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Promo/Review: Dare to Desire (Dare to Love #2) - Carly Phillips


Without replying, Ian opened the door.  They stepped into the room, and Alex laid eyes on the one woman he hadn’t been expecting to see.  The same woman who’d haunted his dreams and sidetracked him from many of his nightmares.

Madison faced him head on.  Her shoulders drawn back, golden-blonde hair pulled away from her face, she didn’t back down from his stare.  She wore a pair of black slacks that hugged her curves and a white silky-looking top that clung to her generous breasts.  And those unusually blue eyes frosted over at the sight of him.

“Alex, I believe you know Madison Evans.”

Blindsided — and his half brother knew it — Alex strode up to her.  He inhaled her familiar fruity scent, which only served as a reminder of the hot times he’d spent breathing her in as his cock moved inside her body. Her effect on him was potent, and even the most common expressions failed him.

“Alex,” she said, her cool tone bringing his head out of the desire-filled fog he’d found himself in.

“Hey, Angel,” he said, using the endearment he’d started calling her during their brief time together.  Another sign he’d had it bad, whether he’d wanted to admit it or not.

Her head whipped up, her eyes narrowing and settling on Ian.  “This won’t work.”  She turned to go.

Alex still had excellent reflexes, and he grabbed her arm before she could stride past him.

She glared.

He didn’t look away, determined to win this battle of wills.  This potential job, which had interested him on an intellectual and emotional level initially, suddenly felt even more important, and she was the reason.

“We need to talk,” he insisted.

“I have nothing to say.”

“Ian’s proposition said otherwise.”

Madison looked over his shoulder in search of Ian and frowned.  “Well, the traitor is gone.  No big surprise there.”

Smart man, Alex thought.  “If I let you go, will you stay long enough to discuss this position Ian and Riley want me to take?”

She let out a frustrated puff of air.

He took that as a yes and released her.

“Us working together is not a good idea, and somewhere in that thick head of yours, you know that.”

“Because we slept together? More than a couple of times?”

She set her jaw.  “That was a mistake.”

Ouch.  That hurt, he thought, and filed away the why to deal with later.  “I want to know more about this training program and what my role in it would be.”

“Why? You can’t possibly be interested.”

“It sounds more like you don’t want me to be interested.”

She rolled her shoulders back even farther, stiffening her posture.  “You’re right.  I don’t.  This is a serious project that could help a lot of people and have far-reaching positive repercussions for years to come.  I need a partner willing to go all in.  And let’s face it, I’ve seen your staying power.  It’s nonexistent.”


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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels that today's readers identify with and enjoy. After a successful 15 year career with various New York publishing houses, Carly is making the leap to Indie author, with the goal of giving her readers more books at a faster pace at a better price. Her Serendipity books will still finish up in January/February 2014 via Berkley as planned. 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 all information about Carly at her website and other social media sites ...

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I really enjoyed the first in the series, Dare to Love, and loved all the glimpses of Alex we got to see. I ate them up. I knew he was going to be special and make me instantly fall in love with him. And instantly I did. I even loved him through his cringe-worthy way he handled Madison visit to his hospital after he gets hurt. I knew he was hurting, in more ways than one, and my heart went out to him. I will say that he definitely was an ass over how he handled the situation though. After some time to reflect for about 6 months, he is offered a special opportunity with his rival team (which happens to be the team Ian runs) and is reluctant to jump on the bandwagon until he sees that he'll be working with Madison. He knows right then and there that he has missed her and thus begins his determination to win her back.

But Madison doesn't want to give her heart to Alex again. Technically, she shouldn't have given it the first time either. They were supposed to be a fling but their chemistry was off the charts and they spent more time than intended and we all know that hearts start getting involved after a certain point when we aren't looking. And after the way Alex shoved her out of his life like she was some sort of pariah, she is more determined to dig her heels in and resist all things Alex Dare. I have to give her props for her determination that's for sure. I would have folded a lot sooner than she did. She's still harboring some issues with her past in foster care and then is hit by a curveball from her foster brother. During all this, Alex was there by her side even when she didn't want her to be. Being the smart girl that she is, she threw herself at his mercy.

There were hiccups along the way that I felt were mostly because of Madison's insecurities. Ok, I can't say is completely true. She had room to have some slight doubts about Alex's commitment from past experiences with him but this new Alex was not like the old one and she should have know he wouldn't have just turned his back on her. And OMG! What happened to him when he was out of town for another possible opportunity had me wanting to bash some heads in! How can people do the things they do and not feel any guilt?! I loved the storyline and the characters, and secondary characters so much. It was all so perfect and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Alex and especially Madison grow to put their trust in someone else. And we got to see some brother bonding between Ian and Alex which I was ecstatic to read. I can't wait to gobble up the next in the series!

[rating stars="five-stars"]



  1. Oh I am so stinking excited about this one. I really enjoyed book one and the glimpses of him too. Can't wait to give it a read. Glad you enjoyed it!!

  2. I honestly enjoyed it better than Ian and Riley's book. Of course I don't think my review reflects that either. Lol.