When You Dare by Lori Foster is a romantic suspense novel due to be released on April 26 2011. It is the first book in the new Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. Dare Macintosh is a professional mercenary that always keeps his emotions and person life far away from his work. However, when he rescues a friend’s sister from human traffickers in Mexico he finds a complication. A woman that just did not belong in the trailer with the other captured women. Molly Alexander is a writer who has been kidnapped from the street in front of her own apartment building. She has been drugged, beaten and brutalized but still knows that her rescuer is different from the brutal men that had kept her chained up in a trailer. Molly can see that Dare is intimidating and powerful, someone that could easily use violence to deal with any situation, but would rather protect others than bully or harm them. They work together to solve the mystery of who wanted Molly kidnapped, and to keep her safe until the mystery is solved. However, neither is quite sure what scares them more, the possibility of a family member willing to have Molly killed or the intense attraction they have for each other.
When You Dare offers readers some fantastic characters. Molly is a successful, confident woman that is not unattractive. She is not the drop dead gorgeous girl found in some novels, nor is she a plain Jane. She is simply attractive in her own right, and I love the fact that Dare finds her attractive for her personality and intelligence as well as her physical self from the very beginning. Dare is a solid character, but there were moments in the suspense aspect of the story that I wanted to kick him, because I had already figured out the who-done-it and thought he ought to be asking certain questions a lot sooner than he does. However, his personality is one of my favorite kinds of heroes. The sensitive alpha male; he can cook, is a clean freak, thinks about other people and how his actions might affect them. Dare’s two dogs are “his girls” whom he treats extremely well and become characters with in the story. Secondary characters Chris, Trace, and Alani are well written and make me eager to read the next books in the series.
I recommend When You Dare to fans of romantic suspense, contemporary romance and Lori Foster. The characters are engaging and it is a great start to a new series. There are some seriously hot scenes, but none at moments that might label the characters as too dumb to live. This is great book for a night in or a lazy weekend in the sun.