Dare to Stay (The Sons of Steel Row #2), by Jen McLaughlin
Publish Date: August 2, 2016
Format: e-ARC, provided by the publisher
Genre: adult contemporary romance
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Rating: 4.5 STARS
(Synopsis) Bruised and bloodied on Boston's mean streets, Chris O'Brien is reeling from the loss of his childhood best friend. But after barely escaping a hit placed on his head, Chris is desperate to live. A safe haven comes to mind - the home of the perfect girl from his childhood, Molly Lachlan. Before he has fully considered what it would mean to involve her in his mess, he finds himself on her doorstep.
When Molly agrees to let Chris inside her home, she realizes she's also letting him into her life. Danger and desperation are coming off him like steam, and yet she can't bring herself to turn him away. His bad boy charm always had a hold on her, but now there's a soulfulness and sorrow in him that she's never seen before. And despite the heart-stopping risk of helping him, she hopes against all reason that he'll stay...
For years now, I'd watched her from afar, silently wishing I could be good enough for her. That I stood a winter in hell's chance of claiming her as mine some day. But I didn't, because I wasn't. And we both were all too aware of that.
There was something about him, and the way he made me feel, that called to me. That told me not to write him off or send him away. Maybe it was his utter certainty that he was a horrible person or the haunted emptiness in his dark brown eyes that made me want to help him. Heal him. Change him.