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Friday, June 3, 2011

Review - When You Dare by Lori Foster

Title: When You Dare

Author: Lori Foster

Publisher: Harlequin

Buy When You Dare here


Reviewer: Val / Wendy

Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: 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

I think I'm in love. I first fell in love with the cover. I don't think it can get hotter, can it? Then when I met Dare (I even love the name), I fell in love with his don't mess with me attitude, all the while showing his tender side with Molly. Being a reviewer, I fell in love with the edge of your seat plot line and suspense. And finally when I was finished with the book, I fell in love all over again with the back cover. :)

The characters throughout the book were incredible. I kept thinking, "now this is what a well developed character looks like". Molly was the character that I feel every woman would like to be. She was strong yet showed tenderness. She was smart yet kept an open mind. Yet throughout all her strengths, she was pure woman and had doubts about herself. This one trait made her character so relatable. I was tickled at Molly's occupation as I could relate very well to when she spoke of how you can't please all readers. I must confess that I felt a tiny bit of connection to Lori Foster through Molly's occupation. I kept wondering if Ms. Foster ever had to deal with crazy fans like that.

Now may I talk about the yummiest character in the book? Honestly, you have got to read the book to appreciate all that Dare has to offer. He's like the mercenary I want to wake up to every day. What made him different is yes, he protected Molly, but he was fiercely loyal and protective of his friends as well. He had no problem telling his best friend Chris that he loved him in a macho man sort of way. And speaking of Chris, where can I order one of him? Pretty much Dare's right hand man, he kept every detail of Dare's life in order. His wit and humor had me chuckling throughout the book.

Although this book was 448 pages, it was the perfect length. When You Dare is one of those books that you think about while you're doing your everyday chores. You hurry to finish so you can get back to the book. The attention to the most minute detail just kept me flipping the pages just as fast as I could. I don't want to give any of the book away because it's such an outstanding piece of work and you must read each page yourself. I did not think the suspect would turn out to be who it actually did. To know When You Dare is only the first book in the series had me scrambling to find out what the other books were and when they would be released. The Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series will be a keeper on my shelves. I can't wait to read the second book, Trace of Fever. Ms. Foster is one of the most talented romantic suspense writers of our time. She certainly has outdone herself with this addicting series.

******Second Review by Wendy*******************

Dangerous situations are no stranger to semi retired private security specialist, Dare Macintosh. A rescue mission to retrieve his partner and best friend’s younger sister, Alani, leads Dare to Mexico and a human trafficking ring, and a huge complication. Dare gets his woman plus one. Molly Alexander is being held with the other women, but she is clearly not being held for sale to the highest bidder. Badly beaten and starved Molly isn’t sure why she was taken or who wanted her tortured. Not sure who to trust, she puts her faith in Dare to find the answers and keep her safe.

This is a decided turn from Lori Foster’s much loved SBC Fighter series, and one I have been anticipating for many moons. Lori’s heroes are always enthralling characters, with well developed and often quirky personalities. Dare is no exception, he has his ingrained habits and faults, but is still a drool worthy alpha male. One thing you do not have to worry about with Lori’s books are running into fungible characters, each one is a unique standout, even down to the pets.

One of the things I love most about Lori’s books, (besides the smoking hot love scenes), are Lori’s heroines. I especially enjoyed Molly. An established romance author (hee hee), Molly is incredibly strong and , praise be, she did not fall into the “let me wander off alone and get recaptured” scenario. A heroine with brain cells that actually work, YAY!!! Not only is Molly smart enough to listen to what experts are telling her, but she also insist on taking personal responsibility for herself. No simpering miss here, she pays her own way and has pride in spades. I loved it!

The story keeps the reader guessing like a good suspense novel should. The developing secondary characters were interesting and added trademark humor to break the tension of the story. I really hope this is not the last we see or hear from Chris, Dare’s gorgeous assistant. He was an absolute doll. I’ll be drooling over Dare’s partner, Trace Rivers, next, and I can’t wait. If it’s half as good as When You Dare, then I’ll be a very happy reader. Be prepared when you start this book to finish it in one sitting, because you will not be able to put it down.

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