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review 2015-11-23 07:05
Blog Tour w/Review - DARE TO SEDUCE

 

Dare to Seduce (Dare to Love Book #8) by Carly Phillips

Date of Publication: November 17, 2015

 

 

 

 

This book can be read as a standalone!

 

Blurb:

 

Max Savage has had a thing for Lucy Dare for as long as he can remember but he values his long standing friendship with her brothers too much to cross the line. When Lucy shows up at an engagement party on the arm of another man, Max doesn't like the changes he sees in her.

 

It's now or never. Max can think of one way to convince Lucy she's with the wrong guy. He'll dare to seduce her...

 

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Excerpt:

 

Max Savage glanced across the lush green lawn of Gabriel and Isabelle Dare’s Bedford, New York, home, his gaze focused on the sexy brunette he couldn’t get out of his head. Lucy Dare, dressed in a conservative pants suit, her luxurious dark hair pulled into a bun, stood beside her date, a Hollywood director who was a douchebag of the first order.

 

The last time Max had seen Lucy, she’d been her wild and free self. Then she’d hooked up with that guy and she’d changed. And not in a good way. He wanted fun, sexy Lucy back.

 

How badly do you want to punch that guy’s teeth in?”

 

So badly,” Max muttered, then glanced over, realizing the question came from Lucy’s brother, Decklan Dare.

 

Max shook his head and changed his answer, because it would do no good to let his best friend know he was obsessing over the guy’s little sister. He’d kept it to himself for years, partially as an excuse to deny what he really wanted, but regardless, this wasn’t the right time to bring up the issue.

 

Who do you mean?” Max asked.

 

Decklan rolled his eyes. “Oh, come on. I know you hate that Spielberg wannabe as much as we do.”

 

Can’t say he’d be my first choice for your sister.”

 

That’s rich considering it’s your fault she’s with him to begin with.”

 

Decklan eyed Max with distinct annoyance in his gaze.

 

How the hell do you figure that?” Max asked.

 

Decklan’s older brother, Gabe, joined them, and from the look on his face, he’d clearly caught the tail end of the conversation.

 

Face it, Savage. We know you have a thing for Lucy,” Gabe said.

 

Just how the brothers had gleaned that bit of knowledge was beyond Max. Nobody had a better poker face than him.

 

Decklan merely nodded in agreement.

 

You didn’t take your chance last time she was in town, and now she’s with that asshole,” Gabe added, angling his head toward where his sister stood with Lucas Kellan.

 

Well, fuck.” Max wasn’t about to deny what had clearly been more obvious than he’d intended.

 

Both Dare brothers narrowed their gazes on him, waiting for an explanation.

 

What? I didn’t think you’d approve, and I wasn’t about to mess up years’ worth of friendship if you didn’t.” He was sticking to the tried-and-true excuse he’d told himself for years. In reality, Max had his reasons for staying away from Lucy for so long and for fucking up more than just his life in the process. But they were his, and he wouldn’t be sharing them.

 

The only way you’d compromise friendships would be if you used or hurt my sister. If your intentions are honorable, I have no issue,” said Gabe, the man who’d raised Lucy after their parents died in a car accident.

 

Max glanced at Decklan. They both knew Max’s recent past. He’d married young, lost his wife, Cindy, in a car accident, and had a subsequent lack of serious relationships since. What Decklan didn’t know was the guilt Max harbored over the emotions he hadn’t been able to give his wife, due to the feelings he’d always had for Lucy. Hell, he’d married Cindy because he didn’t have those intense feelings, and everyone had paid a price.

 

Max shifted uncomfortably and cleared his throat and glanced at Decklan, who, like Gabe, was extremely protective of his sister. “You too? You’re okay with this?” he asked.

 

His best friend shrugged. “Well, you’re an asshole but you’re our asshole.” He slapped Max on the back, his expression sobering. “Look, Cindy died four years ago, and you haven’t been with anyone seriously since.”

 

Neither one of them mentioned Max’s penchant for sex clubs on the weekends. It had been a way to fill the emptiness inside him, nothing more.

 

But Gabe is right,” Decklan said. “I see how you look at Lucy. You should do something about it if your intentions are solid.”

 

They finally were. For years Max had denied his need for Lucy and the emotional bond he knew they would share if they took things to the next level. Fear had driven him. Now Max was finally ready to go after the woman he’d always wanted.

 

Just don’t blow it or we will have an issue,” Decklan cheerfully added.

 

Max didn’t need to be told twice. He made his way across the lawn and veered between guests, coming up to where Lucy and her date stood by the bar.

 

 
 
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This is the 8th book in the Dare To Love series. This book can be read as a standalone. The reading of the books, in order, adds to the enjoyment and understanding of the series.

Max Savage and Lucy Dare have known each other for years. Lucy does not want a fling, but that has not stopped her from lusting after him. Her feelings have been put on hold, since she does not want to be with someone who could hurt her again.

Max has been in love with Lucy as long as he can remember. He has avoided chasing after her, since he is good friends with her brothers. He does not want to risk all that he has with the Dare family. When they give him the green light to go after her, he decides that winner takes all.

