Monday, August 10, 2015

Dare to Rock by Carly Phillips

4 Star

Avery Dare lives a quiet life in Miami as an online fashion/makeup video blogger. She has good friends, a close, large family and if her love life is lacking, she likes it that way. But when she receives an invitation to one of her ex's concerts along with an invitation to meet him back stage, she decides to take the risk… and comes face to face with the reality of his rock star lifestyle - the press, the crowds, and the half naked groupies. 

At eighteen, Grey Kingston left everything he knew and loved behind to seek fame and fortune as a rock star, and he found it as the lead guitarist and singer for the band, Tangled Royal. Fans adore him, women throw themselves at him, and he can afford everything he couldn’t growing up. Yet at the height of his career, he’s ready to walk away and return home to a simpler life… and the woman he left behind, if he can convince her to give him another chance. 

Except moving on isn’t as easy as Grey would like. When Avery is threatened by a stalker, it becomes evident Grey’s fans not only don’t want him to retire, they don’t want Avery in his life either. And Avery isn’t sure she wants the pressures that are part of Grey’s life… but she doesn’t want to lose him again, either. Can their recently renewed love survive the fallout? 

Kaley- 4 Star

I had been craving a good and entertaining romance novel for awhile and Carly Phillips' Dare to Rock delivered just what I was looking for.

Dare to Rock is actually the seventh book in Phillips' Dare series. I haven't read the others but I didn't really feel like I was missing out on much. Sure, I may have enjoyed knowing what some of the previous characters had done prior to this book but this installment in the series can definitely be read as a standalone.

While I did give this book four stars, I do think there were some parts of the story that could have been explored more fully. There was a lot of buildup to the stalker and the danger Avery seemed to be in due to Grey's lifestyle. I felt like that whole part of the storyline – the stalker and a few other things pertaining to the rock and roll life – was solved much too quickly. Almost like it was being brushed under the carpet. I wanted that extra story on top of the romance to be a good one because I need more than just the love story to really enjoy romance novels.

Speaking of the romance, I really loved that Avery and Grey had a past. Second chance love stories are some of my favourites. I enjoyed reading about how they remembered each other and as they learned how their feelings and personalities had subtly changed over the years. The romance was both sweet and hot (though not too explicit if you're concerned about that) and I was totally rooting for a Happily Ever After.

I really liked Avery. I enjoyed that she was a strong woman, despite the crazy emotional rollercoaster her childhood had been. She's aware of her weaknesses and is determined not to think of them as such. She wants to be rid of those feelings and insecurities. I liked that Phillips didn't make it seem like Grey was the one who "fixed" her. I also totally loved that she's a lifestyle blogger and is able to make a living on doing exactly what she loves (alas, that's not going to happen for us book bloggers!).  It shows that she knows what she wants to do and works her ass off to make it happen. Girlboss, all the way!

If the Dare series intrigues you, I'd probably suggest going back to the beginning (Dare to Love) and reading your way up to Dare to Rock. I really liked Carly Phillips' approach to romance and will definitely be reading more of her books in the future!

Thank you to to Rock Star Lit for our review copy. All opinions are our own.

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