Publication date: April 7th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
*This is a stand-alone sequel to Fearsome. No cliffhanger!
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.
*A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour*
~~ 4 Stars ~~
This was my first book by S.A. Wolfe and I have to say I was not disappointed at all. I know that Freedom is the second book in the Fearsome Series, but it truly can be read as a standalone. I thought the author did an excellent job in connecting the dots between book 1 and Freedom, so I never felt like I was missing anything. She gave us enough information to create this book as a standalone, but also didn’t truly ruin Fearsome if you wanted to go back and read that book. I really liked her writing style. I thought she created wonderful characters and the storyline was interesting enough that it kept you intrigued throughout the whole book. This story had everything in it, it had laughter, passion, romance, sex, and dramatic suspense. I loved how she balanced everything out. I also liked how she incorporated flashbacks from both Emma and Dylan so we got to see what their childhoods were like. This story was told in Dual POV and I honestly believe that this book couldn’t have been told any other way.
As you know Dylan was introduced in Fearsome ( Book 1 ) and Emma is brought into his life through his brother and the fact that Emma was good friends with Dylan’s friends also. Carson ( Dylan’s Brother ) hires Emma to work at their company because she is trying to start fresh away from her troubled family. I honestly thought that Dylan and Emma were made for each other. They both had some serious life issues going on, but they were exactly what each other needed. They loved each other unconditionally, scars and all. Dylan was such a troubled character….In book 1 we find out that he is bipolar. I thought the author did a wonderful job covering the issues that surround a person with this condition. but she didn’t dwell on it either. That was one of the things I loved about Emma was that she didn’t see Dylan as damaged goods. She loved him for who he was inside, the good and the bad. Now Emma wasn’t without her own baggage. I don’t want to explain that too much because it is a big part of the suspense part of the book and I don’t want to accidentally give something away. I will say that Emma and Dylan’s relationship did kind of progress at a quick speed, but for some reason it totally worked in this story.
I enjoyed each of the side characters in this story. I thought they all played a great part in supporting Dylan and Emma. I wouldn’t mind reading a book about Imogene and Cooper 😉
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a love story between two broken souls, but that will have you laughing, swooning, blushing and smiling, all with the added extra suspense to the story. I have to say I loved the Epilogue….I truly think she ended this story perfectly!!!!