When You Dare is the first book in Lori Foster’s Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. How can a girl say no to a series title like that? I enjoy romantic suspense and if it features a hot sexy alpha male who’s name is Dare and a smokin’ hot cover even better!
Molly has been kidnapped and taken across the Mexican border to Tijuana presumably by white slave traders. But she doesn’t fit the typical profile for women who generally fall victim to this sort of crime. She is a successful romantic suspense author pretty much lives a low key life and stays to herself. Other than the odd over zealous fan here and there, she doesn’t have any enemies and no reason to believe someone would want to hurt her.
When Dare is on a mission to rescue his best friends sister from slave traders he also finds Molly, beaten, abused and being held separately from the other kidnapped girls. Something just doesn’t add up and after the rescue mission is completed Dare is determined to find out who had Molly kidnapped and why. Dare’s sense of honor and his attraction to Molly fuel his drive to see that the person or persons responsible for hurting Molly will pay.
This book got off to a really good start with Dare on a covert mission to rescue the sister of a good friend. Dare is a good and honorable guy but he is also ruthless and when it comes to doing his job he doesn’t hesitate to shoot to kill if necessary. He is all alpha male, in charge, and the kind of guy you definitely want on your side when things get ugly. Actually he’s the kind of guy you want on your side no matter how things are, as long as he’s on your side. Molly recognizes Dare as someone she can trust almost right away and their mutual attraction becomes apparent soon after Dare whisks Molly off to safety.
You could call Molly a solid heroine in that she’s not overly dramatic and hysterical or so determined to show her emotional strength that she fights her rescuer tooth and nail to show she can stand on her own two feet. She is quite independent and I can certainly appreciate a level headed heroine, however I found Molly’s personality somewhat flat and a little too level for someone who had gone through such a traumatic experience. I wanted her to react at some point, be angry that someone tried to hurt her, or show how scared she actually was. Instead, she seemed more concerned about being a polite house guest and staying out of the way, and minding her manners. I just didn’t connect with her and found her response to her situation somewhat unbelievable.
Although this book was heavier on the romance, the mystery and suspense did keep me guessing for the better part of the book. I actually figured it out before the big reveal but then changed my mind because I thought my theory was too far fetched. Turns out my far fetched theory was right on, but I liked that I was kept guessing for the greater part of the story.
When you Dare is the first book I’ve read by Lori Foster. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense and although I didn’t really care for Molly I still enjoyed romance and found Dare to be a swoon worthy hero. I look forward to future books in the series.
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