Christophori Romanoff is an expert at being the perfect son for his homophobic father. But maintaining the facade comes with a heavy price, and when he swears off anonymous sex and getting drunk every night, he needs his friends more than ever. Only he’s convinced they’re busy with their own lives and better off without his interference. On the surface Chris is fine, but uChristophori Romanoff is an expert at being the perfect son for his homophobic father. But maintaining the facade comes with a heavy price, and when he swears off anonymous sex and getting drunk every night, he needs his friends more than ever. Only he’s convinced they’re busy with their own lives and better off without his interference. On the surface Chris is fine, but underneath the expensive suit and the law degree he got only to please his father, he’s breaking apart from the pressure, and he falls back on his oldest—and most dangerous—coping mechanism.Samuel Mealamu hoped to hear from Chris soon after their last good-bye in Montana, but as the months go by without a word, he realizes what they started was one-sided. Still, he worries about the destructive path Chris was on and hopes the silence means he’s doing better. But nearly a year later, Chris finally calls, and it’s obvious he’s in trouble. Samuel thinks he’s seen Chris at his worst, but this new, far more broken man might be too much for even Samuel to help....
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Dare to Hope Reviews
Dare to Hope by Kara Nash and Caitlin Ricci Chris and Samuel. They met eight months before and Chris never called Samuel after that. They have a sort of story told in a 'Dare to risk #1' and there is a reason Samuel waited for Chris his action. I didn't read that one but after a while I sorted things out. One lives in New York and the other in New Zealand.After eight months Samuel gets a phone call from Chris. He wants to come over to sort things out. But it's a whole different story then 'sorted things out'Let me begin to say they have a complicated relationship. It's not alone about two men because they have friends and they play a big part in this story.Samuel gives many signals.....yes...no...yes...please....no...come here...go away... And Chris on his part didn't want to settle and does want to settle. It's a complete mess.Well.....Chris was a complete mess. Wronged terrible by his awful parents. And.....he has found a devastating way to release himself from the pain inside.Their relationship is somewhat confusing (certainly for themselves)....one minute they talk about a 'together' another minute one talks about starting a company in another part of the world....and not together..They are in their thirties and really immature. Running away, slamming doors, shouting names.No clear decisions were made. All confusing. Chris feels he never can be enough for Samuel in this state of mind and Samuel thinks Chris will never make up his mind about staying or leaving. They have it hard to bond.All the friends have a inflammable relationship together. From fighting to loving.But after struggling for ages they finally get what they want.A somewhat chaotic read with lots of dialogue and plenty of disagreements.The core was good, the characters made it entangled, explosive and combustible.A good read with lots of dynamic.**Kindly received an ARC from the publisher Dreamspinner Press for a honest review**
~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team~I will start off by saying I did not read the first book in the series. I think I was missing some of the back story and some of the reasons for some of the bonds between the characters but I was still able to follow along. I really liked Chris and Sam and even the secondary characters. I felt the chemistry and the feelings between the characters and I was excited to see what would happen. I think things went a little fast in the end, I would have liked to see more of what happened after Chris made his decision instead of just jumping to the epilogue. I was hoping for a book about Misha but some of that was answered in the epilogue as well…..I guess I can hope that it still might happen?Characters: well written and easy to relate toSex: yes Religious: noWould I recommend to others: yesMore than one book in the series: yesGenre: M/MWould I read more by this author: yes~Wicked Reads Review Team~
