Fearless by Tawny Weber

Fearless by Tawny Weber
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (99 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

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 stay in Vegas…

This story explores the sexy and hot dilemma of what happens when what you do in Vegas does not stay in Vegas. It causes complications and Ms. Weber gives readers a lively tale of cat and mouse.

This novella is a short treat. It’s a quick read because it flows so well, the pace is brisk and the plot is simply fun because its pages are rife with entertainment. The dialogue between characters was chatty, comical, and insightful or it just moved the plot along where it needed to be.

Everyone has a fantasy but not many have the courage, liquid or otherwise, to take the steps to make it come true. It’s also accurate that living a fantasy can have ramifications in the real world once the fantasy is over that may shock the socks one or both of the participants.

The author knows how to write some seriously hot sexcapades. There is no doubt in my mind that after the fantasy was over, both Luke and Gia should have had a hard time walking after the fact. I’m wishing that the number of ‘finish lines’ that Gia reached are possible because that is one amazing imagination if not. The things the heroine does to the hero are fascinating. As this book is a tale of fiction, I guess it’s to be expected that Gia is so responsive and unconventional. It sure made the hero happy.

The book starts off with sex – talking about it, thinking about it, planning and eventually having it. What makes this book a winner to read is the emotional fall out later on and the extreme steps Gia takes to try to sweep it under the rug. She didn’t count on getting her heart involved. What a mess. The author wrote some effective scenes that leave a reader in no doubt that Gia is in over her head. Yet, she’s a strong gal as a reader will come to know when she’s handpicked to be on a team project. It was a wonderful conflict.

Luke is perfect and initially, boring. That’s the point. When I first read about him, it’s surface only. As Gia gets to know him, when the author lets me into his head, is when the real Luke shines through. He’s a very naughty guy, full of confidence and yet showed himself to be willing to listen, to take chances and to admit when someone is right. Even when he didn’t know who she was at the time.

When the mystery is solved, in a most unexpected manner, I was thrilled. It was very Cinderella-like but Luke is not a lame, one dimensional prince. The story ends more like a happy for now but there’s a very strong tell that it will eventually become a full HEA. Only Gia and Luke know for sure. The only thing I am sure about is that they have fallen in love. Ms. Weber made it very clear because some scenes have them sounding like mooning puppies. I giggled at all the clever ways Gia fought it and cheered when Luke convinced her that what they found in Vegas wasn’t fantasy but wonderfully, beautifully, real.

Fearless is the perfect title for a story about busting out of your comfort zone and finding out the world offers more than you ever dreamed. It’s a book that has all the elements of romance and sizzling heat to make it fun. This is escapism at its most delightful. Try it and see.

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