Friday, November 28, 2014

Dare to Love by @AlleighBurrows Review @KensingtonBooks

Release date: December 1, 2014
Publisher: Kensington Books
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance

Nivea is determined to convince Lord Landis love and betrayal are not synonymous. The only tangible benefit Dare Landis has of finally claiming the title of Marquis of Raynsforth will be that the current marquis has finally gone to the Devil where he belongs. Until then, Lord Landis will continue to enjoy life on his own terms as a heartless rake who s beholden to no one.

Nivea Horsham knows there s more to Dare than he reveals to the world. She s loved him since her older brother brought his ridiculously handsome friend home from school all those years ago. But getting him to notice her has proven to be an impossible endeavor.

Is it possible for Nivea to shatter Dare's carefully crafted facade and show him how to love?

My Rating: 5 Roses

A wonderfully romantic, sweetly emotional historical romance, Dare to Love was a brilliant read that I absolutely loved. I expected a standard rake/wallflower romance going into it, but it turned out to be more than that and I really enjoyed it.

Nivea was a wonderful heroine. She was definitely outside of the mold. Heavy-set, somewhat plain and too sweet to trade sharp set downs with the rest of the nobles, she was a different type of heroine. And, that's what made her a more memorable character. She was a genuinely kind, loving person who could bring love to a man stubbornly opposed to love. I thought she was just lovely and I really liked her.

To be honest, Dare was a complete ass at first. He was so repelled by the idea of love that he often said hurtful things and pushed people away. After hearing about his family life and how they twisted love into something hateful, it become much more understandable. But, that wasn't what sold me on him. What really made me like him was that he changed over the course of the book. After letting himself trust Nivea, he realized that he had been wrong about love. Not only did he apologize for his behavior, he did his best to make up for it. He proved that, without the shackles of his past, he could be a very sweet and kind man who was a worthy hero. I thought he was wonderful.

The romance was great. Nivea had loved Dare for a long while, seeing the good qualities in him that he tried to keep hidden. Dare, on the other hand, started off as dismissive toward Nivea. But, as he learned what more there was to her, he slowly fell for her as well. They definitely had some chemistry, too, and the heat was turned up a few times. I thought they were a perfect couple.

The plot moved quickly and I was totally engaged the entire way through. I absolutely loved the story and the ending was perfect.

Dare to Love was a fantastic, utterly delightful historical romance that I truly loved. It was sweet, emotional, and simply wonderful. Romance lovers, this book is a must read.

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*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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