Dylan Blackard is back in town and certain everyone knows his secrets.
Putting away his notorious reputation as the wild guy with a womanizing past, he’s now on a new path, wanting to be the good guy his brother can stop worrying over. As long as he gives up his old vices–including women–he can keep himself on the straight and narrow and finally live up to everyone’s expectations.
However, obsessing about his lack of self-control is making Dylan one humorless, cranky hermit. That all changes, though, when his brother hires a new employee, the stunning Emma Keller, who will be sharing an office with him and all of his tightly wound nerves.
Emma, a spunky young woman from New Jersey, isn’t about to feel sorry for Dylan and his situation. She is beyond distracting to him, and that is enough to turn his emotional balancing act upside down. Not only is she intelligent, and a smart aleck, she’s also very determined to pull the sexy Dylan Blackard out of his self-imposed isolation.
From the moment he meets her, he feels alive again, but Emma doesn’t come as a gift with a pretty bow; she comes with major baggage–a family embedded in its own tumultuous history.
Will Emma be the tipping point that causes Dylan to regress into his past destructive behaviors…or will he actually pursue her for keeps?
Review: I have to start off by telling you that this is the second part of a series. While this book can be read as a stand along, you really should read the first book first for two reasons…
1. Fearsom (book 1) is AMAZING! Seriously, you will completely wish that Carson was your boyfriend.
2. There are a lot of small details from book 1 that make their way into this book. If you already know the back story, it makes so much more sense.
Ok – with that out of the way….
Freedom is the story of Dylan. Months after treatment for his mental illness, we see what Dylan has been doing with himself. Instead of the fun loving man we’ve gotten to know, we see that he has become a bit more serious. Used to being the life of the party, he has been staying far away from any social interactions. Working out and running has become an obsession and a way for him to feel normal. And it seemed to be doing the trick. Until Emma comes along.
Emma is a mob daughter. Seriously. And she marries into another mob family. After deciding that this isn’t the life she wants, she gets a job at Blackard Designs and is ready to move on into a normal future. Or as normal as it can be when you are attracted to your office partner who wants nothing to do with you. Or when your Ex is a little stalkerish and won’t let you go.
What I really love about these two characters is that they aren’t perfect. In fact, they really are far from it. I felt a real connection with Dylan right away because we both suffer from depression. It was easy for me to understand his reactions.
Also – Dylan is hot. Like, smoking. I have a thing for alpha males and he is one, even if it is a little atypical. And the romance between Dylan and Emma……sexy. Oh. So. Sexy.
If you haven’t written S.A. Wolfe yet, I would highly recommend anything by her. She is a terrific writer. I can’t wait for her next book!