Title: Dare to Lie
Series: The Sons of Steel Row #3
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Release date: February 7, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars
As an undercover DEA agent in the most powerful gang in Boston, Scott Donahue accepts the risks of living a double life. But when Tate Donovan, leader of the Sons of Steel Row, assigns Scotty to take his place in a bachelor’s auction sponsored by his sister’s sorority, he’s exposed to a whole new level of danger. Even though Tate makes it very clear—Skylar is off limits—the second Scotty sees her, he’s a goner. But how does he tell Sky she’s falling for a man who doesn’t exist?
Sky can’t resist Scotty’s cool confidence or the raw, edgy power oozing from his perfect body. She’s always been the good girl, but he brings out the bad in her. And even though she knows so little about who he really is, Sky’s willing to take the biggest risk of all. But putting her heart on the line is no guarantee that Scotty won’t slip through her fingers...
He's joined the gang as an undercover DEA agent, hoping to clean up the crime and violence-ridden streets where he grew up. But there's a lingering sense of loyalty to the gang who saved his family after their father abandoned them.
I might be DEA, but I was a Son, too. If it came time to choose between the two parts of my life, I knew what I’d choose— but it wouldn’t be easy. It would tear me the hell apart. I’d never be put back together again.
Skylar is the sister of Tate, the Sons' leader. When Tate sends Scott to her sorority bachelor auction in his place, he never expected the immediate intense attraction that was tugging on both of them. But getting mixed up with your boss's sister? Foolhardy. When you're undercover in a gang....you would have to have a death wish to act on your desires. There was just something about her that broke through all of his defenses. He's used to putting on a front. In every corner of his life, he's playing a dangerous game of artifice. But Sky's intuition tells her a lot more about him at their first meeting then he's willing to leave bare.
As hard as Scott tries to leave her alone, he's stuck living next door to her after Tate asks him to watch over her. Attempts to stay distant and platonic are doomed from the start. Gang tensions are escalating, and her safety may be jeopordized. She is Tate's one soft spot, and his enemies wouldn't hesitate to harm her in the war against him. Scott wages his own war within himself. Sky deserves a man much better than him: a man who can afford to give her promises of tomorrow. It becomes increasingly clear that she may be the one worth risking everything for. But when the truth is revealed, how could she ever look at him the same way again?
Everything we had together was built on lie upon lie, woven together like strings, and if she tugged on one, it would all fall apart. And it was only a matter of time until someone, or something, tugged.
I enjoyed Sky, she was tough, intelligent, and didn't cow down to the alpha type men who surrounded her. She also was a hell of a lot more knowledgeable than anyone gave her credit for. She sees and knows things, but chooses to remain silent and allow her brother the secret side of himself he wishes to remain hidden. There is no judgement, only a fear for her brother's safety. He's stood by her all her life, after her father discarded her. He would lay down his life for her in a heartbeat. But accepting her love for a traitor in their midst may be more than he has to give.
I liked the forbidden aspect to Sky and Scott's love story. It created a level of conflict that kept me reading at a fast clip, trying to work out how they would find an escape from the situation they landed in. I felt like they made a perfect pair, their family background allowed them a deeper understanding of each other and a respect that they'd be hard-pressed to find in others. And they had a chemistry between them that sparked fast and never faded.
Although this is the third book in the series, you can read this easily without having read the others previously. They are connected standalones, but the author does a great job catching you up to speed. This book wasn't what I would call dark or especially gritty, but it had a definite edge to the characters that I found pretty refreshing. This was a great introduction to Jen McLaughlin's writing-she brought the heat, the tension, and the emotion to the forefront of the story and didn't disappoint.
The more I had her, the deeper the craving went.
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