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Dare to Lie
     

Dare to Lie

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by Jen McLaughlin
 

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The third thrill-a-minute novel in the gritty contemporary Sons of Steel Row romance series from the author of Dare to Run and Dare to Stay.
 
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,

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The third thrill-a-minute novel in the gritty contemporary Sons of Steel Row romance series from the author of Dare to Run and Dare to Stay.
 
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...

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Publishers Weekly
★ 01/02/2017
McLaughlin’s superlative, powerful, fast-paced third Sons of Steel Row contemporary (after Dare to Stay) follows undercover DEA agent Scotty Donahue on his years-long case to rid Boston’s Steel Row neighborhood of the Bitter Hill gang. After he participates in a charity auction event, Scotty is unexpectedly enthralled by smart, beautiful med student Skylar Daniels, who likewise wants to give him all her attention. She’s the sister of the gang’s leader, so Scotty tries his best to stifle his attraction, but she’s a determined woman who goes after what she wants, and she wants him. His restraint is put to the ultimate test when his bosses order him to keep a watch on her. McLaughlin continues to capture the harshness of gang and undercover life, and cleverly follows up with previous characters while introducing new ones. As the stakes rise, Scotty has to decide where his loyalties lie, and Skylar struggles with a secret of her own. Life-changing truths are revealed, sexual tension cuts like a blade, and complex characterization and expert dialogue enhance the winning plot. This novel will leave readers breathless. Agent: Louise Fury, Bent Agency. (Feb.)
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PRAISE FOR DARE TO LIE
 
“Life-changing truths are revealed, sexual tension cuts like a blade, and complex characterization and expert dialogue enhance the winning plot. This novel will leave readers breathless.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Once again McLaughlin strikes a high note with this entry to The Sons of Steel Row series. There's violence and sex in equal mesasure, and she writes an exhilarating novel to be savored."--RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
 
Praise for the novels of Jen McLaughlin
 
“Sexy hot chemistry and heroes to die for!”—Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author
 
“Jen McLaughlin’s books are sexy and satisfying reads.”—Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author
 
“I’m a huge Jen McLaughlin fan—she never disappoints.”—Monica Murphy, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451477613
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/07/2017
Series:
Sons of Steel Row Series , #3
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
69,980
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous books including the Out of Line Novels and Dare to Run and Dare to Stay in the Sons of Steel Row series. She has also written under the name Diane Alberts.

