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Friday, October 17, 2014

Review & Giveaway: If He's Daring by Hannah Howell / @TastyBookTours

Title: Wherlocke #6: If He's Daring
Author: Hannah Howell
Publisher: Kensington Zebra
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Genre: Historical, Regency, Paranormal, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

In a dazzling new novel in the Wherlocke family saga, New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell creates an unforgettable story of intrigue, jeopardy, and desire… 

Stealing a stranger’s carriage is the second most reckless thing Lady Catryn Gryffin de Warrenne has ever done. The first is succumbing to her powerful attraction to the carriage’s owner. Catryn has heard the rumors about Sir Orion Wherlocke’s family and their otherworldly gifts. He’s the one person who can keep her son and his inheritance safe from her late husband’s ruthless brother. As for how to protect herself…it may be too late for that. 

Orion is facing the worst danger a man of his ilk can find: a woman he can’t walk away from. Catryn is an intoxicating blend of innocence and sensuality, and for the first time, seduction is far more than a game. But her beauty and fortune have made her a target—one that will dare him to risk everything he’s known—in pursuit of everything he’s ever longed for…

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This story was a pleasant surprise.

Catryn is a widow whose son Alwyn has been kidnappped by her madman brother-in-law Morris. In her pursuit of them, she steals a carriage belonging to Orion Wherlocke, a man whose family is rumored to be strange and gifted. As they journey together, along with Orion's son Giles, to find and retrieve Alwyn, they discover sides of themselves they hadn't known existed.

Orion's view on love is grim thanks to his deceased mother. In the name of religion, she beat Orion when he was younger and left him with horrendous scars on his back. His example of love isn't the greatest, and he doubts his own ability to really care for someone enough to love them. He has his sons and his extended family. They love him and he them. Why would he need to love beyond that circle?

Orion and Catryn were able to find and retrieve Alwyn fairly quickly, but they took off after Morris after seeing Giles and Alwyn to safety in hopes of convincing the crazy man to leave Catryn and her son alone. It's on this leg of their journey they give in to the attraction simmering between them and find themselves falling head first into love. Catryn tried to be strong, tried to silently convince herself that she would find her pleasure in Orion's arms without losing her heart, but to no avail. Orion questioned his feelings for Catryn though it was increasingly obvious he thought of her as more than another pretty face.

And I think the story lived up to its title. For me, the dare wasn't in being willing to help a woman in distress. The dare was in loving said woman and declaring it. Sex and passion are all well and good, but love has the ability to pull each person deeper into the relationship. It stakes a claim on the other person's heart, pushes a person to go beyond their comfort zone to see to their partner's happiness. They are willing to make changes to their life to have a life that's made better because of the love of another person.

While this story can be read as a standalone, I strongly suggest reading the other books in this series as there are characters from previous stories make appearances or are mentioned. Knowing who they are before reading this story helps keep all of that in line. But I do recommend reading this story regardless. The characters will draw you in. Developments and revelations will keep your attention. The ending will make you glad you read it to the end.

I can only hope there will be other stories after this one. Especially one for Iago.

Hannah Howell is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 30 Zebra historical romances. Howell, twice awarded the Golden Leaf Award, has been a Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist and received RT Book Reviews’ Career Achievement Award for Historical Storyteller of the Year. She lives West Newbury, Massachusetts with her family.


  1. Well said Miriam! I will take your advice and start with the first books in this series so as not to lose anything about the characters in the stories. I have no doubt I will enjoy all of them as Hannah is one of my auto-buy authors. :-) Thanks for the post. jdh2690@gmail.com

    1. I hope you do enjoy them, Janice. I've only read a few of Ms. Howell's books and I've enjoyed all of them.