Fearsome by S.A. Wolfe

fearsome 1From goodreads: 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.

Genre: Romance
This novel contains graphic sexual content and strong language. It is intended for mature readers.

Review…

I truly enjoyed Fearsome (and I’m in love with the cover!) but a few things kept me from loving it.

First, the story is way too long for the given plot. It’s predictable and many times it felt unnecessarily drawn out.

Second, give me a protagonist that isn’t insecure or whiny about why she doesn’t deserve a good-looking man.  For the love of god to writers everywhere, as women in today’s society we have enough hang-ups about so many things that we certainly don’t need to read about them. I use the word “we” because I know I’m not alone in feeling this way.  Give me a leading lady that loves who she is despite her many flaws and that can inspire me in more ways than one.  Okay, maybe she doesn’t need to inspire me but I need her to own who she is and not make excuses for her issues/shortcomings but to learn and grow from it.

Lastly, mental Illness is a focal point of the story which is completely glossed over and remedied way too quickly.  The subject matter deserved more depth and a lot more attention to the complexities of what the afflicted face daily and those who love them.

You might not believe me when I say that I did enjoy the story despite all my concerns but what kind of reviewer would I be if I didn’t share the good, bad and ugly?

There’s a love triangle of sorts and I always enjoy them because it brings unnecessary angst that I can’t seem to get enough of. Enter Carson and Dylan.  Two brothers both incredibly different but the one thing they have in common besides faithful brotherly love is Jessica.  Both are attracted to her for very different reasons and we don’t find out about those reasons until at least halfway through and I loved how the author kept me in suspense.

Jessica’s relationship with each brother was special and unique but her heart could only belong to one and the one she ends up with had me jumping for joy.  Jessica evolves as a woman as she spends time with each of them and learns about truly living life and what it means to let go and finally allow herself to fall in love.

“I don’t care who you’ve slept with in the past. Okay, that’s bullshit, but I can’t change that. What I do want, however, is to be the first and last guy you fall in love with.”

This is the perfect story if you are in between books and trying to figure out what to read next, this will hold you over and keep you absolutely entertained.  ;)

3halfstars

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Comments

    • Cristina says

      Thanks Meg…it’s just a little something to make this gal feel pretty! ;) The cover is stunning and it’s definitely not a bad book! *big hugs*

  1. says

    Cristina,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my novel and for your thoughtful review.

    I deliberated over how much I could include about mental illness. As a romance author, I walk a fine line in dealing with a tough subject, especially since my stories are more humorous than dark. Your feedback is much appreciated.

    My next novel due out soon, Freedom, is a sequel (standalone), and it does address the mental health issues raised in Fearsome, focusing on that particular character and his own HEA.

    Again, thank you!
    SW

    • Cristina says

      Thank you so much and I appreciate you taking the time to read my review. And thank you for sharing a little bit of your process as a writer, it’s helpful to know that as a reader. ;)

      RE: Freedom
      There was something about that character that appealed to me greatly and I look forward to reading his story…I’m so glad you decided to have his voice heard. Can’t wait!

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