Dare to Stay by Carly Phillips

Published: January 26, 2021

I really enjoyed this second chance romance but then again I am kind of a sucker for them. This one was about the non-athlete of the Prescott family, Braden. He had just returned from Doctors without Borders to be closer to his family and was offered the head doctor for the Miami Thunder. He takes this job very seriously but when he found out that the girl he left behind is one of the athletic trainers for the Thunder and he is determined to get her back. He knows that Willow didn’t take the breakup well because of her past and he has to do a lot to get her to trust again. Willow also just didn’t want him to be a part of her life again because she was afraid of getting hurt. Though in books like these it always seems one of them will get hurt and Willow’s ex-boyfriend was the one who was trying to put a riff between Braden and Willow. I loved how things didn’t really spiral though like I was expecting them to. That was a nice change of pace from romances of the same trope.

I also have to give a nod to the Aurora mini-storyline. It was heart-wrenching for sure but it also set up for the next spin off series with the Kingston siblings in New York real well. Since this is is the last full book in the Dare Nation series with only Bri’s novella next we needed that connection to the spin-off series which already sounds like it’s going to be really good. Though on a side note I do wonder why the sister’s only seem to get the 1001 Dark Nights Novellas and non of the male protagonists. I would like to see a full book for them at least once from this author. But that was a side ramble. Overall, I enjoyed this book. It didn’t have too much drama but it did have enough to at least keep it interesting and it also had that second chance that I love so much. Don’t miss out on it!

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