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Dare to Dream (Carolina Beach, #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  636 ratings  ·  138 reviews
**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.

After the sudden death of his wife two years ago, Darren Griffin has finally found peace. He has a good life, good job, two daughters he’d do anything for, and a beautiful home on the beach.
Greer Monroe is grieving the loss of her father. It’s the final rung on the broken ladder that’
Kindle Edition, 161 pages
Published February 14th 2017
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This is an incredibly sweet, adorable and enjoyable read. I prefer the books I read to not be so sweet or precious. I need more grit and action but despite that fact I still found it touching in ways and it hit the spot. I was craving for some things while reading the book that I didn’t know that I was looking for.

Now I might be contradicting myself here it has been known to happen. I liked it and I didn’t. I’m an absolute sucker for a hot daddy with rugrats. And Darren in this book is no diffe
Feb 23, 2017 marked it as not-interested
so sick of dead spouse story lines
Lydia H
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
It's almost 4am and I just got done reading DARE TO DREAM by Author C.A. Harms! OMG. DARREN. And his two little girls?? Oh, my heart!!!!! This book is a MUST!! The perfect Valentine's Day read if you're in the mood to swoon and be swept off your feet by the dreamiest man EVER.

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CA Harms knows how to break your heart and heal it, all within the pages of one book. She knows how to masterfully write an emotional romance that fully covers the value of second chances. From
Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
ARC received in exchange for an honest review

I don't think I have read any of this authors books before (I may be wrong), but I will definitely check out more of her work.

I don't want to say to much. But this book started on a very emotional point. Greer just lost her father. The one man who was her friend, her hero and so much more and now she lost him. So with going through this traumatic experience she needed comfort so she goes to her boyfriend who lets her down when she walks in on him and
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Darren is one yummy single dad!

Greer is broken up by her dads sudden death and heads to the beach to figure things out. Seeing a man play with two his two little girls brings her peace. Meeting him brings a whole lot of other feeling out.

Darren is doing the best he can taking care of his daughters after the death of his wife. He hasn't even remotely thought of finding another woman until he meets the mysterious Greer.

Both are trying to figure out their lives and how to move on. Finding each ot
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
3.25-3.50 RATING- A quick, sweet romance, a bit in the too perfect side for me, but enjoyable. Readers that like single dads (widowed) may want to take a look at this one.
April Symes
Dare to Dream by C.A. Harms is book one in The Carolina Beach series
This new novel by C.A. Harms will pull at your emotions ; The prologue will definitely grab your emotions in a heartgrip and not let go. My heart felt so much for Greer—her beloved father dies and she goes to her boyfriend, who happens to have been a close childhood friend and caught him cheating on her. Her world just fractured into many pieces all at once. To get away from all the pain at home, she takes off and goes to Caroli
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the cover to the very last word, I loved everything about this book! C.A. Harms has this way with characters and stories that take hold of you and bring you into their stories to the point that you feel you know the characters and can feel what they are going through. Darren (deep sigh) is a widowed father of two who has made it his mission to love his girls and guide them through this life with all he has to give. Thinking he had his once in a lifetime love, he is going through life with h ...more
I absolutely loved this book. I loved both Darren and Greer. Can I just take a moment to say; I wanted to junk punch Tucker. He was selfish; he couldn’t commit and be loyal to Greer yet he didn’t want her with another man.
I loved the bond Greer quickly formed with Violet and Vivian, its super cute. I liked every single thing about this book. It is definitely a book I will be reading again.
This story is a heart-warming second chance romance. A story of opening up to love and giving love a chanc
wendy Shelton(obsessedbybooks)
Oh my Darren is so love at first sight. picturing him with his girls was so easy for me, I could see why Greer was so in aww of him and wanted to watch from afar. Greer is away tying to find herself since losing her father and seeing what a ass her ex really, meeting Darren has open her eyes to a new side of herself and what she wants but she has obligations that requires her to go back home. She can't go through another heart break and she won't put Darren or his girls through one. Can Darren g ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, recommend
This book was everything! So good!!!
Danielle Pullen
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Darren is a dream come true

CA Harms does it again! At the core is a sweet and caring man who has two beautiful girls. After losing his wife, he has to find the strength to carry on and give his daughters a life full of love and happiness. That is his only focus until Greer moves into the vacation home behind his house.

