Dare to Love Again

Hey,  Folks!
I just finished  “Dare to Love Again,” which is the second title in Julie Lessman’s “The Heart of San Francisco series. The “Revell Reads” program provided me with a copy, in exchange for this post, with the understanding that I would be brutally honest in sharing my opinion with all of you.
Allison McClare, tired of picking up the pieces of her broken heart, has sworn off men, determined to teach her students how to be the kind of independent women she hopes to become. In order to accomplish her goals, she must learn self defense. Enter Nick Barone, police officer turned school school security guard, who also happens to be a martial arts expert. Given her need for freedom, Miss McClare agrees to let him instruct her in the latest techniques of the 1900s, but wants nothing more to do with the insufferable man. This is fine by Mr. Barone, who cannot stand pampered society dames. What happens when they start getting to know each other better, and sparks that have nothing to do with temper start to fly reading “Dare to Love Again,” which is the second title in Julie Lessman’s “The Heart of San Francisco series. The “Revell Reads” program provided me with a copy, in exchange for this post, with the understanding that I would be brutally honest in sharing my opinion with all of you.
Allison McClare, tired of picking up the pieces of her broken heart, has sworn off men, determined to teach her students how to be the kind of independent women she hopes to become. In order to accomplish her goals, she must learn self defense. Enter Nick Barone, police officer turned school school security guard, who also happens to be a martial arts expert. Given her need for freedom, Miss McClare agrees to let him instruct her in the latest techniques of the 1900s, but wants nothing more to do with the insufferable man. This is fine by Mr. Barone, who cannot stand pampered society dames. What happens when they start getting to know each other better, and sparks that have nothing to do with temper start to fly? Can Allie trust that this is the man God has for her? Will dangerous forces from Nick’s past threaten Allie’s safety as well as his own?
I have read and enjoyed many of Ms. Lessman’s works  and I believe this is hands-down her best creation yet. I am even more enthusiastic about this novel than the previous volume in the series, “Love at Any Cost,” which I recently reviewed on this very site and gave five stars out of five stars. The reason for this is two fold. One, there is an added element of suspense that does not appear in her other stories, and two, the romance is more subtle in this one than the others. Do not get me wrong, I adore this author’s usual style, and I will be just as big a fan if she reverts back to it, but in a strange way I can not explain having less amorous content than usual strengthened that particular piece of the plot. Fans of this writer will delight in her trademark Christian lessons. No objectionable material is found between these pages,  but issues of violence are once again discussed, so teenagers and older people will find it most satisfying. For reasons of continuity and spoilers, I suggest getting ahold of “Love at Any Cost” before embarking on a journey with “Dare to Love Again.” You will not be disappointed! My rating for this literary gem is five out of five stars. Until we meet again…
Happy Reading,
Carolyn

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2 responses to “Dare to Love Again

  1. CAROLYN!!! Thank you SO much for the wonderful review — it blessed the socks off of me, my friend!! Soooo glad you were a part of this blog tour, and I am giving you 3 pts. in my contest (one for the blog, Amazon, and Goodreads), so THANK YOU!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

  2. Bonnie Roof

    Thanks for the great review, Carolyn!! I love EVERYTHING Julie writes, she’s my fave!!

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