by Jen McLaughlin
Series: The Sons of Steel Row #3
Narrator: Eric London, Caitlin Elizabeth
Length: 9 hours and 39 minutes
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Narration: 4 cups
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 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 . . . Contains mature themes
DARE TO LIE by Jen McLaughlin is the third audiobook in the Sons of Steel Row, contemporary romantic suspense series set in streets of Boston. DARE TO LIE story belongs to Scott(y) Donahue an undercover DEA agent and acting member, of the Sons of Steel Row. I have been waiting for his story, and McLauglin delivered giving me, suspense, heat, and heart.
I loved the set up for DARE TO LIE. Tate, the leader of the Son of Steels, assigns Scotty to guard his sisters. The first assignment involves a bachelor auction at Skylar’s sorority. Getting involved with the leader’s sister is an executable offense, and I loved seeing it all unfold. Skylar is pretty sheltered and isn’t privy to her brother’s business practices. Most of the men she has dated have been boring suits or “Tate approved.” For Skylar, this equates to “boring.” Scotty is none of those things.
The romance started with insta-lust and frankly had me rolling my eyes at Skylar. It quickly moved to something more and I ended up loving their chemistry. The heat was electric and their chemistry felt genuine. I just wish this forbidden romance had begun more slowly.
Scotty’s involvement with the gang and his position working for the DEA made for some serious tension. It provided plenty of life and death moments giving the suspense thread of DARE TO ME depth. It also caused some relationship problems and awkward moments when Tate was present. The overall ARC of the series involving the Sons of Steel, DEA, and AFC make this a series to read/listen to from the beginning. It helps to understand the players and know the battles Scotty and the Sons of Steel face with the Bitter Hill Gang. I appreciated the way in which McLaughlin has taken us into the gangs and government agencies involved. She showcases Scotty’s struggle with loyalty and his dealings with law enforcement. Scotty is a standup guy and ultimately wants to protect and save his hometown. All of this gives the story some serious heart. Despite the darker aspects of Scotty and other members of the gang, the author made me understand them, and it was only inevitable that I fell for them too.
Eric London and Caitlin Elizabeth narrated giving us both Scotty and Skylar’s voices. I loved this dual point of view and felt the narrators did an excellent job of capturing their voices and emotions. The Sons of Steel series works well on audio bringing the tension, romance, and characters to life.
DARE TO LIE was another addictive edition in the Sons of Steel Row. Now, I need Tate Donovan’s story. Pretty please.
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Lover Of Romance
Oh wonderful review. I am so glad that you really liked this one. I have heard some great things about this author. And I love LOVE the setting here.
I am loving this series, and cannot wait for the next book.
What a great review! I have to read this book now , based on your review and it is set in my hometown of Boston! Thanks for this review.
Cool, I wonder if there are landmarks you will recognize.
I will let you know but I am sure there are 🙂
I love romantic suspense, and this sounds like a story I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing.
You are welcome Nadene.
Haven’t heard of this series before but reading all these amazing review, I think one of these days I’ll be reading this one too 🙂
I hope you get a chance to try them Vanessa.
I love the premise for this one! It seems like the suspense element would be taken up a notch. I have this series in audio and need to get to it. I’m looking forward to meeting the Sons of Steel Row. 😉
Yay…so glad you will be listening!
Oh now that is a nice cover and the story sounds really good as well.
Agreed. Thanks Mary.
Scotty’s story was the one I thought I really had to have and it was great, but now I see that it’s his boss that I really need his story now.
Enjoyed your review, Kimberly! 🙂
Yes, I need Tate’s story.
“oozing from his perfect body” — that description sure does match the book cover (smile!). Have a great weekend, Kim. Hope you’ve felt better this week.
Yummy cover is YUMMY! I want this one! Thanks for the heads-up about the insta-lust. That’s annoying, but I’m glad it moved to something more. I really like the sound of the rest. Adding it! Awesome review! Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!
That is not Mckenzie. This is Michele. Little stinker commented yesterday and I forgot to change it back. LMAO
Bwahaha….i was thinking my how Mckenzie is growing up. Hehe.
When you mentioned insta lust and eye rolling, I almost stopped reading, glad that this settled in and became a romance worth reading.
It did, The series has been fantastic and filled with suspense.
aww I’m with you, I love my forbidden romances to start slower. But you still ended up really liking it in the end, that’s a great thing
Yep, sometimes it works, but I felt left out in the beginning. Thankfully it got better 🙂
This series sounds like something I would enjoy, Too bad it had the insta-lust thing going on at the start.
Yeah, I don’t mind it, but I needed the build up behind it,
I can’t believe I still haven’t read anything by Jen McLaughlin yet. I’ve heard time and time again how wonderful her books are. I’ll have to check one out soon! Do you have a recommendation of a good one to start with?
I love this series, Lisa. If you like suspense and intense romances. I cannot wait for the next book
Oh I’ve been looking for a new kick butt, bad boy series. Thanks Kim
You are welcome my friend.
I’ve been eyeing this series for a while! Happy to see it’s still going strong. Definitely hard to resist alpha males haha. Glad you enjoyed this, great review Kim!
This series is wonderful Cyn.
They are still a gang, I just do not know with these books
Oh they are in the business world too, but have territories and fights.
I loved the first instalment! I still have to read the second book, but I’m really happy to know you keep having a great time with this series 😀
Happy reading! This series is a blast.
Geybie's Book Blog
I always love undercover agents in books or movies. They are badass. This book sounds something that I would love. I’m not sure with the insta-love, though. Sometimes if not written well it could be a major turnoff.
Thanks for putting this on my radar. Awesome review as always, Kim. 😀
This series is intense Geybie, I love going into the world she has created.
ah insta lust is always a bit complicated for me but it sounds like an interesting book
Yeah, the suspense was top notch though.
what? i can’t wait until she gets her hands on him and revenge would be sweet?
Wait. What? I don’t follow.
undercover agent + do not exist = angry girlfriend x revenge
judging by the way you reviewed, gonna be explosive
LOL. I see.
This sounds great, both book wise and narration wise. I like the idea of dual narrators. Great review Kim and I hope you have a lovely weekend! 😀
Thanks Ali. I hope you have a wonderful weekend too. I have been enjoying this series.