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Dangerous Embrace

(Embrace #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  472 ratings  ·  93 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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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
Mar 20, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
**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
Sep 14, 2012 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
A.L. Jackson
Oct 31, 2012 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.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

This is book is the first book in the Embrace series by Dana Mason.

Since I was on a roll with such a positive experience with the previous two Dana Mason books, I had to dig into the Embrace series. I am definitely going to regret reading this series so quickly. This is a series you want to savor. It is so good. You get all the feels and you can’t look away even for a minute.

Sarah experiences a near rape when she is attacked outside the grade school where she teaches. While she is escapi
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Nancy Thompson
Jul 30, 2012 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 18, 2012 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
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
This book starts off with pulse pounding action, and keeps the momentum going through til the end. With an intriguing story, and strong characters, this is a story well worth reading. There is something for everyone from mystery, suspense, and romance. This is a series I look forward to reading more of.
Nov 05, 2012 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 02, 2012 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
Isabelle MBTL
Nov 11, 2012 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 rated it it was amazing
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"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
Ashley Dawn
Nov 06, 2012 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
Dana Delamar
Nov 11, 2013 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
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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
Aug 29, 2012 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 16, 2013 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 11, 2012 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!
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!
Jan 21, 2013 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.
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This began with action and end with it, what a great read full of suspense that keeps your heart beating fast what a thrilling read I could not put down. It is a romance with suspense, action, and thrills but it is so much more the author gives you a wonderful story of strength, fears and overcoming them along with courage to stand up and be accounted for as well as starting over, learning how to trust and love again. It is about an abusive relationship, running for your life, learning to live a ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story was great it holds your attention giving you a thrilling exciting read, the danger is real when you have a stalker and an abusive ex who has been looking for you for more years than you can count. The story has a little of everything from romance to thrills and chills. I doubt you can read this and not have it touch you in some way. From the first page the author has you hooked from a brutal attack of violence and it doesn’t let up. One man see it and tries to help the victim only to h ...more
Jul 18, 2013 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 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
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 som
Jul 28, 2013 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)
Jan 01, 2013 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
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Dana Mason started writing about ten years ago after being overwhelmed by a story that wouldn’t let her sleep until she wrote it down. The story, Dangerous Embrace, was published in 2012 and won Best Mystery/Suspense from eFestival of Words Best of Independent eBook Awards in 2014. Dangerous Embrace is the first book in her Embrace Series. The second book in the series, Precious Embrace, was Runne ...more

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