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Dare to Run

(The Sons of Steel Row #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  953 ratings  ·  152 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of the Out of Line Novels takes readers to Boston, where one gang of criminals knows how being bad can be so good...

She knows what he’s like on Boston’s mean streets. Now she’s going to find out if he’s got some heart.

Lucas Donahue is not ashamed of his criminal past, but after a brief stint in prison, he’s ready to go legit and live
Mass Market Paperback, 318 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Signet
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Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
2.5-3 Stars

And that was why this whole thing was so scary. I knew he'd bring me nothing but trouble, and yet I still wanted him with every single breath I took.

I struggled with my rating for this book for several weeks. I adore this author and everything she writes. I was a huge fan of her books under the Diane Alberts pen name, so when I saw she has a new series coming out with Berkley, I was beyond excited. Even more so when I saw this ridiculously hot cover. I was looking forward
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this a lot! However I felt the character went through a lot of back and forth problems with eachother. It was as if they were going in circles of their feelings and while most of the time this can be endearing, in this book it just got a little tiring because I felt they kept having the same conversation in a different format multiple times. I did love Lucas and the story of him being in a gang was really interesting as I've never read a book like this before! I also liked the s ...more
☕️Kimberly  (Caffeinated Reviewer)
Five Reasons to grab Dare to Run

I love the Boston setting and McLaughlin takes us into the underbelly of the city and into the lives of its locals. The criminal gangs run deep in this story and their hands reach into the pockets of local law enforcement and its politicians. Lucas’s membership and ranking within the gang and its mentality added an edge to this romance. I favor romances where we get both perspectives and Dare To Run had alternating chapters between Lucas and Heidi.
Lucas Dona
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
4.5 stars. HOLY. CRAP. This book was amazing. And the twist at the climax? I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING! What a lovely ending, in spite of that twist but... WOAH. I cannot WAIT to read Chris's book!

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Dare To Run by Jen McLaughlin
Book One of The Sons of Steel Row series
Publisher: Signet
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

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nick (the infinite limits of love)
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Is it shallow to admit that I picked up this book without even reading the summary solely because of that cover? Thankfully, it turned out to be a pretty good decision because for me, the interior was as good as the exterior!

I'm not usually one to seek out books with characters that you wouldn't normally want to associate with in real life, like illegal arms dealers and criminals. So, you can imagine my surprise when I ended up really enjoying Lucas' character in Dare to Run. He was very much ro
CD {Boulder Blvd}
This is a seriously hot cover, but somehow doesn't seem to represent our H, Lucas.

Ms. McLaughlin is a very good writer and is a good story teller - the words flow, etc. The characters (except our heroine, Heidi) and the Sons of Steel Row gang are an interesting and intriguing group. They are pretty well fleshed out and the setting in the slums of Boston fits a gritty story and these gang characters.

There were two good scenes in the book - the first scene and the last scene before the epilogue.
"This is a mistake, but, sweetheart, I'll make sure that I'm the best mistake you've ever made,"

Dare to Run is my first read from author Jen McLaughlin. I've had tons of recommendations to read one of her books and when this arrived from the publisher I was excited to dive in. I mean look at the HOT COVER! What romance reader wouldn't want to start this on the look of the cover alone? It started a bit slow and I was worried that I would lose interest, but the chemistry and the great banter betw
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I have had this book on my shelf for far too long and, since the third book is coming out soon, I wanted to finally give this book a chance. With dangerous men falling hard for a woman he'll do anything to protect, I couldn't wait to dive in.

After spending some time in jail without giving up any information on Steel Row, Lucas Donahue is back working for the gang and finding himself climbing up in rank. While he'd love nothing more than to go straight and leave, no one leaves Steel Row voluntar
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:

Dare to Run is the first book in the all new, The Sons of Steel Row Series. I was attracted to the cover, book blurb, and the fact that Jen McLaughlin was the author. I have read a few of her books, and really enjoyed them. Dare to Run was a story filled to the brim with suspense, danger, conspiracy, betrayal, and passion. It was a great read, and I am looking forward to continuing this series.

