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Dare to Love Again

Julie Lessman
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Award-winning author Julie Lessman brings the glamor of Gilded Age San Francisco to vibrant life in, Dare to Love Again, the second book in The Heart of San Francisco series. What do you get when you mix a witty socialite, skeptical of love and a jaded cop, mistrustful o... Read More

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Award-winning author Julie Lessman brings the glamor of Gilded Age San Francisco to vibrant life in, Dare to Love Again, the second book in The Heart of San Francisco series.

What do you get when you mix a witty socialite, skeptical of love and a jaded cop, mistrustful of the upper class?

Allison McClare is determined to be a bold, independent woman. As confident as she may be, Allison is quick to find out that she is no match for the merciless, dark alleys of Barbary Coast.

Detective Nick Barone has better things to do than teach Allison self-defense. Even so, he doesn't seem to have a choice. But as the tension builds and sparks fly, the two draw can't help but fall for each other. Will love be a possibility? Or is the pain of the past too much to bear?

Product Details:
Page Count: 416
Released: 12/2013
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Dec 4, 2013
  • UPC: 9780800721664
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 410
  • Publish Date: Jan 7, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0800721667

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"ANOTHER WINNER FOR JULIE LESSMAN"!! by Bonnie Roof on 3/29/2014

"Dare to Love Again" is the second novel in The Heart of San Francisco trilogy of the McClare family, from award-winning author, Julie Lessman. Socialite Allison McClare's goal to be an independent woman is met with opposition from Detective Nick Barone (long e), whose beat is the streets of the wild Barbary Coast, in which the Hand of Hope School for girls - where Allison is the new teacher of English and drama - is located. Nick's secrets from the past have left him with a grudge against the upper class - Allison's belief that all men are liars, frauds, or fortune hunters, stems from the pain caused by a broken relationship. The humorous barbs between the two start on the first page and don't let up until the last page of this delightful novel. Nick and Allison are equally surprised when romantic sparks start to fly between the two.

From Julie Lessman's description of a "lighter, shorter, less complicated series - with less romantic and spiritual passion" (as compared to her Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change trilogies), I wasn't sure what to expect with this series. What I DID expect was to be thoroughly entertained and inspired - as Julie is a masterful writer - and I wasn't disappointed!!

Julie's heart-warming characters are in abundance, as usual. The girls and staff of Mercy House Orphanage are a touching addition to the story - watch out for little Lottie, she'll "steal your heart"! The "on-again, off-again" romantic relationship between Allison's mother, Caitlyn, and Allison's deceased father's brother, Logan, will have you cheering for, and sympathizing with, each of them before the story ends.

"Dare to Love Again" is chock-full of humor, suspense, passion, drama, secrets, romance, realistic characters, redemption, forgiveness, warm family settings, hope, regret, love, faith, and the ever-wonderful happy ending - it's a treat for ALL readers!! The McClare family is a delight - just as the O'Connor family was in Julie's two previous series!! I've loved each and every novel she's written, and I await - however impatiently - the October 2014 release of the final novel in the series, "Surprised By Love"!!

HEAT WAVE!!! by Amanda Dunseith on 2/17/2014

Julie again creates enough heat to melt my chocolate candy bar right out of my hand!! A true master story teller with a true master talent bringing with her all the elements that has come to make her the "kissing queen" of romantic writing. The romantics at heart will NOT be disappointed with this heated story filled with sizzling passion, dramatic family dynamics, and enough tension to turn your insides. Another win by this talented author!!! 10 out of 5 stars!!

Dare to Love Again a Delight! by Angi on 2/11/2014

Reading Dare to Love Again was such a delight! It made me laugh, it brought tears to my eyes, and made me fall in love with Julie Lessman’s characters all over again. Dare to Love Again is the second in The Heart of San Francisco series and is the story of Allison McClare and Nick Barone. Julie is known for creating sparks that fly and lots of romantic tension. And the tension between Alli and Nick, romantic or otherwise, rivals the tension of a coiled spring. And as always, Julie threads her story with yet another story—how a loving and powerful God can change the hearts of the children He loves. Dare to Love Again is definitely a new favorite for this Julie Lessman fan!

Get Ready to Leave Your Heart in San Francisco by Andie on 1/26/2014

When you pick up a Julie Lessman novel you are guaranteed:
and Romance! Oh, the romance!
Alli McClure has been bit by the romance bug three times and lost, will the fourth time be the charm?
Nick Barone (long e) dislike's the upper crust with a passion. When he and Alli meet sparks fly, or rather her pointer does.
Alli has joined her mother in teaching disadvantaged girls on the Barbary Coast of San Francisco. Nick Barone (long e) is a detective and he is determined to keep the girls and those that work at The Hands of Hope school for girls safe. Alli wants independence and she is going to get it no matter what it takes.
Barone (long e) or as the girls that live at Miss Penny's home call him Mr. Cranky Pants, Alli calls him Mr. Grunt and Garaon.
When Nick is offered the opportunity to teach Alli self defense he reluctantly agrees.The more time he spends with this snarky little teacher, a deep friendship begins to develop, and Nick realizes his heart needs some protecting too.
Along with Alli, and Nick there are returning characters from Love At Any Cost. Cassie, Cait, Uncle Logan, Jamie, Rosie, Mr. Bigley, Hadley, Maddie, and new ones that will melt your heart, like little Lottie who will just steal your heart. When she grabs Nick's face with her little six year old hands and tells him "We're family" you want to just hug her.
True to Julie she weaves a story not only rich in sass and romance, but one rich in godly principals. Seeing Uncle Logan come face to face with what was keeping him from a relationship with Cait McClure was pure God, because no one can change someone's heart but God.

