Monday, April 11, 2016

Review & Excerpt: FEARLESS by Nicole Edwards (Pier 70 #2)

Title: Fearless

Series: Pier 70 #2

Author: Nicole Edwards

Genre: Adult, M/M Romance

Published: April 11, 2016

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 fire fighter.

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?

There's a reason why I keep coming back for more when there's a new Nicole Edwards M/M's because I know I'm going to get a fantastic story with complex characters that will keep me fully engrossed from page one until I read "The End".  Here in Fearless, Edwards gives me exactly that, and does it while using one of my favorite tropes--the second chance romance.

I really, really love Dare's character.  You can tell from the way he speaks about serious matters-no matter what age he is-that even though he's a prankster and likes to have a lot of fun, he still has a maturity that surpasses his years and knows exactly what he wants.  Unfortunately for him, the first time around Noah is the one who doesn't seem to know what he wants even if he is the older one.  Thankfully for both them and us as readers, fate brings them together again for that second chance.

Just like their first time around, when they meet again their chemistry is still sizzling...but until they can resolve the issues between them, there's still a lot of tension-both sexual and otherwise.  That kept me totally immersed in the story as the two of them fought the pull between them even as they teased and taunted each other.

I loved getting more of the supporting characters-seeing Gannon and Cam again (which made me want to go back and re-read Reckless for the umpteenth time), getting more teasers for Hudson and Teague, and of course Milly's always fun and spunky attitude.  All of these characters work wonderfully as a group, and I'm really looking forward to more stories in this series so I can find out how they all turn out.

Fearless pulls out all the emotional stops, making you feel for what both Dare and Noah went through in the past and what they are going through now.  It also gives us some super hot and steamy scenes between the two of them that will have you reaching for the ice cubes to cool yourself off.

I loved the book, I'm loving the series, and I really can't wait for more.  5 stars for Fearless, recommended for M/M romance fans 18+ only due to adult language and explicit M/M sexual content.  Now someone help keep me distracted while I impatiently wait for Hudson and Teague's story!

Fearless Excerpt © Nicole Edwards 2016

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 d*ck 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 d*ck.

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

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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