Greer is struggling with losing her father. She is sent to Carolina Beach to find her self in the despair that she is lost in. Watch her neighbor, Darren, interacting with his daug
Books Laid Bare
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The this is comfortable elegancy about this story and by saying that I don’t mean that the author has dialled back any of the romance because Greer and Darren could very well be the poster couple for perfect partners.
Greer has the day from hell when her father passes away, but life hasn’t quite finished with the heartache because when she gets home she finds her so called boyfriend Tucker up to his eyes (and other bits) in another woman…let’s just say that her fortitude surprised me, she kept he
Tania's Book Blog
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**ARC received voluntarily for an honest review**

Sighhhhhh...... I'm still emotional after reading this book. I cried sad and happy tears from the beginning until the end. My heart was bursting out of my chest while reading this book.

Greer lost her dad unexpectedly and while trying to get a grip on the terms that she was never going to see her father again, she caught her boyfriend in bed with another woman. Instead of being depressed she felt relieved and saw him for exactly what he was. Her mo
Reflections of a Book Geek
5 Stars

If you've ever read a CA Harms book you know she loves her HEA's and her books light on angst and drama! She's an author I have come to love and I stalk her page religiously!

This book was about Darren and his two daughters Vivian and Violet, the death of his wife and the girls mother shook him to his core and he doesn’t think he will ever move on. Darren is one of the sweetest men ever and also an amazing dad, he loved his daughters more than anything in this world and does everything he
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
Sexy, single dad? Yes, please! It's hard not to fall in love with the characters CA Harms creates. She weaves story that make you fall in love and have you rearranging you book boyfriend top 10 list!!

I loved Darren and Greer together. They have both suffered unimaginable loss, but together they find a way to live again. Darren's relationship with his daughters will have you swooning. His love and devotion for his family pushed him to the top of my "favorite heros" list.

This book was the perfect
Karen Harper
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book although I think it should have been called How to Fall in Love with Book Characters. Dare to Dream was one of those books I didn’t want to end. I wanted more.

This is the first book I’ve read which has been written by this author, but after finishing Dare to Dream, I know I’m going to read more of her work. Her words flowed effortlessly across the page. I not only became involved in the story, but I became involved in the characters. Every character had a part to play in Greer
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
DARE TO DREAM is Book One in a great new series
Carolina Beach by CA Harms.
I have loved ever book I've read written by her, but the book is
fantastic!!! It is a special love story about two people finding love again. I enjoyed reading it so much, that I could not put the book down till I finished. You will fall in love with Greer, Darren, Vivian & Violet.
I can not wait to read Book two!!
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OH, my heart. This story is so beautiful and fun! There are tears - especially because Greer's loss is one I've experienced, and their relationship mirrored my own in so many ways. I highlighted a few things that were just so exactly how I felt about my own.

And Darren! Darren & the girls exude love and affection and amusement.

This story is another 100% perfect read, for me, as I enjoyed every single beautiful, lyrical moment. Also, lots of laugh out loud moments. *grin* I absolutely recommend t
FMR Book Grind
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This author has done it again! I am so in love with her writing. The way she weaves words together to create such emotional stories. This book is just another example of why I never have to read her blurbs anymore. I know that it is going to be a great book, so I like going in blind. She is an automatic one-click author for me. This story was incredible. I love the route she took with the single father. I absolutely adore these kinds of stories. I love the emotional level the
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

C.A. Harms is an absolute top ten, go to author for me. I know I can trust her to deliver that a romance that is both captivating and spellbinding. Her standalone novels and series always promise easy and sweet journeys full of steam and happy endings.

