Book 1, Rosewood Bay Series
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Fall in love with the Wards…
Mechanic and garage owner, Kane Harmon is used to the wealthy beautiful women visiting his beach town. He doesn't get involved because he knows most females would merely be slumming for the summer.
Except Halley Ward isn't just passing through. She lives a solitary life in a bungalow on the beach. A woman tormented by her past, distant from her wealthy family, different from Kane's usual fare of town girls who know his M.O.- Don't expect more than he's willing to give.
Kane rescues Halley and her broken down car from the side of the road and instantly he's hooked. She says she's not interested in him. He knows she lies. And he makes it his mission to bring her back to life, to return her emotionally to her family. To show her the colors around her were as vibrant as the ones she puts on her canvas.
Until past meets present and threatens all the progress they've made. Then it's Halley's turn to step up and stand up for the relationship and life she's finally coming to believe she deserves.
Sweet quick romance
I enjoyed this book. It was a somewhat quick read. This is the first book in a new series. Halley and Kane knew one another in HS, but more as acquaintances. A chance meeting years later when her car breaks down, gives Kane the chance to try for more. Halley is private and withdrawn. She doesn’t think she is strong enough to be in a relationship. But Kane digs in to try to prove her wrong. He stays strong, supportive and takes things slow. They have some bumps and issues along they way, but they finally get their HEA.
He made her fearless if she only saw it!
I absolutely love this author. She is a one-click author for me. This book is further proof of her talent. Carly Phillips grabs you on the first page and then you can't put the book down. The characters feel so real that you want to know what happened to them to shape them and then you want to follow their story to see if they get a happy ending. Our hero is a hot mechanic named Kane. He's got a gambling addict for a father that he won't give up on and a single mother for a sister that he's close to. A nice guy who is sexy, owns his own business, has integrity.... he's our H. Our h is Halley, an artist, part of a local wealthy family, who unfortunately grew up in the foster system because her mother was a junkie. Halley has trust issues. Kane has fallen for Halley. But he knows he can't move fast. He also has family issues with his gambling dad who steals money. So our potential couple has a lot of roadblocks to get around and obstacles to overcome. Will they or won't they? Read the book. Totally captivating.
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I've been reading books by Carly Phillips for years and have loved them all. Fearless is absolutely my favorite book she has ever written. I literally read it in one sitting and wanted to restart it as soon as I finished reading it.
Halley Ward and her older sister Phoebe were put into the foster system at a very young age. Their baby sister Juliette had already gone to live with her father and the girls didn't hear from family until their Aunt Joy found out about them being in the foster system 10 years later. Halley is happiest at her oceanside cottage painting. She is happy to live a pretty solitary life with no commitments to another person. Well she is until she meets Kane Harmon again and he keeps appearing in her life. I love that Kane was a friend first with Halley and a constant presence in her life without ever pushing her to do or be more than what se was ready for. They had a pretty instant attraction to one another, yet there really was more of a slow burn to them being together. Based on everything we learned of Halley's past, any other type of start wouldn't have worked for them long term.
Halley comes across as pretty delicate in the beginning. However when you find out everything she has survived from the time with her mother and then in foster care, she has a backbone and a strength to her that most people don't have. Yes she chooses to spend time with only a select few people as self-preservation, but I had so much respect for Halley the more we learned about all she had gone through. When her mother comes back into the picture, I honestly hoped with everything in me that she was ready to change and be a part of her children's lives again. I had a feeling about what she was going to do, but still broke my heart to see how it effected Halley.
Fearless hit on all my emotions and I loved every single minute of this book. I laughed, cried, sighed and even got angry a couple of times, but loved the ride along the way. I loved Halley and Kane's story and can't wait to read Phoebe's story next.
Rating: 5 Stars (A)
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