“My mind's a kaleidoscope, it thinks too fast, blurs all the colors 'til I can't see past the last mistake... I'm scared that you'll compare and I'll look a lifetime past repair... Self-disgust and selfishness take me everywhere I go. ... Try as I might to keep it together, why is recovery taking forever? … When the hope of morning starts to fade... I don't dare let darkness have its way... the hope of morning makes me worth the fight. I will not be giving in tonight.” ~ Icon For Hire (Hope of Morning)For months Samuel, of 'Dare to Hope' by Kara Nash and Caitlin Ricci, waited for a call from Chris but it hasn't come. Just as Samuel accepts the fact that he overestimated the connection he feels with Chris, he gets a desperate call from Chris asking if he can come visit on the condition that no one else knows he's there. Samuel balks at keeping it a secret, but he hears how lost Chris sounds and, against his better judgement, he tells Chris to come to New Zealand.Chris is a classic example of what can happen when a child lives to please his parents. His father controls his entire life. When Chris came out as gay, his father blamed his best friend, Bran. His father goes out of his way to demoralize Chris to keep him under his control. Even through it all, Chris tries his best to make his parents happy, even at the expense of slowly but surely destroying himself. After he meets Samuel, he stops being so self-destructive. Chris gives up drinking and casual hookups, desperately trying to regain his self-control and self-worth but it isn't enough. Chris knows Samuel is the only person who has ever made him feel safe, and he goes to him because this is what he really needs right now.Chris has tried so hard to reclaim himself and be worthy of Samuel but he's been self-destructive for so long, he's having a hard time doing so. He's also so afraid of being deserted, like his parents have, that he finds it extremely hard to trust anyone, including himself. That is why, even with Samuel, he can't stop playing the game of push me pull me. One moment being vulnerable and the next flippant and indifferent. Chris has never had a loving relationship so he fears that if he shows any weakness at all with anyone, they will use it against him. All things considered, Samuel is a saint for putting up with him but he loves Chris and wants to help him if he can. The thing is, there's only so much he or anyone else can do for Chris rather than being there until Chris can believe in himself enough to want to try to be happy. When Bran finds out, he's angry but when he discovers that Chris has reverted to a method he hasn’t used since they were in high school he goes ballistic. They end up having a horrible fight; Chris leaves and goes back to New York thinking he's lost his friends forever.The first book in this series was intense, but Kara and Caitlin have truly outdone themselves with this angsty, roller-coaster of a story. I became very emotionally involved with Chris wanting to alternately smack him for being such a smart aleck and pull him into my arms to protect him from the world. Samuel is patient, but he's also bullheaded and not as compassionate as he might have been as far as Chris's distress was concerned. At times, he expected more of Chris than he could give and became frustrated when he didn't get the reaction he expected. Though, in his defense, Chris redefined the term high-maintenance. Being with him was like walking through a mine field at times. This is not a standalone book. The series must be read sequentially since the history given in the first book is imperative to understanding the connections between the characters.I recommend this book to those who are fans of the series. To those new to the series, if you like high-maintenance, intensive, sexy men, life in New Zealand, angst, and well earned happy endings, start with the first book in the series and catch up. Thanks, Kara and Caitlin, for the whirlwind of a ride.NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.
Title: Dare to HopeAuthor: Kara Nash, and Caitlin Ricci Series: Dare Book 2Publisher: Dreamspinner PressReviewer: MollienRelease Date: November 11, 2016Genre(s): Male/Male RomancePage Count: 264Heat Level:3 flames out of 5Rating:4 stars out of 5Blurb:Dare: Book TwoChristophori Romanoff is an expert at being the perfect son for his homophobic father. But maintaining the facade comes with a heavy price, and when he swears off anonymous sex and getting drunk every night, he needs his friends more than ever. Only he’s convinced they’re busy with their own lives and better off without his interference. On the surface Chris is fine, but underneath the expensive suit and the law degree he got only to please his father, he’s breaking apart from the pressure, and he falls back on his oldest—and most dangerous—coping mechanism.Samuel Mealamu hoped to hear from Chris soon after their last good-bye in Montana, but as the months go by without a word, he realizes what they started was one-sided. Still, he worries about the destructive path Chris was on and hopes the silence means he’s doing better. But nearly a year later, Chris finally calls, and it’s obvious he’s in trouble. Samuel thinks he’s seen Chris at his worst, but this new, far more broken man might be too much for even Samuel to help.Review:This is the second book of this series. I am thinking that it could be a standalone, but I feel that there must be more background to the characters in the first book. Although I enjoyed this book, I think that I would have enjoyed it more if I read the first book, Dare to Risk. The Plot of this story is