Review: Dare to Surrender (Invitation to Eden) (Dare to Love Book 3) by Carly Phillips

July 12, 2014 Review 0

Review: Dare to Surrender (Invitation to Eden) (Dare to Love Book 3) by Carly Phillips

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?

Title: Invitation to Eden - Dare to Surrender
Author: Carly Phillips
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Dare to Rock
Series: Dare to Love
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Dare to Rock
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: July 15, 2014
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 230
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: three-half-flames

“Da Plane!  Da Plane!”  Fantasy Island goes erotic.  If you have been reading the Invitation to Eden series, you know this.  Don’t worry, if you haven’t read any of them, the island called Eden is the common theme.  You can read each as a stand-alone.

Dare to Surrender is Carly Phillips’ wonderful submission to this wonderful series.  This is listed as book three in her Dare to Love series but, it too can be read as a stand-alone.  That being said, the Dare family is a rather large and very interesting family, one of those dysfunctional families that you just can’t get enough of and they do all like to show up for the odd family gathering, birthday party, or club opening. So jump in – the water is fine.

Dare to Surrender features Gabriel Dare and his, um, obsession(?) with Isabelle Masters.  Gabriel gave me some tense moments.  His courtship of Isabelle bordered on stalking.  He recognizes he is a dominate type guy, “He’d learned about power exchange in order to feel in control—of himself and his life? And he had.”  But, being the arrogant, closed up tight, non-communicative, idiot that he was, he seemed to forget it might be appropriate to discuss his preferences with Isabelle.  Thank goodness Isabelle liked his preferences and had the hutzpah to ask questions.  Not that he was always inclined to answer, (Did I mention closed up tight?) but she did ask and learned to insist on answers.  Kudos for her!

Contrary to the way it may sound, I liked this book, a lot.  The characters were nicely flawed and I enjoyed how the author had each of them coming to terms with and/or fixing their flaws. And, of course throw in a couple trips to Eden, “Gabe loved this island. There was the privacy—they were alone on a stretch of endless white sand and clear blue water.  There was the mystery—his entire family and many friends were here for the opening of Elite, and yet there was no one around to hear or see a thing.” and well, *sigh* lovely story.



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