Monday, April 11, 2016

Fearless by Nicole Edwards Blog Tour

He’s the one who walked away...

Dare Davis, one of the four owners of Pier 70 Marina, has been living the past fifteen years of his life not taking risks. He considers himself fearless because he refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt him. He’s had his heart broken before, he’s not looking for it to happen again.

He’s the one who let love slip through his fingers...

Noah Pearson, thirteen-year veteran of the Austin Fire Department, finds himself being roped into a favor by his mischievous stepsister. When Milly invites him to come along on a cruise to the Caribbean, he finds himself giving in. What he doesn’t know is that Milly’s playing matchmaker. However, Milly’s surprise backfires when Noah finds himself front and center with the man who slipped through his fingers fifteen years ago.

Some people believe in second chances.

Things heat up when the mischievous, fun-loving bad boy comes face to face with this smoking hot firefighter.

Now that Dare and Noah find themselves sharing a room on a week-long cruise, can they find a way to keep the peace and ignore their past? Or – thanks to the decisions they made long ago – will they come full circle, picking right back up where they left off?

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Getting out of that cabin was the only option Dare had. That or he was going to strip Noah naked and ride him until the sun came up. Or vice versa. He didn’t really care which. Okay, yes, he did, but now was not the time for that. He needed to gather his thoughts.

Plus, he needed to return Roan’s key and let him know that he wouldn’t need a place to crash after all.

Then he needed to find food.

God, he was starving. He hadn’t eaten much at the reception because he’d been too nervous. But even if he had, he would still be hungry. That was how he rolled.

By the time they emerged from their cabin, it seemed most of the other cruise-goers had called it a night. The halls were deserted, as was the main deck, where they ended up after making a quick pass through the casino and then deciding against any more gambling for the evening. As it was, the wager between them was steep enough. Dare knew he didn’t have anything else to bet.

So he settled for pizza and soda, which they devoured outside.

For the next hour, they walked around, close but not too close. When he yawned for the third time, Noah suggested they head back, and Dare reluctantly agreed.

He was edgy, he couldn’t deny that. Although they were alone out here—for the most part—being alone in their cabin was decidedly different. No one could happen upon them in there, which meant their clothes could fall off. And then he could… What if he tripped and his dick slipped right into Noah’s mouth? That could be awkward.

Well, the last part wasn’t too bad of an idea, provided it didn’t result in any damage to his dick.

However, that wasn’t going to happen tonight. Not on purpose and not by accident.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

“Looks to me like you mistook his fun-loving side for immaturity.”

I rarely include quotes in my reviews, but this is likely the most insightful comment made in the book and it occurs when Milly and Noah are discussing the Dare of now versus the Dare of fifteen years ago. Based on the prologue, Noah certainly seemed to believe that Dare was too young at nineteen to know what he wanted out of life. But as the story unfolds in Fearless, it becomes clear that Dare’s age had little to do with maturity and even at nineteen, he knew exactly who and what he wanted for his life. And as heartbreaking as it was to read, I could understand why the young Dare made the decision to walk away when the man he loved wasn’t even in the same book with him, much less on the same page.

With the setup in the prologue, it wasn’t hard to figure out who Milly’s stepbrother was. However, it was surprising that she would have two men who’d never met, share a cabin for a week. Yes, Milly’s heart was in the right place because she cares about both men and would love to see her “family” get bigger, but really Milly? Although neither man is happy with the arrangement, they are both adult enough to remember that the cruise is about Cam and Gannon’s wedding, so they agree to a truce. Fortunately for the reader, Edwards presents the story from both Dare and Noah’s points of view and because of this, watching them dance around one another, trying to resist temptation, while wanting to get skin-to-skin with one another, as close as physically possible, made their “dance’ quite amusing. Obviously you can’t put two sexy-as-sin men in a room together, with their kind of history, and not see the sparks fly – and boy did they ever. The chemistry between Dare and Noah is INTENSE and this made for some hot as heck sexy fun times. But fifteen years apart proves that time does not heal all wounds because Dare is no longer interested in settling down or risking his heart again, especially not with the man who’s already broken it once before.

Fearless was an excellent read for me. There was far more emotional angst (the good kind) than I would have expected from Dare, but that merely shows how well Edwards developed his character from the first book. Yes, he’s fun-loving, but he’s not immature and, because of family issues, he likely wasn’t fifteen years earlier, especially when it came to his relationship with Noah. I also enjoyed Noah’s self-reflection and watching him come to terms with where he went wrong the first time around, and having to decide whether or not a future with Dare was worth the fight. I appreciated that the men recognized that once the cruise was over, the bubble would burst – and it did. When real life intrudes, there was no easy solution to their dilemma, they didn’t slide into a relationship automatically or easily. Edwards made them work for it and while that made for some bruised feelings and some heartache, it also made the end that much sweeter. I loved getting Dare’s story and seeing him find his happiness with Noah. And I really, really hope that the occasional turns of focus to Teague and Hudson means their book is next in the Pier 70 series.

Also Available in the Pier 70 Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Reckless Blog Tour.

New York Times bestselling author Nicole Edwards launched her professional writing career in July of 2012. Having been an avid reader all of her life and a huge fan of creative writing, it seemed the likely path for her to take. Since then, she has released fifteen books and has no plans to stop. As her full-time career/hobby, Nicole writes steamy contemporary and erotic romances.

Nicole is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who was born and raised in Texas. Married with three kids and four dogs, she has plenty of interaction to keep her imagination brewing. Her books have been featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After segment as well as Indie Reader’s best seller list. She has forged her way as an independent author.

Although she has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, she prefers to be hiding out in her writing cave, talking to the fictional characters that have built up in her head over the years.

When she isn’t writing or plotting her next book (sometimes translated to “playing on Facebook”), Nicole loves to read and spend time with her family and her dogs.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Fearless (Pier 70 #2) by Nicole Edwards to read and review for this tour.

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