Fearless (The Story of Samantha Smith #1)

Fearless (The Story of Samantha Smith #1)

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by Devon Hartford
     
 

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FEARLESS is the first in a series of full length novels.

At the age of sixteen, Samantha Smith’s innocence was shattered in the blink of an eye. She kept the pain to herself for three years, burying her terrible secret beneath black clothes and black makeup, afraid to tell anyone. The price for her silence was the loss of her happiness and all of her friends.

Overview

FEARLESS is the first in a series of full length novels.

At the age of sixteen, Samantha Smith’s innocence was shattered in the blink of an eye. She kept the pain to herself for three years, burying her terrible secret beneath black clothes and black makeup, afraid to tell anyone. The price for her silence was the loss of her happiness and all of her friends.

After moving from stuffy Washington D.C. to laid back San Diego, where Samantha is now a freshman at San Diego University, she is determined to find new friends and reclaim her optimistic spirit. Having thrown away her goth exterior, she hopes that her new sunny look will heal her wounds.

Dreaming of adventure, she wishes to escape the humdrum middle-class existence that has repressed her fiery nature for as long as she can remember. But her parents are pressuring her to major in Accounting because it’s the safe thing to do. Samantha secretly considers ditching the business major to study Art, a choice that would horrify her parents if they ever found out.

When Samantha crosses paths with a troubled, handsome, tattoo-clad bad boy, her life spins into overdrive, and Samantha finds herself with more adventure than she ever dreamed possible.

CONTENT WARNING: Due to sexual situations and strong language, this novel may not be appropriate for readers under 18.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148622383
Publisher:
Devon Hartford
Publication date:
07/30/2013
Series:
The Story of Samantha Smith , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
123,939
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

A lot of people ask me, "Why is a guy writing romance novels for women?" The answer is simple. Everyone falls in love. Even Men. Imagine that. ;-)

Of course, I'm half-joking, but also half-serious. Most men behave as if they have no emotions and certainly never--GASP!--talk about them. Men control their emotions. No man is a man if he lets his emotions get the best of him, right? Men conquer their emotions. Hardly.

Emotions are as much a part of a man's human experience as they are a woman's. I'm sure the specifics are as different as individual people can be. But if a man wants to have a complete experience as a human being, he must embrace his emotional nature and learn to understand it. What better way to explore emotions than to focus on stories centering around emotional experiences? Including the most intense emotional experience of all, love?

Having read a slew of New Adult romances in the past year, I noticed again and again that these novels dealt with the repressed pain of emotional scars and how love can help heal our wounds. Everyone has emotional scars. Women and men. Everyone hopes to heal, and a loving relationship can be a conduit for both partners to heal together.

My own stories feature characters who are on a quest to heal their pain. I believe this is a universal desire. It's my hope that readers of my stories may heal in some small way or gain some perspective regarding their own emotional wounds.

