I’ve got to say I’ve really been enjoying the Cosmo Red-Hot Reads imprint from Harlequin. The stories it has brought to us have been steamy, sexy and a truckload of fun to read. Fearless, one of the September offerings, is a quick, hot read in which you quickly learn Vegas may not be the secret-keeper you’d like it to be.
What is Fearless about?
Promising career: check
Amazing apartment: check
The best of friends: check
Sex life: MIA
There’s just one thing missing from Gia Renyard’s life: sexual adventure. And the one man she’d like to have it with is her hot co-worker, Luke Monroe. If only company rules didn’t prohibit her from asking him out. So Gia comes up with a plan: make herself over into a fantasy seductress, follow Luke to a convention in Sin City, and have her way with him for one erotic weekend. The man will never even know who did him.
Everything is going according to plan—until Gia discovers that Luke is perfect for her outside the bedroom too. And suddenly she’s no longer content to let what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…
So, here’s what I thought of Fearless!
I’ve read quite a few books of late where the preconceived notions of one or both characters about the other being changed has been the main thrust of the story. What I think was really good about Fearless is that not only does Gia realise there is more to Luke than just the hot guy exterior, but Luke also helps Gia recognise that she too is a strong, sexy woman without needing to resort to gimmicks or disguises.
Gia and Luke make for a very enjoyable pairing. In spite of the stretching of the truth that initially brought them together, they not only appear to have some pretty hot and sexy moments – they also begin to develop a closeness outside of the intimate setting of the bedroom. As anyone will tell you, it sure does help if you actually like the person you’re having sexy times with. Their romance and chemistry felt entirely believable and real.
The friendship Gia shares with her group of girls was something I really enjoyed. They were as you would want, supportive and right behind Gia and her choices. I would definitely be interested in reading more about them – if Ms Weber decides to write more in the Girlz Guide series.
Fearless could have easily translated into a full-length category romance, however as a novella length book, it felt as if you didn’t miss out on character or plot development.
Compared to some of the other Red-Hot Reads I’ve cast my eye over since their arrival, Fearless is probably not the most full-on book when it comes to the sexytimes, however it is still pretty damn hot.
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 15 September 2013
Note: I was provided with an advance reader copy by Cosmo Red Hot Reads, an imprint of Harlequin, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.