Review: Dare to Lie by Jen McLaughlin

Posted February 7, 2017 in Review / 17 Comments

Review: Dare to Lie by Jen McLaughlin

Dare to Lie

Series: The Sons of Steel Row #3
by Jen McLaughlin
Published by Penguin, Berkley on February 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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As an undercover DEA agent in the most powerful gang in Boston, Scott Donahue accepts the risks of living a double life. But when Tate Donovan, leader of the Sons of Steel Row, assigns Scotty to take his place in a bachelor’s auction sponsored by his sister’s sorority, he’s exposed to a whole new level of danger. Even though Tate makes it very clear—Skylar is off limits—the second Scotty sees her, he’s a goner. But how does he tell Sky she’s falling for a man who doesn’t exist?

Sky can’t resist Scotty’s cool confidence or the raw, edgy power oozing from his perfect body. She’s always been the good girl, but he brings out the bad in her. And even though she knows so little about who he really is, Sky’s willing to take the biggest risk of all. But putting her heart on the line is no guarantee that Scotty won’t slip through her fingers...

Bad Boy Hot! Hot!

After book two in Jen McLaughlin’s The Sons of Steel Row, I really needed to know how Chris and Scotty were going to get themselves out, ALIVE, from the mess they’re in.  Turns out, it wasn’t so easy.  But man, I was on the edge of my seat most of the ride!

Dare to Lie picks up almost immediately after Dare to Stay.  Chris and Scotty, along with other gang members, are headed to a funeral when their ride over is slightly “delayed”.  Because of this delay, Tate, one of the leaders, asks Scotty to do him a favor and go in his place to a charity bachelor auction that Tate’s sister has organized.  With the warning, “Don’t touch my sister,” ringing in his ear, Scotty heads off to his doom…

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for impossible situations that manage to resolve to a happily ever after.  And if they can do it without a hail mary pass thrown in from seemingly no where, I’m absolutely ecstatic!  Dare to Lie actually got so deep in lies, covers, and “What the heck is he going to do NOW?”‘s that I had no clue how this plot could solve itself without that hail mary from it’s own 10 yard line (sorry, Super Bowl on the brain).  But it did!  And it did it through natural story progression.  The story was paced well, even if the romance was slow to start.

And considering the characters and their personalities, a slow romance is what this story called for…. a very reluctant romance.  Scotty, of course, wants nothing to do with having a girlfriend.  His life can’t handle that pressure.  So he has to be a “love” ’em and leave ’em kind of stud.  But Skylar, Tate’s sister, is a whole other story.  This girl is complicated AND simple at the same time.  She doesn’t have time to date because she’s in medical school.  And she doesn’t want to date because of her brother’s protectiveness.  None the less, Tate keeps trying to fix her up with guys he thinks are appropriate for her to date.   Tell me when that ever went well…

I really liked both Scotty and Skylar.  I was still nervous about them even after the story resolved and I started reading the epilogue.  I liked that they were physically different than the usual protagonists you read (both are redheads) and they were both intelligent.  I enjoyed the banter immensely because it was witty.  I have simple needs and witty banter is one of them 😉

Ms. McLaughlin left a little story thread open so I’d like to see if she’s going to put the entire neighborhood of Steel Row to rights once and for all.  I’d personally like to see that neighborhood get cleaned up, what the brothers and Chris wanted to do all along.  It would make a perfect HEA, wouldn’t it???  (hint, hint)

About Jen McLaughlin

Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin Random House. Under her pen name, Diane Alberts, she is also a USA TODAY bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, hit the New York Times, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists.

Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and four cats. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.


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About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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17 responses to “Review: Dare to Lie by Jen McLaughlin

  1. I tried reading the first book in this series and DNF’d it because it just wasn’t for me but hmm, I’m wondering if I should give this one a go anyway. Thanks for the review, Kristin!