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Dangerous Lover (Dangerous #1)

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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  2,865 ratings  ·  226 reviews

"I don’t want to be alone tonight."

Caroline Lake can hardly believe she would ever say these words to someone she'd never met before. When a tall, dark stranger arrives wanting to rent a room in her beautiful empty shell of a mansion, she hesitates. Though she is in dire financial straits, the man looks dangerous—dangerously sexy. She's overwhelmed by the desire he sparks

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Kindle Edition, 349 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published July 31st 2007)
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Buggy
Opening Line:"She was here. He could feel her, he could smell her."

~GREAT HERO, AVERAGE STORY, INCOMPLETE ENDING~
This is a well written story and Rice has obviously done her homework regarding issues in Afghanistan and Africa. I also really enjoyed Jack as our hero; he's brooding and sexy with a repeatedly described hard body. He's also been written as the savoir; rescuing our heroine in a snowstorm then continually caring for her every need, making sure she's warm and fed, fixing her falling do
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Dina
LMR's books are one of my comfort reads. Is her writing "formulaic"? Yes, it is. But I happen to like her "formula" - especially her alpha heroes, who always fall hard and fast for their heroines - so I have yet to find a book by LMR that I didn't enjoy.

Dangerous Lover was no exception. It was hot, sexy and emotional. Even though Jack was basically obsessed with Caroline and his behavior at the beginning was borderline stalker-ish, I was OK with it. A guy like him would have freaked me out in RL
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Julianna
Jun 09, 2009 Julianna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Steamy Romantic Suspense
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"3.5 stars" For the second time in a row, I have finished a book and been left waffling over how to rate it, which is very unusual for me. There were things that I liked about Dangerous Lover, but quite frankly, there were also things that I thought could have been greatly improved too. Lisa Marie Rice has a very languid writing style characterized by extended passages of descriptive or introspective prose punctuated by brief snippets of dialog. In my opinion, this gave t
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Mo
Jack Prescott

Caroline Lake

This was a good, quick, hot read.
Jack met Caroline years ago when he was living in a homeless shelter with his father. She lived with her loving, rich family. After his father dies, he leaves and is taken in by a kind, army colonol and his life changes. But he never forgets Caroline and he returns to Summerville 12 years later…. He has left a dangerous situation in Africa with a sack of diamonds and secrets…. Won’t go into much more detail but the bad guy turns up, Caro
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Ingela
4.5 Hot Stars for yet another romantic story about an alpha man and a woman who needs to be loved - great eternal love - a pleasure to read.

There are some circumstances you will always be served in Ms Rice's romances (this is my fifth): It's winter, snow and the days around Christmas time. The story takes place over a few days. The male alpha hero is a former warrior, professional soldier or the like. The female heroine is a bit lonely and in need of security and of being "saved and loved". Ther
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Heidi
Travelling along so nicely and then wham! It was all over bar the shouting....literally. :(
Zeek
The story starts off with a tantalizing hook- the hero, Jack Prescott, at age 18, orphaned and homeless, stands outside Caroline Lake's house in the sleet and snow, peering in the window, longing for the warmth of a family who loves him. Years later, Jack has matured into a stoic, healthy, wealthy man and he's coming back for the woman whom he never forgot.

Caroline has hit some hard times- years before, her parents died in a car accident leaving the family less then well off, and then she had to
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L8blmr
Apr 27, 2008 L8blmr rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to L8blmr by: A thread on Amazon's forum
This was my first book by this author, and it was outstanding. I would have given it all 5 stars, but the HEA was one paragraph long! That's just not fair!!!
A great action/adventure plus a semi-erotic romance, in which "The Secret" is revealed very near the end, and then everything is resolved in just a few sentences. Say it isn't so! I wish...

There's some strong sexual language and a good bit of bedroom activity, but I found it well written as the hero really cherished and respected the heroine
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Shawna
2 stars - Romantic Suspense/Erotica

Dangerous Lover has a likable, sweet, mild alpha male hero who treats the heroine with tenderness and genuine affection. The romance is hot, but the intermittent bad guy pov regarding his pursuit of stolen blood diamonds distracts from the overall romantic progression and pace of the story. The ending is frustratingly abrupt and disappointing. The strong romantic aspect of the story isn't enough to counteract the choppy pace and bad ending.
Lynsey A
First of all, I thought Jack's obsession with Caroline was a little much but I got past that. What really soured the book for me was the ending was way too abrupt. I expect an epilogue to detail what happens with the couple. Wasn't impressed with this one.
Kathleen
4.5 stars. It's average writing with an average plot and predictable characters, yet I loved this erotic suspense. Loved Jack and sympathized with Caroline. Lots of home repair, good food, and hot sex, balanced by a sociopathic killer with his eyes on the money.

