Dare to Surrender by Carly Phillips
Released: July 15, 2014
Genre: Erotic romance
Publisher: CP Publishing
Reviewed by Sarah
On the Flap
Part of Invitation to Eden
After ending a relationship to a cheating, domineering man, Isabelle Masters takes off in her leased Mercedes, only to be arrested for grand theft and hauled to a local police station. To her surprise, she is rescued by the most unlikely person possible, Gabriel Dare, a man she’s been attracted to for far too long. Gabe offers Isabelle freedom along with an invitation to Eden, an exclusive island resort where everything and anything is possible.
Although Gabe yearns to possess Isabelle, he knows all too well he must fight his primitive need to bind her to him, and instead help bring out the independent woman she yearns to become – or risk losing her for good.
A woman who needs to run her own life. A man who needs to exert control. Can she surrender to his erotic demands without losing her sense of self once more?
This book is unique in that it’s part of two different series, Dare to Love and Invitation to Eden, but can be read as a stand-alone.
Isabelle hasn’t had the easiest life. She has a non-existent association with less than loving parents and no siblings. She has spent the last three years in an underwhelming relationship with Lance who has managed to manipulate and control her. Wanting only love, she gave up her budding design career and has virtually been an indentured servant and trophy girlfriend. Finally after having enough of his mistreatment and emotional abuse, she leaves. Doesn’t even pack her bags, just out the door looking for a fresh start.
Gabriel Dare is a wealthy and successful man who has it all but love. He was married once but it wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be so now he enjoys emotionless, short-term flings. From the time he first saw Iz, he was head over heels for her. He instinctually felt the need to protect her but knew he’d have to be patient since he is overwhelming at best.
After being arrested, none other than Gabe comes to Isabelle’s rescue. He takes her to his home to help her get back on her feet. This is where the will she or won’t she aspect comes into play. Iz has been broken down for so long she believes she’s not worth the trouble and is fearful of being with another dominant man, however, at the same time she feels safe and at peace with him.
This book wasn’t exactly as I expected. I assumed Eden would play a larger part than it did. This isn’t a good or bad thing just an observation. The focus of the story is fully on their connection and growth as both individuals and a couple. It is an absorbing anthropological view of two people who have experienced pain on different levels. It is a quick read with fantastic strong characters. The push and pull dynamic of their romance is the bread and butter of the plot. It’s nice to see an alpha male with a bit of restraint. The undertone of bdsm/kink is gratifying; it’s not too much but enough to kick things up a notch.
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.