Monday, February 3, 2014

Dare to Love Again by Julie Lessman

Dare to Love Again (The Heart of San Francisco, #2)


 She's a sassy socialite burned by love. He's a jaded cop burned by the upper class. When sparks fly...will love catch fire again?

Spunky Allison McClare is determined to be a fearless, independent woman. But when she takes a notion to explore the wild Barbary Coast, she quickly discovers she's no match for the unsavory characters that haunt the dark streets.

Detective Nick Barone would rather do almost anything than teach this petite socialite self-defense, but it seems he has little choice. Sparks fly every time the two meet until a grudging friendship develops into something deeper. But is he just a fraud like all the rest of the men Allison's cared for? Or is he the one who will let her dare to love again?

My Opinion:

Love, Love, Love! Their is no word to describe how much I enjoyed this book! Julie Lessman's characters are the most humorous, light-hearted souls I have ever read about. Their playful banter back and forth never ceases to make me laugh whenever I pick up these books. I look forward to jumping into these families lives and learning more and more about each person as the series continues. Their childhood backgrounds that fire up their career desires and passions are fascinating to read about. Every time I picked it up I absolutely did not want to put it down, the pages kept flying and flying until my eye lids didn't have the strength to stay open anymore.

Julie is great at inserting an element in a story and then bringing it back to keep the story going. It also helps bring back memories from the beginning of the book so you can relive those parts in your mind. It's like your re-reading the book before you even finished it for the first time!

One thing that I did disagree with was Julie's statement, "Barely a KISS," in the book. None of the characters kissed until closer to the end, but once you hit that mark I believe that their is about the same amount after that. There was definitely a physical attraction between Allison and Nick throughout, but instead of having so much kissing it was replaced with more playful banter as well as some aggressive arguments. 

One thing that disappointed me was the Ju Jitsu. I liked that element being put in the book, but their wasn't as much in it as I thought their would be. Their was a lot of talk about it, but I think only one part where I actually got to see Allison going through her training. After a couple chapters her training was over. I would have appreciated a little more sparing, less tongue lashing, and more physical beat downs per say.

On a side note! Julie, you are the MASTER of drama! When are you going to stop torturing me?? You know what I'm talking about... LOL

Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

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  1. LOL, Salyna ... drama? Whatever are you talking about?? Cait and Logan, perhaps? If so, you knew from book 1 that you were going to have to wait to get to their HEA, right? How boring would that be to resolve it in book 2???

    Or are you talking about the guns ... ?


    1. Lol, I'm talking about Cait and Logan. Of course I knew it couldn't be that easy to resolve, but man, I am just ready to see those two together! I feel so bad for Logan!