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Dare to Love (Dare to Love #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  8,655 Ratings  ·  709 Reviews
Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B00GQE9CXA.

New York Times Bestselling Author Carly Phillips turns up the heat in her newest sexy contemporary romance series, and introduces you to the Dare family… siblings shaped by a father’s secrets and betrayal.

Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published January 10th 2014 by CP Publishing (first published November 13th 2013)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Kindle Freebie for 3/6/15!!! -

Oh, so sweet! Oh, soooo sexy! Oh, soooooooo good!

Full review now posted...unless I come up with more ways to torture our hero's father. In fact, if you, or someone you love if you don't have your own, is fond of their dangling man bits, you might want to skip this review...

Dare to Love is the first book in Carly Phillips’ Dare to Love series, and it’s also her first book as an Indie author. I haven’t read any of her work b
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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FREE on Amazon US today (4/5/2016)

Stand-alone book 1.

Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been. When it comes to his relatives, he gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. But one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts and Ian is entranced. He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must includ

3.5 Stars! Good start to the series, but I would have liked more!

What worked:
I never expected to be reading such an in depth, complex book. Initially I thought that the sex would overrun the story, but I was surprised at how unique the plot was, and found myself anxious to learn about the family connection that tied all these siblings together.

What didn’t work:
Insta' love, sometimes it works, I didn't feel it here. I wish Ian and Riley would have gotten to know each other first, before diving in
Jane Stewart
Not good for me. I did not smile.

This feels like: read a hundred romance novels, pull out bunches of good things, and arrange them into this book. I did not find interesting or intriguing characters. I wanted something different, special, or humorous, but I didn’t find it. But, I think many romance readers are less picky than I and will be happy reading it.

The guy is the rich dominating corporate guy who sees her, has to have her, gives her a great job, and buys her great things to wear. It’s ki
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dare To Love" is the first book in what promises to be a sizzling series featuring The Dare Family! Carly Phillips is an author whom I have read her stories for years, and enjoyed them. Her past stories were what I always felt to be on the tamer side of some of the Romance genre. I am pleased to say that I was extremely surprised when I picked up this book and found out it has a much wilder flavor in the bedroom! I am aware that this series is Ms. Phillips attempt to go Indie, and I will gladly ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ugh, ugh, ugh...I usually like Carly Phillips but this book, just...ugh. This is the fourth book in a row where the male lead is just a flat out a-hole. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about a lead with tons of confidence and even a little cocky, but why are all these authors intent on making the men so over-bearing and obnoxious to the point I'm constantly finding myself rooting AGAINST the leads getting together? And don't get me started on these weak-willed women who like to be bossed around and ...more
I'm not sure why this one is coming up as not finished? I thought I wrote my review on this book awhile back?? Anyway, this was an excellent start to what promises to be a great series! I can't wait to continue on and find out what more is to come! I have always loved Carly Phillips, and this series is a lot hotter than her other books. She knows how to do HOT as well as a loving romance! Definitely worth checking out!
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
This was simply okay for me. I was a fast read which was nice. I just didn't love the characters as much as I usually do when I'm reading a new book. This was the first time I've read a Carly Phillips novel. I might try her again just so I can learn more about the Dare brothers!
Tessa Teevan
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
Sexy, steamy, and seriously fun. I couldn't put it down! I can't wait for Alex's book!
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-own, romance
I love Carly Phillips. She writes romance with a light, often funny touch. That touch is not so evident in this book as in past books I've read. What we get in "Dare to Love" is a hot, almost erotic, sexual attraction between two people with deep, deep trust issues. At first I thought it was "Fifty Shades" ala Carly Phillips, but this book turned out to be so much more.

The insta-lust was off the charts when Ian Dare saw Riley Taylor on the arm of his half-brother, Alex. But that just put her in
Anas Attic  Book Blog
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smut-romance
Read more of my reviews and ramblings at Ana's Attic Book Blog

I can't believe I haven't read Carly Phillips before. Actually, I think in the past 20 years I must have, I'm just not sure which books. I had high expectations going into this because while I couldn't place what I had read, I knew her name. After 20 years traditionally published, Carly Phillips has gone Indie. From such an experienced author, I expected a lot, and I'm thrilled to say Carly Phillips delivered.

Ian Dare is the first in
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, a-contemporary
3.5 stars
ARC Review

Dare to Love is an over-the-top, erotic, romance story. It starts with an attraction between Ian and Riley that is so intense that it is almost an interstellar black hole, "...the minute he caught sight of her alone at the bar, he'd gone after her, compelled by a force beyond his understanding." Admittedly, I was a smidge annoyed at the blatant insta-love but when I decided to read this book as pure escapist fare, I could suspend my cynicism and enjoy the read.

There are pock
I can't remember if I'd read anything of this author prior to reading this book or not, but I wasn't that impressed with this story.