Happy for Jack and Caroline, but the ending was too abrupt. Apparently, fans griped, so Rice wrote a short story in lieu of an epilogue. Here is my review of Hot Secrets.

I enjoyed the series, especially this book and Dangerous Passion. (N
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Miss Kim
Jack is a retired army ranger that just wants to start over in his life. To him that means only one thing. He has to go back to Seattle and see Caroline. He’d been enamored with her for years. He’d even carried her pictures around with him on missions.

Caroline is a lonely woman living in her childhood home. Her parents had died, and so had her brother after along illness. She takes in boarders to make ends meet. Jack comes to town posing as a boarder in order to get close to her again.

This one
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Christa
This was a very enjoyable romantic suspense novel. I thought that both the hero and heroine were great characters. I enjoyed the way that the hero, Jack Prescott, was so protective of Caroline, the heroine.

Twelve years ago, Jack Prescott was an eighteen year old homeless boy known as Ben. He was fascinated by Caroline Lake, a wealthy girl who treated him kindly when she delivered items to the homeless shelter where he is staying. After his father dies, Ben leaves town and is rescued from his ha
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Mojca
Another yes-and-no book for me. Yes, for the male lead and his cute stalker-ish ways and love for the heroine, the villain, the plot, and the nice creepy feeling of a small town in the middle of the blizzard (I love such minimalistic, "silent", compact settings).

No, for the bland heroine - I got the feeling she didn't have much of a personality, her woeful little back story that got old too fast, and the rather abrupt (though I was prepared for it) ending. I feel this book could've used a chapte
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Katie(babs)
If you like steamy, alpha males who fall hard for the women in their life, Lisa Marie Rice is the author to read. She has come forth from her days as an Elloras Cave erotica e-book author and Dangerous Lover is her first in print book.

It is so good, one of the best romances of the summer alone! HOT HOT HOT!

The hero Jack has adored Caroline for over a decade. She is his reason for breathing and living. When he first head over heels for her, he was a scared eighteen years old with nothing to loo
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Emily
Jack Prescott has closed the last chapter of his life, he has one last thing to do though in order to start the next chapter, see Caroline Lake. He has been dreaming of Caroline for twelve years, the one woman he has not been able to shake from his thoughts in all that time.

Time has not been kind to Caroline, with each obstacle in her way she has kept her head up and done her best to remain positive but everytime she turns around something else happens to jolt her. When Jack arrives needing a ro
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Lenore
This is hands down the worst book by Lisa Marie Rice I've read so far.

Not because of the poorly developed plot, not because of the lack of real interaction between the MCs (apart from the sex, of course), not because the villain had almost as much page time as the MCs ending up being too distracting, not because of the author's well-worn cliches (hero ex-military security freak with lots of money, not very good-looking but very sexy and well-endowed down there; heroine 28-year-old elegant redhe
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StrangeBedfellows
In general, this is an entertaining book. Rather on the serious side, but super-sexy. The hero of the fic, Jack Prescott, is a delicious character -- capable, mysterious, dangerous. His heroine, Caroline Lake, isn't shabby, either; she's a realistic, well-developed character that garners just as much attention as her hunky counterpart. The downfall of this book is, sadly, the plot. Although an excellent premise, there's plenty of build-up and little follow through. The story is mostly character- ...more
Marblezzie (Blez)
This was my first Lisa Marie Rice’s novel, and I have to say that it was a terrific read, albeit with a very anticlimactic ending. I was not totally satisfied with the conclusion of the story. I thought that after the great revelation of the hero’s true identity and with the evil antagonist out of the picture, there would be an epilogue of sorts where the H/H would have the “love-talk” and a happily-ever-after! Oh, well, I guess that’s just me, a sucker for a happy ending. I guess it was a happy ...more
Samantha Sullivan
Dangerous Lover was a fantastic book. But it ended way too abruptly—it could have used a few more paragraphs or even an epilogue. Nonetheless, the book had me hooked from the start and was a great read, despite the ending.

