Dare to Love Again
by Julie Lessman
Book 2 The Heart of San Francisco Series
Spunky Allison McClare is determined to be a fearless, independent woman, resorting to a mammoth hat pin for protection on her way to and from the school where she teaches. But when she takes a notion to explore the wild Barbary Coast she quickly discovers she is no match for rum-soaked brute strength.
Detective Nick Barone would rather do almost anything than teach this petite socialite jiu-jitsu, but it seems he has little choice in the matter. Sparks fly every time the two meet until a grudging friendship develops into something deeper. But when Nick suddenly leaves town, Allison realizes he’s a fraud just like all the rest of the men she’s cared for. Does she dare love again?
The lushness of the glorious Gilded Age beautifully showcases Lessman’s passion as a writer in this engaging love story written with humor and heart. From the glamour of San Francisco’s Nob Hill to the seedy gambling dens of the Barbary Coast, Dare to Love Again is a journey to find a love that never fails. Fans will love revisiting the world of the cousins McClare, and new readers will seek more of Julie’s passion-filled novels.
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
If you’re looking for another predictable and boring romance, don’t read this novel. But if you want passion and romance in a historical setting where the streets of 1900 San Francisco comes alive with more twists and turns than a suspense novel, than this might be your cup of tea. There were never two people so wrong for each other or so meant to be together as Alison McClure, a wealthy socialite with a broken heart, and Detective Nick Barone, a man who distrusts wealthy people. I enjoyed every bit of this novel and was left wondering how Julie would pull off a satisfying ending with the corner she painted her characters into. But she managed it. If you haven’t read Julie Lessman’s novel, don’t wait. You’ll be glad you did.