Freedom (Fearsome Series, #2)

Freedom (Fearsome Series, #2)

by S. A. Wolfe

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He's a self-reformed playboy who has sworn off women.

His new officemate?

A woman.

An alluring woman.

Having recently completed a stint in a treatment center, Dylan Blackard is back in the small town of Hera, New York, hoping to live a quiet life, simple, like a monk who's daily regimen consists of nothing more than running, working, and sleeping. Abandoning his notorious reputation as the wild guy with a womanizing past, he's on a new path to being the well-behaved man his brother can finally stop worrying about. But this monk-like existence is making Dylan one humorless, cranky hermit. If he thought he could live a chaste life, that becomes incredibly challenging when his boss (the brother who should know better) hires a new employee, Emma Keller, the stunning woman who's going to be sharing an office with Dylan and all of his tightly wound nerves.

Emma is spunky.

Dylan doesn't need spunk. 

She's a no-nonsense Jersey girl who isn't about to feel sorry for Dylan or cut him any slack. And she's a major distraction, turning Dylan's emotional balancing act upside down with her determination to pull him out of his self-imposed isolation. What starts out as a harmless and entertaining tug-of-war could be a slippery slope for Dylan.

Coming from a family with its own tumultuous history, the people and the problems Emma's trying to leave behind have a tight hold on her, and the more Dylan becomes invested in her, the more concerned he becomes about undoing everything he achieved in rehab. This sultry woman, who happens to have an impressive hard right cross, could be the tipping point that unravels the new monk-esque Dylan and encourages past destructive behaviors.

Seriously, Emma is the last thing a monk—or Dylan—needs. 

*This is a stand-alone novel in the FEARSOME series.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152199291
Publisher: S. A. Wolfe
Publication date: 03/30/2014
Series: Fearsome Series , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 709,493
File size: 507 KB

