The romance started with insta-lust and frankly had me rolling my eyes at Skylar. It quickly moved to something more and I ended up loving their chemistry. The heat was electric and their chemistry felt genuine. I just wish this forbidden romance had begun more slowly.
Scotty's involvement with the gang and his position working for the DEA made for some serious tension. It provided plenty of life and death moments giving the suspense thread of DARE TO ME depth. It also caused some relationship problems and awkward moments when Tate was present. The overall ARC of the series involving the Sons of Steel, DEA, and AFC make this a series to read/listen to from the beginning. It helps to understand the players and know the battles Scotty and the Sons of Steel face with the Bitter Hill Gang. I appreciated the way in which McLaughlin has taken us into the gangs and government agencies involved. She showcases Scotty's struggle with loyalty and his dealings with law enforcement. Scotty is a standup guy and ultimately wants to protect and save his hometown. All of this gives the story some serious heart. Despite the darker aspects of Scotty and other members of the gang, the author made me understand them, and it was only inevitable that I fell for them too.
Eric London and Caitlin Elizabeth narrated giving us both Scotty and Skylar's voices. I loved this dual point of view and felt the narrators did an excellent job of capturing their voices and emotions. The Sons of Steel series works well on audio bringing the tension, romance, and characters to life.
DARE TO LIE was another addictive edition in the Sons of Steel Rows. Now, I need Tate Donovan's story. Pretty please.
Audio provided by publisher. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer