He’s the one who left.She’s the one he left behind.
Willow James, athletic trainer for the Miami Thunder football team, knows abandonment and hurt. A child of foster care, she’s been moved around and left behind more times than she cares to count. Just when she was starting to let her guard down with Braden Prescott, he left for a two year stint with Doctors Without Borders. Now he’s back.
Dr. Braden Prescott always felt like an outsider in his family of professional sports players. He’s traveled the world and is better for it, but now he’s home with a job for the Miami Thunder. When he comes face to face with the woman he left behind, their chemistry still smolders. She’ll give him her body again but not her heart.
He knows leaving her once was the biggest mistake of his life. Can Willow learn to trust him not to leave, especially when adventure comes calling again?
Dare To Stay (Dare Nation, #4) by Carly Phillips
Series: Dare Nation #4
Published by CP Publishing on January 26, 2021
Genres: 3 Flames: Rated R, Contemporary Romance
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I received a complimentary ARC from Author's Review Crew in exchange for an honest review.
DARE TO STAY by Carly Phillips
I just love a story of second chances and this one brings all the emotions.
Willow James, the athletic trainer for the Miami Thunder, has a hard time trusting others having grown up in foster care. Just when Willow has decided to trust and give her heart to Dr. Braden Prescott, he decides to leave the country and join Doctors Without Borders. Now, two years later Braden is back as the new head of the team’s general doctors. After Willow and Braden see each other it is obvious that their chemistry is still there…..but the problem is is that Willow can no longer trust Braden.
Braden decides that he is going to do everything in his power to get Willow to trust him again because while he was away he realized that she is his future. Willow agrees to a friends with benefits relationship because that part of their relationship was off the charts but that is all Braden will get. Eventually Braden wins Willow’s heart is the most perfect of ways and these two get their well deserved happy ending.
I really loved these characters. Willow had so many trust issues because of her past and she had to learn to get past those. Braden had issues from his past too, but those were because of the man who raised him. Together these two learned to let go of the past and embrace the future with their whole hearts. Another great addition to the Dare family, and I can’t wait for the next book where we will get Brianne’s story!
Braden and Willow’s love story in Dare to Stay, book four in the Dare Nation series by Carly Phillips hits it out of the ballpark. Ms. Phillips again gives us a Dare, or should I say Prescott, brother who is intelligent, strong minded, and feeling that he never fit in with his athletic brothers; being that he became a doctor. We also have a strong, independent, and determined heroine who is determined to protect herself and her feelings; having grown up in foster care, moving from home to home. This breathtakingly beautiful love story contains so many feelings and miscommunications, family, attraction, off the charts sizzling chemistry, inner turmoil, and lots of steamy scenes.
Ms. Phillips wrote a wonderful, emotional and sizzling story that is not to be missed. She provided a tale rich with sizzling chemistry, amusing banter, and charming secondary characters giving Braden and Willow a chance for happiness, love and a future together. I highly recommend Dare to Stay to other readers.
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Reviewer: Sue is a retired IT Computer Programmer who loves to read just about any type of romance….Contemporary, Historical, Comedy, or Suspense. She tends to like sassy heroines and hot alpha heroes (although the occasional nerds are fun too!) with lots of fun witty banter. She lives in a small suburb of Cleveland, OH with her almost perfect husband. She has three adult daughters who all live nearby, with the oldest being married.