Favorite Lines: “”She fought them whenever she came to. She called them names and almost…egged them on.” Alani shivered in remembered fear. “It was so horrible. The men slapped her around for being mouthy, but she didn’t stop. She just cursed them more.”” (p. 13)
Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: ROMANCE business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he’ll take the mission he’s offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who’d had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare’s tempted to combine work with pleasure.
Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she’s uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all.…
When You Dare is book one Lori Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. Click here to read an excerpt posted on the author’s website. The next two books in the series are Trace of Fever and Savor the Danger; they will be released in May and June of this year. It sounds like every book can be read as a stand alone, but the lead characters in Trace and Savor are both introduced in When You Dare.
This book is a classic, feel good romance based around a tale of suspense. There’s a sense of waiting for the other shoe to drop while figuring out who masterminded Molly’s abduction and it plays into every aspect of the story. It leans heavily on the romance and a little lighter on the suspense. I had a “I wonder who did it” feeling instead of a “is the danger coming now” feeling. However with the foreshadowing that was used it wasn’t hard to figure out who was behind Molly’s abduction, but the reasoning for the abduction only made sense to the mastermind.
Of the characters I really liked Dare; he was fearless, honorable, attractive, caring and thoughtful. His attributes are shown time and time again from the way he treated those around him: Molly, his “girls” and his best friend Chris. (BTW…Chris is a great secondary character.) Molly contained a deep strength that allowed her to survive the mistreatment she received while abducted and the neglect her father dished out through her childhood.
When You Dare is an entertaining romantic, suspense book which showcases a dysfunctional family, a rugged, manly man finding love and a woman discovering a man worthy of her love. It’s full of action, tasteful sex scenes and engaging characters. I don’t know how often I’ll re-read it, but I’m glad I did read it.