Book Review and Blog Tour: The Fearless One by Lori Foster

The Fearless One (Osborn Brothers #2)

Author: Lori Foster

Publication Date: December 26, 2023

Publisher: Canary Street Press

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Synopsis:

“Count on Lori Foster for sexy, edgy romance.” —Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author

He had it all planned…until she showed up.

Jedidiah Stephens came to the Colorado Rockies for one reason: to uncover the truth behind the fire that killed her family. She’s been chasing down clues, and everything has led her to an isolated campground. Her plan is to get a job there so she can investigate who comes and goes. Getting involved with her boss, Memphis Osborn, the ruggedly handsome groundskeeper, is definitely not part of the plan.

When Jedidiah arrives on the scene, Memphis just knows she’s up to something. He can see the desperation in her eyes and warily agrees to hire her. As they work side by side, Diah triggers his deepest protective instincts—and the chemistry between them ignites.

But the more Diah digs into her family’s past, the more secrets she unravels…and the more afraid she becomes. She lost everything once before. She’ll never forgive herself if now she loses Memphis, too.

My review:

I’ll tell you up front, this is a little bit spicier of a romance than I normally read. And it felt a bit like an insta-romance, which isn’t my favorite. They meet, they dance around each other for a minute, they realize they’re falling hard and fast, and bam. They’re a couple. But still, it was a lot of fun!

The book starts off with a bang, as the way Diah and Memphis meet is pretty entertaining. A lot of women would have turned and run at that kind of introduction, but Diah doesn’t, and the sparks start flying then and there. Memphis knows she’s not being totally upfront with him. He gives her the job she’s asking for, but keeps an eye on her to try to figure out what she’s really up to.

It doesn’t take long before Diah’s past comes to catch up with her. When it does, both Diah and Memphis realize how they feel about each other, and what they stand to lose if she can’t break free of it.

What works: Memphis and Diah are both strong, well-written characters. Diah has a streak of sass a mile wide, and she can hold her own with Memphis. And she does. She’s a hard worker, too, jumping in and doing what needs to be done, both to help get the campground back into good order and to unravel the mystery in her past. I liked that Memphis wants to protect Diah, but he also isn’t intimidated by the fact that she is pretty self-reliant. He takes action when he needs to, but he doesn’t try to wrap her in bubble wrap and shelter her from everything. Their back-and-forth banter is a treat. They can joke and snark, but they can also have a serious conversation when they need to.

What didn’t: It felt like it took way too long to understand why Memphis bought the campground. When that came out, it still didn’t make a lot of sense. Is he law enforcement? A former bad guy gone good who wants to do what he can to help? That was never really clear to me. And if he’s investing in this rundown facility, where is the money coming from for that? Family money? Good investments? Ill-gotten gain now being put to good use? I realize this is the second book in a series, and perhaps some of that information on the Osborn family is revealed in the first book. But that always niggled at the back of my mind. Why is he doing this and where’s the money coming from?

Overall, this was a quick read that held my attention, and I do love a good happily ever after ending! If you like romance with a little heat, a lot of action, and characters you can’t help but cheer for, you’ll enjoy The Fearless One.

About the author:

Lori Foster is a New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author and a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award. She lives in Central Ohio, where coffee helps her keep up with her cats and grandkids between writing books. For more about Lori, visit her website at www.lorifoster.com, like her on Facebook, or find her on Twitter.

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