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Dare to Love Again (The Heart of San Francisco Book #2): A Novel (udgave 2014)

af Julie Lessman

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Detective Nick Barone would rather do almost anything than teach petite socialite Allison McClare jiu-jitsu, but it seems he has little choice in the matter. Sparks fly every time the two meet until a grudging friendship develops into something deeper. But when Nick suddenly leaves town, Allison realizes he's a fraud just like all the rest of the men she's cared for. Does she dare love again?… (mere)
Medlem:BonnieRoof
Titel:Dare to Love Again (The Heart of San Francisco Book #2): A Novel
Forfattere:Julie Lessman
Info:Revell (2014), Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
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Dare to Love Again: A Novel (The Heart of San Francisco) (Volume 2) af Julie Lessman

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I loved the fearless and spunky character known as Allison McClare and the whole dialogue and interaction her and detective Nick Barone had in this story, which is book two in this delightful series. Allison wants her independence as a teacher to the less fortunate down in the Barbary Coast district of San Francisco. Nick Barone works in the district and knows how dangerous it is and the two have sparks flying whenever they seem to meet. As the back cover of the book puts it, "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?" It was fun to watch these two come to care for each other and sad to see how their love for each other was almost torn apart before it truly began. A well written little twist of events there near the end of the story.

This is book two in this series and could be read as a stand alone but then you wouldn't fully get to know some of the other characters in this story unless you read them in order. And the author writes such interesting and engaging stories that I am never disappointed by reading her work. Looking forward to book three next, "Surprised by Love". ( )
  judyg54 | Nov 11, 2017 |
I loved Ali and Nick! There were lots of LOL moments as well as heart-touching scenes. Another wonderful, fantastic read for me! Oh, Julie, keep on writing! ( )
  RomanceReaderToo | Nov 3, 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 Nick and Allison 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.

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 Caitlyn's deceased husband'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 setting, 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"!! ( )
  BonnieRoof | Mar 31, 2014 |
“Dare to Love Again” by Julie Lessman is a historical romance novel that takes place in San Francisco in the early 1900’s.

Caitlyn McClare and her daughter and niece have started a school for underprivileged girls on the edge of the Barbary Coast area of San Francisco. This area is not one in which genteel women should ever walk alone. Logan McClare, Caitlyn’s brother-in-law and Allison’s uncle, hires a policeman to be their bodyguard, unbeknownst to the women. Nick Barone is quite competent in that regard. Both he and Allison McClare are wounded souls who have been rejected by former loves and are determined not to become involved with anyone for a very long time. There are other problems that Nick is trying to overcome and these present a real danger to him and to Allison.

I liked this book, but I thought that it was a slow read for me. I just couldn’t get really involved with the characters, which is something that, for me, makes a great novel. There was quite a bit of dialogue between Nick and Alli that was very sarcastic. I skipped a few paragraphs that seemed to bog down with that dialogue. The dangerous and thrilling actions came towards the very end of the book. I wish that part could have been drawn out and more written about it. I think it would have added to the book.
I was sent a free print copy of this book by Revell Reads in return for my honest assessment of the book posted during the January 2014 Blog Tour.

You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-9D. ( )
  SilverShrew | Feb 20, 2014 |
Title: Dare to Love Again (The Heart of San Francisco Book #2)
Author: Julie Lessman
Pages: 416
Year: 2014
Publisher: Revell
In Julie Lessman’s enjoyable Heart of San Francisco series, readers will be enthralled with the tension between some of the main characters. Readers will also find themselves laughing at some of the remarks that pass between Allison McClare and a certain detective named Nick Barone. Most of the story, along with the cast, is a continuation from book #1 in the series, Love at Any Cost; yet some of the cast is new which brings new dynamics plus a hint of some mystery.
What thrills me most is the way the friendships that begin between some of the cousins like Cassie and Allison deepen even more as their faith is tested. The matriarch of the family, Clare, has her lifelong dream fulfilled when a school that borders on the farthest street of the Barbary Coast is opened to teach and reach girls of all ages. There is an orphanage that is run by an older lady with a faith that is stalwart. She has no qualms about confronting a certain young man who is renting a room about the state of his faith at the moment and what is the reasoning behind it.
Within the blooming romance of a teacher at the school and a reluctant handyman, there lies a little 6-year-old girl whose innocence will cause sudden outbursts of laughter when reading her understanding of certain words. It didn’t take me long to read the book because of the humor, romance, faith and trust. Trust is a word Clare would love to attach to a man named Logan, but can she after all the times he has broken her heart?
Mrs. Lessman has penned a tale based in the early 1900s in the heart of San Francisco that many will find a pure joy to read. I know the cover of the first book isn’t what captured my interest as much as the description of the story within the pages. Here, in book number two, the novel goes even deeper into the lives of the characters and shows us sometimes how hard it is to trust God, especially when we are hurting or angry.
I personally cannot wait for book three of the series to be released to see how the author may bring conclusion to the ongoing drama. So, grab both novels and be prepared to be entertained and perhaps busting out in laughter as the fiction unfolds. I know I had a blast reading both and I am sure you will too!
My rating is 5 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/. Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457 ( )
  lamb521 | Jan 25, 2014 |
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Detective Nick Barone would rather do almost anything than teach petite socialite Allison McClare jiu-jitsu, but it seems he has little choice in the matter. Sparks fly every time the two meet until a grudging friendship develops into something deeper. But when Nick suddenly leaves town, Allison realizes he's a fraud just like all the rest of the men she's cared for. Does she dare love again?

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