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Dangerous Embrace (Embrace #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  432 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Sarah Jennings wants nothing more than a quiet life--alone.
Raised by an eccentric mother, their life on the road only taught her how to run away from hard times. When she finds herself in an abusive relationship, this lesson serves her well.

Eight years later, she’s settled back in her hometown and less fearful than she’s ever been in her life. She’s a first grade teacher,
Paperback, 1st, 310 pages
Published October 4th 2012 by Sapphire Star Publishing (first published September 1st 2012)
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Smitten's Book Blog

Oh my goodness. That was pretty intense. This no-holds-barred romantic thriller really takes you on a rollercoaster of a journey.

Argh, I feel drained. It was so so good!!

Dangerous Embrace is fast paced from the get go, throwing you right into a chilling assault scene in the very first pages. So I knew from the beginning I was in for quite a ride, and I wasn't wrong.

This is a story about a woman who has experienced more trauma than anyone can every imagine... the book deals with domestic violenc
Aug 15, 2016 Erica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Don’t you just love it when a book grabs you from the very beginning? That’s what happened here. The action started right away and there was no way I could have put my kindle down! My eyes were completely riveted to the pages of this story.

I’ve read a lot of YA/NA books lately, and while I love them, it was time to dip my toes into a more adult romance. You know, minus the silly drama and all that. There was plenty of drama and suspense to this story, but it was psycho rapist, stalker, killer, e
Oct 11, 2012 Tana rated it it was amazing
Dangerous Embrace by Dana Mason

Dana Mason is what I would say is one fantastic author, her writing is superb and this novel has everything a great story needs to captivate the readers. Dangerous Embrace is full of suspense that keeps you turning page after page. The plot and characters are very well written, story flows extremely well and its one of those books you don’t want to put down. Dana’s writing invokes some strong feelings inside of you when reading the traumatic events that occur all
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
5 Stars!

Sarah is one strong woman who has been beaten while she's down many times, but has overcome every blow by picking herself up again and carrying on. But when her life starts falling apart Mark comes to her rescue and slowly starts chipping away at the hard shell she has built around herself. I really enjoyed this one!
A.L. Jackson
Oct 31, 2012 A.L. Jackson rated it it was amazing
Dangerous Embrace is the perfect kind of romantic thriller. There was plenty of suspense, but the evolving relationship between Sarah and Mark is what really made me love this story. Sarah is scarred and trusting in someone is incredibly difficult for her, and I loved watching Mark earn that trust and seeing both Sarah and Mark find the happiness they deserved.
Brandee Price
Feb 10, 2013 Brandee Price rated it really liked it
**4 1/2 Stars**

WOW! This was definitely a thrilling read! It began with pulse-pounding action and kept my adrenalin spiking all the way through! It has it's tender moments as well, but man! I thought at times my heart was going to stop or pound its way out of my chest.

Sarah Jennings is a first grade teacher living a quiet, if lonely, life. The night she is brutally attacked and almost raped while walking to her car one evening after work changes all that. She manages to fend off her attacker and
Nancy Thompson
Jul 21, 2013 Nancy Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I made a mistake the day I picked up this book. It was the day before my own debut’s launch, and life got pretty hectic after that. Everything else got shoved to the side, including this book. Wow, was that ever a mistake. If I’d only known what I was missing, I would’ve scrambled to finish this book.

Once I dug into Dangerous Embrace, discovered the characters, got entwined in their lives and the intrigue of the story, I was a goner. You know that feeling you have when you’re snagged by a good s
Beth Cutwright
Oct 31, 2012 Beth Cutwright rated it it was amazing
Let me begin with this, I have read some really amazing reads this month and Dangerous Embrace was no exception. What a love story! What a suspenseful thriller! What a surprise this one turned out to be! About the time I really got hooked, I found myself losing a good night's sleep. Yes it was an all nighter. But I think it was worth the 5 star rating I assessed. Have you ever felt that life just kept knocking you down? Well, that is what Sarah Jennings life had been like. Her home life was less ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Dee rated it liked it
Dangerous Embrace is so much more than a romantic suspense story. It’s a story about strength, courage and overcoming one’s fears and being able to trust again and move forward.

Years ago, Sarah Jennings was a victim of an abusive relationship that left her fleeing her home to rebuild her life and start somewhere new. In the first chapter, Sarah is attacked after leaving work, but she is able to defend herself now, and fights off the attacker. During her escape, she runs into a man, Mark, who in
Ruth Hill
Nov 03, 2012 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, e-books, mystery
First of all, let me give you a warning concerning this book. The profanity if pretty hardcore at times, and I will admit that did bother me. In fact, I think the author could have left it out. Some of the sex/bedroom scenes are a little graphic, but some of them are absolutely necessary in light of the book. But let me tell you that these two issues do not deter me from giving this book a five star rating. Want to know why? Be sure to read on!

