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Monday, August 31, 2009

Dare to Believe by Dana Marie Bell

Dare to Believe by Dana Marie Bell
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (135 pgs)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Anal Sex/Play
Rating: Best Book
Review by Holly

He’ll fulfill her wildest fantasies… but only if she believes.

The Gray Court, Book 1

Leo Dunne has been searching his entire life for the one person born just for him. He finds her working in his own company, but the shy little Ruby Halloway constantly hides from him. He hatches a devilish plot with her best friend to bring her out of her shell, and the result proves her desire is more than a match for his own.

Ruby has had the hots for her boss for some time now, but she knows business and pleasure shouldn’t mix. While that can’t stop a girl from dreaming, she sticks by her guns and does her best never to be alone with the handsome CEO. Until the company masquerade party, where she discovers a passion with him that leaves a mark on her soul.

A family emergency calls Leo away, and rather than spend one night out of Ruby’s arms, he convinces her to go with him. With his brother’s life on the line, it’s vital she learn how to deal with who, and what, her new lover really is…before it’s too late.

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, some violence, a bit of bondage, and a Sidhe Lord determined to claim and protect what is his.

Leo Dunne has met his soul mate. Ruby Halloway has been fighting her attraction to her utterly gorgeous boss since the first time she saw him. After all, she doesn’t look like the tall, model-thin blonds he’s seen with. But things are not always as they seem, and Leo is determined to have Ruby for his own, forever. And with Leo, forever is a very long time. But before he can convince Ruby of his intentions, Leo is called home to deal with his younger brother’s kidnapping. Can he convince Ruby that his intentions are honorable, after one incredible night of the best sex Ruby has ever had? Throw in the little detail that Ruby is human, and everyone else is something more than human -- fae, leprechaun, vampire -- and it starts to get really interesting.

Dare To Believe is the first book in Dana Marie Bell’s new Grey Court series. The world that she has created is full of life, love and magic, with just a bit of danger thrown in. The characters are well drawn and three dimensional. I love the strength she gives Ruby, and also her smart mouth. Ruby doesn’t know she’s supposed to fear these beings, so she doesn’t. The images of the fantasies that Ruby and Leo indulge in are colorful and imaginative, and so much fun to visit. I loved how Ruby started out so insecure, but was able to hold her own by the latter part of the story. The cast of characters-Jaden, the “good” vampire, Duncan, brother of the evil fae who wants Leo, and of course Leo’s whole family are beautifully and quite ingeniously created.

I look forward to many more visits with the family and friends of Ruby and Leo, and I wholeheartedly recommend Dare to Believe to anyone who wants to take a short vacation from reality.

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