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.
MY REVIEW-Julie Lessman is an author who I really enjoy. Her books are ones that make you laugh, cry and learn lessons as you flip the pages. The characters are well developed and you quickly fall in love with some of them while disliking others. And yes, it is normally the heroes that make you dislike them. But in the end, you fall for them.
This is the second book in a series and I was privileged to review the first one as well. If you haven't read the first book, I would urge you to read them in order. It could be read as a stand alone but a little much. The heroine is very sassy and independent. So if you don't like women like this, you might not like her. Allison is somewhat of a snob but you see her tender heart and want to serve others. Nick is funny. Cranky as all get out but oh so lovable once he thaws. Definitely a brute but loyal to a fault.
The side plot through this series is Alli's mother Cait and her uncle, Logan. There is a lot to this and I loved finding out more in their story.
So again, another excellent book from Julie! Her plots are always interesting, the characters are always feisty and well written, and wonderful lessons throughout. Looking forward to her next novel!
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