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Dare You to Run

(Unbroken Heroes #2)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  187 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Dawn Ryder returns with Dare You To Run, the second rapid-fire romance in her Unbroken Heroes series―featuring the tough, sexy men who serve in a top-secret Special Ops unit.

For Vitus Hale, only one mission has ever gone wrong. All he had to do was rescue a beautiful woman from her kidnappers. But falling hard into bed―and into love―with the stunning innoc
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Mine, Princess Stars

Dare You To Run is the 2nd book in the Unbroken Heroes Series. It can be read as a standalone just fine but it does have a continuing story line from book 1 which did make a few things get a little fuzzy. But only about the bad guy Tyler Martin, not the main couple. This is my first time reading anything by Dawn Ryder and I really enjoyed her writing. I will say that I didn't care for the main couples names Vitus and Damascus. All I could think was how weird it would be to
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
The MCs have quite the names: Vitus and Damascus. Try saying that 10 times real fast lol These two meet when Vitus rescues Damascus and fall hard and fast enough to start making plans. Plans that don't sit well with her dear old dad, an aspiring politician. At a threat to Vitus' life, they go their separate ways. Three years pass and they meet again. Lucky for us they can't resist each other. The plot is interesting with action that is paced well. It is, however, quite involved so you have to pa ...more
Claire Robinson
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smp, shit-hot-series
4 - "I'm coming for you..." Stars!

Vitus Hale, played a small but important part in the previous book to Dare You to Run in that he was Saxon Hale’s Brother.

Although not massively involved in Dangerous to Know from the offset, it becomes apparent in the latter stages of the book that his previous association with Damascus Ryland, has more than a little to do with the situation the his brother and the rest of his Special Ops Team find themselves currently in.

I would say that this book can be read
Netgalley for honest review. Rating 3.75

This story was a good read, not great, but good. I see a lot of potential for this author (first time reading one of her books).

First chapter drops us right into the middle of a scene, which I found somewhat confusing. Damascus the heroine has been kidnaped and is in a hole of some sort and tied up. We have the hero, Vitus a navy seal who is in the process of rescuing Damascus. We shift to them then running and help arriving to whisk them away.The decision
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***

This is a review that has taken me a while to write, as I needed some time to process exactly why this didn't really work for me. The writing was good, it was strong. The pacing was actually fairly good, although I thought some of the time seemed a bit uneven...2 days passed in the same space as 2 hours, IMO.

Now that it has been a couple of days, I think the issue I had with this book is that I was told rather than shown. Their first kiss, it was
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Things did not go well with me and Dare You to Run. I DNF-d at 33%. I usually try to make it to at least 50% but nothing had me engaged or even remotely enjoying it--characters, plot, sex scenes, etc. Basic gist is Vitus rescued Damascus and they got hit with a case of insta-lust/love but then are separated for years before coming back into each others lives... just as she's about to escape her father's clutches.

Alright s
A lot of tell, no show. Insta-lust/attraction between our leads, with a first kiss off-screen. The time jumping was a bit off and made it kind of a stop and go feel. It's like the author knew where she wanted the story to go but didn't take the time to connect the dots. The second half became just a sex-fest between leads.
Pretty interesting suspense arc (continued from book 1) with shady, powerful, and working towards the greater good people.
Heroine was ok with wanting to control, and taking s
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC received for review

We met Vitus in the previous book, and now we find out what went wrong with him and Damascus. Her dad is all kinds of messed up, and so is her future fiancee. Damascus was really annoying me with how she keep trying to protect Vitus. A former Navy SEAL doesn't need a princess to keep doing that especially not with his bad ass team there to help. I get that she was trying to be strong and prove she can protect herself, but come on let the man do his job. Those two really kn
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Vitus is all about the mission, being with a top-secret Special Ops unit, but when he falls hard for the woman he rescues things start to go wrong or right.

