Dare to Touch (Dare to Love #5)
by Carly Phillips
Review of New Release
B & N
Olivia Dare, executive director of the Miami Thunder, and team travel director Dylan Rhodes share more than just a passion for football. Their chemistry is explosive -- their feelings for each other intense. Yet Olivia has ended things for reasons he still can’t fathom and she won’t explain.
Unwilling to let something special go so easily, Dylan has been pursuing Olivia ever since. When the Pro-Bowl takes them to the spa paradise in Scottsdale, Dylan is determined to make sure their time together isn’t all business. What happens in paradise is life altering but once Olivia admits her deepest secret and fear, will Dylan still want the forever he’s been pushing for?
“Happy birthday, Olivia,” a familiar masculine voice drawled in her ear. She shivered at the sound, all her senses prickling with awareness as Dylan Rhodes’s warm breath heated her skin.
She turned to find him close. Too close, and her pulse picked up speed. Sexy chocolate-brown eyes gazed at her. And his close-cut goatee teased her with its nearness. In her dreams, that sexy goatee felt delicious against her bared flesh.
Jesus, Olivia, get a grip.
“Thanks for coming to the party.” Her voice came out too husky for her liking, but Dylan always had this kind of effect on her. He was the travel director with the Miami Thunder, her co-worker, and the man she’d lusted after from the day they’d met.
“I’m glad your sister invited me.”
She wished Avery hadn’t insisted on throwing her a party, but now that it was nearly over, Olivia had had a wonderful time and was grateful her mom and her siblings, half and full, cared enough to attend the event. Friends and co-workers too.
He studied her beneath his hooded gaze. “I wouldn’t miss your celebration.” He tucked a wayward strand of hair behind her ear, his fingers trailing a path over her cheek in what was a deliberate, lingering touch.
She shivered; her traitorous nipples puckered at his light caress. This was more than the flirting dance they normally did. There was intent in his coffee-colored stare.
You can never outrun your demons. You can try to hide from them, ignore them, suffer with them... in the end, you can only face them head on and deal with them.
This is Olivia Dare's story. We have read about the sexy Dare men and their Dominant natures. Olivia, although she portrays a touch exterior, is very fragile. This is her way of protecting her emotions. She has been deeply hurt and is unsure if she will be able to survive being hurt again. So, she isolates herself from pursuing any serious relationships and protects her emotions by not getting involved.
Dylan Rhodes, her co-worker in charge of travel for the team, knows she is hiding from him. He knows there is a strong attraction between them that cannot be denied. He has been patient with her, allowing her time to get comfortable with. Now the time has come to pursue her. He can no longer deny how he feels about her and must make his move. From the very beginning of this story, Dylan takes the dominant role in this pursuit. He is gentle but firm, always letting Olivia know he is here to stay. Life being what it is does not relent. Olivia is brought to brink as she realizes she must face her past if she is to hope for a future with Dylan.
Love this Dare series by Carly Phillips. Each is a different story unique in plot line and the obstacles our characters must face. This particular story broke my heart. Olivia's story is one that will touch your hearts as you follow her in her pursuit for a happily ever after. By the way, Dylan is scorching HOT in bed... and everywhere else for that matter!
About Carly Phillips:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels that today's readers identify with and enjoy. After a successful 15 year career with various New York publishing houses, Carly is making the leap to Indie author, with the goal of giving her readers more books at a faster pace at a better price. Her Serendipity books will still finish up in January/February 2014 via Berkley as planned. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find all information about Carly at her website and other social media sites: