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Dare to Believe (The Gray Court #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,098 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
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 with her best friend to bring her out of her shell, and the result proves her des
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Published July 28th 2009 by Samhain Publishing (first published July 18th 2009)
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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
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Dare to Believe by Dana Marie Bell is the first in "The Gray Court" series.
This is the story of Leo Dunne and Ruby Halloway.
3.5 stars

Ruby has always had body issue and thinks she is unattractive. So when she see Leo Dunne the owner of the company she works at she quickly takes to hiding whenever he comes around. Ruby has a crush on Leo but she knows that he only dates blond model type women.

Leo has been looking for his mate for years and years. When he starts going down the halls of his new
Reread of a favorite.
This made for a pretty lame read

I loved the idea with this story, but the characters just didn’t work for me. The heroine came across as so weak, and not only because she was shy. I tired of the juvenile terminology. "I double dog dare you" I mean, really???

I found the plot to be incredibly cliché and overly preditable. The insta-love didn’t help matters.

Also once the sex started it was beyond unrealistic. I love Bells ability to write smoking hot sex, but it just didn’t work for me. Perhaps be
**** 3.5 double dog dare stars ****

Great PRN story.

I have found that I enjoy a shifter/PNR story. I had never given them much of a chance until lately. I love that mate for life and no other woman will do once they find their mate business. This had a great story and likeable characters.

The writing was confusing at times because there was no separation between scenes. Once I figured out that the author would jump from character to character, I was able to follow along a bit better.

No epilogue
Jul 07, 2016 Janie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 15, 2010 jD rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
Alba Molinas
Aug 23, 2016 Alba Molinas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ha sido una historia bonita y entretenida, aunque un poco rápida en acontecimientos. Me he llevado una sorpresa enorme al encontrarme con una historia sobrenatural cuando la sinopsis no da indicios de nada! Jajaja
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
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
Apr 18, 2011 Kaori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotic, paranormal
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
Jun 26, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Hannah Lorenc
Jul 14, 2015 Hannah Lorenc rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this on the recommendation of pretty much everyone who works in my office. It definitely seemed like my kind of thing when they were explaining it to me, but when I actually started reading I was definitely disappointed. PORN? Sexist as hell characters? Weird dialog? Random plot with no development? A point of view that the author clearly had no idea how to write? (Please only write in 3rd person if your writing is strong enough to write in third person) This is definitely not what I had ...more
May 13, 2015 Tiblu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too Much Sex! Too Little Story!

I started the Gray Court series at book 6 the best plot for Cassie and Oberon sounded to interesting to pass up and I really enjoyed both their coming together and the story surrounding them.... Then I was intrigued very much soo about the very interesting Hob and how he got his mate :) Which I enjoyed very much as well, soo I purchased this book to see how the how series started... Well much to my great disappointment unlike books 4/5 where the sex felt appropriat
Sherri Weeden
This is an erotic, small amount of bdsm, love story with some drama plus violence and alot of magic.

I have to say this book is intriguing, I honestly wasn't expecting the ending with the other characters, so it makes me curious, but not so sure if this is really my kind of book. I was a little confused as to why Ruby would like she is so over weight but it only 10 bls over, so I was lost a bit.

Ruby has been working for her new boss for 5 years, she is very attractive to him yet has a past that
2.5 stars actually. This is the kind of brain candy book where you need to turn off any scrap of intelligence, thought or feminist will to find any enjoyment whatsoever. The sex is reminiscent of 50 shades of stupid. The dialogue is often juvenile..."I double dog dare ya!" was said over and over throughout the book, along with the line, "Purr for me kitten."

So why did I keep reading it? Well, the beginnings of a plot actually emerged among the dildos and buttplugs and bad dialogue
Samantha Umbdenstock
It's a story that I would have wanted to give 5 stars. I am always very intrigued by the world of the fae, with their Seelie court and everything that goes around it. And this book provided one very interesting and great world where the Celtic Mythology is very pronounced.
Furthermore, the characters are interesting. The plotline although a bit predictable, fun. The dialogues also great.
But, yes there is a but...

The storyline in which I mean the skeleton of the story is great. together with the b
Dianna Hardy
Dec 16, 2012 Dianna Hardy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Anna Jotkowska
Jul 28, 2016 Anna Jotkowska rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There should be a possibility to mark this book twice.
If I read it thinking it's a twilight-based fanfiction or simply a story written by a teenager - the mark would be 3. Thinking about it that way I could say it was OK, not good, but OK. The elves sparkle (of course they do *rolling her eyes*) and find a mate by smell (werewolves/shapeshifters anyone?).
The dialogues fit that age group too. I would never put them into adult's mouth, but a 16-17 year old? Sure.
If I read it as an actual book -
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' was HOT. I hope there are more in this series because I can't wait to read the next one!
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.
Feb 20, 2011 Debra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Oct 29, 2015 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"3.5 out of 5 stars. Dana Marie takes on a different world in this book (dealing with the Fae Courts) and I really like the setup. The characters are great ... makes you just want to get to know them more. This is more then just sex and finding each others mates like her Halle Pumas' series, which makes this story that much more interesting. You should definitely check it out!!"

Read more of my review here:
Carole Faul
Apr 11, 2016 Carole Faul rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm waiting to see how this series is going to pan out. It's about the 'Fae' or 'Fairies' interacting with humans in the present day. The plot was a little loose, with the writer expecting the readers to make certain assumptions on information she hasn't given you. I didn't really empathise with the main characters, as they lacked depth. While I was reading some of it, there was a little voice in my head going 'Yada! Yada! Yada!' impatiently. As a book, it didn't really grab my attention. Maybe, ...more
Carolyn F.
Jun 23, 2011 Carolyn F. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
Average story. Predictable plot. Another story that I had to force myself to finish.
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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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