Saturday, May 28, 2011

When you Dare (#1 Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series)

By Lori Foster
Releases May 2011
Source: Review copy provided by NetGalley for review.

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-fiancĂ© 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…

We now know where Natalie’s sister is. Continuing the untold story of what happened to Molly and her cryptic email she sent her sister Natalie about going away to have some fun for awhile and will call later. It felt wrong to Natalie because it was wrong, Molly didn’t go away, she was kidnapped. Why? She would love to know. Who? She needs to find out to feel safe again. How? The only man to find out is the man who saved her. Dare goes on a job to find a friend, Trace, and comes back with a ‘complication’. Molly is that complication.

Very quickly, it becomes obvious to both that something very strong was between Dare and Molly. My favorite scenes were narratored by Chris, Dare’s gay best friend/housekeeper. He knows everything about Dare and notices anything important in Dare’s behavior. Dare’s behavior around Molly is protective, possessive, and something more. Chris is my favorite character with his not subtle comments that he knows all.

Dare is an amazing guy. He wants to be with Molly but knows she has been through hell and wants to give her time to come to terms with what has happened to her. He can read Molly like an open book and knows it has to be on her time. He is very patient and tries to change Molly’s bad memories with good ones of pleasure not pain and humiliation. Also, when he is with his girls you see how sweet, this strong, hard man can be.

The heroine in the story is a woman who is strong, not physically but in many other ways. She has no idea why she was kidnapped but she won’t let those men take more from her than they already have. She wants her life back, in order to do that she needs answers. She is an independent woman who has her own successful career, so she wants to hire and pay Dare to find those answers. Molly doesn’t act like a woman who has been through hell. She doesn’t find or be all clingy to her savior. She tries to be as unobtrusive as possible. I really enjoyed her.

Natalie and Jett make an appearance while trying to find out where Molly was. Jett ends up on the floor under Dare’s gun. Yes, a great way to meet your sister’s new boyfriend. It was a tension-filled, fun scene and my favorite quote came from it. Maybe it because I can see my sister being Natalie in the same situation. It made me giggle.

Emotion choked her. “Since meeting you you’ve made me feel a lot of things. But not guilt. Not even when I kicked you.”
He smiled. “Glad to hear it. So what do you say we go check on your sister? I can almost picture her with her ear to the door.”
Through the door, Natalie said. “Damn right. Now bring my sister back out her.”

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