Saturday, 7 May 2016

Carly Phillips - Dare to Take

Carly Phillips

Dare to Take

Dare to Love Book 6

On leave from the army, Tyler Dare is just looking for a little fun, but his best

friend& sister is off limits. Yet unable to deny how sexy and alluring she is, he

finds it all too easy to succumb to a night of passion and heat that ends the next

morning in the worst way possible.

There are just some guys you don't touch-- even someone as innocent and

inexperienced as Ella Shaw knows that. But when her brother's best friend is up

for grabs and willing, she can't resist. After all, she's wanted him for years…

Now, Ella is stranded on a tropical island with a hurricane bearing down, and only

Tyler can save her. It's his chance to make amends for the past and show the

woman he's never forgotten that he's coming after her . . . in more ways than

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About the Author:

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. Carly lives in

Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who

star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a

wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always

around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at








The sun shone overhead, the temperature neared ninety, and the humidity was

hair-curlingly high on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, making it hard to believe a

hurricane was coming soon. Ella Shaw glanced up at the blue sky, knowing it

wouldn’t remain pristine for long.

The calm before the storm.

She pulled her hair into a high ponytail and headed out of her hotel,

determined to hit the local gift shop she’d caught sight of on her way to the photo

shoot yesterday. She’d seen long, draping, blue-beaded necklaces from the

storefront window, but she hadn’t had time to stop. Her boss was a stickler for

getting the right shot in the exact light, and they’d worked well past dark. By the

time they’d wrapped for the day, the store had been closed.

As an assistant for Angie Crighton, a fashion designer based in Miami, Ella

was responsible for the little details involved in a photo shoot. And though Angie,

the photographer, and models had left the island this morning, Ella had stayed to

make sure the shooting site was clean, the hotel pleased enough to allow them

back another time. And if she were honest with herself, she liked the downtime

after the craziness of a photo shoot, the rushing around of the crew, the

bossiness of some of the models and, of course, of Angie herself.

Ella appreciated the fact that she had time to souvenir shop for her best

friend, Avery Dare. How ironic was it that the two girls from very different worlds

had met at all? But they had. And it was Avery who’d introduced Ella to the finer

things in life, leading her to seek out a job with an haute-couture designer.

Whereas Avery came from a wealthy family, Ella had been raised firmly middle

class, but the two girls had bonded instantly. They’d even shared an apartment

until recently, when her best friend had moved in with her rock star boyfriend,

Grey Kingston.

Yep, two different worlds, even now, Ella thought wryly. But their

friendship was solid. Which reminded her, she needed to let Avery know she

might not make it back to the States tomorrow as planned.

When Ella had heard about the storm changing course, she’d tried to book

an earlier flight out, without success. She shivered at the possibility of being

stranded here alone during a hurricane and knew Avery would like the news even

less. Her best friend suffered from severe anxiety, and Ella didn’t like to make her


She’d just buy Avery an extra gift to make up for it, she thought, walking

into the shop. She immediately headed to the turquoise-blue beads she’d seen

through the window. The shopkeeper claimed they were Larimar beads. Even if

they were fake, the beads, popular in the Caribbean, were said to have healing

powers. Ella purchased two dozen, a mix of bracelets and necklaces, so she could

share with the children at the cancer treatment center where she and Avery


Avery had been nine, Ella ten years old when they’d met at a Miami

hospital, both donating bone marrow, both there at the behest of a parent.

Neither of them really understanding what was happening. All Ella had known

was that she was doing a favor for her father, helping the stepmother Ella didn’t

like all that much to begin with. Even at a young age, Ella had been a good judge

of character, a better one than her father, obviously, because shortly after Janice

had gotten well, she’d left Ella’s dad. And both her father and Ella’s life had gone

downhill from there. Ella shook off the thoughts of her past before she could go

deeper and darker, and focused on the pretty jewelry.

She spent some time choosing a thick turquoise bracelet for Avery and a

similar one for herself before paying for everything and waiting for the

shopkeeper to wrap things up.

Bag in hand, she started back to the hotel, cutting through side streets and

looking into the windows of the stores, soaking up the culture along the

cobblestone streets before heading back to Miami tomorrow. At least, she still

hoped she’d be home. Knowing she couldn’t change the outcome, she pushed her

worrisome thoughts aside. She’d deal with the situation as it came.

Sweat dampened her neck from the humidity of the island, and she

contemplated taking a cab back to the hotel. She reached into her straw bag and

pulled out her cell phone to make the call, when, without warning, she felt a hard

jerk on her purse.

“What the—?” She spun around, but whomever wanted her purse was


She barely caught a glimpse of a tall guy with dark hair as he yanked harder,

nearly pulling her shoulder out of its socket before slamming her against the

nearby building with his other hand.

