Review & Contest: If He’s Dangerous by Hannah Howell

If He’s Dangerous by Hannah Howell
Series: Wherlocke (#4)
Release Date: June, 2011
Publisher: Kensington
Page Count: 345
Source: Book provided by publisher for review

New York Times bestseller Hannah Howell’s extraordinary Wherlocke family returns with the story of a passion that will heed no resistance, no matter how deadly. . .

When Lorelei Sundun first finds Sir Argus Wherlocke in her garden, she’s never heard of the mysterious Wherlocke clan—or their otherworldly abilities. That changes the moment she watches Argus—the most tantalizing man she’s ever seen—disappear before her very eyes. What she’s witnessed should be impossible. But so should falling in love with a man she’s only just met. . .

Pursued by a madman intent on harnessing the Wherlockes’ talents as weapons, Argus meant to seek help from his family, not to involve a duke’s lovely daughter in the struggle. But now, the enchanting Lorelei is his only hope for salvation—and the greatest temptation he’s ever faced. . .

Advice: Might be more enjoyable if you’ve read the other books since previous characters are included in the story.

Review:  This book was an enjoyable read on a summer afternoon. It didn’t really pop or sizzle for me, but I also haven’t read the other three books in the series. When the two characters first meet, Argus is hiding behind a rosebush, buck naked. Instead of running like a prim and proper miss should, Lorelei is intrigued, and the adventure begins. The mystery as to why he appears in a garden is soon solved, yet the reason he was taken in the first place remains a problem the entire family tries to figure out.

Throughout the story, I liked the way the characters interacted with each other and their respective families. Argus is pretty sure his family is more eccentric than hers, but then he actually meets Lorelei’s father and her numerous brothers and sisters and he’s not sure anymore. As both of them play cat and mouse and their attraction grows, everyone around them is aware that they are a good match. Lorelei comes to the conclusion that Argus is the “one” for her, but he insists that marriages are doomed for his family members and it’s for the best that they don’t even try. While she initially scoffs at his hesitancy, she soon realizes he’s very serious. Marriages in his family are doomed because of their “abilities” that are passed on to the next generation.

How these two meet, fall in love, and finally solve their differences will put a smile on your face!

Quote: “What Lorelei really felt like doing was having a glorious tantrum, one full of heel drumming, cursing, and the pulling of her own hair. She had gambled her future and her heart on the man.” Page 204

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