They are so good together, even though they both have secrets from the past that are needing to be communicated. The banter is good, the sexy times are hot, and the story is just a genuine good love story! This is a definite keeper for my shelf!!

 
 
 
 

About Carly Phillips:

 

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 www.carlyphillips.com.

 

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review 2015-11-23 02:35
Love can hurt
Dare to Seduce (Dare to Love ) (Volume 8) - Carly Phillips

This is the 8th book in the Dare To Love series.  This book can be read as a standalone.  The reading of the books, in order, adds to the enjoyment and understanding of the series.

 

Max Savage and Lucy Dare have known each other for years.  Lucy does not want a fling, but that has not stopped her from lusting after him.  Her feelings have been put on hold, since she does not want to be with someone who could hurt her again.

 

Max has been in love with Lucy as long as he can remember.  He has avoided chasing after her, since he is good friends with her brothers.  He does not want to risk all that he has with the Dare family.  When they give him the green light to go after her, he decides that winner takes all.

 

They are so good together, even though they both have secrets from the past that are needing to be communicated.  The banter is good, the sexy times are hot, and the story is just a genuine good love story!  This is a definite keeper for my shelf!!  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC has been given in exchange for an honest review.

 

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review 2015-11-17 15:14
Dare to Seduce (Dare to Love ) (Volume 8) - Carly Phillips

I just adore Carly Phillips' Dare series. Ian and Gabe have been my favorites. Well, I think Max Savage is giving them a run for their money! His name alone exudes sex!

Max has longed for little Lucy Dare ever since she had come home from college. Unfortunately, Max figured Lucy's brothers, Gabe and Decklan would have a huge problem with him wanting to be with Lucy so he never pursued anything. Over the next few years, Lucy moved to California for work, while Max ended up marrying Cindy, who was killed in a car accident 4 years later. Neither of them were very happy. Now that Lucy is back in town for Decklan's wedding, Max finally gets her brother's blessing and he decides to make his move. He doesn't care if she brought some guy with her from California.

I loved the way Max kept working on Lucy to convince her that he really had feelings for her and wasn't just looking for sex. I just adored how sweet and thoughtful he was, while at the same time being a typical cocky, alpha male! Their time on the island of Eden was wonderful and sexy...really sexy! ;)

I enjoyed how they worked together to open up a new restaurant Savage in Soho (great name), and really enjoyed the character of Sabastian, the chef he hired. He was a hoot! Too bad he isn't a Dare...I bet he'd have a great story!

Overall another great addition to the Dare series!

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review 2015-11-17 00:13
Dare to Seduce (Dare to Love ) (Volume 8) - Carly Phillips
I adore the Dare to Love series by Carly Phillips. Seriously don't want to do anything but read from the moment the book hits my kindle until I finish the last page every single time. Dare to Seduce was no different.
 
I've wanted Lucy Dare to get her story since we first met her in Dare to Surrender. She was so feisty and fun-loving, I couldn't wait to read her story. Imagine my surprise when we see Lucy again in Dare to Seduce and she was almost subdued rather than the vivacious person in the earlier books. I totally got Lucy and loved watching her turn back into the real Lucy Dare once she was back in New York and Max was back in her life.
 
I absolutely loved Max Savage from the moment we met him as well. I knew he was attracted to Lucy and totally understood his hesitancy based upon her brothers, not only being his best friends, but their protective nature when it came to Lucy. However, I knew Max and Lucy would be awesome together and I was so glad Max finally made his move. 
 
Max and Lucy have amazing chemistry and it only grew hotter as they spent more time together. I loved that Max totally understood Lucy's fear of losing people and got that was the reason she kept her distance from her family and picked men she couldn't love in the past. As Max had a few abandonment issues himself from childhood, he not only understood Lucy, but had experienced those same feelings. I loved that Max was willing to be patient and respectful with Lucy's issues, while still showing her how much he loved her. Add in the absolutely smoking hot sex between them, and Max and Lucy are one of my favorite couples in the series. 
 
Dare to Seduce is another winner in the Dare to Love series. While it can totally be read as a stand-alone story, I think readers will understand more of the family dynamics by reading Dare to Surrender and Dare to Submit first.
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review 2015-11-11 00:00
Dare to Seduce
Dare to Seduce - Carly Phillips Dare to Seduce - Carly Phillips There are two things that I always expect from a Carly Phillips novel. A good story and a HOT read. I received an ARC of Dare to Seduce in exchange for an honest review.
The fact that it was a Dare story put my mind at ease. Her Dare family consists of stories that are not only sexy reads but have substance behind the characters and their wicked sex appeal. I liked Lucy and Max together. Lucy was a temptation that festered in Max's soul. Lucy was by no means a wide-eyed innocent but I think everyone underestimated her as a person. She was more than sweet helpless Lucy and I believe that is what she liked about Max. He was controlling and forced her out of her comfort zone. With Dare to Seduce Carly Phillips pushed boundaries but she did it to give a better understanding of her characters and that is what I found riveting.
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