Her head hit the concrete wall, and spots immediately appeared behind her

eyes from the impact. As she struggled not to pass out, the man grabbed her

purse, along with her cell phone that had fallen to the ground.

She opened her mouth to scream, but nothing came out. Her legs collapsed

beneath her, and she fell to the ground, her head smacking the sidewalk before

everything went black.

More from the Dare to Love Series

Dare to Love

Dare to Love Book 1


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, 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 include him extending an olive branch to the

half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain he’d rather forget.

Independent and always in control, Riley Taylor makes no apologies for choosing

men carefully. Relationships have never been a priority and she believes herself

hardened to domineering men – until she meets charismatic Ian Dare. He

manages to turn a simple kiss into an all-out assault on her senses and when he

takes control in the bedroom, she’s stunned to discover she likes it. As their affair

heats up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined.

But Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s

dominance might just cost her everything.

Goodreads: to-love

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Dare to Desire

Dare to Love Book 2


Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all -- an all-star football career with the Tampa

Breakers and his choice of willing women -- until a severe injury forces him into

early retirement. When he is offered a ground-breaking position with a rival team,

he’s intrigued, but there’s a catch. He’ll be working alongside the same woman he

hasn’t been able to get out of his head for too long.

Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows firsthand what

it means to have-not. She isn't impressed by Alex Dare’s wealth or charm. Not

since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his

too-easy conquests. This time around Madison refuses to succumb to Alex so


But Alex wants Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it’s to get what

he wants. The playboy athlete must prove he’s got game in more places than on

the field. He means to prove that he’s a changed man but no sooner does he

begin to break through Madison’s defenses when a new opportunity comes

knocking and threatens her new-found trust. Can he make Madison take a risk

and dare to love?

Goodreads: to-desire

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Other books in the Dare to Love Series

Dare to Touch

Dare to Love Book 3

Olivia Dare, executive director of the Miami Thunder, and team travel director

Dylan Rhodes share more than just a passion for football. Their chemistry is

explosive-- their feelings for each other intense. Yet Olivia has ended things for

reasons he still can’t fathom and she won’t explain.

Unwilling to let something special go so easily, Dylan has been pursuing Olivia

ever since. When the Pro-Bowl takes them to the tropical paradise of Hawaii,

Dylan is determined to make sure their time together isn’t all business. What

happens in paradise is life altering but once Olivia admits her deepest secret and

fear, will Dylan still want the forever he’s been pushing for?

Goodreads: to-touch

Dare to Hold

Dare to Love Book 4

ome women always get it right. Kindergarten teacher, Meg Thompson, on the

other hand, consistently makes the wrong decisions — and she is currently single,

pregnant and alone. Meg is determined to make changes in her life, to be a better

mother than her own had been. No revolving door of men. No man, period. Just a

single-minded focus on her baby. Her resolution would be easier to keep if not for

hot cop, Scott Dare. He insinuates himself in her life, making Meg want to believe

in happily ever after, even if history has taught her to know better.

When Scott Dare hears Meg’s friends are determined she have a night of hot sex,

before her life changes forever, he decides that man must be him. Their one night

is mind blowing and life altering. And Scott, a man already burned by his ex-wife,

finds himself all in anyway. While protecting Meg from her violent ex and

becoming part of her increasingly complicated life, he’s falling hard and he can’t

seem to find distance. Not when their bodies respond to each other with such

heated intensity and he’s drawn to her unique combination of strength and


But Meg’s future is one Scott has accepted he’ll never have, even if his growing

feelings say otherwise …

(love story, contemporary romance, alpha heroes, beach reads, sports heroes,

bad boys, billionaire)

Goodreads: to-hold

Dare to Rock

Dare to Love Book 5

Avery Dare lives a quiet life in Miami as an online fashion/makeup video blogger.

She has good friends, a close, large family and if her love life is lacking, she likes it

that way. But when she receives an invitation to one of her ex's concerts along

with an invitation to meet him back stage, she decides to take the risk… and

comes face to face with the reality of his rock star lifestyle - the press, the crowds,

and the half-naked groupies.

At eighteen, Grey Kingston left everything he knew and loved behind to seek fame

and fortune as a rock star, and he found it as the lead guitarist and singer for the

band, Tangled Royal. Fans adore him, women throw themselves at him, and he

can afford everything he couldn’t growing up. Yet at the height of his career, he’s

ready to walk away and return home to a simpler life… and the woman he left

behind, if he can convince her to give him another chance.

Except moving on isn’t as easy as Grey would like. When Avery is threatened by a

stalker, it becomes evident Grey’s fans not only don’t want him to retire, they

don’t want Avery in his life either. And Avery isn’t sure she wants the pressures

that are part of Grey’s life… but she doesn’t want to lose him again, either. Can

their recently renewed love survive the fallout?

Goodreads: to-rock

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