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About the Author
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. She is a member of RWA and S.C.I.F.I. She has one novella and sixteen short stories published. Please visit her website at http://christinerains.net/
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At age seven, Abby White killed the monster under the bed. Now, as one of the Fearless, she slays children's worse nightmares along with her guide, a stuffed hippo named Tawa. But after one particular hard fought battle, she rescues Demetrius--he's devastatingly handsome, charming, and one of the wild fae. As Abby fights her attraction for Demetrius and the rise of monsters, she'll need to prove how fearless she can be.
FEARLESS starts out simply with a child's monster under the bed, but instead of this beast being a child's imagination, the monsters are real, and Abby can stop them. The characters are loveable. My favorite is Tawa with her sharp wit and sarcastic remarks. Demetrius and Abby's attraction and building relationship create just the right tension and passion. Rains builds the fantastical world she created bit by bit by drawing the reader further into the storyline and characters. This novella is definitely a pleasantly unusual paranormal romance filled with suspense.
Be fearless and read FEARLESS by Christine Rains. Each time I've read the story (up to three times as of this review), I've loved it more and more.
I liked Abby from the beginning! Her character was brave throughout and seeing the transition from her being a kid to an adult was done smoothly. I was so immersed in this world I never wanted to stop reading! It’s truly a fun short and I’m definitely hooked to the writers story telling!
Now the only little down side I have, is the romance. I know it’s hard to write it, especially in a short story, however I wished that I could have seen it blossom into what the author made it out to be. At the end, they loved each other. Yes, I did enjoy Demetrius and he did put a smile on my face. However their love was something I didn’t feel like I could truly connect to. All I saw was the reason why they fell in love was because they helped fight the monsters together and Abby saw him as a protector. I wasn’t able to feel them falling in love any other way. One minute Abby is at her wits end with him and the next she’s dying to be kissed by him?! All I’m saying is, is that I wished there was a better transition between the “I hate you” to “I love you”.
Overall this was truly a cute storyline and the monsters were a nice dose of creepiness. How the bad guy came forth was a total shock and it brought chills to my spine. In the end, I actually would love it if the author continued with this set of trio, especially how it ended for Tawa, adorable!! Plus the creepy details the author writes makes me a fan!
Note: at the end Abby made me think of Elise from S.M Reine’s Descent Series…though I think I could relate better to Abby….all I know is that Fearless made me die for more Monster Ass kicking heroines!
Abby is one of the Fearless, she slays nightmare monsters turned real by the frightened imaginations of children. After a brief prologue, Rains starts chapter one in the middle of a battle in which Abby saves the life of a fae imprisoned in a trunk bound with iron. Demetrius is a fae from the Darkwood clan and now refuses to leave Abby's side. According to the blood debt, his body and soul are hers until the debt has been repaid. So, with his shimmering bad boy tattoos and his devastating good looks, he joins Abby's mission to slay these monsters.
Abby, Demetrius and Tawa, the witty and wise ancient spirit guide that resides in Abby's childhood stuffed hippopotamus, set out to discover why children are disappearing and nightmares are turning into real monsters at an escalating rate. Abby works as a tutor to keep in close contact with the children who need help when their nightmare monsters become real. While parents tend to write off these nightmares as imaginary, Abby knows better. She has been chosen and given blessed weapons, magical sight, and superior strength to protect children from their fears. She is one of the Fearless.
I found it easy to suspend my disbelief with this well written story. The unique plot unfolds into an action packed monster slaying mystery with a little romance. I found the characters well rounded and their dialogue believable. It was entertaining to watch Abby try to ignore her growing feelings for Demetrius. She will not let herself be distracted from her monster slaying mission, and he doesn't make it easy for her. The banter between the three main characters was full of sharp wit and innuendos. I found the protagonist ingenious and have to give the author kudos with the way she brought closure to the problem. Fearless is a fun, unique novelette filled with action packed monster slaying and a light-hearted romance. There were no significant issues with editing or formatting.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **