Dare to Believe (Gray Court, #1)
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Dare to Believe (Gray Court #1)

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He'll fulfill her wildest fantasies- but only if she believes.

Leo Dunne has been searching his entire life for the one person born just for him. He finds her working in his own company, but the shy little Ruby Halloway constantly hides from him. He hatches a devilish plot with her best friend to bring her out of her shell, and the result proves her desire is more than a m...more
Kindle Edition, 194 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (first published July 18th 2009)
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Tracy
For a good portion of his nearly century-long existence, Leo Dunne has been waiting and hoping to catch that one elusive scent that would bring love and joy to his life, the scent of the one person born just for him. When he caught scent of Ruby Halloway, saw her bent over a file cabinet in his company, he knew he wanted her desperately and thought she may be the one. Ruby, who has had a crush on Leo for ages, did what any shy girl would do when the object of her deepest desire focused on them.....more
jD
Erotica aside, this book was awsome. Dana Bell is not shy with her erotica and I was unprepared for it so I will admit, I skimmed over most of it. But the story was solid -- well written, well edited, and well conceived. The concept is not new but the character's are so vivid that you forget you have done the fae thing one hundred times. There is humor so well done that I laughed out loud. Regretfully, most of that happended during the erotic scenes so no quoting for me. I am not that brave. If...more
figuranta m/m lover
4 sexy stars

Dare to believe is the first book in The Gray Court Series by Dana Marie Bell and i really enjoyed it. I am new to this author, this is actually my first read but i will def read more.

The blurb

He’ll fulfill her wildest fantasies… but only if she believes.

The Gray Court, Book 1

Leo Dunne has been searching his entire life for the one person born just for him. He finds her working in his own company, but the shy little Ruby Halloway constantly hides from him. He hatches a devilish plot...more
Kami
I immediately deleted this book from my Nook when I finished it.

It was too much for me and I hated the over possessivness of Leo. I love reading about guys who are protective and possessive to a point but, for me, this was too much. I didn't find it attractive at all. I felt like Ruby didn't have a choice or a voice. Her character's only attribute was a moderate sense of humor but otherwise, she was a weak character who couldn't think for herself. Ruby just went along with whatever never really...more
Kaleigha
This was a quick, fun little read. One of those books that are perfect for an evening in between the "heavy" series I usually read. High on the erotic content, but also surprisingly interesting plotwise, this first book in the Gray Court series features a half-fae, half sprite hero finally tracking down his destined mate in the form of quiet, shy Ruby.

Ruby works for Leo's company, and her massive crush on her boss is not going away. Convinced she has zero chance with someone like him, Ruby does...more
Emily
Leo Dunne has waited patiently hoping that oone day he would find his bondmate, a rarity but if found a lifetime of love is guaranteed. Leo had not realized his mate was right under his nose the whole time, but now that he has caught her scent he has tried valiantly to ge her attention but to no avail.

Ruby Halloway has had a crush on her boss since the first moment she saw him, but her insecurities from her past have her running in opposite directions whenever he is near. When Leo approaches her...more
Shannon C.
2.5 stars - This book started a slow, but then about 30% the way through when Leo's brother is kidnapped, and Leo and Ruby go to his family's home...that's when the story picked up and also started to introduce the Fae. The world building around the Fae was interesting. I liked the 'white court', 'gray court', 'black court' organization, as well as the original explanations how vampires came about. The leprechaun earth magic was very cool. Also, the true bonding process was original and well dev...more
Brooke
DNF
I was expecting plot, after literally the first 5 pages I knew none would be coming anytime soon. But I held out until 20%. Maybe the writing got better and the plot started. The sex was good but if you do insta-love-mate, at least put effort into it, as opposed to "wow I need to bang RIGHT NOW".
Leo, how I hate you.
He's a pig, Mr. let me grab my employee's ass before I ever talk to her. Mr.want-to-be-grabby-hands I have no respect for men who are objectifying pricks. This is a PNR but even...more
Angela
DARE TO BELIEVE (The Gray Court) by Dana Marie Bell. This is the ultimate in brain candy for me. The plot is like a warm bath. I’ve read these a thousand times with slight variations. Yes, they can become monotonous but sometime they really just hit the spot.

Here is the plot break down: Super hot supernatural (Fae Lord) is biding his time before he lets this woman whom he has never talk to before, that she is his mate. (Think love at first sight except permanent.) The woman, plain Jane/nothing s...more
Kaori
Warning! This book contains very explicit and graphic sex scenes with some bondage and some things not meant for those of faint heart. Having said this, I'll let you know what I thought about the book.

This book is about fairies, elves, leprechauns, hobs, vampires and more. Leo Dunne is the CEO of his company, he's more than 6", totally gorgeous and he's a Fae. Ruby Holloway is a barely 5" of curvalicous beauty who doesn't think that the hottest guy and the one who gets her blood racing can ever...more
Jill
This book was a total winner for me. I love any story with a fae theme and this one was packed full of it, Lepracauns, vampires, seelie, unseelie, various courts (gray, white and black).
Mix all those in with a bit of erotica (yum) and you have a pretty enjoyable book.
I really like Leo and Ruby although I would of liked to have found out a bit more about Rubies background, especially why she thought she was so unworthy. Anyway the story was still good, alot was packed in there but not overmuch....more
SheReadsALot
THREE & A HALF STARS Nice intro into what I have a feeling will be a great series. I like Ruby and Leo. Leo's very possessive and kinky, BTW which led to some hot scenes. The weird transition into scenes threw me off at times but the story definitely came across. I am so anxious to see what's happening in the next book since it left at the cliffhanger-ish note for Moira's story.