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Freedom 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
TrishAnnH More than 1 year ago
Let me start my review by saying although you do not need to, I highly suggest you read Fearsome first. You will get a better understanding of Hera, the Blackard brothers and Dylan's state of mind throughout the story. You will get a glimpse of what Dylan's life was like before he got his mental illness under control. You will also enjoy Carson and Jess' story because it really was beautifully written. In Freedom Dylan is back from rehab, living life day to day and doing well but there is no "oomph" to his life - no surprises, no excitement, nothing unpredictable. Then along comes Emma and Dylan doesn't know what to do. He is worried that adding the unknown may make his illness change and he doesn't want that to happen. Yet there are no guarantees that by adding Emma into his life anything will change. His internal struggle at this point had me heartbroken. In my mind, he deserved happiness. He deserved somebody to love and somebody to love him. His mental illness does not define him, it is just another aspect that makes him the man he is now. Emma is starting over. Leaving a past that most really know nothing about. Her family connections make this difficult but she deserves happiness too. At first they are like oil and water until they realize that blended they work out better. They need to overcome their past issues to gain their freedom together. There are so many things I want to say but I don't like spoilers. I will say the whole Hera cast shows up in Freedom and Emma brings along a surprise from her past as well. The twists and turns of the book will keep you captivated and you will not be able to put it down. This is definitely a book that is worth the loss of sleep. SA Wolfe has mastered educating us readers on bipolar disorder and it's day to day struggles without us even realizing it and that is what makes this book so special to me. As I said before Dylan's illness is just one aspect of the man he is and what he is, is beautiful - inside and out. We all have something unique about us. Mental illness does not have to define you, it just is your something unique.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dylan's story is amazing!! I loved this as much as Fearsome!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this one as much if not more than the first and I cantnwait to read then next one right now!!!
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snowfireangel More than 1 year ago
I loved the story of Dylan and Emma. And I especially appreciated the open and positive way mental health issues was presented. Really great romance with a bit of danger included.
celesteworld More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars for me!  I enjoyed this story more than Fearsome which was the first book in this series.  Although you don't need to read the first to enjoy this I recommend that you do. I really enjoyed getting to know Dylan.  Bipolar is not something I have dealt with, but I really appreciated the author dealing with this subject.  As I don't want to give spoilers all I will say you defintely will want to read this book.  Especially if you read Fearsome.  ENJOY!
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
Freedom is the second book in the Fearsome series. While I liked Fearsome, I enjoyed Freedom more. I found Ms. Wolfe's writing exhibited growth. Getting to know Dylan better was a joy. And Emma was a wonderful match for him. Freedom can be read as a standalone. However, I think having read Fearsome and having some backstory added to my enjoyment. Dylan Blackard has a mental illness. Following a stint in a mental health facility, the boy who was once known as a party boy and lady-killer has a new regiment. Dylan now works, exercises and steers clear of alcohol and women. He also takes meds and visits is psychiatrist regularly. Things are going so well for this new anti-social Dylan until Emma Keller shows up. Emma Keller is Blackard Designs' new marketing and sales assistant. Emma was raised around dubious people who participated in dubious business practices. She even dated the son of a top man in the 'business'. But she wants to separate herself from that life. So she's come to Hera to start fresh with a new job and a new place. She's not thrilled to find she's attracted to her new office mate, who also happens to be her new boss' brother. She's even less thrilled to find her old life has followed her to Hera. Maybe it's because I already knew Dylan but whatever the reason, I felt that character development was better in Freedom. And I also felt as though Ms. Wolfe did a better job at showing me rather than telling me. Freedom is told in alternating POV - Dylan and Emma - and that added a lot to the character development and the story. I felt as though I knew Dylan and Emma - how their pasts affected them and who they aspired to be in the now. I also enjoyed the action and tension brought with the developments surrounding Emma and her family. Those developments also introduced a few new characters, one of whom, Cooper, I'm hoping to see more of. One thing I missed, having read Fearsome, was the way the town elders, Archie, Eleanor and Lois, were so involved in the lives of the youth. While they made a brief appearance, they weren't as big a presence in Freedom. I liked how Dylan and Emma's love blossomed. It might have been a little fast but as Dylan's doctor told him, "You realize there's no right way of falling in love." And both he and Emma were rather cautious about their relationship. Dylan was especially concerned due to his past. But I liked how things between them developed. Obviously, I liked Freedom. I'm glad I decided to continue in this series. Ms. Wolfe's writing showed growth. I liked that she gave me a better understanding of Dylan's illness, as it plays an integral role in the story. And the excitement added with Emma's baggage, made the story more entertaining. I look forward to more from Ms. Wolfe. **I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daydream-Books More than 1 year ago
Freedom is book two in the Fearsome series and can be read as a standalone although I had already read book one when I picked this one up. For me, I definitely prefer this book to the first. I really struggled with the Fearsome. My review is here. Freedom starts with Emma arriving in a new town trying to escape her past, particularly her criminal father. Dylan is one of the characters we encountered in the first book. He has a womanising past that puts Emma off from getting involved with him to begin with but despite his fragile mentality that is still in recovery he comes across as a genuine and reliable guy she can rely on, something that Emma is not used to. Their burgeoning relationship has to face a lot of drama especially when his secret involving Jessica, his brother’s wife is revealed to Emma. I didn’t quite understand her overreaction to this. I felt the author handled the continuing problems of Dylan’s bipolar sympathetically and the only real criticism I have for the story line is the falling in love pretty fast scenario. I don’t really like instant love in books much but the burning heat between the couple and how that was shown more than made up for this. 4.5 stars. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Laday2727 More than 1 year ago