Dare to Dream is the first book in the highly emotional Carolina Beach series and a book that made my top read list of this year already. Full of heart, heat and second chances, Harms moves readers with her powerful and addictive words in t
We all have dreams. Some come true and others remain a dream for us. In this book, we see both characters have a dream and after the loss and grief these two endure, it is time for some of their dreams to come true.
Greer, not only loses her dad, but on the same day she loses her so called BF. At the suggestion of her aunt, she is going to Carolina Beach for a much needed break. Hearing the laughter of kids in the house behind you, brings a smile to your sad face and is a turning point in your l
Sassy Southern
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dare to Dream is definitely a different romance story. This is such an incredible story of loss and then finding love.

Greer is devastated after losing her father unexpectedly. She needs her best friend and most recently turned boy friend Tucker. When she finally tracks him down she discovers where he is, between the sheets with another woman. Now Greer has lost her Father, best friend and boyfriend. She doesn't even feel bad over losing Tucker but she does know that she has lost her friendship.
Judy Miracle
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another absolutely amazing read from CA Harms. This book had me gripping my chest, wanting to kick some ass and almost in tears within the first 10%. I couldn't get enough and after that beginning to Greer's story I wasn't about to stop reading.

Both Greer & Darren have known loss. granted in different aspects with people they love but loss knows no bounds. and losing someone you love is never easy. having gone to her family vacation house to get away and find a new direction in her if she never
Diane plourde
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This is my first experience with this author and one that I'll more than likely be repeating. This 5 star story was everything that I hoped it would be and so much more.

Greer goes through a sudden devastating loss, in order to get a breather and step back, she goes to Carolina Beach for a month. She's really mesmerized by the single dad with 2 little girls that happen to be her neighbor. Darren is not looking for anyone to replace what he lost. But while he's not looking, he finds her, Greer.

Midnight Insider
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with this one from the beginning. I loved the writing, the story, and the characters… and that is sometimes a hard combination to come by. The tragedy and heartache along with the love and acceptance in this story really got to me. I found myself tearing up more than once with this one. If you’re an emotional reader like I am then it might be good to grab a box of tissues along with your tea and comfy blanket when you sit down with this read.

Greer was an ideal character for me. I
Samantha's ~*Confessions*~
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, emotion-overload
*ARC Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Bookaholic Confessions*

I absolutely love CA Harms’ books. Her writing is smooth and all the scenes make you feel like you are there with the character. The stories are heartfelt and well told. Dare to Dream was another one I could not put down.

When reading the first chapters of Dare to Dream I was not feeling #TuckertheFucker. He just seemed like a shady playboy. At the time Greer needed him most, he was cheating on her with some skank. I was proud
Brandy Roberts
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book I went throw so many emotions didn't want to put my kindle down . I normally don't go for books were there is a dead spouse but this one really drew me on I couldn't resist it . Darren was a amazing father to hi adorable little girls just loved him so much , Greer was a beautiful heroine not only on the outside but inside to my heart broke for her . The attraction for these two is instant , the characters are so likable , this book had me laughing , crying , swooning ,and blushing ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely beautiful story that encompasses all the wonderful elements of a love story, you close the book feeling like that HEA is really happening.
Its refreshing to occasionally read a book that makes your heart swell up with so much emotion that you literally get goosebumps. There wasn't a ton of drama, so if you're big on the drama/angst/back and forth thing, you might not feel completely satisfied after reading this book. However, if you are into a beautifully written story that has you
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This author has done it again! I am so in love with her writing. The way she weaves words together to create such emotional stories. This book is just another example of why I never have to read her blurbs anymore. I know that it is going to be a great book, so I like going in blind. She is an automatic one-click author for me. This story was incredible. I love the route she took with the single father. I absolutely adore these kinds of stories. I love the emotional level the man attains by bein ...more
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