Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dare to Love Again A Novel by: Julie Lessman series: Heart of San Francisco, The


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.

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About The Author

Julie Lessman

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

My Review:

Ahh...a wonderful return visit with the McClure family. Reunited with the folks I have come to love and enjoy.
We walk through the city of San Francisco in the beginning of the early 1900's. A far cry from today, and in many way a good thing. Such a dangerous place to live, the Barbary Coast, and then China Town. We learn of such hardship there, can you imagine fencing off a part of a supplies allowed in? That is what happen to China Town with the plague.
This is also about a young woman, Ali, and her choice in men, and how she has had her heart broken, way to many times.
We are also exposed to the mob...yes the Irish mob of Chicago. Oh what long hands crime has. Also people who are not who they propose to be, in the person of Nick Barone...that is with a long "e".
There is also a lot of banter in this story that is so cute, quite funny. You will have a hard time putting this book down, and if you have not read the first book, don't dispair, their is enough information give, that you will not be lost. Do yourself a favor, the first is as good as the second, and you will equally enjoy it!

I received this book from the publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.

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