I love the Hob (just from the little that we see of him in this book). Happy to see he'll be getting his book soon....more
Dianna Hardy
Downloaded on a whim because it was free. I have to say this was a totally crazy, wacky read - I LOVED it! I can see how the craziness might turn some people off, but I've always liked a bit of crazy ;)

Leprechauns, Fairies, Vampires, half-breeds, hot sex, tongue-in-cheek sex, and sparkling lights of lust... If you want a read to cheer you up, and are happy to go with the flow and not take it all too seriously, this one's worth it :)
Erica
What an absolutely magical book!!! I loved it! It was a little confusing at first with explaining all the relationships between the fantasy characters and the white, gray and black courts, but it did come together smoothly at the end. Half fae, half leprechaun...sounds precious, but it wasn't...it was HOT. I hope there are more in this series because I can't wait to read the next one!
Zeek
Mediocre paranormal romance but erotic, so gals who love their sex fairly graphic might dig it. This series is all about the fae and magic and Dare To Believe wasnt bad, it just didnt have the chemistry between the h/h to make it interesting enough for me. The next book in the series is a menage, but it's the hero's kid brother's story I'm more interested in.
Debra
I really really liked this book!! This is my first book that I've read by Dana Marie Bell. The story is about a Sidhe Lord finding his mate. The characters in the story are so easy to fall in love with. Can't wait to purchase the next book so that I can devour it just like I did with the first one!!
And thanks to Jenn for telling me about this book!
Carolyn F.
Average story. Predictable plot. Another story that I had to force myself to finish.
Jenn Hermann
Quick romance read. Read in less than 3 hours.
Laura
Do you know you find a book that read once and you just have to read it again and again because it stands out so much and just keeps calling to you, this is what happens every time my eyes run past any of Dana Marie Bell's books.

Ruby is such an interesting character; I think her sense of self preservation is kind of muted because when she gets something in her head it immediately comes out of her mouth, even when dealing with the bad guys. I loved when she told the Deranged Darling she had spina...more
Sandy M
I’ve been waiting for this book since I discovered Ms. Bell and her Halle Pumas earlier this year. I’ve had fun reading about those shifting cats and the humor in those books is terrific. I knew I wouldn’t be getting cats in this first book in her new series, but I figured I’d get her humor, something which she’s very good at.

But I sure didn’t get any. But Ms. Bell made up for that lack with an intense and intriguing story. The book starts out with the hero and heroine coming together at a compa...more
Carin
Having met Ms. Bell at the RAW convention I fell in love with her amazing sense of humor. I had to find out if that translated to her writing. I am happy to report that indeed it does. I started with the first book in The Gray Court series Dare to Believe and I am hooked. Ms. Bell will be one of my auto buy authors for here on out.

Dare to Believe introduces us to the Dunne family as well as the world in which they live that includes the courts of the Fae as well as the politics involved in the...more
Shiran
Wow I have no words!

Another fantastic book by Dana Marie Bell, but then again I have come to expect nothing less from her. I must say this book threw more surprises at me than I was expecting. I really didn't expect the supernatual aspect and I really have to say that this is the first fae book I've loved in a long time!

Ruby is not my ultimate feamle lead but she was great, the only thing the bugged me a bit was the 'daring' thing. It just seemed a bit weird and random but I understand Bell's re...more
Carol
This book is the exception to my rule. She took the realization that fairies and leprechauns truly exist very well. I'm usually turned off by such easy exception of fantasy/myth creatures being real but she makes jokes about it- which is what I would do and and towards the end she questions it again.

The book really surprised me. It started out pretty quickly with sex and I was like "OK what kind of book am I reading or is it just Penthouse Form?" But it went on to have a good plot and likable c...more
Carol
My first book in this genre which I purchased without reading the synopsis because the price was right. I loved it. If I had read the reviews and prologue I probably would have passed it by (glad I didn't). Leo the boss having only seen a colleague from the rear in a busy office block is drawn by the women's scent that speaks MINE!!. With the help of a friend of Ruby's the shy women of his dreams a plot is hatched to meet face to face. What ensues thereafter draws the reader into the twists and...more
Mare
I liked the Halle Puma series so when I saw Dana Marie Bell had a series with sidhe, leprechauns and I would assume other mythical creatures how could I pass it up? I must admit the story jumped right into Leo making his move on Ruby which surprised me; I assumed the chase would be more of the story but it wasn’t. But I love the characters though, the Dunne family is just fun. The problem is an old marriage contract is being forced onto Leo and in order to “twist his arm” the Malmayne clan kidna...more
Heather ~ Marceline
This was a shorter book, but not too short. I enjoyed the characters and the story. I always like a humorous romance and this definitely fit the bill. Leo and Ruby have worked together for several years. She has always had a crush on the handsome CEO and he was never able to get time with the beautiful woman in accounting he knew would be special to him, believed her to be his mate. I love the relationship between the two and his relationship with his family. When Leo's brother is kidnapped to t...more
Dr. Bronwyn Ph.D of Smutology
Book 1 so I am going to assume I'll get more character development as we move through the books. This one was good but not great. It seemed to lack some depth even though the hero and the heroine were both really likeable.

Very possessive of each other which was great to see. Well written as Dana tends to be. The bad guy was a little over the top in the cliche of truly evil and we really don't see much of her that shows how they got to that point. In fact, perhaps that's what was missing generall...more
Ellissa H
Solid easy read. I like the leads and the story was cute but too ridiculous in terms of timing at times.
Jessica
I love Ruby and I love Ruby's runaway mouth. She only gets better too as the series unfolds.
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Dana Marie Bell wrote her first short story when she was thirteen years old. She attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts for creative writing, where freedom of expression was the order of the day. When her parents moved out of the city and placed her in a Catholic high school for her senior year she tried desperately to get away, but the nuns held fast, and she graduated with hon...more
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