Dare to Take is the sixth book in the Dare Family series–a series based on the deceptions perpetrated by the father of the Dare siblings. (Another series will follow, about the ‘other’ family he sired.)
Even though there are six stories in all, this is the first I’ve read. However, I had little trouble figuring out who was who. Tyler is the youngest brother, who has a history with Ella, the best friend of his sister Avery. Despite their strong attraction to each other, Tyler and Ella have stayed apart because the first time around didn’t end so well.
After Ella’s Mom died when she was only five, her dad had subsequently re-married, but that marriage failed, when her Dad – while drunk – had a serious accident, resulting in the death of the other person. He was sent to prison, leaving Ella entirely alone. She met Avery when both girls were in the hospital donating blood marrow to a relative. The girls bonded and remained best friends. Now, as an adult, Ella has her ‘dream job’ in the fashion world, setting up photo shoots in somewhat exotic locations: she chooses the clothing and jewels.
When Ella is mugged on the island of St. Lucia, her passport, cell phone and wallet are stolen, leaving her in the hospital, with no way to get back home. She calls Avery, who alerts Tyler to Ella’s distress.
Tyler runs his own security company and he promptly asks his brother for the use of his private jet to bring Ella back to Florida. Sparks fly almost immediately, and continue throughout the book.
However, once back home again, Ella has more difficulties as her apartment has been ransacked, and she’s being followed. Tyler steps in to safeguard her and find the villains, and the best way to do this is to keep her with him all the time! For whatever reason, this was one of the few times I’ve figured out who the baddy was before the author revealed it!
Of course, being a romance novel, there must be a happy ending and there is. Even though I’d not really ‘met’ any of the Dare siblings previously, it was fun to see their own personalities as they wandered in and out of this rather quick, light read. Perfect for the beach!
First and foremost, Kelly is a reader, then a writer and editor. She adores Regency-set novels, and cozy mysteries. Every now and then, however, she finds something else to enjoy if it has a great premise with characters who belong in there, and fabulous writing! She writes under her own name, as well as her pen-name, Hetty St. James.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by CP Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.