Dare to Lie by Jen McLaughlin

Dare to Lie by Jen McLaughlinDare to Lie by Jen McLaughlin
Series: The Sons of Steel Row, #3
Published by Berkley on February 7th 2017
Pages: 336
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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...

Skylar Daniels has been the head honcho’s secret, a precious sister who has been hidden in the shadows because of her connections to the Sons of Steel Row, only emerging when her brother tasks Scott Donahue to attend a bachelor auction in his place. Skylar’s winning bid on Scotty however, throws the status-quo into question, as her presence suddenly ups the stakes for the DEA undercover agent—who, apparently until Skylar, had been whoring around—and for those associated with him.

‘Dare to Lie’ is as enthralling as it is riveting, laying out the dangerous action and the brutal gang wars like an oncoming train wreck that I couldn’t look away from. Too often, I wondered how things could end in anyway resembling picture-perfect when Jen McLaughlin’s gritty characters show no mercy as they try to juggle the needs of their families and their loyalties and with several wild-west-style shootouts, tussle always for territory in a battleground that even Scotty can’t hope to save, not when his life is fabricated out of lies upon lies and deals that aren’t watertight. Above all however, I loved Skylar Daniels from the start, much more than Scott not least because she gave so much meaning to ‘virgin who takes no crap’ and pretty much set the blueprint for how I’d love my heroines to behave. That she refused to give in to both her brother and to Scott’s machinations was admirable, even though I wished they’d both done better by her after stringing her along and doling out the hurt only hardened men know how to do.

There are twists and turns as the story nears its inevitable (bloody) end and finally, I got to see the cold as ice leader Tate Donovan behave in a way that made me long for his own story.

Consider me hooked.