Friday, May 20, 2011

When You Dare by Lori Foster

When You Dare (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor)From Goodreads:
The tougher they are, the harder they fall…  
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…
Hm... let me hot smexy alpha male with feelings of responsibility to anyone he deems smaller, weaker, and/or less intelligent than he. Considering he is exceptionally good at his protection job and can solve mysteries while at it; I would say he feels responsible for the whole of humanity. Add in a huge wallop of smart, independent woman who is kidnapped but refuses to be a victim. Plus don't forget the dash of a fun gay best friend and two lovable labs Dare calls "his girls" and you come up with a delicious recipe for a romantic suspense mystery that is fun to read. Okay, so I don't cook (obviously) but I think I still make the point that this is a delicious romance with action. :)

Those disappointed in the quickie romance will enjoy this story. In fact, I would say that it is more about Dare's character and how he feels about Molly and his job. We really get to know his sensitive side even though there is no denying he is a kick-ass alpha male. We also really get to know Molly; perhaps in a lesser way, but in no way less important. We understand what happened in her background to make her so strong and independent. Sometimes I admit I wanted a little more in honest reaction from her, but at the same time I think it might have gotten in the way of the story if not done well. However, there is the mystery to be solved and her protection to be taken care of, but really that part becomes more background and the reason we get to know these characters so intimately.

I give this book 4 stars. Although there is action and mystery, it really is a character book where the romance ends in a HEA.

I was given this ARC for an honest review and no compensation was given.


  1. As a total Lori Foster fangirl, it is my duty to read this... of course I'm sure it will be especially painful given the sexy man on the cover an all!

  2. I see these Dare book popping up everywhere! I am so behind! Thanks for the review! I so need to get them!

  3. I need to read this book immediately. I love me an alpha male, especially one who's paired with a strong heroine who doesn't let him walk all over her with his alpha-ness. I think I need to get my Kindle out and push the button for this one:)

  4. Romance, action and mystery - seems like a perfect blend for an entertaining read.
    I have seen this book reviewed on some other blogs as well and all have been very positive.

  5. Hahaha, don't tell me that with such abs on the cover the main character, mercenary or not, needs also some psychology behind his action or any development at all
    ...ok, ok, don't beat me.
    I want to read it.

  6. @Bookish... Very painful! Ouch! *said with a sassy lilt*

    @Savannah... You do!

    @Jenny... Me too! That is a great combo!

    @Misha... I think it is a fun romance.

    @anachronist... He does! *looks indignant* *stokes the pic* My poor Dare... ;D

  7. I have sure been hearing a lot about this author, and yes I am very curious :D

  8. Enjoyed this one more than I thought I would! And I really, really love that trailer! ;)

  9. WooHoo! I'm so happy to see that you read this one.. in order no less. I love Dare and his affection for his girls!

    If you continue with the series, you will see that all the Alpha men in this series are big animal lovers. It warmed my heart.

    I don't cook either but I love that recipe. ;P

  10. Mmmm...I could just watch that video all day ... let me hit the replay button.

  11. @Blodeuedd... you need to try one!

    @Alexia... I enjoyed your review as well!

    @Missie... I am so stoked to read the next one. Esp. since they all like animals!

    @Stephanie... The video seems slow on my end... I wonder why... must be the added traffic... hm... ;)

  12. I just skimmed your review of this one as I have it on my shelves and am patiently waiting for my chance to read it. It sounds really good and I've been in the mood for romance lately so I'm really looking forward to it. Glad to hear that you enjoyed it :)


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