"Interesting historical, but not as I hoped"

Courtland MacCarrick has been working as a mercenary, selling his (and his fellow highlanders') skills of intimidation and warfare to the highest bidder. When General Pascal, whose ambition is to take over the Spanish throne, decides not to pay Courland, Pascal orders him killed instead. Barely escaping with his life by falling backwards into the river, Courtland is found miles down stream by an angel.

Only Lady Annalia Llorente isn't an angel when it comes to dealing with Courtland a giant Highlander she thinks, who fights for the man she detests: Pascal. Healing him, she hopes that he would give her aide. Attracted to each other, Courtland can't help himself when he end ups mocking Annalia who, desperate to save her brother from Pascal, agrees to a marriage contract that has more ramifications than she or Courtland know!

Kresley Cole has written a very action oriented story spanning the European continent as well as London. I love travel stories! There is plenty of action because Courtland (Court) kidnaps Annalia from Pascal who in turns puts a death warrant on her head so it is all he can do to keep her alive. Henchmen pop up everywhere to try to kill them!

However, despite the fact that the novel is fast paced because of the constant danger, I really got tired of Annalia and Courts relationship. They are attracted to each other, but he doesn't want to "take her" because as a Highlander he's not good enough for a Lady, blah, blah, blah. Annalia wants to save her brother and is bound and determined to escape from Court blah, blah, blah. By the time our couple stops bickering enough for Annalia to realize she loves Court, I had sadly, lost interest in them as a couple. Each character was interesting in his/her own right and story is a case serious opposites attract, but characters did not work as a couple for me.

What kept me reading is the curse upon Court and his family: never to marry, or know love. This is my own fault, but I really thought this meant he was also several hundred years old. After finishing the story, I don't think so; I think he is what you would expect of a Highland hero. I also find the story of Court's brother Hugh very interesting and am looking forward to reading his story.

IF YOU DARE is an interesting story, but it doesn't fall into the category of books I had to read in one sitting. Give it a shot if you are looking for a book to read when you are dealing with interruptions!

Posted February 23, 2006

Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted January 12, 2007


Can a Highlander steal his enemy's bride and make her love him?

High in the Pyrenees, a band of mercenaries led by Courtland MacCarrick wages war for General Reynaldo Pascal. When Court turns on the brutal general, Pascal orders him killed. Court narrowly escapes and exacts revenge by kidnapping Pascal’s exquisite Castilian fiancée.

Noble heiress Annalía Tristán Llorente despises her towering, barbaric captor almost as much as she does Pascal. Her inexplicable attraction to the Highlander only fuels her fury. Yet nothing will stop her from returning to Pascal—for if she doesn’t wed him, she signs her brother’s death warrant, as well as her own.

From the moment Court discovers that Anna’s prim façade masks a fiery, brave lass, his heart’s ensnared and he dares to defy the curse that has shadowed his life—to walk with death or walk alone. But Pascal vows that he’ll hunt the two, never stopping until he’s destroyed them both. If they survive, can this hardened soldier of fortune convince the only woman he's ever loved that she's meant to be his?

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If You Dare
(The MacCarrick Brothers Trilogy: Book 1)
by Kresley Cole

Pocket Books
May 1, 2005
Available: April 26, 2005
ISBN #1416503595
EAN #9781416503590
384 pages
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Other Books by
Kresley Cole

Dreams of a Dark Warrior
Demon from the Dark
Pleasure of a Dark Prince
A Deep Kiss of Winter
Not That Innocent
Kiss of a Demon King
Dark Desires After Dusk
Dark Needs at Night's Edge
Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night
No Rest for the Wicked
A Hunger Like No Other
Playing Easy to Get
The Price of Pleasure
The Captain of All Pleasures

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