Title: Conquer (ARe Fearless #2)
Author: Angelique Voisen
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/Hurt/healing/comfort
Page Count: 81
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Most people fear the dark. Some embrace it.

Blackened windows, a 400-square foot self-made prison, and a loyal Welsh corgi—that’s the extent of former soldier Matthew Ash’s world. Matt’s tasted hell’s battlefield. He wears the scars on his skin and soul to prove it. Matt’s agoraphobia keeps his demons out and that’s all that matters.

Burnt-out MMA fighter Will Grove is having the worst year of his life. His boyfriend broke up with him and he just lost the fight of the decade. He moves to a new town, seeking a fresh start. Everyone tells him to watch for the crazy recluse, but Will makes his own rules. One glimpse of Matt is all Will needs to recognize a man whose mind is fucked-up as his own.

Matt’s certain Will’s going to run. Will’s out to prove this is one fight he’s not going to lose.

Oh, no. This one did NOT work for me.

Matt is an ex-military man who suffered trauma so severe he is now agoraphobic.

Agoraphobia: Fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment.

He suffers panic attacks and has not left his home in 6 months. So, he’s hurt but we don’t know how he was hurt. He has scars, but we don’t hear how he got them. We see Matt is all kinds of dysfunctional, but why? shrugs We’re never told.

Along comes ex-MMA fighter Will and he sets his sights on Matt and decides right then-and-there that Matt is his. “Mine” without a paranormal mates story-line makes he a little crazy, especially when it is after a first meeting. Will literally barges into Matt’s apartment, thinking he is going to “fix” Matt by his presence alone. And, of course, he succeeds. Not at all realistic, but it’s fiction, so whatever.

But, gah, the pet peeves in this one! Here is a sample:

    Calling a penis “member” i.e., “I pulled his member from his jeans.”
    No condoms, no safe-sex discussion.
    Using the endearment “baby” at the beginning of the relationship.
    Alpha-male possessiveness that was too brutal.
    A magic dick that cures all that ails.

Just how much of a dick is Will? See for yourself, when he and Matt indulge in public sex right after Matt escapes a fire that burns his apartment down. RIGHT after.

I blink, realizing what Matt’s really asking. Matt’s hunger, his need for physical contact, is a heady feeling. He’s using sex to distract his mind from his phobia, but I’m bastard enough to take advantage of that.

The only thing this book has going for it, as far as I am concerned, is Homer, Matt’s Welsh Corgi. I’m crazy in love with the breed and have 3 myself. And extra star for Homer.

welsh corgi

This book was a hot mess and I cannot recommend it.

The ARe Fearless series includes 3 M/M romances and 1 M/M/F romance.

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