The story is about Jack Prescott, who was once a homeless teenager. He fell for a girl named Caroline Lake, who was rich and would donate to the homeless shelter where he had lived. Jack had been eventually picked up by a colonel, who asked him to join the army. He agreed, and
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Big Girl Books
I absolutely have no memory of how I came across this book. Goodreads list, possibly? I don’t know. But it sounded like my type of thing. With a woman struggling to keep her life together, and a man with a dangerous past who just wants to live a normal life now.

Okay, I read the ebook and it seemed pretty short, but Goodreads tells me it’s 337 pages which is a pretty fair length. Maybe it’s just an easy, and therefore quick, read? I don’t know. But I do know there is a good backstory that helps w
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Katie_la_geek
Normally I like Lisa Marie Rice books, sure they are completely unbelievable and a little bit crazy but I am cool with that. The issue with Dangerous Lover is that it is too much like some of her other books. I read this two days after reading Midnight Man (another Lisa Marie Rice book) and the similarities were overwhelming. The names, setting and background information might have been different and the personalities of the characters slightly different but the rest was too similar. The male ch ...more
Stephanie
I really liked this book...until the end. It stunk!!! It was as if the author had something else to do and said "I'm done, next." I knew going in that the ending left a lot to be desired, but I had no idea just how much. I also knew that there was an epilog on her website and that is why I decided to go ahead and read the book. SO I downloaded it, waited to read it until I finished the book. Boy, it was a bigger disappointment. I don't think that the author even wrote it. It sounds as if it were ...more
Kathrynn
May 24, 2008 Kathrynn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantic Suspense Fans
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Auntee
A fast, hot read! Two wonderfully developed characters, suspense, romance and very steamy. Oh my! Caroline was down on her luck and needed a hero. She got that when Jack re-entered her life. Nicely written--with style! Neat wordsmithing by the author. Easy and fun to read.

I thought the ending could have had a chapter of the couple--after the events--to see them on with their lives.

Another favorite of This Reader. ;-)
Kelly
This book could have been great but it just wasn't for me. My two issues

It just ended. I wanted one last scene beteween Jack and Caroline but never got it.

I found that the prose was lacking dialogue between the h/h.
I am a huge fan of more interaction between the characters. Of course they have plenty of sexual interaction.

I will give Lisa Marie Rice's books another shot.


Nonieღserenity2bliss
This story fell short for me. It wasn't as good as Dangerous Secrets or Dangerous Passion. The ending was weird and rush (I already expect the latter), and the switch of focus between the H/h and the villain is a mood-killer. I don't get the intense chemistry between the H/h as I was expected and one that I had enjoyed immensely in the other books.
Nicoletta
quando termino la lettura di questo genere di libri resto sempre tutta scombussolata.
Mi chiedo se quando descrivono questi uomini, le scrittrici non danno sfogo a tutte le loro più intime immaginazioni.
A me occorre una doccia, gelata possibilmente.
Lady Ethereal Butterfly
Dangerous Lover is a book that had a lot of potential, but fell very short of it, particularly at the end. The book focuses on two people, Caroline Lake and Jack Prescott. I found Caroline to be a heroine I could sympathize with. I could identify with and relate to some of the events that she had gone through in her past, and her struggles felt real to me. Jack Prescott was... smokin' hot. I found him intense and sexy and capable. He was protective, but in a way that didn't strike me as overly p ...more
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
It was ok. 2.5 stars rounded up to 3

Tbh, in the first couple of chapters, I was thinking, there is a fine line between a long lasting unrequited love, and quite frankly stalkerish behaviour!

I am not sure Jack did not tip over into slightly scary stalker behaviour here.

Caroline Lake, the woman Jack had loved since he was 18, and had not seen in 12 years, so basically, his entire adult life.

Her life has changed over 12 years, she had lost her family and the life she had with her family, and is
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Rhapsody
Feb 24, 2008 Rhapsody rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers who like the reunited childhood friends thing
Back when he was a homeless kid, Ben worshipped Caroline, the daughter of an affluent family. Twelve years later, now using the name Jack Prescott, he's just quit the military and is rich from selling his late father's company. He goes back to Caroline and starts living with her as her boarder without telling her who he really is. Caroline lost her parents years before and her younger brother was crippled in the accident; she's heavily in debt from the medical bills and her brother died just two ...more
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