Monday, January 27, 2014

Dare to Love Again - The Heart of San Francisco 2 - by Julie Lessman

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About the book: 

She's a sassy socialite burned by love. He's a jaded cop burned by the upper class.
When sparks fly . . . will love catch fire again?

Spunky Allison McClare is determined to be a fearless, independent woman. But when she takes a notion to explore the wild Barbary Coast, she quickly discovers she's no match for the unsavory characters that haunt the dark streets.

Detective Nick Barone would rather do almost anything than teach this petite socialite self-defense, but it seems he has little choice. Sparks fly every time the two meet until a grudging friendship develops into something deeper. But is he just a fraud like all the rest of the men Allison's cared for? Or is he the one who will let her dare to love again?

Award-winning author Julie Lessman brings the glamour of Gilded Age San Francisco to vibrant life in this journey to find a love that never fails.

My review: 

I really enjoyed this romantic and amusing story, though not as much as the first, I have to say.  There didn't seem to be as much development to the relationship in this book as in the other four books of Julie's I've read, nor as much of a spiritual journey for the characters.  Their struggles are touched on a bit with the themes of forgiveness, praying for your enemies, and not judging others, and it could be that the other books I've read of hers had male or female characters that were quite a bit further from God.  However, I still really liked it because I loved the characters, plot, and romance and Julie definitely knows how to paint a realistic and amusing scene!  The secondary plot line about Allison's mother and uncle was great and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book with them.  I loved that so much more of the city came alive in this book, from the Fisherman's Wharf to Chinatown.  Julie's one of my favorite authors and I can't wait for the next one in the series!  You should definitely check this one out!

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

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