New.  Favorite. Book. !!!!!!!!!! I love everything about this book: every character, the conflict, the writing, the dialogue, the love scenes, the tension.  The writing is spectacular, both technically and it's just one of those books that I couldn't put down! Each chapter switches points-of-view from Emma to Dylan, and that certainly kept the story refreshing.  Dylan is a total alpha, but not in a dictator-way, as some novels portray the "alpha" persona. He is fiercely devoted, protective, doesn't take any crap from anyone, and yet is almost completely yielding to Emma.  He has an adorable sense of humor, and I can't wait to read about Dylan in the other book in this series! Emma, similarly, is one of my favorite heroines.  She is SO easy to relate to,  and I love her sense of humor!  She is sarcastic, but not in an obnoxious way.   I also loved her back-story, and felt it fit in perfectly with the story line to explain exactly who Emma is.  The love scenes were amazing!  They have just the right amount of steam, and yet some of them leave certain details to the imagination.  I especially liked the one...well...ok, I liked them all!  They not only showed the physical connection between Emma and Dylan, but each one added an emotional aspect to their relationship (even when they didn't have a "relationship" per se). I hope you love Freedom as much as I do!!! ***i received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
sjdavis More than 1 year ago
Loved Dylan in the first book, but fell in love with him in Freedom!  He was made to love Emma. And she was made for him! Will recommend to everyone.
ElieReads More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Dylan Blackard is a character that we meet in Fearsome, he's damaged and wild and all around was a character I wanted to know more about and was excited to get that in Freedom.  He's back from his "little getaway" trying to live with his issues and has placed himself in a pleasure free zone. He's working out like crazy and staying away from anything fun. Then he has Emma Keller walk into his life and doesn't like it one bit because she's waking up pieces of himself he thought he had to keep close off to be able to live day by day. Emma is captured by Dylan's looks but can't understand why he's so cold to her but she's determined to just do great at her new job and her new life away from Jersey.  I really enjoyed the story and the growth that Dylan did in this story. I loved the flashbacks on both Emma & Dylan that helped me understand this two way better.  This story will take you on a rollercoaster of growth, accepts and finding the freedom to love without worry.
kimberdee11 More than 1 year ago
I am a sucker for "broken" characters, mostly the men.... so when I first met Dylan he is in his shrinks office. There I learn how broken he is, and if you are like me and didn't get to read Fearsome you get the back story so you don't feel lost. Then we met Emma, a story heroine who wants to make it on her own and not be another " princess" who lives on her mommy and daddy's dime. The story was fast pace , the romance was fast going and the sex was hot and plenty. Great mystery , and wonderful outcome. Dylan is the alpha male , but little Miss Emma is strong, and outspoken and takes Dylan by surprise when she can. But he is determine to save her even if she doesn't think she needs saving. Overall great book , wonderful characters, and great story. * Confessions of a Booklovinjunkie*
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kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I didn't think it would be possible to adore Dylan more than I did in Fearsome. I was wrong. In Fearsome he was broken and his moods were erratic. He pulled a lot of dickish moves and played a few more games than I found necessary. But despite his problems, I still found him completely charming. There was a time in Fearsome when I would have been happy had he and Jess ended up together, but then as time went on, it became more apparent that she belonged with Carson. But I still wanted Dylan to find a way to heal himself, get a second chance and find his own happy ending. In Freedom, Dylan is well on his way to becoming whole. He's recognized his weaknesses and worked to overcome his past. He's still charming, HOT, hotheaded and protective (and more than a little jealous), but he's more together than he was before his accident.  Sparks fly immediately when he meets his new coworker, Emma. I loved Emma. She was spunky, sassy and didn't need a man to protect her. But there was also something more vulnerable underneath. She has a past that is quite a mystery to both Dylan and the reader for the majority of the book. With each new revelation, I found myself more intrigued by her and more consciously rooting for her and Dylan. Their attraction ignited pretty early on in the book, and when it did... wow. These two were perfect for each other. They had a ton of chemistry and, whether they were fighting or making up, they had more than their share of passion. They challenged each other. There was plenty of drama, but none of it felt unnecessary.  There were some pretty unpredictable twists and turns in Freedom. It definitely kept me on my toes right up until the end. It's a wonderful story about second chances and learning to deal with your past. Both Emma and Dylan have spent a fair amount of their lives dealing with their demons. Together they're strong enough to overcome them and find something real and lasting in the process. I loved being along with them for the ride.  I love Sara's writing style and, while this book can definitely stand on its own, I highly recommend reading Fearsome, if for no other reason than it's a fantastic book. You won't need to know the history between Dylan, Jess and Carson to enjoy this book, but you should still read it because it's oh-so-very good. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great love story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A copy was provided by the author for an honest review. Wow, I don't even know where to start. I love, love, love books where it is ALL about the hero and heroine! Dylan and Emma were together all the time! I think authors a lot of times will try to add junk in the story just to make it more interesting. It was not needed here.  Dylan evolved (realistically IMO) from a charmimg, bipolar mess in Fearsome, to taking control.of his illness and making sure he stayed on track. It was wonderful to be in his head and see the struggles he was facing. Even with all that it was hard not to fall in love with the sexy, scarred man! Emma was strong and confident in herself and open to love, no matter the hardships that may come with it. I felt like I identified with her in a lot of ways. I am sure that this may have seemed like a fast relationship, I mean they moved quickly. In some instances that is warranted. I know personally I have started books and there is absolutely NO chemistry. But Dylan and Emma were just oozing chemistry off the pages! Loved Fearsome and I may have loved Freedom just a tad more! I love male POV's! This is S. A. Wolfe's 2nd boom and I am excited to see what else is coming. Personally hoping for some more Cooper or Sean!
jewels73 More than 1 year ago
Someone want to help me??!!! Where is the first, Fearsome? Don't even see it on here or Goodreads, I purchased this but where the hell is 1??