Dare to Love
by Jaci Burton
Narrated by Lidia Dornet
Published by: Tantor Media
Publication date May 3, 2016
Running time 5 hrs 16 min
Audio CD, MP3CD and Downloadable
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Lucy Fairchild is a confident, successful lawyer and heiress to the Fairchild fortune. Her father thinks he can choose who she’ll marry, which Lucy finds ridiculous. She might be thirty and still single, but she’s perfectly capable of finding her own man.
Jake Dalton owns a construction company and has built his life from nothing to something he can be proud of. His father might have once thought him a failure, but Jake has worked his entire life to banish those demons from his past. And he’ll never let anyone make him feel less than capable ever again.
When Lucy and Jake have a run in on his construction site, sparks fly. Lucy’s had a bad day and Jake just finds her amusing, but for some reason they’re both attracted. Jake throws out a dare for a date. Lucy accepts. Jake might be the perfect fake boyfriend to run interference for her father, a way out of her father’s ridiculous notion that she needs a husband. They’re both all in on this charade.
But what starts out as a dare—a game—suddenly builds into something much deeper for both of them. And what neither of them expected—love—might be the final outcome.
Contains mature themes. https://tantor.com/dare-to-love-aci-burton.html
This book starts out with a woman fuming over her father’s suggestion that she marry a guy she dislikes and being catcalled by some construction workers. Then, when she talks to their boss, he proves he hasn’t had any sensitivity training.
I know cat calling still exists, but that someone who went to school and owned a company wouldn’t at least pay lip service to a woman complaining about it, is pretty appalling. When he suggests a date, she should hardly accept a date with the insensitive lummox, but perhaps that her father is also an anachronism and a lummox as well is why.
The story feels a little off key, out of time. I would probably place it in the 1970s. Especially since she references houses in San Francisco and the outlying suburbs as being a quarter of a million dollars (does anyone else see Dr. Evil when they read that?). A quarter million will probably not even buy you a building lot.
Other than that this story fell flat for me because the concept of the uncaring father arranging an advantageous, but loveless, marriage for an educated daughter whose happiness he’s thwarted since birth just wasn’t believable. This is a contemporary story, outside of families with “non-western,” traditionally European beliefs about marriage that isn’t going to fly.
A couple of contradictory terms, like referring to someone as petite in one chapter and long legged in the next was also strange.
I liked the scenes where Jake and Lucy are alone at his house staring up at the stars.
I desperately disliked the narration on this book. I usually like Dornet’s work, but the smart-alecky, snide timbre she gave to Jake’s voice would have been a total turn off for me.
It wasn’t horrible, but a solid Meh.