Freedom by S.A. Wolfe
Series: Fearsome #2
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: March 30, 2014
Format: eARC, 318 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Dylan Blackard is back in town and certain everyone knows his secrets.
Putting away his notorious reputation as the wild guy with a womanizing past, he’s now on a new path, wanting to be the good guy his brother can stop worrying over. As long as he gives up his old vices—including women—he can keep himself on the straight and narrow and finally live up to everyone’s expectations.
However, obsessing about his lack of self-control is making Dylan one humorless, cranky hermit. That all changes, though, when his brother hires a new employee, the stunning Emma Keller, who will be sharing an office with him and all of his tightly wound nerves.
Emma, a spunky young woman from New Jersey, isn’t about to feel sorry for Dylan and his situation. She is beyond distracting to him, and that is enough to turn his emotional balancing act upside down. Not only is she intelligent, and a smart aleck, she's also very determined to pull the sexy Dylan Blackard out of his self-imposed isolation.
From the moment he meets her, he feels alive again, but Emma doesn’t come as a gift with a pretty bow; she comes with major baggage—a family embedded in its own tumultuous history.
Will Emma be the tipping point that causes Dylan to regress into his past destructive behaviors…or will he actually pursue her for keeps?
*Due to adult language and sexual content, this New Adult Contemporary Romance is intended for readers over the age of 18.
*This is a stand-alone sequel to Fearsome. No cliffhanger!
I didn’t think it would be possible to adore Dylan more than I did in Fearsome. I was wrong. In Fearsome he was broken and his moods were erratic. He pulled a lot of dickish moves and played a few more games than I found necessary. But despite his problems, I still found him completely charming. There was a time in Fearsome when I would have been happy had he and Jess ended up together, but then as time went on, it became more apparent that she belonged with Carson. But I still wanted Dylan to find a way to heal himself, get a second chance and find his own happy ending. In Freedom, Dylan is well on his way to becoming whole. He’s recognized his weaknesses and worked to overcome his past. He’s still charming, HOT, hotheaded and protective (and more than a little jealous), but he’s more together than he was before his accident.
Sparks fly immediately when he meets his new coworker, Emma. I loved Emma. She was spunky, sassy and didn’t need a man to protect her. But there was also something more vulnerable underneath. She has a past that is quite a mystery to both Dylan and the reader for the majority of the book. With each new revelation, I found myself more intrigued by her and more consciously rooting for her and Dylan. Their attraction ignited pretty early on in the book, and when it did… wow. These two were perfect for each other. They had a ton of chemistry and, whether they were fighting or making up, they had more than their share of passion. They challenged each other. There was plenty of drama, but none of it felt unnecessary.
There were some pretty unpredictable twists and turns in Freedom. It definitely kept me on my toes right up until the end. It’s a wonderful story about second chances and learning to deal with your past. Both Emma and Dylan have spent a fair amount of their lives dealing with their demons. Together they’re strong enough to overcome them and find something real and lasting in the process. I loved being along with them for the ride.
I love Sara’s writing style and, while this book can definitely stand on its own, I highly recommend reading Fearsome, if for no other reason than it’s a fantastic book. You won’t need to know the history between Dylan, Jess and Carson to enjoy this book, but you should still read it because it’s oh-so-very good.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.