“Carly Phillips is one of my favorite authors for steamy, contemporary romance! Love the Dare series and this romance was HOT!" Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author
SEXY DARE, an all new steamy Dare family standalone from New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips is available now!
One protective alpha male ...
Plus one hot curvy blonde ...
Equals an insta-love they can’t deny.
Billionaire nightclub owner Jason Dare doesn’t stand a chance. From the moment he lays eyes on the luscious blonde stuck on the side of the road and realizes she’s in danger, he goes from playboy to bodyguard.
Faith Lancaster’s sweet body won’t come to any harm on his watch. And watch Faith he does. He can’t take his eyes off her. Jason will stop at nothing to keep Faith safe. Even if it means moving her into his apartment and letting her into his once private life.
Hiding from her past, Faith has spent the last year building her candy business into a profitable company while keeping to herself and staying under the radar … until she meets the delicious Mr. Dare. Alpha and irresistible, he awakens desires she has long denied. It doesn’t take her long to succumb to his charms and fall hard for the man.
They both have their reasons for keeping things casual but when Faith’s past catches up with her, can Jason finally claim the woman meant to be his?
A Sexy Series / Dare Standalone
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Jason had settled into a chair in the center of the shop, surveying the work going on around him. He’d already left once, returning with sandwiches and sodas for everyone. As the hours passed and he vacillated between returning messages on his phone and talking to the workmen he obviously knew, she grew more confused.
“Don’t you have somewhere else to be?” she asked him.
He raised an eyebrow as if to say, Really? “Nowhere more important. I want to make sure the work here is done correctly and this place looks exactly the way you want it.”
She appreciated his thoughtfulness, but he had to have better things to do than worry about her. “Okay, but I can handle that. I don’t want to take up more of your day than I already have. I can stick around until the guys are finished, lock up, and head home.”
He folded his strong arms over his chest, his olive-green Henley pulling tight over his muscles. “And do you think I’m going to leave you here alone after what you told me about your brother?”
She’d been pushing thoughts of Colton aside all day. “I have pepper spray on my keychain.” The words sounded ridiculous, even to her.
She was no match for her brother, and if he was strung out? He’d have a wiry strength she couldn’t handle. She knew that firsthand, memories of her hands trying to pull his wrists off her neck very clear in her mind.
“Okay, fine. I appreciate you making sure I get home safely.” She’d be a fool to fight Jason’s protective nature.
“You still don’t get it. But you will.” He shook his head, amusement warring with a more serious expression. “You’re coming home with me, sweetness. I’m not leaving you here or in that shitty walk-up with a crappy lock your brother could break with one good kick.”
“Hey! That’s my apartment you’re insulting!” And all she could afford.
“It’s only an insult if I’m wrong.” He studied her, as if daring her to argue.
“I can’t just move in with you!”
He sighed. “Fine. You need someone to vouch for me? We can call my partners. Or my sister. Or… Hey, Sam! Am I trustworthy?” Jason yelled out to the man who was just climbing down a ladder, her clean window staring back at her.
Sam strode up to them and looked from Jason to Faith and back again. “Best man I know. Take a look at this.” Reaching into his pocket, Sam pulled out his phone, then began scrolling through his pictures.
“This is my girl.” He turned the phone so Faith could see a picture of a grinning little pixie with a bright smile and a pom-pom hat on her bald head, no hair hanging down beneath the folded brim.
“She’s beautiful,” Faith said, sliding her finger over her face.
“And if it wasn’t for this guy introducing us to his sister, I don’t think my wife and I would have made it through the roughest parts of her illness.” He shoved his phone back into his pocket.
Looking up at Jason from beneath her lashes, she caught a flush on his cheeks.
“It just so happens I could help you, man. But I’m glad Sienna could do her part. She loves fundraising and doing anything she can for kids who’ve been through what she has.”
Faith would like to help her one day, when there was no danger following her around, she thought sadly. For now, though, she had to fight through her own problems and not bring them into other people’s lives.
“Thanks, Sam.” Jason all but dismissed his friend, who waved and walked back to the other guy helping him.
“So? Still think I’m a serial killer?” Jason asked her.
Seriously Carly Phillips gave me yet another Dare brother to fall in love with in Sexy Dare. Jason Dare is yummy and I loved him from the moment he appeared on the page.
Jason Dare and his friends Tanner Grayson and Landon Bennett nightclub Club TEN29 is named in honor of their best friend Levi, who was Landon's twin brother. Jason and his partners are all broody men, and I loved seeing Jason be totally blown away when he stopped to help Faith Lancaster with a flat tire. His protective instincts went into overdrive from the moment he laid eyes on Faith.
Faith is hiding in plain sight from her brother, who wants part of the money her mother left her, as he was cut off for being a drug addict. Jason immediately recognizes she needs both help and protection, but knows it has to be on her terms. I absolutely loved how strong Faith was and the fact she accepted help when she needed it. I loved the suspense aspect in this story and thought it played out well and with great pacing.
The chemistry between Jason and Faith was there from the moment they first met. OMG I loved them so much together, even when Jason was all friends only...which of course he has no chance of keeping. Seriously Jason and Faith were so perfect together from the very beginning. Yes he was super broody at times and didn't want a future with anyone because past losses, but I just loved them together from the start. I have to say that Jason of all the Dare siblings was one of the toughest to let everything from his past go. I got so mad at him so many times for putting up walls to try and keep his heart protected from the one person who already loved him so much. I'm not saying after all his dad had done to their family, and the loss of his best friend Levi in college weren't reasons to protect himself. I just felt like he held on to the past so much so he almost missed out on an amazing future.
Spending time with so many members of Jason's family made me super happy with this story as well. The Dare family, with the exception of Robert Dare, are some of my favorite characters every from Carly Phillips, and I loved seeing not only Jason's siblings, but some of his cousins as well. I had all the feels from reconnecting with so many of my favorite characters in this story!
Sexy Dare was an amazing start to a new series from Carly Phillips. I'm already totally in love with this series and can't wait to see both Tanner and Landon each get their own stories. I highly recommend this book and series to romance book lovers!
Rating: 5 Stars (A+)Review copy provided by publisher
Meet Carly Phillips
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two incredible daughters who put up with having a mom as a full time writer. Carly’s book, The Bachelor, was chosen by Kelly Ripa as a romance club pick and was the first romance on a nationally televised bookclub. Carly loves social media and interacting with her readers. Want to keep up with Carly? Sign up for her newsletter and receive TWO FREE books at www.carlyphillips.com.
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