Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fun Historical Fiction -- Dare to Love Again

I've seen Julie Lessman's name in Christian fiction circles, but had never read a book by her before Dare to Love Again.  If this book is a good representation of her storytelling, I certainly look forward to reading more.

From the very first page, the characters were fun and interesting -- all the way from Allison and Nick to sweet little La-di-da.  The romance and plots twists kept the interest level high throughout the story.  

Historical fiction has recently become one of my favorite genres, and I really enjoyed this first-time look at the Barbary Coast as a setting.

Although this was the second book in a series, I had no problem jumping into the storyline or getting to know the characters.  I do look forward, though, to reading more in this series by checking out the previous book.

Thanks to Revell for providing a copy of Dare to Love Again in exchange for my honest review.

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.

About the Author

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston series and the Winds of Change series The recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards, as well as many other accolades, Lessman was chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 and 2012 Readers' Choice Awards. She resides in Missouri with her family. You can contact Julie through her website at

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