about the relationship between Chris and Samuel that started in book one. Chris is a successful divorce lawyer except in his father’s eyes. Chris is never good enough according to his powerful homophobic father. Stressed and disgusted with how his life is spiraling out of control, he gets on a plane to travel around the world to New Zealand to be with Samuel. (They met in Montana in book one and had a connection.) Samuel and Chris’s friends have a hard time accepting Chris’s way of coping with stress. This hurts Chris and he heads back to New York City and his empty, stressful life with his disapproving parents. Until Samuel turns up on his doorstep. There is some serious passion between Chris and Samuel. The Pacing is good, but again I suggest that you read the first book. Sad HEA. The character development in this book was good, but the story development I feel starts in Risk, book one.CategoriesPLOT 4 StarsCHEMISTRY: 5 StarsPACING: 5 StarsENDING: 5 StarsCHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 4 StarsReview Copy of Dare to Hope provided by the Dreamspinner Press I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club
I read the description of this book before I started reading the actual book. I have to say that the description did not do this book justice. Yes it intrigued me but this book was so emotional that I felt it to my core.Chris appears to be one of those people who has it all. He is a lawyer, has what appears to be a good family, has his best friend though he lives far away, and always has a smile on his face. But like most times appearances can be deceiving and in Chris's case it is extremely deceptive. His father is homophobic and does everything in his power to control every aspect of Chris's life just as he has done so since the day he was born. He places so many demands on Chris that it is hard to keep up and all Chris really wants from his father is to accept him, which will never happen. His father treats him like he is not worthy to be alive much less like he will ever accept him. Chris feels as if he has no power ofver anything in his life except his cutting. Up until four months prior he had quit but his self destructive stage came. Ack and it is full force now. Chris knows he needs help and so he turns to the one person he wants to let in, Samuel.Samuel fell in love with Chris eight months ago when they met in Montana but he could tell that Chris was self destructive and he did not want to get involved until Chris had a handle on his life. When Chris calls him out of the blue he knows something is terribly wrong but he has no clue just how bad it truly is until Chris turns up at his house and opens up to him about everything.These two men are clearly in love with each other but they have so much standing in their way. Every time one of them broke down I was able to feel their pain. Every fight they got into I was able to feel their anger. Every time one of them was scared I could feel their fear. And every time something good happened I could feel their love and happiness. Those things in my opinion is what makes a book truly amazing. And this book definitely was. Kara Nash and Caitlin Ricci did a truly incredible job on this book and I really hope there will be another book in this series.Was given this galley copy for free for an open and honest review
REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCE3.75 StarsI found this story frustrating and really, really wanted to bang Chris and Samuel’s heads together. I also wanted to have a not so quiet word with Chris’s father for being an all-time douchebag. So one thing this book did was bring out my emotions!If you haven’t read the first book then my advice would be to start there. Although not absolutely necessary as they feature different MC’s they are tied to each other – especially the characters of Chris and Bran. There are intricacies to their relationship that you need to understand to really get to grips with Chris and what makes him tick.Dare to Hope is not a happy book – not until almost the end – as the title suggests it’s all about having hope. It tackles a serious subject, it has two stubborn and dramatic MC’s who live miles and miles apart, it explodes around a long term friendship and it tackles bad parenting and the consequences of what happens when things come to an end. For the most part these thing affect Chris but Samuel is always in the background ever protective and ready to pick up the pieces.For the majority of the book I felt that Samuel behaved like a damn saint where Chris was concerned although I didn’t understand his quick temper flare up after being at the 9/11 memorial and his subsequent flight back to New Zealand – at all. That felt out of character for him given the place Chris was in mentally.Overall this was a good addition to the series but feels a much more serious book than Bran and Kayden’s story. I was hoping for Trent’s story as book 3 but after the epilogue I’m not so sure that will happen.