Lucus Donahue has grown up in the gang lifestyle. He has been a part of the Sons of Steel R
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lucas is a rising member of the Sons of Steel Row. However, he doesn't want to be. He was just released from prison where he almost lost his life and he has no desire to go back to jail. However, once you are in the Sons, the only way out is death. So, he sticks the course. That is, until he sees Heidi being attacked by another gang. You see, Heidi is the bar owner from across the street from his place. He frequents her establishment a lot and has found her to be fascinating. She's got the same ...more
Anna's Herding Cats
Nov 16, 2015 marked it as eventual-reviews
Holy freaking #Covergasm! That is one gorgeous book! Totally squeed and scared the birds when I opened the mail. Can't wait to dive in :D

Reviewing for herding cats & burning soup.
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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 photo 49462d96e49e28fcc59bb754e84825_zpsrpwfbq0w.gif “For the first time in my life, I wanted to help someone without any thought to the cost. I wanted to help her.”

DARE TO RUN is the first book of Jen McLaughlin's new series, Sons of Steel Row. Unlike Jen's previous books, Dare to Run is a thrilling and gritty tale that follows an anti-hero in Lucas Donahue.

Lucas Donahue is ruthless, calculating, merciless, and cunning. A criminal. A killer. A gangster. He is the guy that you wouldn'
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Dare to Run is the first in a new, gritty series by Jen McLaughlin about the mean streets of Boston and the gangs who run them.

Lucas Donahue is a bad boy. No really - he's a bad. Boy. After working his way up the ranks of Boston's Sons of Steel Row gang, he ended up in jail for two years. Now he's back to his old ways - running guns and meting out violence when the need calls for it.

Like when he has to save the bacon of the pretty lady who runs his favorite bar.

Independent and fierce Heidi Gre
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I haven't read a gritty, tempestuous bad boy romance in some time so I was all sorts of eager when I saw the release of this new series by an author I hadn't encountered before. I knew going in that this wouldn't be easy and boy-howdy was I right. Talk about a tough spot to be in and that was nothing to what came at the end. Jen McLaughlin can sure write THE big money scene of all climaxes. Whew! If this were a roller-coaster, I would want to get back in line and go again- and I get to because i ...more
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Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Run with me. If you run with me… I’ll go.”

Lucas Donahue and Heidi Greene call South Boston their home. Warts and all, they are comfortable here even if it is not the easiest life. Lucas was used to working the streets as a high ranking gang member, even if dealing guns was easier than dealing with people, especially women.

Heidi knew firsthand what those streets were like but was satisfied working the pub she called her own now, her home. When the aftermath of a violent attack brings the two in
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dare to Run felt dark, gritty, and so real to me.  I flipped through its pages fast and could not make myself put the book down for a second.  I seriously lost hours engrossed in this suspenseful romance between a self-confessed bad guy and a girl who grew up on the streets and was given a chance on a good life.

Bad buy Lucas Donahue is not someone you want to mess with.  Having evaded a murder attempt while serving time in jail, he's out and back to work in the gang he's been in since he was a y
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-rental
2.5/5 - ok read- a bit predictable at the end. I was frustrated with the leads, they kept assuming things and didn't come across as very mature characters in certain situations. The story pacing was slow, but my interest in the world was peaked enough that I would give book 2 a go, it'll just be on a much shorter leash. ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-pile
I got about a third into this book before I gave up on it. I'm all for a strong heroine but I'm not a fan of the strong heroines who think they know best and smart off to the very people who tried to rape and kill her. I'm not buying that shit one bit so I'm throwing the towel in on this one.

