After the sudden death of his wife two
years ago, Darren Griffin has finally found peace. He has a good life, good
job, two daughters he’d do anything for, and a beautiful home on the beach. Greer Monroe is grieving the loss of her father.
It’s the final rung on the broken ladder that’s become her life—crappy job, no
friends, and a cheating ex-boyfriend. At the insistence of her aunt, Greer
decides to spend some time at her family’s beach house. When the glee-filled sound of children’s laughter
dances through the breeze, Greer finds herself smiling again. The neighbor
girls are carefree, depicting a life Greer has only dreamed about. Husband,
children, happiness—a family. And their father, Darren, he’s everything a woman
could ever want. But it is, of course, only a dream. She can’t stay at Carolina Beach, no matter how
much she adores Darren and his daughters. She has responsibilities at home, a
mother who needs her. Where there’s love, there’s heartbreak, and she can’t go
through that again. And she sure as hell won’t do that to those little girls. But Darren isn’t letting her go that easily. It’s
been so long since he’s felt this way for anyone. Greer is his missing piece, a
piece he never thought he’d find. Saying goodbye is hard, but sometimes starting
over is even harder.
Only when they dare to dream again, will they ever
dare to love.
I absolutely love CA Harms’ books. Her writing
is smooth and all the scenes make you feel like you are there with the character.
The stories are heartfelt and well told. Dare to Dream was another one I could
not put down.
When reading the first chapters of Dare
to Dream I was not feeling #TuckertheFucker. He just seemed like a shady
playboy. At the time Greer needed him most, he was cheating on her with some
skank. I was proud of how Greer handled herself. You could tell she was more
mature than her now ex. I’m not sure I would have been as calm, but she had
other things to worry about, now that she lost her dad. She was completely
lost. When her aunt offers her a change and a break, she convinces herself this
is just want she needed.
Darren is the epitome of a man. He’s a
sexy, sweet alpha and an amazing father. Everything that would make any woman’s
ovaries explode. He was a mess after he lost his wife, but had to pick up the
pieces for their daughters. He’d do anything for them, again showing what a
true man should be.
When Darren and Greer meet, or should I
say stalk each other, they can’t tell what to make of each other. The laughing
and happy family on the other side of the fence intrigues Greer. After
realizing there’s no other woman, Greer can’t help herself fantasizing about
the sexy Dad. Darren wants to know more about the beauty in the usually vacant
blue house. She makes him feel things he hasn’t felt since his wife and his girls
have latched on to her more than he expected.
There were things going against Darren
and Greer. Darren’s guilt over possibly moving on from his wife, the two girls,
Greer having to go back home to deal with the rest of her father’s belongings,
her own grief and oh yes, dealing with Tucker.
Some of my favorite scenes are the way
Darren and Greer are with the girls. They make me giggle and sigh at the same
time. I love the mind of a child. They don’t hold anything back and when they
answer cell phones on their own, answering questions honestly, well it just
makes me fist pump ;-) The #SinfulSwivel is also another of my favorite scenes,
because, well, it’s just HOT!!
This book made me laugh and cry. It spoke
to me on a different level since I could relate to Greer’s situation. Losing
your father, one of your biggest fans, your first Valentine, your protector, it’s
devastating. Then to find a man you feel safe with and fall for faster than you
could have imagined, it’s both scary and exhilarating. CA can relate all these
emotions and connect with the reader on their own possible experiences. Just