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?
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compelling and engaging
DARE TO STAY is the fourth instalment in Carly Phillips’ contemporary, adult DARE NATION erotic, romance series focusing on the Dare/Prescott family- a spin off from the author’s DARE TO LOVE series. This is physician Dr. Braden Prescott, and thirty-one year old, athletic trainer Willow James’ story line. DARE TO STAY can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalments is revealed where necessary. You do not have to have read the previous series to understand or follow the current timeline but like the original series, there is a back story involving the Dare family, and by extension, the Prescott family as well.
Told from dual third person perspectives (Willow and Braden) DARE TO STAY follows the rekindling romance and relationship between physician Dr. Braden Prescott, and thirty-one year old, athletic trainer Willow James. Two years earlier, Dr. Braden Prescott, in a effort to distance himself from his father’s wrath, signed up for Doctors without Borders, and in doing so left behind a heart broken Willow James in the process. Fast forward to present day wherein Braden has returned home, and is currently the head doctor for the family owned Miami Thunder football team, the team for which Willow James is the athletic trainer. Desperate to prove he is still worthy of Willow’s love, Braden begins a quick seduction of our story line heroine, a woman who was already predisposed to issues of abandonment and loss. What ensues is the rebuilding romance and relationship between Willow and Braden, and the potential fall-out as Willow continues to struggle with past betrayal and rejection.
Willow James grew up in the foster care system after her mother disappeared without a trace or explanation. Having moved from family to family, Willow never had the support or vindication of being wanted until the Jonas family, who in the end, betrayed her again. Fearful that Braden will leave, like in the past, Willow battles between head and heart, as her love for our story line hero is fragile, at best. Braden Prescott always wanted to be a doctor but with three brothers all successful sports stars, Braden became the black sheep of the family, in his father’s eye but betrayal came at a cost, and Braden struggled when the truth about his family, revealing a much darker secret. Working with Doctors without Borders gave Braden the time to reflect on his life, his family and the woman he left behind, a woman who continues to struggles with Braden’s potential need to run.
The relationship between Braden and Willow is one of second chances; a rekindling romance between two people torn apart by the sins of the father, secrets and lies. With someone else vying for Willow’s attention, Braden jumps at the chance to prove he is the man for our story line hero. The $ex scenes are intimate, passionate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.
We are reintroduced to Braden’s siblings: sister Brianne , Austin and Quinn (Dare to Desire), Damon and Evie (Dare to Tempt #2) , Jaxon and Macy (Dare to Play 3), their mother Christine; as well as Dr. Cole Walsh; trainer Steffy Hughes; Dr. Hudson Northfield; and foster mother Bella Jonas. Brianne Prescott’s story is next in Dare to Tease.
DARE TO STAY is a story of family, friendships, relationships and love; a story of secrets, heart break, second chances and hope. The premise is compelling and engaging; the characters are spirited, wounded and energetic; the romance is sensual, tender and intense.
Absolute must read!! Loved it!! Carly Phillips weaves wonderfully perfect stories! This “second chance” romance tells the story of a deliciously low “re-seduction” with more intimacy than the first time around. Your toes curl, your breath hitches and… wow!!! Loved it!!
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