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review 2019-11-03 12:32
A Very Dare Christmas - Carly Phillips

This is book #6.5 from the Dare To Love series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel, but I would not recommend this.  Reading these in order helps to avoid spoilers and gives a full understanding of such a deliciously sexy family series.


Ian misses alone time with his wife.  Surprises can be fun.  He plans a Christmas present for both by making the time.


Riley cannot believe how tired she is lately.  She is wishing she had more time for all the directions she feels pulled in.


This was a short, sexy, and sweet stop back into see where the characters were in their lives.  My only complaint was that it was too short.  My joy was that they are great together.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This copy was provided for review purposes only.

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review 2018-10-05 21:49
Love One Another
Marked by Love: A Dare to Walk Away from Judgment and Hypocrisy - Gareth Stevens Publishing

“Stop telling people they need Jesus, and instead show them they matter. Stop using fear or scare tactics and start loving. Stop talking and start showing. When the people God brings into your life begin to experience a truly giving, sacrificial, unconditional, authentic, and vulnerable love from you, it will have an impact.”

Not your typical Christian nonfiction book, “Marked by Love” truly stands out in the genre. I went into this expecting to glean information about how Jesus expressed His love for us and how we, in turn, are to demonstrate that love to others, but wow, this turned out to be so much more! Many of the points that Tim Stevens articulates are anticipated, and yet he takes them further and stretches them in a way that is honest and raw and, yes, sometimes uncomfortable. An apt description for this book would be eyebrow-raising. Stevens explains that we should move past using the title of “Christians” because it has taken on such a negative connotation over the centuries and is more often than not offensive and use instead a term such as “Christ follower.” At first I was taken aback at this; however, as with so much of this book, I found that when I put aside my initial reaction and considered what Stevens was saying, I understood his point.

The best aspect of “Marked by Love” was that it was thought-provoking. It was an immersive reading experience; it didn’t just reinforce my theological views and ideas but rather challenged me to look outside the box and consider aspects of my faith and life in general in ways I hadn’t before. Stevens doesn’t purport to have all the answers, and although I didn’t always completely agree with him 100%, he expressed and explained his views logically, reaching out to the reader and drawing them in instead of just preaching to them. Many of the Scriptures used throughout the book were taken from The Message, a translation which I have not used before and which offered a new perspective on otherwise very familiar passages. Overall, I found “Marked by Love” to be radically countercultural, especially for conservative, traditionalist Christians (I should say Christ followers!), and doesn’t that also describe Jesus’ ministry during His time here on earth? Breaking down barriers and meeting people where they were with compassion, shattering hypocrisy and judgment by extending love and leaving an example for us to follow so that we can choose to be marked by love.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

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review 2018-09-30 21:16
Dare to Love Again (Decadence L.A., #3) by Maddie Taylor
Dare to Love Again - Maddie Taylor


Taylor has never been afraid to show her hand when it comes to risque, but there have been moments of lacking when it comes to emotion. Dare to Love Again is not one of those moments. Esme and Kieran's path to love is scattered with broken hearts, risky behavior, grief and fresh starts. Esme is learning to be whole again after a devastating loss shattered her world. The ghost of what was haunts her every waking moment even as it torments her dreams. Kieran is intrigued by the ice princess. He sees the pain that torments her and wants to be the light at the end of the tunnel for her. Can this brooding warrior melt the ice encasing her broken heart? Tempting.

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review 2017-08-28 22:14
Love Me If You Dare - Carly Phillips

Rafe Mancuso and Sara Rios used to be partners for the NYPD.  Rafe was engaged at the time but was drawn to Sara so he switched jobs not be tempted.  Now both of them are single and Sara asked Rafe if he was interested in working security for The Lancaster Foundation's fundraiser where they would be auctioning off jewelry for their cause.  What they both thought would be an easy night, turns into mayhem when Rafe takes a bullet meant for Sara.  This earns Rafe the title of New York City's most eligible bachelor.  Trying to escape the craziness, Rafe heads to his other house in Hidden Falls, NY, where he grew up.  Back in New York City, Sara is being threatened because she is a key witness in a murder trial.  To escape the threats, Sara heads to Hidden Falls with the hope of staying with Rafe for awhile until the trial starts.

With both of these two living in the same house, things quickly turn romantic.  Rafe realizes he wants a real relationship with Sara, unfortunately Sara only wants a friends-with-benefits type relationship.  As they spend more and more time together, Sara realizes that she really likes Rafe's big, large, crazy family and maybe being in a real relationship might not be so bad.  Too quickly Sara is spooked and runs away just as dangerous situations are closing in on them.  It takes a lot of soul searching for Sara to realize what she really wants in life, but eventually she decides to take the leap.

Both of these characters were fun and quirky.  Their love story with a little of bit of a mystery thrown in was fun and entertaining.  I just adored Rafe's entire extended family!  Gotta love big Italian families!  Overall, this was a fun story to read.

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review 2017-08-18 00:57
Love Me If You Dare - Carly Phillips

Love Me If You Dare was another winner from Carly Phillips. I really enjoyed this book when it was originally released and enjoyed it just as much when reading the updated version.


I adored Rafe and Sara as a couple, even though they aren't more than ex-partners and friends when Love Me If You Dare begins. I have to say I kinda love that Rafe believes in love more so than Sara and it totally made me fall for him pretty quickly. I somewhat understood Sara's hesitancy when it came to relationships, but not entirely. 


I loved how Rafe's family immediately accepted Sara into their world and their family pretty much from the moment they met her. I honestly felt like Sara fell in love with Rafe's family right along with falling in love with him, since it had pretty much just been Sara and her dad for so many years. 


I really loved that Rafe and Sara had such a hard time keeping away from each other. They had really wonderful chemistry. Their love making was sexy, sweet and at times down right funny as they both were recovering from injuries and had to work around his chest wound and her bad knee. I love a smoking hot sex scene as much as the next person, but sometime the funny sex scenes just add something to the realism of a story.


Love Me If You Dare was a wonderful read. If you love a romance filled with family, laughter, love, and even a bit of suspense, this is the book for you. 



Rating: 4 Stars (B+)

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