BOOK ONE OF A PLANNED TRILOGY
BOOK TWO, SECRETS AND LIES, IS AVAILABLE NOW!
*Warning* Strong language and sexual situations. Ends in MAJOR cliffhanger. Not for the faint of heart.
Beautiful heiress Dalilah Gallagher, a former child art prodigy, has lost her way. Harsh criticism in her formative years has left her floundering and without the artistic voice that once centered her life. Now, at the age of 20, she has spent the last nine years trying to reclaim what she lost.
Her struggles lead her to the nude-modeling world in New York City, where she hopes she will find her passion for art again. What she finds is surprising: Her artistic voice isn’t gone, merely misplaced.
Luke Roberts has a different problem. Raised by a solid, working-class fisherman in Maine, Luke is a gifted artist struggling to get a foothold in the busy New York City art scene. His gifts attract the attention of a wealthy benefactor, Blake Nottingham, who finds himself fascinated with Dalilah. Nottingham commissions Luke to provide him with a piece of art: A painting of Dalilah.
As the two young artists fall in love, Dalilah finds her artistic voice once more, so she’ll do anything to help Luke find the prominence he deserves. This leads to a dangerous game of deceit that puts Dalilah in Nottingham’s clutches when she tries to manipulate him into helping Luke.
Nottingham isn’t easily manipulated, though, and things go seriously awry for Dalilah. What happens when the manipulated becomes the manipulator?
This is a New Adult Contemporary Romance. Age groups are 18+. It has some sexually explicit scenes.
This is my first time reading a book from this author, and I am glad that I got the opportunity to do so with Fearless. Fearless is a quick read, but it is packed with drama, passion and mind games. This story is written beautifully and flows and blends perfectly. Luke and Delilah are characters that are developed well and as a reader I connected with them and were intrigued with them. The story is told in dual POV’s which I really love because not only do we get to hear from both sides but we also get an understanding of how they both feel.
Dalilah’s character is one that I really enjoyed reading. When she was a young she was an artistic genius but along the way she has lost her voice and inspiration. Now an adult Delilah is now living in New York City without the help of her very well off parents. In order to survive and in the hopes of finding her magic again, Delilah takes on part time nude modeling jobs with the local Universities. She is trying hard to find her way in life, a purpose and loose her fear of her inner critic. She is happy with her life.
Delilah has no problem with men, but when she sees Blake Nottingham, CEO of Nottingham Industries, she immediately notices that he looks cruel and demanding, but that is not enough to keep her away. When they hook up Delilah gets more than she bargained for. Blake is into heave BDSM and their first time was nothing that she experienced in the past. Delilah had planned never to see Blake again, but fate or shall I say Mr. Nottingham had other plans. Blake is obsessed with Delilah, there is no other way to put it. He has been watching her for some time and he has no intention of letting her get away. Blake hires a young up and coming starving artist Luke to do a naked portrait of Delilah for his eyes only.
Luke, you will love him. He sits behind Delilah on the bus and was memorized with her beauty, when he goes home and draws her from memory. There is nothing, sick or pervy about this. It is clean and innocent. He is struggling to make ends meet so when he gets a call for an interview with Nottingham Industries’ he is shocked but also desperate. He gets offered $1000 to draw a portrait of his muse. When Luke and Delilah come face to face there is an attraction and a pull that neither can deny, but since he was hired to do a job he doesn’t want to strain their business relationship. They are similar in so many ways and soon Luke can’t deny that they are soul mates.
Delilah is not a selfish person she sees that Blake can help Luke and open doors for his talent so she decides to see Blake in the hopes of helping his career. She thought the game would be easy, no sex, just dates until Luke’s career kicks off. Her parents and friends warned her that Blake is a dangerous man and to steer clear of him before it’s too late. Just when things with Luke and Delilah are right, Blake learns the truth and now he is the one to play THE GAME. Will Delilah and Luke find their HEA? Will Blake’s obsession with Delilah cost her, her true love Luke? What price will Delilah have to pay Blake for her game? I really liked this story a lot so I went and grabbed the 2nd book since it’s out already. I can’t wait to see where life will take these 3 characters next.
Annie Jocoby is the author of 8 contemporary romance novels and 3 New Adult contemporary romance novels. Her motivation to begin writing these novels is that she was interested in writing about rich men who actually love and respect their women. Her heroes are alpha and damaged, yet also genuinely good guys.
Ryan, Nick, Luke and Asher are all complicated characters who have experienced plenty of darkness, yet always seek the light. They would all go to the ends of the earth to protect the women they love. And they’re all sexy, enigmatic, magnetic and great in bed.
All of Annie’s books have things in common: they all combine a touch of mystery and intrigue with drama, love, and lots of hot sex. Some of the books have action and even some criminal elements in them. Her current book, in fact, is her first book that would be classified as straight romantic suspense, although it also combines definite elements of the thriller genre! If you’re in the market for a book that is fast-paced, where the heroes are beautiful and wealthy, and the heroines are strong, vulnerable and flawed, then try these books out!