I was absolutely drawn into the store from the very
Jun 12, 2014 Isabelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
rating: 4 stars
Title: Dangerous Embrace
Series: Embrace book 1
Author: Dana Mason
Genre: Romantic suspense, Thriller
Heat: 3 stars
Source: ARC provided by Book Plug Promotions in exchange of an honest review

Sarah only wants peace, but trouble seems to find her anywhere. She has chosen a lonely life in her way of surviving, but Mark Summors is set to change her ways. Will she survive her fears? Can she build a new life?

Mark is the best type of character. Who doesn’t a want a Mark for themselves? He is
Cocktails and Books
Jan 30, 2013 Cocktails and Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
"I couldn't put this book down. It took me a day to read it, but I was skipping lunch at work and going directly to my chaise to read. It was very interesting and full of action, twists, and turns. Sarah Jennings fights off an attacker and while fleeing runs into Mark Summors. He takes her to the hospital and remains by her side through her recovery. Sarah has been the victim of domestic violence and is very guarded. They enter into a relationship with him as her protector and later as a very pa ...more
Dana Delamar
Dec 10, 2013 Dana Delamar rated it really liked it
A great start to the "Embrace" series. I liked the two leads. Sarah is real fighter who's had to survive several major traumas in her life, and that's made her retreat into a shell that she thinks will keep her safe--both from the man who's obsessed with her and from any future entanglements that would jeopardize her carefully maintained isolation. Mark is an all-around good guy with a strong protective streak and a bruised heart from his prior marriage.

These two come together when Sarah is att
Ashley Dawn
Nov 06, 2012 Ashley Dawn rated it it was amazing
This was a captivating book. Sarah's life is a living nightmare at the moment and she has decided to flee from the person stalking her. Mark is determined to protect Sarah and keep her safe no matter what. Sarah has issues from her past that make it hard and maybe impossible to trust a man, no matter how good his intentions. Mark has his own past but both of them have to look beyond their issues if Sarah is going to survive.
The author does a great job with her characters. They are believable and
Spoiler free zone.

Wow. This was an intense read. It grabs hold of you and doesn't let go until the very end.

I don't even know how to describe Sarah's shit for life. For everything this poor women as been through she is strong, brave, amazing, and I could go on with her character qualities. She had quite the childhood with her mama (not sure she even deserves that title), a very abusive relationship with an ex (one crazy motherf@#$er), and a horrible attack that I couldn't even imagine for my s
Lisa Regan
Oct 11, 2012 Lisa Regan rated it it was amazing
This is a fast-paced book that starts off with a gripping first chapter. The writing is clean and elegant and Mason manages to keep the sense of terror going right up almost to the very last page. The two main characters have crazy chemistry. This book deals with extremely difficult themes--although very, very tastefully--like domestic violence and sexual assault. What I like about her female protagonist is that she is not a weak woman who needs a knight in shining armor. She is self-sufficient ...more
Andrea Beck
Jul 22, 2013 Andrea Beck rated it it was amazing
Dangerous Embrace is a fast-paced romantic suspense/thriller that pushes you over the emotional cliff, but, in a good way. Lately, I have been in a reading rut. Too books are mimicking plots and characters. I need a book with depth and a compelling story and this book had just that. I wanted to keep reading it even when it was late and needed sleep;-) I was rooting for Sarah and Mark like a mad woman. There were times when I wanted to throttled Sarah. I have already started reading, Dana Mason's ...more
Renee Hood
Oct 22, 2012 Renee Hood rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Great suspense book with a love story. I would have to keep reading because I had to know what was going to happen. I couldn't get enough of each character. I even fell in love with Johnny and we only meet him briefly. Who wouldn't want Mark?! Good read if you like a good suspense book with a love story thrown in there. It had me from the jump!
Apr 24, 2015 Hbeebti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 I enjoyed this one, but Sara was frustrating and annoying. So stubborn that she just walks into trouble. This chick was giving me whiplash. I get that she endure a whole hell of a lot but damn.
Jul 21, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, tour
This book is about a woman, Sarah, who, when walking to her car after her job as a teacher, gets attacked. She not only gets a number of really good punches in on this guy, but runs into the arms of a stunning man during her escape. Not only does she have to learn to trust this man (because it’s not like he is going anywhere anyway) but she has to learn to love again as well.