Damascus is stuck under the ugly thumb of her father, all she wants is out and she commits to a secret job to do so, but little does she know all the secrets that are intertwined in the end

I had a real hard time reading this book, it was like it went fast and hard from the get go, the damsel was rescued and they were in love before the 2nd ch
Heather andrews
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Vitus has his own way of showing his caring side, “I think you should share that sense of victory, Princess.” He was watching her, looking up her prone body with a smug curve on his lips. “Since you’ve made sure I can focus now, I don’t plan on wasting the opportunity to induct you into the mile-high club.” I was quite fond of the playful side of Vitus, “no, Princess, my brother’s right. We could use some privacy.” He ripped his shirt off and tossed it aside. “Now, I can chase you down the hallw
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
2nd book in this r/s series,good not great read,but enjoyable none the less.This was Vitus and Damascus's story,next up is Saxon.
Sonya Heaney
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really liked how this book started. I love it when a suspense book begins with an exciting opening rescue scene…

…And then the hero and heroine were immediately in love, and things went strange!

Dare You to Run was a book of contradictions. Good suspense set-ups with characters who made no sense. A first kiss that happened totally out of the blue – and OFF THE PAGE! – followed by insta-love that was impossible to believe in.

Beginning with a rescue, where the heroine had been kept in a dark concr
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dawn Ryder has done it again. She has managed to write yet another masterpiece of a novel that sucks you in, puts you on an emotional roller coaster, and gives you the ride of a life time.
This story starts off with Damascus's first kidnapping and the results of said kidnapping. She never realized just how vindictive her father, congressman Jeb was until he gives her an ultimatum that she never really had a choice in. So by her giving up her happiness and dancing to the tune that her "sire" has s
Sheryl C. Nash
*3.5 stars*

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and St Martin's Press*
Sandy S
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 30, 2016

Serve and protect

For Vitus Hale, only one mission has ever gone wrong. All he had to do was rescue a beautiful woman from her kidnappers. But falling hard into bed—and into love—with the stunning innocent was not part of the game plan, and when she leaves him in the dust, Vitus has nothing but a blemished record and a hardened heart. Now, after three long years, his beauty has finally come back into his life—and this time, failure is not an o
Lori Meehan
Aug 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
I'm really not sure where to start with this review. The story line was good and full of potential. I really liked the beginning, it drew me right in and it flowed well until about 1/4 of the way into the story. Then I felt it got choppy and a little unorganized. The main characters and secondary characters I really liked and I want to know their HEA's. Vitus and Damascus where both such strong characters agent if it made Damascus a bit bull headed I still liked her. She and Vitus bumped he
Cardyn Brooks
The premise of the Unbroken Heroes series is irresistible: spec ops SEALs who kick ass and claim hearts while defending the nation from external and internal threats. Yum.

What kept distracting me was the weirdness in grammar and punctuation. Some examples:
pg.13 "Go on princess, stroke me." He's directly addressing her so there should also be a comma before princess. This pattern persists throughout. (pp.62, 97 and elsewhere) Missing open quotes in one passage. (Page number slipped my mind, but
DNF Worse than the first book. Noo just no.
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book, I really did. After reading the first book, I had high hopes for this one.
Sadly it fell very short.
I felt that the basic story line was in place however there was too much packed into the first part of the book that it would be difficult to filter that much information at once. The man was a SEAL. She's the daughter of a politician. We all get the basic gist of the book. Daddy says no, or I'll take your boy out, so daughter leaves man standing holding his parts, mean
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A hot mess! In a great way. Add a political family, bad guys, a couple of kidnappings, handsome heroes and hot sex along with a massive curve ball and you get this five star book.

Damascus Ryland is the daughter of a congressman looking to become VP. She is kidnapped and then rescued by a team of SEALS, one of which she falls in love with and agrees to marry. When she returns home to her family to let her father know she is going to be married she sees him for who he really is, a monster. It is
Heather 123
Sep 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Having read the first book in this series, it hadn't occurred to me that I wouldn't be able to finish this book. Unfortunately, about 10 minutes into the book I closed it and will not be picking it up again. The premise of the book was a good one however it was very poorly executed.

