26 August 2010

Review: Love me if you dare - Carly Phillips

Love me if you dare by Carly Phillips
published August 31, 2010; contemporary romance
#2 Most Eligible Bachelor series
got a digital version for review

Police officers Rafe Mancuso and Sara Rios have fought against their chemistry for some time, but when Rafe is seriously hurt while trying to rescue Sara things begin to change. A few days later Sara needs a place to hide and staying in Rafe's cabin where he is getting back on his feet is the perfect solution. While living together in the small cabin the chemistry between them explodes and soon they are more than  good friends.
However Sara is still in danger and there are also weird things going on in Rafe's hometown. They need to work together to make sure that Sara stays safe and to get Rafe's uncle out of serious trouble.
The more time they spend together the closer they get. In the end Sara has to overcome her trust issues if she wants to have a chance for a life together with Rafe.

Once again Carly Phillips managed to create characters that felt alive and like they were my friends. I cared about what happened to them and that's always a good thing. The story is fast-paced and mostly light-hearted. The mystery part is at first hilarious (the part with Rafe's uncle) but then a bit darker and more complicated than in "Kiss me if you can" but still not too suspenseful for a romance.

I enjoyed reading about Rafe and Sara's love story and especially Rafe was awesome. Both are strong characters and I loved how Sara finally realized what's really important in life. There's also a second love story between Rafe's brother and his wife. They are seperated and it was so sweet to read how they got back together. I also liked the message that love is worth working for it.

The cover is fun but I really wonder what it has to do with the book (I guess nothing). 

final appraisal
Believable characters, an entertaining story and some thrill make this book so great. Carly Phillips always manages to create characters that I like right from the start and that I want to be happy at the end.

Most Eligible Bachelor series
1. Kiss me if you can - read my review here
2. Love me if you dare


  1. This sounds like a fun romance! I am a sucker for couples who have been trying to resist each other for ages and finally give in to their chemistry. The mystery subplots sound intriguing too. Thanks for sharing your review! :)

    Violet @ The Eager Readers

  2. I think characters are the most important part of a book to me.. even more so than the plot itself. This sounds like a good read!

  3. Great review! I have both books of this series but haven't gotten around to them yet. Your review has made me want to move them to the top of my TBR pile.

    ~Book Obsessed

  4. I love the sounds of the book. It's quite enjoyable but it's not really a suspense, no?

  5. Great review! I like the concept of these books! Thanks for showcasing them!!!! Hope all is well!

  6. This one sounds fun! I haven't read this series, but I'm adding it to my TBR list for when I feel like reading a light romance.

    Thanks for the review!

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  8. Thanks for all the nice comments!

    Darlyn, it's definitely more a contemporary romance than a romantic suspense book. IMO the mystery helps the couple to finally get close and talk about their issues.

  9. I haven't heard of this series before, but it sounds like one I should look into. Great review :)




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