Dare to Love Again is a book that will stay with you long after you close the last page, and then you will want to start the book all over again, because you will have left your heart in San Francisco.

Romance at its BEST! by Wanda Barefoot on 1/22/2014

It is such a pleasure to review this book and an even BIGGER pleasure to read. I can't think of even ONE thing I didn't like so I will start by telling you the things I LOVED.

With each book I read there is always at least ONE character I completely adore. Right now I am finding it hard to pick only ONE. If I have to choose, it would be Allison McClare. She was such a little spitfire with Irish blood coursing through her veins. And I mean LITTLE, literally. She was tiny without her high heels but she could whip a full-grown, grouch of a man into submission in a single heartbeat (I admired the way she wielded her pointer). Especially, Nick Barone, who she dubbed as Mr. Ba-lon-ee, Mr, Ga-roan and Mr. Cranky Pants to name a few. She had been heartbroken on three previous occasions by men that only wanted her money and that left her leery of men in general and angry at them to boot. She had an independent spirit which led her to learn jiu jitsu for protection. But she also had a heart of gold, reaching out to others by teaching orphans and kids less fortunate in her mother's Hand of Hope school for girls. She was a woman of substance with a quick and charming wit that brought tears to my eyes more than once, by laughter and heartbreak. In short, Alli was completely adorable, from the top of her straw hat all the way down to the bottom of her three inch high-heeled shoes.

Nick Barone is a beloved character too. He's so angry and harsh with a real hate for rich people and with good reason given what happened in his past. He's constantly wearing a scowl and is often trying to put Alli in her place but to no avail. He soon learns there's no taming the independent Allison McClare. He reverts to calling her Miss McHigh-and-Mighty, Miss La-di-da and Allison "Whack 'em Till They Weep" McClare. Nick is a hard-nosed, grouchy policemen that trudges the streets of the Barbary Coast trying to rid it of lowlifes and lower the crime rate. Since no one can seem to get his name right, he is constantly informing them "It's Ba-ron-ee, long e". He has a pension for animal crackers (they soothe his ulcer) and always smells of Bay Rum. But let me tell you what endeared Nick to me. Nick rented a room at Mercy House Orphanage which was run by Mrs. Peel, included the cook, Mrs. Lemp, and housed several orphans, including Lottie, a six year-old little girl with copper curls. When Nick was with them he was a completely different man. Playing with the kids, reading them stories and tucking them in. And he loved Mrs. Peel like a grandmother, protecting her and the kids fiercely. Nick is an all around GREAT guy!

Another thing I love about this book and Miss Julie's style of writing is--she KNOWS how to write a love scene. She draws you into the scene until you almost feel like you're a PART of it. And, oh, do they SIZZLE! She knows how to write a love scene with just the right amount of heat without going beyond the barriers. They are PERFECT in every way.

I also love the humor aspect. I laughed through practically the whole first chapter. It didn't stop there either. Several times throughout the book I found myself laughing out loud, literally! The phrases she uses could make the guards at Buckingham Palace crack a smile. But it's not all fun and games. There are some very serious scenes that had me crying in my hankie. Trust me, you WILL need tissues.

The most important thing is the way she weaved God throughout the story. There was a lot of forgiveness taking place, a lot of prayer and a lot of recognition to the fact that, YES, God is taking care of us in EVERY way. I loved when Logan finally realized that what was holding him back from a full relationship with God was the fact that he KNEW God answered prayer but he just didn't believe God answered HIS prayers. Talk about a revelation!

I enjoyed this book so thoroughly and I can't wait for the next one because I definitely smell a romance brewing between two prominent characters and THAT'S one I DON'T want to miss! I think I can definitely relate to the next EXPECTED heroine. Although, I do have to say I am in love with ALL of the characters. Miss Penny brought back memories of my grandmother who I love dearly. Lottie or "La-di-da" just made me want to tuck her in my arms and squeeze the stuffing out of her. I loved when she took Nick's face in her tiny little hands and told him he was part of God's family. Caitlyn and Cassie are just to sweet and endearing for words. And, Jamie, Blake and Bram? Hilarious with their constant jabs at each other. This is just one reader's opinion, but I haven't enjoyed such a complete reading experience in a LONG time. If you like a book that completely satisfies a reader's cravings you've found it! I fell in love with the people of Nob Hill (and the Barbary Coast) and so will you. I SO HIGHLY recommend this book!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone and the thoughts of only ONE reader. If I recommend a book you can believe it's because I enjoyed it. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

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