Casee's review of When You Dare (Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #1) by Lori Foster.
The tougher they are, the harder they fall…I have two reviews for this book. One is a semi-professional review on what I think about the book and why you should and/or should not read it. The second review is a totally unprofessional and what I would like to be my only review. I think I might get in trouble from the review police if I only went with that one.
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 like Lori Foster. Back in the day (circa 2002) it was really hard to find Lori's old Harlequin Temptations. In fact, I would go onto eBay and pay horrendous prices just because I had to read Gabe (which you couldn't even find in used bookstores), Mr. November, and Once and Again. I was a die hard Lori Foster fan-girl. I was scandalized by the sex in her book, but titillated at the same time. Back then it was Linda Howard or Lori Foster for me. What can I say? I obviously wasn't very diverse back then.
When the whole controversy about My Man, Michael came out, I was bummed. I had moved on from Lori Foster long ago. I still enjoyed her books from time to time but I didn't rush out and buy her. As my reading tastes grew, I noticed that her characters were always similar. The storyline seemed to stay in the same box. Which I knew was making some reader out there happy, but it just wasn't for me. But I was reading Say No to Joe? which somehow morphed into another series into another which led straight to My Man, Michael. Holly sent it to me and I had no idea it was a futuristic time travel. As soon as she told me, I had zero interest in reading it. Zero. And I didn't. I also didn't really join in on the Lori Foster bashing. I didn't care. Disappointment? Sure, but I didn't care. So when Holly reviewed When You Dare and said the heroine was an author and there was some fan bashing, how could I resist?
Dare Macintosh travels into Mexico to rescue his best friend's sister from human traffickers. Imagine his surprise when he finds Molly, an American that has also been kidnapped but not for the same reasons as Alaina. Everything about Molly and her situation set off Dare's radar and he decided, albeit reluctantly, that he wouldn't leave Molly to defend for herself. Such a Foster hero, isn't he?
Molly has no idea why she's been taken, nor does she care at this point. All she cares about is that she's been rescued. Dare Macintosh seems to be the perfect man to protect her while figuring out who would want to kidnap and hurt her. After she talks him into accepting the job, she starts to tell him how they'll proceed when he stops her cold. It'll be his way or no way.
Dare takes Molly back to his compound in Kentucky where he can keep her safe while he starts digging. He's fairly certain who is behind the attack (he was wrong just like I was). Molly was wrong too. See, she was convinced it was one of her readers who was unhappy with her last book. She had received quite a bit of fan mail about their unhappiness, but they just didn't understand that she had to go where the muse took her. Add in a gay assistant and you have the makings of some slap-stick humor.
Really, if I didn't know of the My Man, Michael controversy, I probably wouldn't have been bothered by the blatant "I'm the author, I do what I want" dialogue. Whether or not Lori Foster meant it as such is another story. There were things I liked such as Dare's dogs and his interaction with them. Chris, the gatekeeper (literally) and even Molly. There was just more I didn't like. And I didn't like it after I read the book. While I was reading it, it seemed great.
3 out of 5.
My second review will have to come later. This turned out waaaaay longer than I expected.
This book is available from HQN. You can buy it here or here in e-format.
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