I received this book for free from Rock Star Lit in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dare to Seduce by Carly Phillips
Series: Dare to Love #8
Published by CP Publishing on November 17, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Rock Star Lit
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Alpha billionaire businessman, 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 arms of another man, Max doesn’t like the changes he sees in her and vows to make her his own.
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 … no matter what the consequences.
Now this is how to do the “big brother’s best friend” trope. Lucy Dare has been in love with Max Savage for as long as she can remember. Max has always felt the same way, but when they were younger, the age difference was a bigger deal (he was twenty-one, she was seventeen), and Max knew that her big brothers, his best friends, would never approve of the two of them dating. But now the timing is right, they’re old enough that the age difference doesn’t matter, and her big brothers couldn’t care less if they date because she’s smart enough to make her own choices and they know Max is a good guy. Thank you, Carly Phillips!
Max is all in immediately. He’s been waiting for Lucy for as long as he can remember and he’s determined not to wait anymore. Lucy is a little more cautious, as evidenced by her current boyfriend, the supremely dickish and boring Lucas. She knows she doesn’t love him, but he’s the safe choice.
Max and Lucy have a lot to work through here, mostly Lucy’s issues. Her family history and early dating life, her feelings for Max included, have taught her that people always leave. Even if they don’t leave you, they die, they go away, and leave you heartbroken. (Really I don’t know how you counter that. She’s not wrong.) She was so heartbroken when Max married another woman that she moved to the other side of the country and set up her life there. Being back in New York with everyone for her brother’s engagement party, seeing her brothers settling down and starting their own families, has her feeling nostalgic and realizing how much of her family’s lives she’s missing by being in California. It wouldn’t take much for her to decide to move back to New York.
This book was everything I’ve come to expect from the Dare series. Two people with amazing chemistry, hot sexy times, a little bit of angst, and a whole lot of family.