Dare to Hold (Dare to Love #6) by Carly Phillips
Released: April 14, 2015
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: CP Publishing
Reviewed by Sarah
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Some 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 vulnerability.
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)
Dare to Love Series Reading Order
Book 1: Dare to Love (Ian & Riley)
Book 2: Dare to Desire (Alex & Madison)
Book 3: Dare to Surrender (Gabe & Isabelle)
Book 4: Dare to Submit (Decklan & Amanda)
Book 5: Dare to Touch (Olivia & Dylan)
Book 6: Dare to Hold (Scott & Meg) coming in 2015
Book 7: Dare to Rock (Avery & Grey) coming in 2015
*each book can stand alone for your reading enjoyment
Thank you so much and enjoy!
We met Meg in Dare to Touch. She’s Dylan’s ex-girlfriend who as you may recall is a bit clingy and codependent on her now best friend. Now we get to learn more about her. She turns out to be quite a bit layered. With a mother who was less than maternal and a string of bad boyfriends, it’s understandable why her first impression wasn’t the best. Fortunately, she turns out to fairly complex. She craves to be independent and self-sufficient almost to the detriment of a possible future with Scott.
As a member of the dysfunctional Dare family, Scott is very much like his brothers; all alpha, a bit damaged from good ol’ dad and wife #1, yet still trying to have a better outlook. He’s a suspended police officer who is feeling a little dissatisfied with his job and all the rules and regulations.
I liked this one. In fact, it’s probably my favorite of the Dare books I’ve read. As a woman who doesn’t want children, I thought the pregnancy angle would bother me but it doesn’t at all. It even adds a bit of subterfuge to the plot and Meg and Scott’s relationship. They make a sweet and suitable couple who have to learn what a healthy relationship is. He just feels a kismet and basal attraction to her but doesn’t want to push her away. She has to figure out that depending on the right man isn’t problematic and does not make her any less of a strong individual. As with the other Dare books, I wish the happy ending isn’t so abrupt, but at the same time I finally understand why it is written this way. It’s the author’s way of setting up for the next in the series, so it’s almost like a cliffhanger but not quite. Regardless, Dare to Hold is a swoony good time for a girl who just wants an adult fairytale.
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.