Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Dare to Love Again

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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?

Award-winning author Julie Lessman brings the glamour of Gilded Age San Francisco to vibrant life in this journey to find a love that never fails.

Not since Jen Turano's novels have I read a more witty and laugh-out-loud story.  Dare to Love Again chronicles the "war" between Mr. Pinhead and Miss La-di-da, aka, Detective Barone (with a long "e") and Allison McClare (who is not a snob, thank you very much) as Allison battles for independence and Detective Barone just wants to do his job and prevent Allison from making foolhardy decisions regarding her safety. Needless to say, these two characters are full of personality and irresistibly engaging.  Combining that with the intriguing mystery surrounding Detective Barone, made this story a very fun and fast read.

I was first introduced to Julie Lessman in Love at Any Cost, the first book in this series, "The Heart of San Francisco".  I loved that novel, and equally enjoyed this one.  I can't wait for the next installment!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group.