The first chapter opens with Damascus (don't get me started on the names in this book!) being rescued by Vitus from a kidnapping. He gives her two choices: he can return her to her daddy (a powerful congressman) or k
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I will start off by saying I did like this story. I thought the plot was good as was most of the dialog.\
Girl gets kidnapped, hero saves her. Relationship begins. Secrets unfold. Plot thickens.. dun, dun, dun.... I enjoyed the strong will of the heroine and her resolve to save herself and the fact that she didn't bow down to all the men. The Alpha male played his part, and the plot thickened with the introductions of more and more characters that you don't know which team they're really on.
Donna Repsher
Dare You To Run in the second novel in the Unbroken Heroes series, and I was looking forward to reading it since I very much enjoyed the first book in the series, Dangerous to Know, but I found myself hard-pressed to give this novel more than 3 stars.

Since I read Dangerous to Know more than 11 months ago, it was jarring to be dropped into the end of a scene at the very beginning of this novel, as Vitus Hale, backed up by his brother and fellow Navy SEAL, Saxon, rescues debutante Damascus Ryland,
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
SEAL Vitus has precise on his mission and he never failed a mission. This time he has only one goal, rescue Congressman’s daughter Damascus. When rescue mission goes well he offers her two choices, go back to her dad or stay until kidnappers are caught. He never felt pull against any rescuers before. When Damascus decides to stay with him. It was weird to know she decides to stay with stranger but it explains bit later.
Two weeks they spent together was best for both. When Vitus proposes and she
P.e. lolo
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense-romance
This book is about an elite special ops team and this ops is being led by Vitus Hale. He is to rescue Damascus Ryland daughter of a congressman. After the rescue she agrees to his plan of staying longer in order to catch more people coming to where she was being held. Of course during this time they fall for each other and by the time he takes her home and wants to marry her. Her father says he is not right for her and tells her to give back the ring or he will make some calls and his missions w ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love action romances, and this is a good one. I liked that there's an actual story with the romance aspect. There is a bit too much filler, but overall, the story drew me in. Vitus is a Navy SEAL, who rescued Damascus from being held captive. Damascus' father is a power hungry politician with designs on the white house, and Damascus gets put in danger because of it. Vitus and Damascus fall in love, but her father won't have it. He threatens Vitus' life, so Damascus does what she thinks is best ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-to-read, gdrive
This is the second book of the Unbroken Heroes, and man, if Romeo and Juliette were to plotted in modern times, this is one good setting.

The intensity of the story was too much, that I find myself crying several times. I love the the way the lines of both main and secondary characters were said. Those rare funny moments between sibling and team mates. The way the action was written, the thought of the antagonist, they were so good.

Cannot wait to read Saxon's book. I would love to see him eat his
Vero Stro
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Unbroken Heroes series by Dawn Ryder. I haven't read the first book in the series, Dangerous to Know, but this book can be read as a standalone without any problems.

Vitus Hale cannot forget the only mission that went wrong. It was when he had to rescue that stunning and innocent woman from her kidnappers. But falling in love with her was his worst mistake. Now, three years later, Damascus Ryland comes back into his life with a new threat over her life.
This book is
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
I'm really enjoying this series. Loved Vitus Hale and Damascus Ryland's love story (again, don't get me started on the names in this series). It was great to see them get their HEA, especially after three years apart and everything else they went through. The author could really use a good editor. So many typos, and a few continuity problems. Seal should be all caps: SEAL. Col. Magnus is a colonel, not a colonial. Etc.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't expect to like this book, just because of the issues I had with the last one, but I couldn't help but love Damascus. She was such a kickass character with a never-back-down attitude that I love seeing in female characters.
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