Nob Hill, Barbary Coast, Fisherman's Wharf, Cable Cars, Ghiradelli Chocolates...need I say more? Dare to Love again captures the sights and sounds of San Francisco in the early 20th century. You will find intrigue in Chinatown, opium, plenty of unsavory characters and romance.
Allison McClare, the heroine in our story is a feisty, independent woman with a temper to match that of Detective Nick Barone, her nemesis from page one. The two become an unlikely pair as Allison flaunts danger by her desire for a cable car ride after working late. She teaches at a girls school recently started by her mother. As luck would have it, she is forced to be under the watchful eye of Barone, who turns the tables on her plans and saves her from a terrible fate.
Enter Allison's family, a large bunch who live at the top of the hill, far from the life of the city below until Caitlin McClare opens the Hand of Hope School for girls. The story is rich in characters who have their own stories to tell giving hope there will be a third book in this series by Julie Lessman.
Barone and Allison have both been unlucky in love, each have an aversion to any ideas of ever loving again. Neither can give any thought to trusting a member of the opposite sex again. While there are serious sides to this book, the sparring between Barone and Allison kept me wondering what they would say or do to each other next! If you like colorful surroundings and plenty of things going on to keep your interest, you will enjoy Dare to Love Again.