--Devon

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Fearless (The Story of Samantha Smith #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sam is so childish, whiny, and annoying! Not the kind of lead character im interestef in reading about. Terrible story immature and very middle schoolish
lissasue25 More than 1 year ago
Samantha Smith moves across the US to attend college and reinvent herself. On her first day of college, her path crosses that of Adonis Manos. He is the model for her Life Drawing class. Her Art Professor insists that she shows promise regardless that her major is Accounting. He sets her up with a Mentor - Christos Adonis Mantos. They try to fight their attraction for each other, but they both break through the walls and share things about themselves that no one else knows. But Samantha is still hiding secrets. Will Christos still want her when he finds out the truth? I'm not even sure where to start with Fearless. To say that I was impressed with Devon Hartford's writing would be an understatement. I have never read a Romance Novel written by a man and at first I thought it was odd that I was even reading it. But once I starting reading it, I didn't want to stop. There was so much in the novel that I felt like my senses were on overload. The vulnerability that he presented both Christos and Samantha with was shocking. Honestly, I can't believe that I have to wait until October to find out what happens next. But, you can bet that I will definitely be waiting.
Rosemary_Montgomery More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.   The story was great, as were the characters, especially Christos - he is creative and intelligent, charming and caring, and as if that isn't enough, he is also very, very sexy.  Another two really interesting characters are Romeo and Kamiko.  The two of them made a good book even better with their banter and their awesome friendship, I loved them both. And then there is Samantha ............ this girl had me grinding my teeth many times.  I could not for the life of me understand what Christos saw in her.  She was jealous and possessive when she had no right to be, she was also incredibly insecure and had no self esteem.  She pouted, she sulked. So, what did Christos see in her?  I have no idea.  The further I read the more I understood some of her issues - she had a traumatic two years behind her, a seemingly loveless home-life and her extreme loneliness could have had this effect on her - I am not sure though, as I have never been able to understand women like this. I think this was the only gripe I had with the book - I would like to have seen what Christos sees in her - not the insecure and pouting Sam I saw.  I hope that Reckless - book 2 in the series, will give more insight into who Samantha is, and I am looking forward to meeting the real Sam. Would I recommend this book?  Most definitely, it is a very good read and I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was a good idea, but I could not get over how immature Sam was. Christos wasn't much better at times, but I really wanted to throat punch Sam at one point. Giant cliffhanger at the end so maybe I'll read the second one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sam is whiny and childish. Christos is unbelievably fake. The story could have been really good but the characters sucked.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing story. I absolutely loved it...love Sam and Christos. The author is amazingly talented and I have yet to read a book of his I haven't loved!!!! MUST READ!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He's wishy washy, she needs to get some (any!) confidence and the story line is implausible. Did not finish. Will not be reading this author again.
CraigLewis More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about this book. I had to read it. I was very surprised at the depth of the female character. The empathy he has for his characters is so unique; not many men can pull that off. It starts off with Samantha moving to San Diego for college. She meets Christo when he comes to her aid and later finds him in her nude model class. I would have loved to be a fly on that wall. The book was written in a youthful and hip style that would be appealing for more savvy readers but I don’t think I would class this as Young Adult. There is a lot of Adult situations and it can get very steamy and hot. What I took away from the book was that some times you have to let go and trust again. Trying to let a new person into an already battered psyche is very difficult but worth trying when you find the special someone. Fans of H.T. Night will love this series. Fearless was a very surprising book and I would be very keen to read more in the series. I think Devon Hartford has a very prolific career ahead of him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series!!!!! All the books are out so you don't have to wait for the whole story and they are full length books!!! I laught so hard...the story is really worth your time to read.....it's nit the same ol story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, started a little slow, but I was quickly sucked in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not sure about this book or the others in the series but WOW...I love Devon Hartford's work! I loved everyone of the characters in this series and I cannot wait to hear more from them. This series kept me interested throughout the entire series which sometimes is very hard for me. I love Christos and Samantha and their story! LOVE IT!!!!! This is definitely a must read along with the others in the series! Go get them!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW!! I hate to admit this, but I tend to buy books by the cover. When I bought this book I was not expecting to read what I read! This is an awesome book and I completely fell in love with Sam and Christos! The supporting cast was excellent as well. I am glad that I found this book when all 3 books where out! I would not have liked waiting to read the 2nd and 3rd books. I can't wait for more to come!!!