It's definitely a quick little read, but Ian is such an arrogant and condescending jerk! I found him unlikable for most of the book, especially after what he did to Riley when they first met. Riley was a decent enough heroine, but she had some doormat tendencies that I didn't care for much. I can see potential in the writing, but it wasn't quite there for me, so I w
Apr 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary, dnf
This goes on the apparently never-ending list of books that confuses a dominant personality with an abusive one. I was feeling pretty squeamish about him literally not taking no for an answer to force her to dinner with him, even telling her a near stranger to leave her car despite her protests and ride with him. Then he snapped at a waiter. How a person treats wait staff tells you everything you need to know about them. I had never used that in the fiction world, and maybe I was already looking ...more
Lindsey Pogue
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Dare To Love, Book Review (Published 2013)
By Carly Phillips

LP's Rating : 5/5 Stars

Genre: Romance/Erotica

Basic Overview:
Since finding out his father had another family on the side, Ian Dare swore to be the upstanding, responsible man his cheating parent had never been. When it comes to his relatives, he gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. But one glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts and Ian is entranced. He will do anything to po
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted here:

I have been a long time fangirl of Carly Phillips, and when I heard she was going to be doing her next series as self-published books, I couldn’t wait to see what she came up with. This book was a little more sexy than her other books, and who doesn’t love that?

Ian Dare loves his mother and sisters more than anything. But his father and his second family? Ian could do without. The last person he ever expects to find himself l
Carly Phillips has eliminated the middle man in publishing and it looks like her creative muscle is flexing freely, too! Dare to Love the first book in the Dare to Love Series is a powerful , contemporary romance with no holds barred. Broken, dysfunctional families, strained relationships, and years of building walls to hide the scars and pain come crashing down for two people who could give to each other what no one else could, unconditional love and trust.

With “Melt my Kindle” steam and heat,
Aug 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dare to Love by Carly Phillips is a 2014 CP publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

All I can say right now is I had to take a cold shower after reading this one. It is hot, hot, hot!!

Riley and Alex Dare are good friends. When she meets Alex's half brother, Ian ,at a family gathering, the two of them make an all consuming instant connection. But... that doesn't make theirs a match made in heaven.

Riley is fiercely independent after seeing her mother go
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
This book was such a pleasant surprise. And now I'm hooked on the series and need more ASAP!!

Ian Dare most definitely didn't have an easy childhood. At the age of 18, he, his other 4 siblings, and their mother found out that their father/husband had been hiding a major secret from them for years. Not only had he been cheating on their mother, he also had been hiding a whole other family from them that he had been ditching Ian's family for for years. Ian now has minimal dealings with them and the
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Dare To Love is the first book in Carly Phillips The Dare to Love series and OMG Carly where have you been hiding this one!! I am such a fan, that’s no secret, but Ms. Phillips going out on her own and self-publishing has let a beast out of the box with the start of this new series showing her talent for the more steamy side. Dare To love is so different than the other books she has written, more
Richelle Robinson
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it

Alpha Male. Independent Female.

I love these kind of stories! I was recently given an ARC of "Dare to Take" and absolutely loved the book. When I saw it was apart of series I had to read the first book!

I loved the story between Ian and Riley. They both come with A LOT of baggage. Ian has trust and control issues from his fathers betrayal. Riley had a very rough childhood and learned not to depend on anyone and refuses to let anyone help her at any cost. The chemistry between these two was of
I sooo love when a book is honest with me. And this one is. What you expect - based on the cover, on the blurb - is exactly what you get. So, despite the insta-love and the few chapters purely describing the intimate action between the MC's, it was really enjoyable, very well written,with that CP style that everybody who likes her expects to get.
It's a relatively short story , 15 chapters, well paced - you can easily read it in one sit (like I did). Recommend it.
Anne OK
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
You can always depend on Carly Phillips to bring on the steam and sizzle -- and in the first book of her new "Dare to Love Series," she does just that and oh so much more. Fantastic romance in a captivating storyline, charming and well-drawn characters, and enough family dynamics and interaction to make any reader sit up and take notice and beg for more.

I'm hooked and ready for Book Two!
R. Holmes
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Short, good read!

Loved the ending but hated that it all went by so quickly. Literally read it in 2 hours! I'll be reading the rest of her books for sure!
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fv, phillips
Ian and Riley

Super sexy and great start to a new series. Full review to come on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Book Worms was gifted this book from the Author for an honest review.
We gave this book 4 stars.
This is book one in the Dare to Love series.
This Review was left by Leigh a Book Worms Reviewer.
Thank you Leigh.

Our main man in this book is the handsome, wealthy president of the Miami Thunder football team, Ian Dare. We meet him in the beginning of the story while he is attending a party his sister forced him in to attending. Ian would rather not be there considering his adulterer father and his
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had collected most of the books in this series for free from Amazon. So, I finally decided to read this. I'm glad I did. Yes, Ian was rough at first but once he met her he was willing to try and change. Which for him was a big step. I was also glad that he was trying to make things better with his family. I can't wait to read the next book and see how things go for his brother Alex.
Passionate and Angsty. At first glance, those are the perfect words to describe Dare to Love. But not only is Dare to Love passionate and deliciously angsty, it is also a really powerful story about two people who are bound by the past, and find the strength -together- to move forward. To be free of everything that has held them back.

Dare to Love is the story of Riley Taylor and Ian Dare. Riley's best friend is Ian's estranged half-brother, Alex, and when the two meet, it is an instant connecti
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After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carl
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