Dare to Desire
Dare to Love, #2
By Carly Phillips
Released April 10, 2014
Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all — an all-star football career with the Tampa Breakers and his choice of willing women — until a severe injury forces him into early retirement. When he is offered a ground-breaking position with a rival team, he’s intrigued, but there’s a catch. He’ll be working alongside the same woman he hasn’t been able to get out of his head for too long.
Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows first hand what it means to have-not. She isn’t impressed by Alex Dare’s wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests. This time around Madison refuses to succumb to Alex so easily.
But Alex wants Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it’s to get what he wants. The playboy athlete must prove he’s got game in more places than on the field. He means to prove that he’s a changed man but no sooner does he begin to break through Madison’s defenses when a new opportunity comes knocking and threatens her new-found trust. Can he make Madison take a risk and dare to love?
Loved this second book in the Dare to Love series! The characters and story drew me in immediately and I had no problem reading this book in one sitting. It had lots of emotion but also some humorous moments (usually something Alex has said) and definitely some steamy scenes staring a certain sexy ex-quarterback.
Alex and Madison have already had a sort of relationship and ended it before the story begins. When they meet back up, Alex has changed his ways but Madison is very untrustworthy. Alex, no longer the playboy athlete, is still sexy, confident, a definite alpha male, and now sweet and considerate. I think he’s grown up and matured. Madison doesn’t have a very good past so she’s hesitant to trust anyone but I did like her a lot. She has a backbone and doesn’t let Alex get away with too much. These two really compliment each other. All of the characters in the book had personality and I was easily absorbed by their world.
The story line had me interested from the very beginning. It had a nice flow and I didn’t feel like it lagged anywhere or had anything missing. There was plenty of sweet moments and several steamy ones that will have your toes curling. However, there was also plenty of personal growth for both Alex and Madison which added a lot of depth to the story. I highly recommend this book (and series) and can’t wait to read the 3rd book in the series. 5 out of 5 books!