The opening of the book was intense. I certainly wasn’t expecting the situation as it happened. I am so beside myself for
Jun 18, 2014 Books&Dreams rated it it was amazing
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This is book one in the Embrace Series.
This series can be read as a standalone, but I suggest you read all of them in order. It added to the books, most of the characters are in all three books.

This is Sarah and Mark's story.

I gave this book 5 stars.

Sarah had been in an abusive relationship and she ran. Eight years have passed and she likes living her life in the quiet town she is in. She's a school teacher for 1st grade, and she goes home and is happy with the way her life is going. So wha
Raina {The LUV'NV}
3.5 stars

Full of action and sweet romance, Dangerous Embrace is a Romantic Thriller and emotional roller coaster.

Sarah Jennings has learned to protect herself emotionally and physically after being in an abusive relationship. She has changed her name, has taken self-defense and continues to be fit, owns a gun and knows how to use it. Although she is hiding in plain sight and distances herself from romantic relationships while being cautious with the non-romantic kind, she is somewhat cont
Jul 29, 2013 CCAM&GZM rated it really liked it
Dangerous Embrace is according with the definition of the genre: we have the relationship, the suspense and the thriller’s creeps, and they are well combined by the author.

Suspense and thriller - their generic features are present throughout the novel. They are well used, although I would have liked if the author would overcome the "optimal dose" of her audience target (which she sets very well). The author uses these elements in an excellent way, managing to create the necessary atmosphere and
J.B (Debbie)
Feb 09, 2013 J.B (Debbie) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sarah has a job she loves, a house she loves and an anonymous existence. She is a loner and likes it that way. She has her reasons. However, one fateful night Sarah is attacked outside work and her past comes back to haunt her, forcing memories to the surface again. Memories she had fought so long to stay buried. In the midst of the hell she is going through, her knight in shining armour comes in the form of Mark, a security expert and ex-cop. Mark is different to all the other men she has met b
Apr 12, 2013 Jenn rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC by the author, Dana Mason for my honest review.

Dana Mason does a fantastic job with this book. I was completely captivated by the story line and fell in love with the characters. I was not able to put the book down; I finished reading it in a few hours. This book will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout the entire book. It is suspenseful, thrilling, romantic. Just when you think everything is clear, the situation completely changes! I found it to be a fast paced book
Karen Harper
Jul 04, 2014 Karen Harper rated it it was amazing
I have been aware of this author for a while, but I hadn’t got around to reading this book even though it’s been sitting patiently on my Kindle. Big mistake. HUGE mistake! Now, I feel like I’ve discovered a precious gem amongst a lot of pretty sparkly stones. THAT gem is called Dana Mason.
I like a contemporary romance, but I love them when they contain more and Dangerous Embrace is so much more. This book ticked every single box for me.
Where do I start? First of all, the suspense. I read this bo
Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
WOW how could you not be hooked with a start like that !!

Sarah went through hell and back 8 years ago , we find out the details little by little through her flashbacks and admissions , this makes what she is going through now even more heartbreaking. How could 1 woman endure so much pain and actual physical hurt. I am amazed at her strength and ability to live a somewhat normal life. Having said that we do see that she has done plenty to shelter herself from feelings , people and her past. I cou
Romancing the Book
Sarah L. was given a review copy by the publisher in exchange for her honest review. Her review was first posted over at

Lately I have been looking for stories that have a little bit of danger and action involved along with hot, steamy romance. Dangerous Embrace seemed to definitely fit the bill. While I would say it was a bit mild on the hot and steamy part, the story was certainly action packed. In fact, it seemed almost a bit unrealistic that so many bad things could hap
Charlotte Lynn
Feb 05, 2013 Charlotte Lynn rated it really liked it
First grade teacher, Sarah Jennings, only wants a quiet lonely life. Hiding from an abusive ex-boyfriend she is finding just what she wants. When leaving school one night she gets attacked. Lucky for her, good guy Mark Summors was there to help her and just won’t let her go, promising to keep her safe. Sarah’s immediate reaction is to run, but Mark refuses to let her.

Dana Mason did an amazing job with Dangerous Embrace. I loved all the character and couldn’t stop reading it. The independence and
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Dana Mason is happily settled in a small valley amongst the California grapevines with her husband and three children. Author of the romantic suspense, Embrace Series, she's written about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don't hold on to what's important. Second chances don't come easy...but sometimes love is worth the risk.

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“I love you...and I’m sorry it took losing you to figure that out.”
His anger deflated. “Did you say you love me?”
She nodded and tears dripped from her eyes.

He put a hand to his chest. “Are you sure, because my fucking heart can’t take this.”
“I promise to always be here when you wake up.” 4 likes
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