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Review: Dare To Run (The Sons of Steel Row #2)by Jen McLaughlin

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The New York Times bestselling author of the Out of Line Novels takes readers to Boston, where one gang of criminals knows how being bad can be so good…

She knows what he’s like on Boston’s mean streets. Now she’s going to find out if he’s got some heart.

Lucas Donahue is not ashamed of his criminal past, but after a brief stint in prison, he’s ready to go legit and live a normal life. The problem is, no one leaves the gang without permission—even if he is one of the boss’s top men. Plus someone’s placed a hit on him. And then there’s that feisty little bartender who’s going to cause him even more trouble.

Heidi Greene knows to keep her distance from a ladies’ man like Lucas—even if she can’t keep her eyes off him. When he rescues her from an attack in the alley outside her bar, she’s forced to stay by his side for safety. But the longer she spends time with him, the greater her chances are for getting hurt in more ways than one.

My Review

“That, right there? It was why I’d fallen in love with him. He was this hardened, jaded soul, but with me…..well, he wasn’t. And it was only with me, so that meant something. He made me feel as if I was the only person on the the earth that mattered to him. The only one he showed this soft, sweet, lovable side to. It made what we had, however temporary it might be, all the more special.”

What an exciting, thrilling new read from Jen McLaughlin. I have to tell you, I have been a fan of her books for a while. And when I heard she was working on something new, I had to jump on it. Dare to Run was unlike anything I’ve read by her before and I loved every second of it.

Dare to Run is thrilling and captivating. It pulls you in instantly and captivates you the entire time. I loved the idea behind this story. I found it be very refreshing and so different from the other books that I’ve read by this author. Dare to Run is gritty and intense. The sexual tension just oozes from the pages. From the moment we meet up with Lucas and Heidi, we have to know more about them. They are both tough and have lived very difficult lives. Lucas is ready to move on and attempt to live a normal life. However his old gang didn’t get that memo and are not too thrilled about Lucas wanting to leave. Heidi was the last thing he needed in his life….Heidi is tough and is used to handling things on her own. She is intrigued by Lucas, but tries to stay away. Only, fate had other plans for the two of them. When Lucas saves Heidi’s life, the two of them will be forced together. And of course, the longer they are together, the harder it is to fight the attraction that is between them…..

Dare to Run was a quick and easy read for me. It was fast paced and intriguing. There was action and danger around every corner.  There was never a dull moment. This book had me on the edge of my seat, wondering how things were going to play out. I loved all the great twists and turns; especially the one towards the end…I was not expecting it all. And of course you can’t forget about the steam. Let me tell you, there was no shortage of steam between Lucas and Heidi. Their chemistry was scorching and undeniable. I just loved watching the two of them trying to navigate through not only their feelings, but the dangerous situation that they were in.

Dare to Run is the first book in this exciting new series and it does not disappoint. I think this series is off to a fantastic start and I am looking forward to see what excitement and danger will lie ahead in the next installment.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via the publisher and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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