booknooknuts More than 1 year ago
This is a first read for me by this Author. When I heard there was a male romance author I just had to take  a look. And wow was I surprised.  In this story we have Samantha Smith who has transplanted from Washington DC over to sunny  San Diego  California to college. She is taking Accounting classes at the urging of her parents. She decides however to  take a Life Art Class as one of her alternative classes.  On her way to school one more she is stuck in traffic and some rude fat guy gets out and comes up to her window cursing and carrying on. Out of no where comes  this Sexy , blue eyed , tattooed , motor cycle riding man. What a dream. He stands up for her and punches the  fat guy out.  They talk very little but all her senses flair to life.  It’s at school and in the Life Art class she runs into the sexy stranger again as he is the class model in the nude by the way. Samantha is carrying a lot of baggage about something in her past. As she learns more about the mystery guy who she finds out is named Christos Adonis Manos and he is an artist who comes  from a line of huge artists. They get to know each other and things finally start to happen between them. Samantha realizes Christos has some baggage also.  We also have Samantha’s new friends and new best friend who help keep the story flowing and wow the laughs. I found myself laughing out loud quite a few  times while reading.  Can the 2 of them work together and help each other through their scarred pasts? Will they both finally give in and take that plunge by giving themselves to each other? Well I am not going to giveaway the entire book so go grab your copy and get started !!  This book is very well written in my own honest opinion.  The story line flows very nicely its not trashy in any way. The romance is very steamy and slow to grow but when it does WOW HOT !!!  Yes this book is apart of a series and yes to find out more of the story you will need to grab the next book. \ That’s how Series work !!! 
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Was hoping for more romantic interaction between the characters, as well as how the book started with Christian being alpha male, womanizer then outta nowhere do a 180 & compltley devote himself to sam was odd...very rushed ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved the book
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OMG!!!! What a wonderful surprise!!! I had no idea about this book or this author and now I'm hooked! It's so easy to be skeptical; specially when covers look like this, but take chance and go on this ride, you will not regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like romance books its a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, loved this book. The story line was so awesome. The way that Devon describes the characters in this story is so real it's like they're people I know. Christos sounds so freakin HOT I would love to run into him sometime. I would have to say Sam is one lucky lady. Though I did think she was very childish at times. Now for her friends. I loved Romeo & Kimiko & Madison so much at times I wss laughing so hard I couldn't see. I almost peed my pants laughing because I didn't want to quit reading to go to the bathroom Lol. They were such grrat friends. I would love to have them ss friends. I know I would always be laughing or smiling. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I look forward to reading more from Devon in the future. And can I just say the cover of this book is so OH MY FREAKIN WOW HOT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I can honestly say that the cover is what caught my attention. And I'm glad it did. I loved this story. The characters are well developed &extremely likable. The sequel is just as good. Impatiently waiting for the third installment!
TheBookBar More than 1 year ago
This and more reviews at The Book Bar.co Rating: Top Shelf from Guest Bartender, Hayley I am doing a review on this series of books by Devon Hartford, as this is a bad boy/tattoo'd hunk/motorbike hero,  that everyone would love to know personally.  When I first started reading these books, I was taken in by how much the main character, Adonis (Christos), appealed to me.  He's the bad boy you love, with the tattoos and his attitude.  He is every girl's "heart-throb".  As the story deepens, Adonis shows a deeper side with his heart of gold that cares deeply.  However, you believe he's the ultimate bad boy. “I’ve never given my heart to anyone, agápi mou. You are my first. And you will be my last. You are my forever.” Reckless. Hartford, Devon The main female character is Samantha Smith.  She runs along the lines of the normal girl, like you and me, who fantasizes about the bad boy but doesn't think she measures up.  Or won't even stand a chance with Adonis. I absolutely love Romeo, the eccentric character who is comfortable being gay and making it known around the university, he is a friend you would love to have around, just to make you laugh. The story is so well written, you actually feel every emotion of all the characters, playing out in the storyline.  I have actually screamed at this book one minute, then been in fits of laughter the next. "spoiler alert" Adonis is keeping Sam safe from harm by placing himself in court through an act he did to protect Sam in book 1. The storyline is so deep and Book 2, Reckless, ends as a cliff hanger.   I cant wait until Book 3, Painless, is released, to see what the future holds for them as the perfect couple. This series runs along side of some of the greatest like S.C. Stephens and K. Bromberg. If I had to mix drinks to this series they would be along the lines of sex on the beach,mature whiskeys and maybe lemon drop shots. Fearless: My drink of choice for this would be a sex on the beach cocktail. Reckless: The drink of choice in this one is whiskey.