When it comes to family, Ian
Dare gives his all but in relationships he offers the bare minimum. Until one
glimpse of sensual Riley Taylor arouses his dominant and protective instincts.
He will do anything to possess her … and does. But any future with Riley must
include him dealing his half-brother who is a constant reminder of the pain
he’d rather forget.
Riley Taylor believes herself immune to domineering men – until charismatic Ian
Dare turns a simple kiss into an all out assault on her senses and she
discovers she likes his brand of control in the bedroom. As their affair heats
up, they soon realize they complete each other in ways neither imagined. But
Riley’s past is closer than she cares to remember, and her struggles with Ian’s
dominance might just cost her everything. (love story, contemporary romance,
alpha heroes, beach reads, sports heroes, bad boys, billionaire)
She let herself into her
building, walked up one flight to her apartment, and was startled to find
someone waiting outside her door. Even in the dimly lit hall, she recognized
Ian Dare’s tall frame, dark hair, and handsome features. Excitement bubbled up
inside her, followed by wariness.“Finally,” he said, leading
her to believe he’d been standing there awhile.She fought against her
rapidly beating heart. “What are you doing here?”He pushed off the wall and
strode toward her. “Do you realize I walked into the building without being
buzzed in? I just followed behind a couple who were too busy groping each other
to pay attention to who was entering behind them.”He didn’t have to further sum
up his point. Riley already knew the argument well from Alex and her stepmom.
“It’s perfectly safe. I carry mace and I’m careful. And you still haven’t
answered my question.”Ian ran a hand through his
hair, taking the time to tamp down on the anger that had been brewing inside
him as he waited for her in this tiny hall that, despite her claim, was far
from safe.Not for a woman with her full
breasts and curvy hips. Not for a woman with that mass of untamed hair and wild
beauty, dressed in a short denim skirt with a ruffled edge and black sleeveless
top that bared a hint of her stomach.He fought for control over
his libido and the desire to take her in every way imaginable. “I realize I
didn’t return your call, but I’m here now.”She met his gaze, brave and
unwavering. “Go home. Whatever I needed from you, it’s too late now.”His eyes narrowed. “That’s
what Alex said, but he refused to elaborate. He said it was your business, so I
came to the source. I was busy this week. I had meetings for the draft, and I
couldn’t call you back.”She raised an eyebrow. “Bull.
I’m guessing there are a whole host of reasons why you didn’t get back to me.
At the top of the list is that you hate Alex.”“I don’t hate him.” He
clenched his hands and released them again, searching for focus. “Riley, you
left me a message. Just tell me why.”“It’s too late.” She walked
toward him as she spoke.She passed him by, heading
for her door, key in hand. “I already lost my job,” she said as she slipped
inside her apartment.The door slammed closed
behind her, leaving him basking in her scent.“Son of a bitch.” He knocked
hard.When she didn’t answer, he
tried again.And again.Worst-case scenario, he’d
settle into the hallway for the night and wait to catch her when she left again
in the morning. Unwilling to do that, he banged on the door again.In the middle of his knock,
she swung the door open wide.“Fine. Come in,” she said,
her eyes narrowed and wary.He stepped inside. Once
enclosed in her small apartment, her luscious scent wrapped around him once
more. His cock took a definite hit as desire filled him along with that burning
need only she inspired. Knowing those feelings wouldn’t be welcome, he took in
her space. Bright colors on the walls, eclectic pieces of furniture, and a warm
feel. She knew how to take a tiny area and make it feel like a true home.“Can I get you something to
drink?” she asked.“No. I just want to know what
happened.”She expelled a deep breath,
causing her breasts to rise and fall beneath the flimsy material. He glanced
down, trying not to ogle her cleavage because that made him want to test the
weight of her breasts. And once he started touching her, he wouldn’t be able to
stop. Instead, he noticed her toenails were painted a bright orange, one toe
surrounded by a thin silver ring. Even her fucking feet were sexy.“I worked for Blunt Sporting
Goods,” she said, unaware of his train of thought. “I was head of their distribution
and sales department. The company was sold; the new boss is an ass and began
laying people off. I pulled a Hail Mary and told him I had an in with you, that
I could get some of our products distributed to the team. He gave me until
Friday to get back to him with something substantial. I called. You didn’t. End
of story.” She strode over to the door and swung it open, obviously eager to
get rid of him.He stared in stunned
surprise. “You told him that after meeting me for the first time on Saturday night?”She raised her chin. “Yep.”“After our kiss.”Her cheeks turned a healthy
pink. “Mmm-hmm.”“After you walked away from
me without a second glance.”She blinked up at him. “I
looked back,” she said softly.
Quarterback Alex Dare, had it
all -- an all-star football career and his choice of willing women -- until a
severe injury forces him into early retirement. Social worker Madison Evans
grew up in foster homes and knows what it means to have-not. She isn't
impressed by Alex Dare’s wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once
before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests.
This time around Madison refuses to succumb to Alex so easily. But Alex wants
Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it’s to get what he wants.
Can he convince Madison to take a risk and dare to love?
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?
Decklan Dare knows about the
unexpected loss of loved ones and for this reason, he values control in all
areas of his life. Amanda Collins enjoys the freedom she finds in casual
encounters without the emotional connection a relationship brings. They meet and
their physical attraction is mutual but both experience feelings that could run
deeper – if they drop their guard and let each other in. Decklan is first to
trust, but when he discovers the secret Amanda’s been hiding, will he forgive?
Or will he rebuild every wall before she has a chance to explain?
About the Author
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.