Review: Dare to Surrender by Carly Phillips

Dare to Surrender (Dare to Love, #3)I’ve had Carly Phillips in my TBR forever. I kept adding and adding her books to my list but unfortunately I couldn’t get to any of them until now. You know, day job and all that. Well, I have to say I’m pulling my hair out that I hadn’t read her books until now. Dare to Surrender kept me up until the wee hours of the night. All right, a little past midnight. I couldn’t put the darn book down. If I didn’t have to go to work on Monday morning, I would’ve kept reading it until I finished it.

Dare to Surrender (Dare to Love, #3)Where do I start? Gabe… Okay so his name is Gabriel Dare. What a name, no? This guy is so hot (at least I think so anyway). He’s had a crush (for like EVER) on Isabelle. The thing is: she’s taken. Yeah. She’s been with a douchebag for a couple of years, so Gabe has kept his distance. Though, whenever he has a chance he steals a few minutes here and there to chat with her. The feeling is mutual. Isabelle returns his teasing comments, smiles, looks, and all. But she won’t cheat on her sorry excuse of a boyfriend.

Gabe swears that if she ever becomes available he will be the first in line. Well, guess what? Her circumstances change (her boyfriend cheats on her) and there comes Gabe to the rescue. He does sort of rescue her from jail. He doesn’t waste the opportunity to stake his claim. He wants her and he will have her–as in, he’ll never let her go because he wants a go at whatever relationship they can have.

Things get pretty steamy between the two. Then there is the thing with her maybe being on the rebound, but Gabe is also with someone (he breaks up with her). Then again, they are dying to be with each other. They go their separate ways, but Gabe never loses track of Isabelle and then works things out so she gets an invitation to Eden.

I don’t know what kept me hooked more: the pretty darn hot sex scenes or Gabe and his looks and the things he said and did. I was all, “Team Gabe” and “Isabelle, why are you running away?”

I really liked this book and now I’m a die-hard fan of Carly Phillips. So there. 🙂