Dare To Desire (2014)
Dare to Desire (2014)
4.08 of 5 Votes: 5
CP Publishing
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This was my first book by this author and I loved it! So much so, I had to purchase the next book in the series to see more family members get their happy endings! (And I totally forsee myself adding the rest of them to my collection too!!) This book can be read as a standalone, but my guess is that if you read it you'll be dying to get your hands of the rest of the books in the series too, they are quite addictive. HIGHLY recommend this book! Like most top athletes, Alex Dare was living the high life. He had physical strength, money, fame, and more willing women then he could count. This is why it was terribly unlikely to for him to settle down with one women, that is until his half-brother introduced him to Madison Evans. She was a sexy, smart socal worker, with a sad backstory. The trouble wasn't catching Madison, it was keeping her. After a career ending injury, Alex's live took a nose dive. He made the mistake of letting his anger drive Madison away.Half a year later, Alex is left with no real career path. After getting back in his feet, his half-brother offered him a consulting position at a rival football team. This position would allow him to help other players make more positive life choices, now and in their future. It was an amazing opportunity. To bad the position would require him working side-by-side with Madison. Neither could turn down a job like this. Could he get her to trust him, as well as allow him back into her life.The glimpses of Alex we were given in DARE TO LOVE, drive me to pick up DARE TO DESIRE immediately. There is nothing I love more them a cocky, athletic, bad boy. It's a character flaw, I know. I can't help myself. I also loved his interactions with Riley. He couldn't have been all bad, seeing how much he cared for her as they grew up. I really enjoyed pealing back the layers of Alex's character, and seeing past the face he gave the world. He was willing to make amends for past bad decisions. I was really touched by the person Alex become. I liked Alex in the first book, but I really fell in love with in this one! Madison is absolutely amazing and resilient! She wasn't so lucky growing up. She had to fight hard for to get where she is today. I was very impressed that she had made a career helping kids have a better life then she had. It took so much for her to let Alex back into her life. And I really enjoyed how she made him really work for it. He was able to give her the emotional support that she greatly needed in her life. Sophie Eastlake's narration of this book really made Carly Phillips' world come to life. She has a deep, sultry quality to her voice that lends well to this genre. Her character voices were distinct and clear. And her pace and phrasing we spectacular. The emotions that she brought to this story, made this a truly enjoyable listen for me.DARE TO DESIRE brought together a wonderful mix of heat and heart. Although this was a short audiobook, I felt that author really took the time fully flush out the characters. I loved how this book was really about second chances. I also think the storyline in DARE TO DESIRE, took the emotional depths even further then DARE TO LOVE. I really grew to care about these two, and the rest of the Dare family. I just wished that we had gotten more of their pre-injurey relationship. I can't wait for the next installment in this series! ***Audiobook was provided by the publisher in trade for a fair review***
3.75 Second Chances for Love... and for Life Stars * * * 3/4 review coming
Loved Alex and Madison's book! Can't get enough of this series!!
Stupid cuteMade me read the rest
3.5 stars.
Loved it.
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