story, after Nivea had ridden a horse all day for maybe 3 days straight, her maid says like ...I'll have to take in your dress as you've lost half a stone. Seriously you would lose 7 pounds (equivalent to 1/2 a stone) in 3 days of riding a horse. If that could actually happen, I'm going to start riding a horse every day!! I just couldn't like either of the characters and couldn't get into the story, although I did finish it.... As this is the first book by the author I will probably give her another chance and see what she comes up with next... Thanks go to Kensington Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great first book. I started reading it and didn't put it down until the wee hours of the morning when I finished it. Looking forward to more from this author.
bookaholicGE More than 1 year ago
Hmmm how did I feel about this book...I really really loved it! Now I must admit at first I really disliked Dare, he was extremely selfish and vain for pretty much the first 2-3 chapters. But eventually you see why, and then his carefully crafted facade slowly crumbles. Nivea was the polar opposite of Dare she was completely selfless. She thought of others before herself and saw the good in everyone. This book was fun and sexy. Nothing better that a good girl jumping over to the wild side for the best ride of her life. Even though Dare kept Nivea on an emotional roller coaster she knew that there was good in his heart and she would not give up on him. My heart really went out to both of them. Every little verbal stone thrown at Nivea and Dare brought a tear to my eye. I love a story with an underdog that fights to win and in this book both Dare and Nivea find a way to be the victor. Great job Alleigh Burrows, I did receive this book as an ARC from Net galley for my honest review. My honest review is that if you want a book filled romance, laughter, naughty sex, and redemption...this is the book for you! Dare Landis was a rake of the highest order. He goes from woman to woman leaving broken hearts in his wake. Nivea is a wall flower who is loved by her family and just so happens to be Dares best friends younger sister. So when Nivea needs an escort to a family members wedding Dare is selected to be her escort. Never in a million years would anyone in Nivea's family think that any thing would happen between Nivea and Dare. Nivea has been in love with Dare since they very first time her brother brought him home for the holidays. When Dare saves her brother during a childhood accident she gladly gives her heart to him with no signs of hesitation. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that loves conquers all... Nivea and Dare prove this saying is very true!
LesiaCh4 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. The main character, Lord Landis "Dare" is very complex and complicated, he carries many secrets that the author thoroughly explores to depths that not many have gone too. He is a torched soul in need of love, unbeknownst to him his best friends sister, Nivea has been in love with him since she first met him. He's a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy, never letting anyone get too close, not even friends. Most see Nivea Horsham as plain and on the shelf. Little do they really know of her. This story really touched something deep in my heart when exploring Dare's character, as well as the secondary characters who are his friends. This is a complex story, but very well written and takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions till the very end. It will make you question humanity, and then realize good really does exist. This is truly a wonderful romantic story, it was hard to put this book down once I started reading it. I will recommend this to friends, and it will definitely go on my to read again shelf. It's hard to believe this book is Alleigh Burrows' first novel. Well done Alleigh, I look forward to more of your writing.
greekgoddess422 More than 1 year ago
Nivea was a wonderful heroine. She was definitely outside of the mold. Heavy-set, somewhat plain and too sweet to trade sharp set downs with the rest of the nobles, she was a different type of heroine. And, that's what made her a more memorable character. She was a genuinely kind, loving person who could bring love to a man stubbornly opposed to love. I thought she was just lovely and I really liked her. as always Dare the Marquees is a utter Rogue . His life at home was very demoded of Happy feels and being loved by the parents. so he doesn't trust it .He was so repelled by the idea of love that he often said hurtful things and pushed people away. He didn't know how to handle love so he pushed people away . But, that wasn't what sold me on him. What really made me like him was that he changed over the course of the book. After letting himself trust Nivea, he realized that he had been wrong about love. Not only did he apologize for his behavior, he did his best to make up for it. He proved that, without the shackles of his past, he could be a very sweet and kind man who was a worthy hero. I thought he was wonderful
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This is Alleigh' s debut book. I am sure there will be more in the future. I liked this story. She must have worked hard to develop this devilishly rough rake. There are lots of ups and downs with all her people with spoilers on the side. Lord Landis, Dare, knew Nivea. She had a crush on him for years. She worked hard to get close to him. He would ignore and tease her. HE was never getting married. HE would never fall in love. Nivea was plumper than prime ladies should be. Then she discovered that riding, she was terrified of horses, let her lose weight. It took awhile to gain his trust and help him understand. his dire childhood. It took me 3/4 of the book to like Dare. This is an Adult book and I would recommend reading this book. Give this book a chance and find a new author!  I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully romantic, sweetly emotional historical romance, Dare to Love was a brilliant read that I absolutely loved. I expected a standard rake/wallflower romance going into it, but it turned out to be more than that and I really enjoyed it. Nivea was a wonderful heroine. She was definitely outside of the mold. Heavy-set, somewhat plain and too sweet to trade sharp set downs with the rest of the nobles, she was a different type of heroine. And, that's what made her a more memorable character. She was a genuinely kind, loving person who could bring love to a man stubbornly opposed to love. I thought she was just lovely and I really liked her. To be honest, Dare was a complete ass at first. He was so repelled by the idea of love that he often said hurtful things and pushed people away. After hearing about his family life and how they twisted love into something hateful, it become much more understandable. But, that wasn't what sold me on him. What really made me like him was that he changed over the course of the book. After letting himself trust Nivea, he realized that he had been wrong about love. Not only did he apologize for his behavior, he did his best to make up for it. He proved that, without the shackles of his past, he could be a very sweet and kind man who was a worthy hero. I thought he was wonderful. The romance was great. Nivea had loved Dare for a long while, seeing the good qualities in him that he tried to keep hidden. Dare, on the other hand, started off as dismissive toward Nivea. But, as he learned what more there was to her, he slowly fell for her as well. They definitely had some chemistry, too, and the heat was turned up a few times. I thought they were a perfect couple. The plot moved quickly and I was totally engaged the entire way through. I absolutely loved the story and the ending was perfect. Dare to Love was a fantastic, utterly delightful historical romance that I truly loved. It was sweet, emotional, and simply wonderful. Romance lovers, this book is a must read. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review