Monday, March 26, 2018

Fearless by Carly Phillips Blog Tour

Fall in love with the Wards…

Mechanic and garage owner, Kane Harmon is used to the wealthy beautiful women visiting his beach town. He doesn't get involved because he knows most females would merely be slumming for the summer.

Except Halley Ward isn't just passing through. She lives a solitary life in a bungalow on the beach. A woman tormented by her past, distant from her wealthy family, different from Kane's usual fare of town girls who know his M.O.- Don't expect more than he's willing to give.

Kane rescues Halley and her broken down car from the side of the road and instantly he's hooked. She says she's not interested in him. He knows she lies. And he makes it his mission to bring her back to life, to return her emotionally to her family. To show her the colors around her were as vibrant as the ones she puts on her canvas.

Until past meets present and threatens all the progress they've made. Then it's Halley's turn to step up and stand up for the relationship and life she's finally coming to believe she deserves.

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Now… what do you say to some Italian ices? Ever been to Hank’s?”

She shook her head. “I’ve passed it but there’s always been a ridiculous crowd of people out front.”

“Well, it’s worth the wait. Feel like going on the way home?”

She nodded. “If you can keep me occupied while we wait, then I don’t mind.”

He laughed. “I think I like that challenge.”

When they arrived at Hank’s, an outdoor ice cream and Italian ices stand, they discovered a short line. Not enough for him to have to entertain her, and before they knew it, they were ordering.

Because they also had ice cream, Halley changed her mind when it came to ordering and asked for vanilla ice cream with hot fudge topping. Kane got a red Italian ice.

They took their desserts and walked over to a short brick wall and hopped up, sitting side by side, legs swinging as they ate.

He finished his first. “Good?” he asked, putting his cup down beside him.

She glanced over, laughing. “Your tongue is red.”

He stuck it out at her and grinned.

“Want some of mine?” She held out the spoon of vanilla and chocolate mixed.

“No, doesn’t exactly mix with my cherry.” He paused, as if thinking of something. “Unless…”

“Hmm?” She raised an eyebrow.

“Unless I’m kissing you.” And before she could react, he leaned over and swept his tongue over her lips and into her mouth, devouring her quickly but thoroughly.

She moaned into him, leaning in close, savoring the warm cherry flavor he brought to her dessert.

Before she was ready, he lifted his head and met her gaze, his eyes dark and hungry. “Now that is how to eat an ice cream.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This book shows us that just because a person's family finds them and gets them out of the foster care system, that not all is well and good.

Not all foster care situations are bad, not all are good either. Kids who grow up under less than ideal circumstances have a hard time adjusting to what others consider normal.

Halley was traumatized and, fortunately for her, wasn't further abused by her foster family. She's spent a lot of time wondering 'What if?' What if her father hadn't died? What if her mother hadn't turned to drugs? What if she and her sisters hadn't been separated? Mostly, she's wondered why she wasn't good enough for her mother to love. She's tended to be a loner because if you don't get close to people, they can never leave you.

Kane knows a bit about that. His mother died when he was 15 and he had to grow up way too fast. His father's gambling problems left him and his sister often wondering if there would be food to eat and a roof over their heads. When he was able, he bought the garage from his father and has built a solid life for himself, even if it’s a bit solitary.

Kane and Halley's life slowly begin to intertwine, with Halley wanting to maintain a superficial relationship. Kane's in it for the long haul, he just needs to convince Halley to take a chance on him and forever.

This is the first in a new series, and does a good job of introducing us to the Ward sisters, Phoebe and Halley today. Some of Halley's past comes to light through the book, but there is clearly more to reveal about Phoebe in the next installment.

Halley has benefitted from being rescued by her rich aunt from a terrible foster family, and now hides herself away with her paints by the sea. She is slow to trust and would rather remain alone than find herself in a crowd. A chance encounter with a sexy mechanic, Kane, reminds her that she is still a woman with needs, and somehow, she lets him persuade her to take a chance.

Kane has not had an easy life either, and is of an age that he knows what he wants and is prepared to put in the effort with Halley. He comes over as a wonderful man, and even Halley cannot fail to be charmed by him. However, her past is a huge weight on her shoulders she seems reluctant to lose. At times, I wanted to remind her of all the good that she was experiencing rather than the sadness of the past but thankfully, Kane really was a man of substance, and came through for her.

There were some important side players in this book, which deserve their story to be told too, so I will be reading on with interest. This is a shortish story which gives a good story, without too much angst, and a satisfying ending – with clearly more to be revealed as the next story is published.

I enjoyed this read – it’s not your typical Carly Phillips book but I like that she doesn’t disappoint when writing outside her “norm.” I’m giving this 3.5 stars – I found that though there were a few parts that were slow, for the most part this was a fast-paced read that had its humorous moments balanced well with its steamy/romantic moments, making it a good read.

Kane is a mechanic who, due to his father’s gambling problem, now owns their family garage. In the past, Kane has been into the typical “rich tourist” type women who are always coming to their small seaside town, but recently he’s been burned and refuses to have anything to do with that kind of woman. Halley is new to town and has had a rough past, she was in foster care most of her life until finally being taken in by her rich aunt. Halley and Kane’s relationship is slowly developed throughout this book – almost too slowly and the main reason I gave 3.5 stars instead of four. Halley repeatedly tells Kane she doesn’t want a relationship, but Kane is persistent.

There is a lot of yanking back and forth with this book – by that I mean there were several instances where I thought this is it, they’re going to get together, and then they didn’t… it was frustrating a few times. Them actually getting together though, made it worth it. I love Kane’s character – he’s so sweet and so very persistent when it comes to gaining Halley’s trust. I’m interested to see whose story we’re going to get in book two.

Carly Phillips is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels, including the Indie published, Dare to Love Series. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Fearless (Rosewood Bay #1) by Carly Phillips to read and review for this tour.

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