Sunday, February 11, 2018

Dare to Believe (The Gray Court #1) by Dana Marie Bell

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I originally wrote this review back in 2014 but have recently read Dare To Believe again and then realized that I had pulled this post for editing and updating after remodeling my blog.

There have been a couple of changes since the original posting that I feel necessary to mention as one of them may compel me to write a new review in the future. The first change is that this edition was published by Samhain Publishing and as some of you know they are no longer in business. Thankfully, Dana Marie Bell was one of the awesome authors who chose to self-republish their stories which brings us to the second change, a new cover. I will include the new cover in this post but I don’t plan on rating it at this time, as I intend to purchase the new addition at the first chance I get, because I am eager to know if there are any new scenes or modifications from the previous version of Dare To Believe which means a potentially new or even updated version of this review, who knows, but I am looking forward to finding out. But the big question will be what in the world will I do with this edition when I have the new edition.

Original Posting (Edited)
Do you know when you find a book that you read once and after that you just have to read it again
New Cover
and again because it stands out so much and just keeps calling to you, this is what happens every time my eyes run past any of Dana Marie Bell's books?

Ruby is such an interesting character; I think her sense of self preservation is kind of muted because when she gets something in her head it immediately comes out of her mouth, even when dealing with the bad guys. I loved when she told the Deranged Darling she had spinach between her teeth that was priceless and calling the vampire, Jaden "Bunnicula". Leo will have his work cut out for him trying to keep her out of trouble. I felt so bad for poor Jaden feeling like he is so alone because the two people he loves most turn out to be mates :(

The characters in this book are larger than life and hook you right in from the very beginning. Even though this was the fourth time I have read this book I was still annoyed every time I had to put it down and now I feel the urge to go read the next book in the series again.

Quotes (This was not in the previous posting)
This is where I am going to beg Dana Marie Bell for forgiveness because I do know that one or two quotes are ok but more then that is bad, but I honestly could not choose which one to leave out so I am really sorry but I used all three, they really had me laughing and that has been a priceless gift over the past few years.

“You’re about to be ravished by a Seelie Sidhe lord and you’re misquoting The Wizard of Oz at me? I think I may be insulted.”—Leo

“The one where you tried to lick my toes through my mouth?”—Ruby

“And if you cheat on me I’m cutting off your balls and pickling them.”—Ruby

Book Cover Rating
The cover is eye catching but there is nothing in it that really translates into what Dare to Believe is about. My first reaction to the cover when I read Dare to Believe the first time was that the female model resembles Melissa Gilbert from Little House on The Prairie.

Book Blurb Rating

Book's Blurb
Leo Dunne has been searching his entire life for the one person born just for him. He finds her working in his own company, but the shy little Ruby Halloway constantly hides from him. He hatches a devilish plot with her best friend to bring her out of her shell, and the result proves her desire is more than a match for his own.

Ruby has had the hots for her boss for some time now, but she knows business and pleasure shouldn’t mix. While that can’t stop a girl from dreaming, she sticks by her guns and does her best never to be alone with the handsome CEO. Until the company masquerade party, where she discovers a passion with him that leaves a mark on her soul.

A family emergency calls Leo away, and rather than spend one night out of Ruby’s arms, he convinces her to go with him. With his brother’s life on the line, it’s vital she learn how to deal with who, and what, her new lover really is…before it’s too late.

Published Jul 2009
Publisher Samhain Publishing

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Other Reviews
The Fire Within (The Nephilim #2) by Dana Marie Bell
The Wallflower (Halle Pumas #1) by Dana Marie Bell
Artistic Vision (Gray Court #3) by Dana Marie Bell
Sweet Dreams (Halle Pumas #2) by Dana Marie Bell
Of Shadows and Ash (Maggie's Grove #3) By Dana Marie Bell
Figure of Speech (Halle Shifters #4) by Dana Marie Bell
The Hob (Gray Court #4) by Dana Marie Bell