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Dare to Lie 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous 11 days ago
From the moment we found out about Scotty and the fact that he was an undercover agent, I’d been waiting for his story. I mean, reading about criminals who have a change of heart is all fine and dandy, but reading about an agent who’s been undercover for so long, who has so much invested in this, and who has done things he’s not proud, all for the sake of trying to make his old neighborhood a safe place again. Something about that just really drew me in. You knew you weren’t going to be in for just a normal bad-boy good-girl romance. I liked both Scotty and Sky’s character. Sky is the sister to the leader of the Sons. You would think she’d be some calloused chick who doesn’t take crap from anyone. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. When she was young, her parents got a divorce and her father took her brother and her mother took her. While her brother was groomed to take over the gang, she was leading a normal life. She has no connection to her brother’s gang and no one in the club even knows she exists. Well, that is until Scotty is tasked with keeping her safe. Heck, her brother hid her ties to him so well that even the DEA didn’t know the leader of the Sons had a sister. So yeah, she was not your typical biker chick. Like the previous two books, there’s a layer of suspense because you are reading about characters who are in a gang, who are always getting shot at. However, the stakes are much higher because not only are they sort of at war with another gang, but Scotty’s secret identity at the DEA is kind of huge. You’re always wondering if anyone suspects, if he will be found out, that you’re kind of on the edge of your seat the whole time. So I feel like this one had more suspense than the others because so much could go wrong for Scotty and none of the ending results are good for him. It’s not simply a “should I stay in or try to get out” sort of thing like the previous two books, he’s a sheep in wolves skin and things could go down horribly for him if anyone found out about him. One thing I love about this series is that you think you know something, and then you realize you don’t know a darn thing. The author adds so many twists and turns that you’re never sure what you’re going to get. While I felt like the romance moved a little too fast and that aspect wasn’t all that surprising, I did find some developments that left me with my jaw open. Not to mention that the hint at who the next Sons story will be, I can’t WAIT! While I tend to read series out of order, and I guess technically you could do so with The Sons of Steel Row, I really recommend you read the series in order. Like I said, Scotty’s story has been building for the past two books. In fact, each character had a major role to play in the previous book leading up to theirs that sort of plays a major role and is the catalyst for their own book. Don’t worry about needing to read the other books before getting to this one though. They are highly addictive and enjoyable. I have pretty much read each of them within a day or two.
Alyssa75 13 days ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Dare to Lie by Jen McLaughlin Book Three of the Sons of Steel Row series Publisher: Berkley Romance Publication Date: February 7, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): 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... What I Liked: Dare to Lie is the third book in the Sons of Steel Row series, and at the moment, it looks like it will be the last. This novel follows Scotty Donahue and Skylar Daniels, and it's easily the riskiest and the trickiest of the three novels (in terms of how high the stakes are, for Scotty, and Skylar). Dare to Run (book one) remains my favorite, but this one is probably my second favorite, ahead of Dare to Stay. I really hope there is at least one more book in the series though! Scotty Donahue is a DEA agent, working undercover as a Son of Steel Row. He is a lieutenant of the Steel Row gang and very good at his job - both of them. When Tate Daniels, leader of the Sons of Steel Row, asks him to go in his place to a charity auction that his little sister is hosting, Scotty knows better than to refuse. He doesn't expect to be captivated by the stunning - and innocent - med student. Both the DEA and Tate ask Scotty to watch over Skylar, because of rising tensions between the Sons and Bitter Hill. But what happens when Skylar finds out about Scotty? Or worse - if Tate and everyone else finds out who Scotty really is? In Dare to Lie, we're lead to believe that Scotty is a bad guy, trying to harm his brother. But Scotty is an undercover agent and he was trying to protect Lucas. He gets Lucas and Heidi out of the state and covers up their disappearance with a fire and fake deaths. Scotty is young - twenty-five - but he knows Steel Row better than most. He is a hardened man playing two roles, and he is determined to see Steel Row become a better place. Scotty is young (as the Sons like to remind him), but he is definitely a rugged alpha and he proves it several times over, in this book. I personally loved how protective he was over Skylar, and how much he cared about his family and Chris and Molly. Skylar, on the other hand, is completely innocent. She isn't involved in the crime life at all, and she doesn't want to be. She has no idea that Scotty is a Son of Steel, or that he is a DEA agent. She's a twenty-three-year-old med student who studies a lot and lives a lonely life due to her overprotective older brother, Tate. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
ehaney578 16 days ago
This review was written by Marie for a guest review post on Ever After Book Reviews blog: Rating: 4 Stars Let me start off by saying that I was looking forward to this book. I was eager to read Scotty’s story, and was thrilled at the idea of seeing him get his HEA. And, of course, I wasn’t disappointed. I enjoyed Dare to Lie. It was a gritty and entertaining story that had all of the elements I’ve come to love about this series. This includes a sexy hero – a la Scotty. I love everything about him. He’s mysterious and sexy. His counterpart in this story, Sky, is a great example of a heroine. She is confident and witty, and makes a great match with Scotty. And while these two had great chemistry, I was a little put off at how “instantly in love” they were with one another. There wasn’t a lot of time spent building up sexual tension and emotion between the two of them. I will admit, however, that it did work in this particular situation. Overall, the book is exceptionally entertaining. It’s a great addition to the series, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Scotty find his happily ever after. ***I read and reviewed a paperback copy of the book offered to the blog by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
Barb-TRC 18 days ago
Dare to Lie by Jen McLaughlin is the 3rd book in her Sons of Steel Row series. As noted in my previous reviews, I love this series; as it has everything you would want in a romance suspense. Dare to Lie grabs your attention from the start and doesn’t let go until the very end. The story is action packed, exciting, and a great couple, with sizzling hot chemistry. I also loved the epilogue at end. Thank you, Jen McLaughlin for another wonderful story in your Sons of Steel Row series. We have been following Scotty Donahue since the first book, which revolved around our then hero and Scotty’s brother, Lucas. We have all been waiting for Scotty’s story, knowing that his life was hanging by thread, since he was an undercover agent for the DEA. Skylar Daniels, our heroine, is the sister of Tate, the leader of the Sons of Steel Row gang. She is in medical school, and her brother helps support her; but Skylar knows nothing about Sons of Steel Row. Scotty has been assigned to replace Tate at a charity event , which was run by Skylar. Almost immediately, you can see the sparks flash between them, but Scotty wants nothing to do with his boss’s sister, as he was already warned to keep his hands off her. Skylar felt the attraction right away, and during the auction, she won a bid for dinner with Scotty, which started off badly, as he was very rude. But the chemistry between them had sparks flying off the wall, and soon both of them would act on their lust for each other. Scotty doesn’t see himself in any kind of long term relationship, since he feels he isn’t a good man, and his life would put anyone close to him in danger. What follows is an exciting adventure of gang land wars that was very suspenseful; I could not put the book down. A rival gang has been attacking Scotty, Chris (previous book hero), and killing off some of the gang members. Scotty will work behind the scenes with the DEA to help them capture the rival gang. When the war escalates to attacks against the women/family of Sons of Steel Row members, an all out bloody war ensues, which also puts Skylar’s life in danger and Tate finding out about the relationship between his sister and Scotty. Scotty must put aside his feelings for Skylar to not only protect her, but Lucas, Heidi, Chris & Molly, too. Will Skylar & Scotty find away to stay together? Will Scotty survive his double life? Skylar was such a great heroine, being smart, savvy, tough, independent and stubborn. Scotty was pretty great too, but his life was filled with so many secrets and living a double life, which put him at risk always. In reality, I can see why Tate did not want Scotty to have anything to do with his sister. Dare to Lie was another wonderful exciting and romantic story in this fabulous series. I suggest you start this series with the first book, Dare to Run, and enjoy the writing of Jen McLaughlin.