Wednesday, May 4, 2011

WHEN YOU DARE by Lori Foster

Publisher: Harlequin Books
Date published: April, 2011
ISBN: 9780373775712
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by Tammy
Obtained by publisher

The first book in Lori Foster’s Edge of Honor series, WHEN YOU DARE is a “who done it” with heat and edge.

When soldier-for-hire Dare Macintosh takes on a rescue mission to save a friend’s sister from human traffickers in Mexico, the rescue goes off with just one small hitch, another woman was in the trailer, brutalized and chained, kept separate from the other captives. Dare couldn’t bring himself to leave her behind. After returning to the States with her, Dare finds out that writer Molly Alexander had been kidnapped right in front of her apartment, drugged, beaten and taken to Mexico for unknown reasons. Now that she has Dare to help her, she plans to find out who had her kidnapped. With Molly’s entire family, an ex-fiancĂ© and a whole slew of anonymous book fans as suspects, Dare may be Molly’s only anchor in the storm.

Lori Foster is off to a great start with WHEN YOU DARE the first in her new Edge of Honor series of contemporary romantic suspense stories. The storyline is believable and the mystery of who is responsible for kidnapping Molly keeps the story moving while the romance is building. Molly is a strong, confident woman who is not about to hide and lick her wounds. Dare is everything a soldier should be, strong, alpha, orderly, sensitive and he can cook. He treats his dogs as family members and has provided a home and living for his best friend to boot. Could a woman ask for more?

The mystery itself might have been a little anti-climactic, as it didn’t take all that much thought to figure out the bad guy, but readers will be hard pressed to guess the why behind it all and Molly and Dare’s romance would not have been near as interesting without it. The secondary characters, Trace and his sister Alani, simply beg for books of their own. But Dare’s best friend, Chris, is by far the most interesting secondary character and this reader, for one, can’t wait to see what his future holds. Dare I hope that he will be popping up again and again throughout the series?

Lori Foster’s WHEN YOU DARE, is a fun and flirty romantic suspense with engaging characters, budding romance and plenty of action to satisfy any book lover’s palate.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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