Dare to Run by Jen McLaughlin

Release Date – February 2, 2016
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Book Details

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.
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I’m going to start by stating: what a perfect title for Lucas’ book. He’s our hero, a member of a gang (Sons of Steel Row) who fights for what he wants. We get his backstory from the start, which I truly appreciate. We understand other’s roles in his life and the importance he places on these relationships. Then we meet Heidi, our heroine. She’s tough, independent, a fighter, and she’s more than just talk. We also get Heidi’s background story upon meeting her. This helped me to connect with the leading characters and understand their perspective. This is a lifestyle I’ve never read about. Gang life. It was intriguing, but I had to remind myself several times I wasn’t reading about a motorcycle club (even though their are no motorcycles). There’s guns and liquor and men fighting over positions. Jen gives us an experience of high tension, of the sexual and mysterious natures. There’s shock and awe, and also joy and tears. I have hopes of who the next installment will be about…and I can’t wait to find out! I would’ve read Dare to Run in one sitting, but work. I dare you to read this book in one sitting. You can. And I dare you to find your next book crush! Rating: 4 stars

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