Book Review-If You Dare

Book Review-If You DareIf You Dare by Kresley Cole
Also in this series: If You Desire (MacCarrick Brothers, #2), If You Desire
Series: MacCarrick Brothers #1
Published by Pocket Books on May 1st 2005
Genres: Historical Romance, Victorian Era, Scottish Highlands
Pages: 349
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 1416503595
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Kresley Cole introduces a thrilling new romance trilogy featuring fierce Scottish brothers with dangerous lives, dark desires, and a deadly curse.Can he exact revenge?High in the Pyrenees, a band of mercenaries led by Courtland MacCarrick wages war for General Reynaldo Pascal. When Court turns on the evil general, Pascal orders him killed, but Court narrowly escapes and exacts revenge by kidnapping Pascal's exquisite Castilian fiancée.Can she deny her passions?Lady 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. But 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.Can there be love between them?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.

Court, has been waging against a evil tyrant, General Pascal. Then he is almost killed and escapes and is found by Annalia, who nurses him back to health. When Annalia hears that Pascal has her brother in captivity and in return for his life she is required to marry him. However before she agrees to it…Court takes her away once finding out her connection to Pascal, hoping to exact justice against Pascal. However what Court never expected was to start falling for beautiful Annalia, whose fiery spirit only increases his attraction to her…and before he knows it, he finds himself in love with her and willing to do whatever to make her happy.

The Hero (Courtland MacCarrick)
Court, along with his two brothers are cursed, and knows that it would be wrong to ever bind a woman to him…for it would only bring misery and pain. So he tries to maintain his distance from his siren of a captive, only the passion he feels for her in undeniable and he knows that she is slowly creeping into his heart and soul….and nothing can save him or her.

The Heroine (Annalia Llorente)
Annallia, has gone through much in her young life…but now her brother is the prisoner of a demented and very evil man, who would easily kill him. However when she finds a injured man, and takes him to her homes so he can recuperate, since her caring soul can’t refuse someone injured….she never expected her life to take twists and turns as they do when she is near Court, but never thought that she would fall in love with the man who has taken her prisoner.

My Thoughts 
If You Dare, is the first in the MacCarrick Brothers Series….and as much as I enjoyed If You Deceive, I had such a difficult time reading this one. I finished it for sure…but it did take a little while…and there was inconsistency throughout the whole story…I think if it had run more smoothly I may have enjoyed it more…however despite that the characters were at times likable but I had a hard time with Court and Annalia…it seemed like the whole story apart from the end was all about how they fight with each other, and I couldn’t see how they could even fall in love with each other….but I did enjoy the ending most of all…however It was far from my favorite from this author…

About Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.
Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.” You can learn more about Kresley at

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