The Heart of San Francisco Series
SUMMARY: 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?
REVIEW: This book basically picks up where Love at Any Cost leaves off but follows Alli as she, Cassie, and Mrs. McClare open their school for the needy children in Barbary Coast, a seedy area of San Francisco. I like Alli's spunk but at times wondered about her when she let her bull-headedness get in the way of common sense. She is not afraid to work late and take a cable car home by herself , having to walk through some of the worst areas of town to do so. I like how she is ready to learn how to defend herself from any potential attackers and not standing on social priorities to do so. She's not afraid to go after what she wants but does fear her bad choices in men will never end.
I liked how the story ended but also thought it left the story hanging as it ends the day before Jamie and Cassie's wedding. It ended too quickly because I wanted to see how everyone reacts to Logan's news about Jamie and how the family would react to Nick's return. I guess that is something for the next book in the series to cover.
Great book. Can't wait to read more.
This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series and was ACFW's 2009 Debut Author of the Year. Votes #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine's 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also on Booklist's 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction list and is the recipient of fifteen RWA awards. You can contact Julie at www.julielessman.com.