Jan 14, 2014
Author: S.A. Wolfe
Publisher: S.A. Wolfe
Publication Date: September 27, 2013
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars
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.
This novel contains graphic sexual content and strong language. It is intended for mature readers.
Fearsome was an interesting read for me, because for most of the book Jessica is wishy-washy. She doesn’t know what she wants, but she definitely knows she doesn’t want to hurt anyone.
This is really what made the book stand out to me. Jessica seemed like a real girl who was just learning to navigate the dating scene. She didn’t necessarily want a committed relationship, but she also didn’t want just a one night stand. I liked that she was honest about it. She wasn’t particularly proud of herself, but I loved that she wasn’t going to force herself to be with someone she didn’t particularly care for.
I had a hard time with her relationship with Dylan, especially because everyone around her seemed to want to blame her for his emotional instability. However, no one fully explained the depth of his disorder, nor was she even around when it started. I was fully outraged on Jessica’s behalf because some of these people just expected her to have psychic powers and just know things about Dylan that she had no possible way of knowing.
I felt like ultimately Carson was a very sweet guy, but I did feel like he gave up too much for his brother. I mean come on he let his brother sleep with the girl he was in love with, all because he didn’t want to hurt his brother. That’s messed up, and in a way I thought Carson had low self-esteem when it came to Dylan. Carson did make up for it though in the end, when he continuously showed Jessica that he wasn’t going anywhere. So it did make up for most of it.
Alas, this is not my biggest gripe in this book. The side characters infuriated me so many times. I understand they were there to move the plot along, but really no friend would be so insensitive and expect to stay someone’s friend. Lauren was so rude and cruel, that many times I wanted to just burn her off the page. I do think the same result could have been achieved without making Lauren so unlikeable.
Overall, I did really enjoy the book but because of the few things I mentioned I would give it a 3 out of 5 stars. Side characters aside, I did really love that Jessica wasn’t afraid to be herself and admit that she needed space to know who SHE was before getting involved with anyone else. I can’t wait to see what this author does next!
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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