Dangerous to Know & Love by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Published by Harvey Berrick Publishing on May 17th 2013
Silence is only skin deep.
Nineteen year old Daniel Colton is the guy all the girls want to date, and the man all the guys want to be. Moody, with an explosive temper, closed off and sullen, he’s also beautiful, tatted in delicious ways, with a pierced eyebrow and spiky black hair. It’s rumoured he has piercings in other places, too. Is he really mad, bad and dangerous to know?
Daniel lives with his older brother, Zef, and their home is party central. You want drugs, a good time, liquor, no questions asked? Colton’s is the place to go.
When Daniel and good girl Lisanne Maclaine have to work together on an assignment, Lisanne finds there’s a lot more to the college’s bad boy than his reputation. He’s intelligent and funny and good company. And then she discovers his secret, why he’s so closed off to everyone, and determined to keep people at arms’ length. But being his secret-keeper is harder than she ever dreamed.
Recommended for readers 18+ due to sexual references and sex scenes, some coarse language, drug references and drug use.
Word Count: 154,726
Why, oh why, did I not read this book sooner? It’s no secret that Jane Harvey-Berrick is one of my favourite authors, I love her prose, her ability to pull you into a new world with strong and likeable characters, but I had no idea this college based romance was going to hit my all-time favourite YA list. I say YA loosely simply because the characters are based in college but trust me ladies… Daniel Colton is all man!
This is a hard review to write as the synopsis covers the fundamentals perfectly, and yet this is no quick read. The challenges that both Daniel and Lisanne face together are hard but admirable and I fell in love with their story every step of the way.
To the world outside Daniel has it all. He’s a smart, sexy, Harley riding bad boy that the girls can’t seem to get enough of and the guys secretly wish they were.
Lisanne McClaine is a small town girl in a very big pond. College is a much welcomed eye – opening experience and her naivety may be endearing to some but to others it has her easily sinking into the shadows of her more zealous and worldly peers.
Two young adults from opposite sides of the tracks come together accidentally only to realise that they may be different in so many ways, but together they can create something extraordinary.
A delicious tale of one man’s challenge to fit-in in a place of conformity and a young woman’s determination to prove that anything is possible if you choose to accept who you are and fight for what you truly want.
Fans of college based romances need to read this if you haven’t already!
5 ‘I hear you’ Crowns
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