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Thursday, September 25, 2014

"If He's Daring" (Hannah Howell) ★★★★

In a dazzling new novel in the Wherlocke family saga, New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell creates an unforgettable story of intrigue, jeopardy, and desire. . .
Stealing a stranger's carriage is the second most reckless thing Lady Catrin Gryffin de Warrene has ever done. The first is succumbing to her powerful attraction to the carriage's owner. Catrin has heard the rumors about Sir Orion Wherlocke's family and their otherworldly gifts. He's the one person who can keep her son and his inheritance safe from her late husband's ruthless brother. As for how to protect herself. . .it may be too late for that.
Orion is facing the worst danger a man of his ilk can find: a woman he can't walk away from. Catrin is an intoxicating blend of innocence and sensuality, and for the first time, seduction is far more than a game. But her beauty and fortune have made her a target--one that will dare him to risk everything he's known--in pursuit of everything he's ever longed for. . .

"If He's Daring" by Hannah Howell.    The story of Orion and Catryn.  I really liked Catryn - at first I wasn't sure how I felt about her but as the story progresses, I grew to admire her more and more.  She's strong, fiesty and caring.  Even though she's a widow, she cares to retain her reputation and struggles with her feelings for Orion and if she should act on them.   Orion was fun - I loved how he would try get her fired up so he could enjoy her red-headed temper!  And his nervousness at the end was quite enjoyable to see.   I was hoping to see a bit more danger - even when Morris grabbed Catryn and Alwyn, I never felt that sense of dread.  For me the story did start a bit slow but, although the danger level didn't increase, the pace did quicken and I enjoyed the second half much more.  This is book #6 of the series but I don't believe one needs to read the others (I have read two) to enjoy the story.  Enough background is given to understand the quirks of the Wherlockes and Vaughns.  (Received ARC from NetGalley)  ★★★★

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