Jun 25, 2014

DeeJay Reviews: Freedom by @sawolfe_ +#GIVEAWAY

by S. A. Wolfe

Publication Date: April 7, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series: Fearsome #2
Format: eBook
Source: Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review

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? (Goodreads)

DeeJay's Rating
Cute, despite the insta-love

I was a little wary of this book simply because it was a contemporary. Not the biggest fan of contemps, but I have been reading some great ones lately. I blew through this one, as intrigued with the characters as I was not so intrigued by the insta-love.

Characters were interesting. I always say the characters are the best part. If they suck, so does the book. Not the case here. I really liked Dylan and was glad to see he was the reformed version of his former self in Fearsome, which I haven't read yet. But I'm definitely intrigued, though also worried his character in that book will ruin the fairy tale for me. Emma was also a good character. Though such a typical woman (overthinking EVERYTHING), she was also a pleasure to read about. She was beautiful and witty and driven in her career. I really liked how they worked together, like literally in the same office. The initial antics between them were fun to read. And sweet, too.

Insta-love...BLECH. They were living together within DAYS. I won't tell you why, but it seemed like such a convenience. Well of course they're going to get it on now! They're not at work, there are no roommates to consider, and honestly, they don't have anyone better to do ;-)

I like 'em broken. The fact that Dylan was suffering from some serious mental issues made for a great plot. I like troubled guys in books as perfection can be boring as shit sometimes. Emma had some serious (and most interesting) problems too, so that just added to the storyline. I rooted for both of them throughout this book and liked seeing how they supported each other through all the mess happening in their lives.

I really liked the ending. Though a bit tidy, I thought everything happened as it should. There's also a little twist that you may or may not see coming.

Do I recommend? Sure! If you want a quick read, with a cute couple and a dramatic plot, then try Freedom!


About S. A. Wolfe
S. A. Wolfe lives with her very loud, opinionated children and husband. She is a voracious reader and passionate about writing, and when those two activities don’t keep her locked away in her room, she loves roaming the streets of New York City. Sometimes she even hikes mountains, but most of the time she finds excellent ways to procrastinate.

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1 comment:

  1. Glad you enjoyed it overall. It sounds like a fun contemp - my favorite genre, too! :)


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