Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: HQN on April 26, 2011
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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…
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Dare MacIntosh is a skilled mercenary searching for his best friend’s sister Alani, who has been kidnapped. When his search leads him to Mexico, Dare finds his friend’s sister has been taken by human traffickers. Along with some other young girls, there is also an American woman who has been severely beaten and mistreated, while the others seem to be untouched. Not one to leave a woman in danger, Dare takes care of the traffickers, rescues Alani, frees the other women and takes the American victim with him.
When Molly wakes up and finds herself out of her captor’s lair and in a strange van with a man, she goes into fight mode and ends up giving her savior a bloody nose. After Dare explains to her who he is and that she is safe, Molly explains to him that she believes someone in her life hired those men to torture her and decides to hire Dare as her protector until she finds who’s behind her kidnapping. Dare accepts Molly’s job offer and as they start to delve into who’s behind her abduction and spending more time together, Dare finds himself wanting to break his number one rule: never get emotionally involved with “the job.”
I have to start off by saying although I love a good romance, I haven’t read too many contemporary romance novels and this is the first book I’ve read by this author. That being said, I couldn’t put it down! Dare’s chivalrous and honorable nature is enough to make any girl swoon over him! He’s a true Alpha male who can be possessive, yet has a tender side which is evident from the moment he rescues Molly. I love how he gives her the space she needs but is there by her side whenever she needs comfort.
Molly is one of the strongest heroines I’ve read. There aren’t many women who experience something so traumatic and are able to cope with it so well and stay level headed. I wanted her to breakdown at some point and show some vulnerability but was left wanting, she’s one tough cookie. Her independent ways and determination are quite admirable. Her personality is a little bland for me but is overlooked by her strengths as a character.
WHEN YOU DARE is a little light on the action but heavy on the suspense and romance. You’ll want to put everything aside to finish reading it. An Alpha hero who will make you drool and a heroine that isn’t afraid of a little danger are always great characteristics in my book and this book delivers on both. Dare is an exceptional hero and I can’t wait to be introduced to the rest of Ms. Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor!