A Guest Review by Feliz
Summary Review: This sequel to Priceless wrapped up a number of loose threads and gave Connor and Wes their well-deserved happy end.
The Blurb: How can you plan for the future when escaping the past seems impossible?
After over a year together, Connor Morrison and Wes Martin decide to tie the knot. But an ethics complaint regarding their deeply non-traditional relationship threatens Connor’s job and Wes’s Ph.D. The fact that Connor tried to keep it from Wes—even with the best of intentions—makes the situation even worse and casts a pall over their plans for a Christmas wedding in New York.
It doesn’t help that Connor still treats Wes like glass, though Wes insists he’s recovered from the brutal assault he suffered a year and a half earlier. Wes may be okay, but Connor isn’t. Memories of taking a battered, terrified Wes to the emergency room that night still haunt him, and he can’t let go of the need to protect Wes from any and everything life might throw at him.
But Wes has had enough. Between the specter of the ethics complaint and Connor’s overprotectiveness, he’s already beginning to question their plans. Add in a family ashamed of and angered by his choices, and Wes might just leave Connor standing at the altar.
(Publisher’s note: This title is a sequel to Priceless. For maximum enjoyment, we highly recommend reading Priceless first.)
Earlier this year, I read and reviewed the prequel to this book, Priceless (the review is here). With Priceless, I complained about the rushed ending and that I couldn’t really see Wes and Connor as equal partners in a relationship. Well, I stand corrected. Fearless answered my questions and cleared up any doubts I had. Both Connor and Wes grew over the course of this short story, as individuals and as partners. They have still quite a way ahead of them, but now I’m confident they’re going to get there.
Connor proposed to Wes by the end of Priceless, and now, after over a year of living together, they’re finally about to get married. On the one hand, Wes is beside himself with joy. But on the other hand, something in his relationship with Connor has felt slightly off-kilter for a while now.
Wes has worked hard to overcome the traumatizing events of his past, he’s had counseling, he feels whole and sane again, and he’d dearly love to see Connor’s dominant side come out more often in bed. But Connor apparently still wants to wrap Wes in cotton. Also, Connor has been somewhat secretive recently, and on top of that, Wes still doesn’t know what to get him for the wedding – not to mention that he actually can’t afford anything at all. And on top of that, it turns out that the people Wes considers his family have been doing their worst to not only thwart the wedding, but to ruin both Wes’s and Connor’s lives.
The whole of Wes’s misgivings create an overall bleak atmosphere to the first part of the book, despite the fact that it’s actually about what is supposed to be the happiest day in Wes’s life. They’re both looking forward to getting married, there’s no doubt about the love and affection they share, it’s just that these positive aspects are overshadowed by the current outward events. It’s getting to a point where Wes’s doubts threaten to call the whole marriage into question.
Luckily, Wes’s cousin (and in-point-of-fact foster brother) Dale is there to help Wes see reason. Not only that, Dale inadvertently gives Wes the idea for the perfect wedding gift. But Connor’s reaction to Wes’s present creates an even worse crisis for them. Both need to take a step back and view things from the other’s perspective. Perhaps they’ll realize then that an ending always contains a chance for a new beginning, and that there are two sides to every question–and two people in their relationship.
Fearless was a fitting sequel to Priceless and, as far as I’m concerned, an almost necessary complement. I’d recommend to read both books, preferably back to back.
I was really happy to see Wes and Connor finally on equal terms with each other, happily married and working toward their shared future.
This book releases today, Dec. 10, 2012, from Riptide Publishing.