Friday, February 3, 2017

Book Review: Dare to Stay by Jen McLaughlin

Dare to Stay (The Sons of Steel Row #2)
by Jen McLaughlin 
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Source: Publisher
Bruised and bloodied on Boston's mean streets, Chris O'Brien is reeling from the loss of his childhood best friend. But after barely escaping a hit placed on his head, Chris is desperate to live. A safe haven comes to mind - the home of the perfect girl from his childhood, Molly Lachlan. Before he has fully considered what it would mean to involve her in his mess, he finds himself on her doorstep.

When Molly agrees to let Chris inside her home, she realizes she's also letting him into her life. Danger and desperation are coming off him like steam, and yet she can't bring herself to turn him away. His bad boy charm always had a hold on her, but now there's a soulfulness and sorrow in him that she's never seen before. And despite the heart-stopping risk of helping him, she hopes against all reason that he'll stay...

The stakes are dangerously high...and the passion is seriously intense. Follow the exploits of the Sons of Steel Row in Dare To Run and Dare To Stay.

After reading and loving Dare to Run, I was a bit skeptical that this book centered around Chris. After what he did in book one, I was interested to see how Jen McLaughlin was going to make him into a likable hero. 

After making a huge mistake, Chris isn't sure how he's going to continue with his life in his gang, the Sons of Steel Row. Beaten and bleeding on the street, Molly finds Chris and is determined to keep him safe, no matter how hard Chris tries to fight her. Molly knows that Chris is dangerous and that she should be scared of him, but the more time she spends with Chris as he is nursed back to health, the deeper she finds herself falling. 

Oh my goodness, from page one of this book, I was hooked. It was clear that Chris was going through some serious emotional turmoil over what he had done in book one, so it was easy to forgive him right away for what he did. I loved how he had watched Molly for years and had a soft spot for her, no matter how hard his life was getting. While they kind of new each other from being acquaintances over the years, I liked how they got closer when Molly was taking care of Chris and how Chris had to finally let Molly in. 

Since this is the second book in the series, we get to follow these guys try to start an honest life and leave behind the dangerous life where they are shot at around every corner. Like the last book, there is danger and suspense and you are kept on the edge of your seat and pray that the characters stay safe. The romance in this one was awesome and I absolutely loved Molly and Chris's relationship. Molly became fiercely protective of Chris and I enjoyed how headstrong her character became. 

What more can I say? With action, suspense, and a whole lot of romance, I am addicted to The Sons of Steel Row series. I am so excited for Scotty's story and I can't wait to seen him fall in love and try to become a better man. If you love dangerous men who want to be good for the women they love, you have to pick up this series!

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