Fearsome by S.A. Wolfe
Series: Fearsome #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: October 1, 2013
Format: eARC, 464 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Jessica Channing’s big city life should be more exciting than sixty-hour work weeks and popcorn nights with her girlfriends, but it’s not. She has worked hard fulfilling her role as a child prodigy and graduating college years before her peers. She’s the good girl, the brilliant girl.
Unfortunately, she’s also the dateless young woman.
That all changes with one phone call. Jess’s rigid, predictable life upends when she must visit a small, obscure town to deal with a relative’s death. This isn’t just any little speck of a town, though. Long lost memories come crashing down on Jess’s world when two men, the Blackard brothers, seem to lure her in.
Dylan is cover model handsome, and pursues Jess the minute she comes to town. Then there is tall, dark and gorgeous Carson, who hides his own secrets behind his hardened reserve.
For someone who has been governed by her own obsessive behaviors and fears, Jess lets her guard down and jumps at the opportunity to have an affair with a man she actually finds attractive for a change.
There’s just one problem. Jess discovers that she can’t have a simple romantic fling because true passion does indeed come with some very big strings attached to it. She will have to own up to her own truths about love and face the two extraordinary men; both troubled in their own ways and both determined to have her.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
“I have the world’s laziest dog, Hangover, I have a quasi-boyfriend who is too cute and unstable for his own good – Hotty – and my new protector or guardian, who I can only think of as Lusty. What a cast of characters.”
Jessica is summoned to a small town after learning of her Aunt Virginia’s death. She has vague memories of her aunt and is slightly confused about why her aunt left her everything in her will. She just wants to get everything straightened out in Hera so she can return to her life in New York. But the longer she spends in Hera, the more it starts to feel like home thanks to the town’s natives. Jessica finds herself in Hera. She also finds some amazing friends and two incredible, gorgeous men.
“Perhaps its my inexperience at both love and sex. They arrived in my life at the same time, so it’s next to impossible for me to separate the two and ascertain if the love is genuine or if it’s merely a side effect to making love.”
The Blackard brothers are about as different as they can possibly be. Dylan is hyper and attentive and doesn’t hold back. His older brother Carson is far more reserved. Jessica can’t really get a read on him. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that these two men were her childhood playmates. She and Dylan enter into a whirlwind relationship. Despite her relationship with Dylan, however, she can’t seem to get Carson out of her mind. He’s quiet and sexy, protective and thoughtful. Dylan and Carson are both keeping secrets. When the truths start to come out, Jessica has some tough decisions to make. Dylan or Carson? Hera or New York? You’ll have to read to find out for yourself.
“We don’t always get do-overs. Think very carefully before making a decision about love,” he says to me. “Sometimes when it’s offered, it may have an expiration date.”
I want to be friends with these characters. They each seemed so real. Jessica was funny, smart and strong. She was indecisive and not all that bright when it came to her love life, but that’s part of her charm. Dylan was like a giant ball of energy. He had his good and bad moments, but the latter were justifiable. Carson was absolutely swoon worthy. I wouldn’t mind having a hot man like that in my life. You know, one who can build furniture for me, fix things around the house and then crawl into bed with me at the end of a long day. Is that sexist? I don’t even care if it is. 🙂 Imogene and Lauren were a fantastic addition to this book – and Jessica’s life – as was Archie.
“I’m not a care-free spirit like my Aunt Virginia was. I’m very much a product of my upbringing and my parents taught me to figure out what I need to do. I’m good at that. But now I want to fire out what I want to do, too.”
What I loved most about this book – aside from the gorgeous writing and the charming characters – was the fact that I really wasn’t ever able to get a feel for how it was all going to end. The relationships – whether friendship, romantic or familial – were complicated. There was an extraordinary amount of depth to the storyline. Fearsome sucked me in from the beginning and I had a really difficult time setting this book down.
“I just want you to be mine,” he says. “You have me; body and soul, and all the parts in between.”
Fearsome had humor and heart (and a bit of angst). It was sweet and sexy. But, it was more than your typical romance novel. The love triangle didn’t come off as trite as they often do. Given Jessica’s history with the Blackard brothers, it was completely conceivable that she could have feelings for both of them. It was equally believable that they could each be harboring feelings for her, too. At its core, Fearsome was a story of a woman growing, figuring out what she wanted from life and falling in love as a result. It was a wonderful coming of age story with an absolutely delightful cast of characters. I wanted to spend more time in their world.