Dare to Run by Jen McLaughlin
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.
The DelightDare to Run starts out quite rough showing you life isn’t to so easy for Lucas after prison. Heidi is trying to eeking out a living from her run down bar. Circumstances bring them together, but it was hard to find common ground for me to love this story. It moved slowly at times and made you question if this was going to end badly.
~~~ Shari the Delighted Reader
Sooooo….I started this book with the wrong assumption it was a MC romance. It’s not. It is a mobster/mafia story about a man whose life was troubled and he is looking for a way out. Lucas has recently gotten out of jail. Not much is said about why he was in prison other than you know it has to do with the Sons of Steel Row. We open up to Lucas overseeing a “shipment” where he has to prove his alpha role in the movement of goods. Right off, I wasn’t in love with Lucas and thought about putting the book down as this isn’t a genre I do well reading.
Lucas goes to the Patriot, a bar across from his car shop and apartment for a drink. A sexy young bartender catches his eye, but life is kind of in Hell right now and he isn’t looking for a hook up. Heidi isn’t looking for a hook up either, but the guy at the end of her bar draws her attention. Heidi has had a hard life and inheriting the bar from someone who took her in is all she’s got. When she is brutally assaulted on evening, Lucas comes to her rescue, causing problems with a rival gang.
Now a can of worms have been opened up and someone wants Lucas dead. Add to that that Heidi has been marked for a kill. The two only have each other as they don’t exactly hide in his apartment, but it becomes their safe place. Slowly (relatively), they start off arguing, but extremely attracted to each other. Lucas as an escape plan for one to another country. He can’t just go off and leave Heidi for a kill, but he also can’t stay and be killed. Heidi won’t take his escape plan as she has busted her butt to get where she is in life. She’s not giving up the bar and she is not going to leave Lucas set up to be killed either.
Most of the story is kind of a downer as you wonder how the Hell they are going to get out of off this and even if you care at some point if they do. Several times I put this book down and wanted to walk away from it. I just wanted Lucas to find some frickin’ peace and for Heidi to sell the bar and move away from Steel Row. Neither were listening to me much.
The great bright point is how Lucas treats Heidi. At some points he seems indifferent, but when they are together he is the gentlest most caring guy with a lot of style. He just won’t let anyone kill him and he will kill for the littlest thing. Heidi for her part is a strong woman who loves deeply if she can get past the untrust. She also doesn’t know when to back down and go for safety. Standing up has its good points, but sometimes it just isn’t going to work.
The ending worked for me, but left me not wanting to continue with these men and the women they are going to meet. The life they have is brutal and just to reality based for my liking. I recommend this one for anyone who likes a more reality based story of mobster/mafia type romances who aren’t squeamish about really bad guys getting what they deserve. The loving is good and the dreaming even better, but the story isn’t about roses, so you have to plant the seeds of the dead to get those roses.
Series: The Sons of Steel Row #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Signet
Released on February 2, 2016
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