Monday, September 28, 2015

Review: Fearless by Annie Jacoby

Book: Fearless (Fearless #1)
By: Annie Jaocby
Published: July 15, 2014
Published by: Self Published
*this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review by the author*

My Thoughts: Fearless was an interesting story about a woman who just wants to feel again, and the man who helps her.

The Story: We follow Dalilah Gallagher, a former child art prodigy who was put down by an art critic and who now desperately wants to find her place and purpose, and find a way to see the passion in the world again. Struggling to find her muse again, or even to feel something, she spends her days modeling for other art students, and her nights trolling the bars and engaging in various acts with the strangers she meets. Soon, she runs into Blake Nottingham, a rich man who is obsessed with her, and who commissions a broke, but talented artist, Luke Roberts, to paint a nude painting of Dalilah. Blake wants Dalilah, but he's into some dangerous things. Things that Dalilah knows would ruin her forever. Dalilah is quickly intrigued by Luke, and wishes she can do something to help the artist succeed. She later realizes that only Blake can help Luke, and she will do anything to help Luke reach his dreams, even if that means getting involved with Blake. What she doesn't know is that Blake may have motivations of his own, and she must decide if she can deal with them.

The Characters: I wasn't really a fan of our MC Dalilah. I understood her issues and motivations, and was very near to liking her, but then she would make quick decisions without thinking them through, and she began to make me think she wasn't even a person worth caring about. She seemed spoiled and stubborn and generally seemed as if she didn't care about herself, so I didn't want to care about her either. I was intrigued by our love interest Luke, but I never felt I got to know him enough to be sure. Blake was the only character I was sure I liked, probably because he was meant to be so unlikable, and devious, and I knew what to expect from him. He was a perv, and a stalker, and a devious, dangerous man, and he had secrets that scared even me. I kind of loved it.

The Verdict: I give this story 3.5 stars. It was quite interesting, and I enjoyed seeing the cliffhanger. That being said, I couldn't really connect to the MC, and that made it difficult for me to connect with the story. Beyond that, it took too long in my opinion for me to reach the climax of the story, and once that happened, the story was over and I was left with said cliffhanger. Finally, bits of the story were pretty predictable, which made me unsurprised at the end. Still it was a great start to the series and something that definitely taught me a lesson. I would recommend this to those who would like a nice love story with a proportionate dose of sex and a danger hanging over everyone's heads.


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