Book Review: Freedom (Fearsome #2) by S.A. Wolfe

*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?
Release Date: March 30, 2014
Age Group: New Adult
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli
I enjoyed Fearsome and was looking forward the continuation of the Blackard brothers' stories.  I was especially excited about Dylan's story.  Fearsome features Jessica and her love triangle with the Blackard brothers: Carson and Dylan.  Fearsome ends with Dylan going to a mental health facility for treatment of his bipolar disorder.  So, I was anxious to see how Dylan was doing when I started Freedom.

My complaint about Fearsome was that Jessica took too long to make her decision about who she wanted to be with, and that the bedroom scenes were more adult than new adult in nature.  I really liked the main characters better in this story: Dylan was likably flawed, and Emma was spunky and had a great no-nonsense personality.

I liked Emma right from the start---and I already knew I liked Dylan---so I started Freedom knowing that it was going to be a great read.  I enjoyed Wolfe's characterization, story line, and chemistry between Emma and Dylan.  I liked the way Wolfe handled Dylan's bipolar disorder: her description of his mental anguish was pragmatic and, at times, heartbreaking, and his journey to a balanced life was honest and realistic.

I enjoyed Freedom, but again, felt that the emphasis on the bedroom scenes was a little too much for my taste.  It was still a really fun, good read, and I'm happy I read it.  I'd recommend this series (I love that the books are stand-alones!) to fans of romance novels.


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