Review: Fearless by Shae Ross (Pretty Smart Girls #2)
Note: This ARC was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Devi Dalton is finally choosing to put herself first and leaves Michigan for Manhattan in order to find a job. She's with most of her closest friends, but one of them hasn't been thrilled with being friend-zoned in the months they've known each other. As much as she's drawn to him, Devi has her reasons for not taking Ben Winslow up on his offer to take their friendship to the next level. He's always there whenever she needs him and cares about her unconditionally, making it increasingly difficult to resist him. Just when they've both decided to cross the line between being friends and lovers, reality tries to knock them both down--what with family responsibilities--and soon, a big revelation could cost them their shot at forever.
Fearless is the second novel in the Pretty Smart Girls series from author Shae Ross and while there's an overlap with the events from the first one in introductory chapter, the rest of the story takes place six months after the end of Pretty Smart Girls - Lace Up. The blurb has Ben Winslow touted as a cage fighter, and while he does engage in mixed martial arts bouts, it comes off as more of a way for him to relieve stress and readers only get to read about him participating in a match once in the whole book. Between him and Devi Dalton, I would have her pegged as more of the fighter, especially since she seems to actively participate in fights, whether of a physical nature or otherwise, and seems more adept at it than Ben does.
Devi has an issue with committing herself to Ben, and it could have a lot to do with him being the one guy that means the most to her, thus meaning that he has the ability to hurt her the most as well. They both have family woes--he with his mother and three sisters being overly reliant on him, and her with her setting everything else aside for her mother and brother--and those do play some part in further complicating their possibility of a successful relationship. There's also an additional twist to the story, one that has far more permanent repercussions than you would initially think when you come across the first twist that Ben takes his sweet time fessing up to. Secrets can kill relationships. When will they ever learn?
To be honest, I don't have a problem with what Ben did prior to his relationship with Devi. If every single person in a relationship held whatever happened in the past against whoever they were currently with, I'm pretty sure none of those relationships would survive. There was no commitment between Ben and Devi, and remember that it was Devi who refused to have anything serious with Ben (though those mixed signals she sent him with all her flirting and their make-out sessions would be confusing to anyone). Should he have told her earlier than he did? Yes, absolutely, but it isn't fair to hold what he did and the consequences of his actions against him. While I liked the first book more, Fearless was a good read and gets four stars. ♥
Release Date: 17 August 2015
Date Read: 14 August 2015
Learn more about Shae Ross here.