Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Review: When You Dare (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #1) by Lori Foster (ARC)

Book: When You Dare (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #1) by Lori Foster
Release Date: 26 Apr 2011
Publisher: HQN
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Summary: 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...
Note: Please note that I received this book for free from the publisher via netgalley for the purpose of review. I did not receive monetary compensation for my review and receiving this book in no way affected my opinion or how it was expressed in my review.

Review: When You Dare exemplified the perfect and completely unique storyline, characters and writing I've come to expect from Lori Foster. I've read many of her previous books but this one managed to blow me away. I simply couldn't read it fast enough and didn't want the story to come to an end. Foster is truly a master at her craft and this romantic suspense was a pleasure to experience.
When You Dare begins by introducing us to Molly who was kidnapped by human traffickers and taken from her home to Mexico. Lucky for her, hunky Dare Macintosh happens to be rescuing a friend from the same bad men. But what would a thirty year old 'plain' woman be doing grouped in with a bunch of young statuesque women? Molly can only assume that someone wanted her hurt and out of the way, but she has no idea who and there are too many suspects to count. It could be could be her father, ex-boyfriend, one of her angry fans... Surely this means Dare will agree to act as her protector for a little longer and if the attraction becomes to hard to fight then so be it.
Dare was an absolute dream to read about. I loved him from the very first sentence. Him being a big man with a bigger gun yet having a sweet, gentle side completely endeared him to me. There aren't many hulking mercenaries that would take the time to brush out a woman's hair when she was too weak to do it, especially when he barely knew her. And that's only the beginning of what I adored about it. He was so protective and intense when it came to those he cares about. Being an animal lover was just the cherry on top.
Molly was an amazing, stand out heroine. She had such beautiful inner strength and her emotions were always so believable and genuine. I did have a love/hate relationship with Molly's career though. Molly happened to be a romantic suspense writer with a movie deal in the making. This was difficult for me for reasons completely unrelated to the book, but I was anxious for a long time because of it. Jennifer Crusie's Welcome to Temptation features a script writer and when she wrote a personal life experience into her film, which I was constantly fearing Molly might do, the book's hero freaked out and that was the cause of much strife and agony for the characters and myself. I should have known Foster would never put her readers through that though. Once I finished the book I really appreciated how she integrated a writing career into the plot. It was very well done, never felt like she was writing herself into the book and it made the story even more unique.
I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in this new Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. If the upcoming book manages to have even a fraction of the chemistry and steam Molly and Dare shared, I know I'll love it.

Quotes & Thoughts as I Read:
  • Dare always worked in efficient silence; an alarm would have brought more armed guards, possibly too many for him to combat. As much as he wanted to kill them all, he hadn't. Only those most responsible. OMG I LOVE HIM ALREADY!!
  • Dirt, distress and injury had hidden it, but Molly Alexander had one hell of a rack. And he felt like a grade-A prick for noticing. I'm really liking the contrast between deadly and gentle/caring right now. Foster writes it very well.
  • That diverted Dare from his annoyance with her father. “Your books have explicit sex in them?” Ha, what a male response. On a side note, at this point in the book I hope that dad's guilty just so Dare can tear him apart. I really hate the dad after Molly's explanation of him.
  • Bravery is something I admire a lot. Intelligence, ingenuity, control, logic. You've got it all in spades, lady, and I think it's sexy as hell.” Umm, where can I find a Dare of my own?
  • Molly's father looked up. Predatory anticipation filled Dare. “Got a minute?” Oh , Lori Foster... You never let me down. I'm practically bouncing in my own vengeful anticipation.
  • I don't want you to get hurt because of me.” “Christ, woman.” I can picture him perfectly with just those two words. I love it when you get to know a character well enough that you can picture their expression/posturing without the author leading you.
  • He put his head back against the mattress and wondered what spell Molly Alexander had put on him. Because he sure as hell didn't feel like himself anymore. Totally loved that this scene was in Dare's POV. I hope Molly isn't freaking out though...
  • Okay, so I assume that you have a plan?” “Yeah.” Blue eyes glittering, Dare said, “To kill anyone who tries to touch you.” Um, best. Plan. Ever. This is the kind of movie action hero I like, the shoot first then ask questions.
  • Dare hoped he didn't end up in a book, but then, he trusted Molly to have discretion. And this is what I've been fretting over for the entire book. I read a Crusie novel where the heroine copied a sex scene from life into her script and, well, the hero didn't take it well. I've been panicking that this book would repeat that.
*all quotes are taken from an ARC copy of the novel and may not reflect the finished version

Rating: 5 Bites

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