{Review} When You Dare by Lori Foster


{Review} When You Dare by Lori FosterWhen You Dare by Lori Foster
Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #1
Publisher: Harlequin HQN on May 1, 2011
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense (Adult)
Pages: 449

Our Rating

5 Stars

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…

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

When You Dare by Lori Foster

The Verdict:  This is the one.  After reading the first book or two in Foster’s Ultimate series, I went looking for more of her books and came across this one.  And within the first page or two, I was hooked.  Since then, I’ve devoured dozens of her books, which I hope to have all reviewed soon.   But I think it’s safe to say that When You Dare was the beginning of my fall down the wonderful rabbit hole that is my Lori Foster addiction.

In the final minutes of his very personal mission to save his best friend’s younger sister from traffickers, Dare finds another American woman, and he can’t leave her behind.  With no real plan at all other than getting her back to the U.S., he loads her in his van and heads back across the border.  A successful author who has no idea why she was taken or who could have arranged for her kidnapping, Molly wants answers, and she very quickly offers to hire Dare to both keep her safe and get to the bottom of the mystery.  But simply being back in the U.S. doesn’t seem to be safe for her either, as the pair are followed, another attempt is made to snatch Molly, and the mystery deepens.

Dare is the ultimate alpha male, and he’s damn good at his job.  He’s the best at what he does, and he doesn’t let emotion get in the way of fulfilling his missions.  But he’s also got a deep sense of right and wrong, and that’s what has him saving Molly and later protecting her, even though he’s short on information and has no clue what’s coming next.  And unlike so many stories in this vein, he’s not immediately enchanted by her.  In fact, he’s rather brusque and practical, willing to help her but not coddle her, despite the fact that she’s been through hell.

Molly, on the other hand, seems meek and polite, but she’s really quite a bit stronger than she first comes across.  She’s quiet and thoughtful, trying to apply logic to what has to be a terrifying situation.  I’m guessing part of that reaction is simply shock, trying to make sense of what’s happened and is happening to her.  But I also think it’s an accurate reflection of her independent personality, and for a while there, she and Dare don’t really seem to have much of a connection.

The story picks up speed, though, and as the danger heightens, so does the attraction between Molly and Dare.  But as quick as things move, neither character falls prey to instalove, and watching them both try to work out what they’re feeling, if it’s real, and whether it’s simply a product of the constant danger they face is almost a story in itself.  Normally, I get bored pretty quickly when characters in romance novels can’t see what’s so obvious to us readers, but with these two, the hesitation to name what they were feeling made perfect sense.  It seemed less like denial and more like making sure it was real, and that’s a drawing out of the romance that I can understand.

While I love romantic suspense, I’ve really only found a few series in the genre that have me seeking out all the books at once, and Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor is most definitely one of those few.  Foster writes nail-biting suspense wrapped up in a really hot love story, and her characters don’t fit the usual cliches.  Dare is to-die-for hot, and Molly is just flawed enough that she’s believable.  To top off the awesome, Foster doesn’t condescend to her readers by heavily foreshadowing every twist and spelling out whodunit, which kept me guessing like crazy and turning the pages as quickly as I could.  With all the books I read, this is one of the few so good that I just had to read it again, and I think anyone who loves action-packed romances with sexy-as-sin heroes should do the same.  This is a series soooooooooooooooooo worth buying!

The Breakdown
Cover Design
5 star rating
Plot & Pace
5 star rating
5 star rating
Style & Editing
5 star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 5 star rating

About Lori Foster

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN.

Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.

Each year Lori donates all proceeds from one book to charity.

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