Yeah, I’ll take one doctor with a side of dominant to go please!
Book synopsis: Fiercely independent and newly single mom Emmaline Hart has spent the last thirteen years putting everyone’s needs before her own. Secretly afraid that her ex-husband’s assertions that she’s too uptight are right, Emma nonetheless keeps her life, and her emotions, firmly under control, fearful of getting hurt again. However, when she meets the dangerously attractive Beckett Black on a job assignment, the way his casual touch sends her pulse racing forces her to acknowledge her growing need to move beyond her fear. When Beckett offers her a job writing the memoir of his father, a renowned cancer researcher, Emma jumps at the career opportunity and the chance to get to know Beckett better. Emma spends her days with the renowned doctor, who has spent his career studying a plant in the Amazon that has the potential to cure cancer, and her nights with Beckett, who slowly pushes past her fears and breaks down her barriers, introducing her to a passionate and forbidden love that surpasses her wildest fantasies. As the doctor’s story of secrets and cover-ups unravels, so does Emmaline’s view on everything she thought she knew about herself and the power of surrender.
My review: I initially considered other peoples reviews when I purchased this book – it had garnered a variety of different opinions and that’s a book that I could read. The only thing that put me off a little bit was “not another 50 Shades of Grey knock off.” My opinion on 50 Shades of Grey is not a nice one and I feel that if there is a book you shouldn’t compare any other to its 50 Shades of Grey, 50 Shades gives people the entirely wrong idea about the culture and when you consider that it was a Twilight fanfic beforehand well, you catch my drift.
However, Fearless was pretty balanced for a something people compared to Fifty Shades of Grey. Fearless had the right type of Alpha male – cultured, dominant, swiftly domineering in some aspects, the mind of a genius, a body built for sin and the mouth of a sailor (bless you Brynley Bush, love me a dirty mouth on a male) and also the right type of female that matched with the personality. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve read a BDSM-esque novel where the man is so overly dominant that the woman is fully submersed beneath his demands.
Emmaline, in contrast, was a balanced mix of both submissive and dominant in her own right. She challenged Beckett probably more often than he was used to from anyone and that gave the sense of balance in their relationship – such as it was (another where it’s mostly sex and not a whole lot of emotion from Beckett at least).
The overall plot line is far from basic and has everything you’d hope for in a good romance novel – intrigue, romance, jealously, hatred, the odd evil person, a potential groundbreaking new cure for cancer and of course sex and lots of it. The emotional relationship between Emmaline and Beckett though is quite stunted at first and he appears to only want her for her body and not a whole lot else but then all of a sudden that changes after Emmaline gives herself to him in a night of BDSM fuelled fantasies.
There are non-disclosure agreements/confidentiality agreements galore in this book and uh oh that gets broken. The aftermath of the non-disclosure/confidentiality being broken has got to be my favourite bit in the whole book. After freaking out a little bit about wearing a collar for full submission, Beckett ‘hates’ her afterwards for the damage breaking the agreement has caused and will continue to cause, Emmaline enlists another character to help her win back Beckett.
She puts on a collar for him and proves that she loves him no matter what has happened; she goes to Beckett’s ‘club’ where she proceeds to get very publicly spanked and humiliated as punishment. It was the best bit! Beckett was such an arsehole but I loved his character more than ever at that point. Actions speak louder than words and in this instance the actions screamed love even though the words yelled hate.
Overall, Fearless was very well written and was a pleasure to read, a little bit confusing at times with some of the subject matter but brilliant none-the-less. I haven’t yet purchased the other two instalments but they’re on the list!
Series: Black Brothers Trilogy
The Verdict: 4 stars
For: Lovers of alpha men, dirty talkers, doctors and independent women who need to be shown a good time.
Publication details: November 4th, 2014
Format: Kindle, 246 pages