I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fearless (Entangled Embrace) by Shae Ross
Series: Pretty Smart Girls,
Published by Entangled: Embrace on August 18th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Dating & Sex
Source: Entangled Publishing
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...
Every fighter has a weakness...
Devi Dalton won't let anyone hold her back. With the help of her friends, she's taken control of her future and traded her messed-up family life for a new job in Manhattan. Her only obstacle? Ben Winslow, the sexy friend she's desperately trying to resist. If she's going to succeed, she can't afford to be distracted, no matter how hot the chemistry burns between them.
Cage fighter Ben spent six months trying to convince Devi to take a chance on a relationship. Now that they've reunited in New York, he's not letting her push him away again. They're more than friends-always have been-and he'll do whatever it takes to prove it to her. First, he has a few demons of his own to slay...one of which could ruin his chances with her for forever.
But every fighter has a weakness. Ben's is Devi. And this time, she'll need more than just her favorite "Fearless Red" lipstick to protect her heart if she lets him in...
Fearless is the second book in Shae Ross’ Pretty Smart Girls series. This novel picks up six months after the first novel ends. Ben and Devi are still flirting heavily with each other, and in the six months since Ben’s team won the entrepreneurial competition Ben has been trying to move their relationship from “just friends” to something more. Devi has her own reasons why she doesn’t want to move forward with Ben, but once they both find themselves living in New York it’s hard to say no. Unfortunately, Ben has a big secret that threatens to ruin his chances with Devi forever.
I hadn’t read the first book in this series when I picked up Fearless, but that didn’t matter. Ross does wonderfully at writing the backstory of these two characters that the reader won’t feel like they’ve walked into the middle of a story in progress. The characters are all really enjoyable. Even the ones that act as foils for the Ben and Devi. I also really enjoyed the fact that they were all from Michigan, and loved the shoutouts to favorite local haunts. As a Michiganian, and U of M grad, my favorite part was the competitive spirit between Devi’s Spartans and Ben’s Wolverines. Fearless was full of fun inside jokes like that, and they really gave me a few chuckles. Especially since the problems Ben and Devi deal with are of a serious nature.
Another aspect of the story I really enjoyed is how events took a different turn than I expected. This made the story unpredictable, which I appreciate when I read a contemporary romance, or New Adult novel. While many of their problems are standard fare in the romance genre, the characters dealt with them differently. Lastly, I also appreciated how these two had a relationship built on friendship instead of lust. I think this made their relationship seem more adult then one would expect from recent college grads.
Do I Recommend?
Ross does a wonderful job explaining past events, so you don’t have to read the books in order unless you want to. I actually enjoyed Fearless so much, that I think I will go ahead and read the first book anyway. The sex scenes in the book are nice, but not overly graphic, so I didn’t include a warning in that regard. The only negative about this book, is that Ben is described as a cage fighter, yet doesn’t get in the ring all that much. Overall, I think this was a really good read, and highly enjoyed it.