 Reading In Pajamas
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Spotlight, Review & Giveaway: Dare to Run (The Sons of Steel Row #1) by Jen McLaughlin
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori
Rated 4.5 Stars

Cori 4.5 Stars

Wow! Just wow! I'm hooked now! I'll admit I chose to read this book based on the cover alone. It's that hot. Jen MacLaughlin delivered an incredible story that lived up to the cover. I love the  bad boy/ villain heroes and Lucas was just that. I fell in love with him while the heroine was falling fo

May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That, right there? It was why I’d fallen in love with him. He was this hardened, jaded soul, but with me…..well, he wasn’t. And it was only with me, so that meant something. He made me feel as if I was the only person on the the earth that mattered to him. The only one he showed this soft, sweet, lovable side to. It made what we had, however temporary it might be, all the more special.”

What an exciting, thrilling new read from Jen McLaughlin. I have to tell you, I have been a fan of her books fo
Cocktails and Books
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books

Dare To Run is the first book in this new series, Sons of Steel Row by Jen McLaughlin. This book sucked me right in. I love Boston and it provides a nice backdrop to this storyline. The book begins with Lucas getting out of prison and returning to his gang: The Sons of Steel Row. He seems closed off from everyone and leads a lonely existence. He has a brother who is in the gang and a best friend Chris but he doesn't seem to be close to anyo
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First: The cover is not correct. Lucas has no tattoos visible below the t-shirt arms…thus the great joy for both Heidi and me was discovering a chest full of tats and a nipple ring! Like unwrapping an awesome present that only gets better and better. Not that I am going to complain too much about the guy on the cover, but Lucas’ appeal was that he actually looked “almost normal” if it weren’t for the air of badass dangerous MF that rolled off of him in waves.

Second: I love men…men of all kinds,
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Recently released from a two-year stint in prison, Lucas Donahue, a ranking member of the Sons of Steel Row gang, was attacked and nearly killed just before he got out. Now he’s back in Boston trying to determine if the attack was personal or business. Unfortunately, it looks like the hit came from within the Son of Steel Row gang, and his own baby brother, Scotty, is the top suspect.

Heidi Greene lives and works in Steel Row, Boston. After living through a rough childhood, Frankie, a father-figu
JoLee (Cozy.Sunday.Reads)
Rating: 4 Stars - Loved It

Thoughts: I had so much fun reading Lucas and Heidi as a couple. They are forced in a fake relationship after he rescues her from an attack from a rival gang. The banter was fun between them. The sexual tension was great. They had the best chemistry that Lucas sees but Heidi does not want to admit it. This leads to some push and pull with the them. Heidi wants to sleep with him and Lucas will not until she admits they have good chemistry.

I enjoyed their characters as i
 Crystal _ Reading Between the Wines Book Club

4.5 Stars
A deliciously dark and sensual read, Jen McLaughlin's Dare to Run is easily my favorite book of the year so far!
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Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
What do you get when you take an anti-hero who is as dangerous as he is delicious, toss in a tough-as-nails heroine, some seriously bad dudes, and a major plot twist? A manicure. That's what you get because you've chewed all your nails off wondering how in the CUPCAKE this could possible end well?!

So thanks for that, Jen McLaughlin.

But seriously. You also get a great start to a new series. Dare To Run is how you do a Boston Mafia-esque story! Read it.
Gail Mitchell
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first time reading this author who is now going on my must read list of authors.
Jul 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf
It's trash but good trash ...more
May 01, 2021 rated it liked it
The author helps you feel really connected to the characters.
It's a bit rough, a bit tense and a big bit sexy.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it

This review was originally posted on Delighted Reader

Dare to Run by Jen McLaughlin


Dare to Run by Jen McLaughlin
She knows what he’s like on Boston’s mean streets. Now she’s going to find out if he’s got some heart.

Lucas Donahue is not ashamed of his criminal past, but after a brief stint in prison, he’s ready to go legit and live a normal life. The problem is, no one leaves the gang without permission—even if he is one of the boss’s top men. Plus someone’s placed a hit on him. And then there’s that feisty little barten

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Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin Random House. Under her pen name, Diane Alberts, she is also a USA TODAY bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, hit the New York Times, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. J ...more

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