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?
Part of Invitation to Eden multi author series (stands alone for listening enjoyment).
©2014 Karen Drogin (P)2014 Karen Drogin
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"Was torn about this book"
Yes, I'll listen to it again. In part because I listened to it while I was at work and may have missed something. Unfortunately, it takes a few minutes for me to realize that I'm focusing more on the computer I'm working on than the book I'm listening to!
The pace of the narration was fine. It was the narrator's voice for Gabe that bothered me. I don't remember having issues with her male voices for the earlier stories, but it somewhat distracted me from the story.
I liked the first two books in the series a lot better. Gave each 5 stars. I just couldn't get into this one as well. With all three, I bought the Kindle and audio versions. To be fair, I listened to the audiobook for the most part, so maybe I missed something. I found some of Gabe's and Isabelle's behavior just a little too odd at times and the narrator had a strange way of doing Gabe's voice. This may be one I'll have to listen to again with my Kindle handy.
Really enjoy Sophie's readings, I have listened to several books by her. Keep up the great work.
"Alpha male delight"
Hot, steamy and sweet at the core! My idea of a perfect book!!!
I was a little worried at the beginning of this story when she left one controlling man for another. Though Gabe clearly has Isabelle's best interest at heart with his controlling nature, it still seemed unhealthy. Isabelle needed to stand on her own for bit. I love that the author gave her that independence she needed. I also love that once Gabe let his guard down he wanted whatever was going to make his Kitten happy. I have loved the Dare to Love series and this spin off is just another series to love!!!
"Dare to Surrender"
I enjoyed this book enough to listen breaking only to get in and out at all my stops today. Sophie Eastlake's narration was so perfect this story won't soon be forgotten.
"Gabe and Isabell's story"
Carly Phillips is one masterful storyteller! Great character development! I was rooting for them the whole time I was listening to the audio! Love Gabe and Izz 💕💕💕
"Overall Decent Story"
No. Nothing against the book but it's very rare that I'll list to a book for a second time.
Isabelle - she learned from her mistakes or I should say poor decisions and wanted to succeed on her own.
No man voice
No, don't have the time to listen to any book in one sitting.
Though I made it through the whole book and liked the overall storyline I had a heck of a time listening to the main male characters (Gabe) voice throughout the book. It was painful and it bothered me every time he spoke.
"Cary Phillips + Sophie Eastlake = Sexy Listen"
Say Isabelle Masters is having a bad day, is an understatement! She had just left her cheating, and emotional abusive boyfriend. She knew that no amount of money was worth staying in that kind of situation. On top of all of that, she ended up at the police station. Her scummy ex-boyfriend reported her Mercedes as stolen. Isabelle did have one thing going for her, she was arrested by Gabriel Dare's brother and he just happen to be at the station. She knew Gabe from attending society events with her ex. Gabe rushed to the rescue on his white horse, trying to help her. Immediately, Isabelle goes on alert. Is this knight in shining armor to good to be true? She's already been burned once by a guy that seemed to be a good one.
Isabelle was such an amazing character! I enjoyed that fact that she was written flawed. She came into the situation with Gabe with lots of baggage. She left one controlling relationship, and stepped right into a new relationship immediately. Those things let her question Gabe's motives. I appreciated that she was smart enough to take a step back to work on herself and her career. She was able to prove that she could make it in the world without a man. The entire experience made her a stronger women. It was such an empowering message!
Sophie Eastlake brought her A-game on this one. This book contained so many different emotions, from deep despair to heated passion. Sophie was able to pull them all off beautifully! Also her sultry voice and pacing, really set the tone for the sexy book. Her different character voices were distinct and clear. She made listening to this audiobook an extremely enjoyable experience. Sophie is an another narrator that is on my 'Must Listen" list, because of her amazing character voices and consistent performances.
Carly Phillips has done it again! I enjoyed this book's roller coaster of emotion, and the fact that the author wrote extremely realistic characters. She has a real talent, when it comes to writing truly broken characters. This book was also inspirational, I know I personally got a lot from Isabelle's journey. This audiobook contained a lot of story content, in such a short book. If I had one tiny complaint, it would be that I wished I could have spent more time with Isabelle and Gabe. But I'm pretty sure we'll get to see them pop-up upcoming in another Dare to Love book.
"NY Dares Are Just as Hot as Their Miami Cousins"
Love Carly Phillips. Love Sophie Eastlake. Love the Dares. But…this story is a bit short for a novel and too long to be considered a novella. I admit to my tight-wad nature. I like to get a lot of story for my credit, so the length would normally make this an audiobook I would pass on, but the Whispersynch option made it affordable, so I went ahead and got it.
I discovered that it's sometimes nice to get a whole story in a short amount of time, especially when it is actually a COMPLETE story with well-written characters and interesting situations that grab hold and suck you in and, thank the maker, no lame cliffhanger. Very likable H and h. I am so glad I didn't miss out on Gabe and Iz finding their happy. Gabe is almost too good to be true, and Isabelle is actually deserving of a guy that awesome. This is a light but not fluffy, entertaining and engaging, 5-hour listen (though I listened at 1.25 because, for ME, dialogue flows more naturally at that speed, so it was more like 4 hours) that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Sophie Eastlake is awesome. She's one of my favorites. No, she is not a master of all male and female voices and accents, but her tone, inflection, emotion and feel for how to properly deliver what I believe is exactly what the writer wants to convey is pure gold. Dare to put it in your cart, and enjoy the ride :)
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