FEARLESS by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted: March 22, 2014 by BA Dillon in BOYS are just BETTER in BOOKS (Romance and Indie Authors)



This book not only stole my heart, but mended it as well. Wes Michels is one of my favorite new characters this year, and the incredible love story told in Ruin is one of my favorite reads. Fearless, a short novella, is the continuation of Wes and Kiersten’s beautiful story. In this installment, the reader is given a look at how their romance progresses. Please note that this story should be read after Toxic. Fearless takes the reader into the future, after Wes has graduated and been drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. Reminded that life can change in the blink of an eye, Wes decides he cannot wait to make Kiersten his wife, and delivers the most romantic proposal I’ve ever read! With the help of their friends, he has planned a surprise wedding and honeymoon. What I love most about the Ruin Series are the diary entries at the beginning of each chapter. The message contained within these entries is so raw and emotional, I found myself re-reading them several times. Fearless is dialogue driven and is strongly supported by the entire cast from both Ruin and Toxic. We get to see Gabe and Saylor, as well as the beginning of Lisa’s story. The third installment in the Ruin series, Shame, will finally give the background needed to understand Lisa.  I felt slightly disappointed by the wedding ceremony itself, and believe the location was more than a little weird. Additionally, Kiersten’s dialogue was decidedly short, and full of too many blubbering tears. These two are such a dynamic couple, I wanted them to have a beautiful, romantic, small ceremony in the company of their friends and family. I felt the location took something away from that. The arrival at the wedding night hotel was also a bit strange. I’m not sure the blindfold was completely necessary. I believe Kiersten’s meltdown in the hotel was necessary, and the dialogue that followed would have felt more realistic and emotional if she could look into her husband’s eyes. Despite the few issues I have with the entire wedding scene, the opening diary entries more than make up for any problems with the plot. Thanks Rachel for another beautiful Wes and Kiersten story!

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