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Dare to Love
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 17 January 2010
In this book the female lead is a rich-girl whose dad thinks that she needs to be married and settled in order that she can progress further with her chosen husband in his firm. She has agreed to a couple of dates with the chosen guy, but he's arrogant and manipulative, but her dad seems blind to his faults.

One day on her way back from lunch, she gets wolf-whistled by a construction gang, and when it happens again, she goes to the site cabin to complain and meets the male lead. From the start, there is an attraction between them, but she is feisty and spoilt, but he is hardworking and ambitious, but they agree to meet for a date, both of them thinking that the other is out of their range and will chicken out, but the date goes well and they quickly realise that they are attracted to each other and start a relationship that's a bit like Princess and Pauper.

Anyway, it's clear that he's not an uneducated labourer type that she thinks he is - without any prejudice on her part, I must add - and at a black-tie do, he shows up her father's chosen candidate for the small-minded, bigoted guy that he is, and her father still does not see this. Dad even goes as far as to fake a heart-attack when she is on a date with the lead, but when she realises this, good for her, she sneaks out of the house and realises that she needs to break away for the good of both of them. Furthermore, when the male lead calls for her, her father tells him that she is out with her fiance, and that he was just a fling. Nice!

Anyway, there's a bit of heartbreak as neither the female nor the male lead feels that they are good enough for each other, due to their baggage and background respectively, but they are sensible, and his father figure/mentor makes him see sense, so eventually they get their HEA.

This was my first book by this author, and whilst it did not have the heat and sensuality that Samhain books are known for (the author also writes for Ellora's Cave), I have since gone on to read another decent effort of hers (which I will shortly be reviewing). Very pleased with this new discovery.
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