Erryn reviews ‘Fearless (Trials of Fear Book 4)’ by Nicky James. This book was released by the author on January 9, 2019, and is 199 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Adam Gold. It was released on September 13, 2021, and is 8 hrs and 2 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved the first three books in this series and really wanted Krew to get his happy ending.
Krew doesn’t need a daddy or a guy twice his age. Yet, somehow, he ended up with both.
Free-spirited Krew likes his men willing and disposable. One-night stands are all he’s looking for. Love has only ever hurt him. The last thing he needs is Max, a man more than 20 years his senior and a widowed Daddy Dom.
Krew is not a boy. He doesn’t like spankings or kink. And he most certainly doesn’t date.
But one night of fun won’t hurt anyone, right?
It’s just a game.
Until emotions and feelings sneak in where they don’t belong.
If the walls around Krew’s hearts crumble, Max will see the broken man at his core. Will he be able to handle all Krew hides from the world and teach him there is nothing to fear about love?
Fearless is a hurt-comfort age-gap mild Daddy/boy-themed MM romance with mild angst. It is part of the Trials of Fear series but can be listened to as a stand-alone. It was originally marked as a companion novel but has been integrated into the series as Book 4. There is no new content.
To read my review of Book 1, Owl’s Slumber, click here.
To read my review of Book 2, Shades of Darkness, click here.
To read my review of Book 3, Touch of Love, click here.
Phobia: an extreme or irrational fear or an aversion to something
Philophobia – the fear of falling in love or forming attachments of any sort
have thoroughly enjoyed Nicky James Trials of Fear series, and so was especially anxious to pick up this book. I loved Krew – especially in book 2. His affection and caring for Rory – who feared sunlight – was touching. Well, they were fuck buddies on occasion, and Krew trusted Rory to watch his beloved cat. But then Rory met Adrian and those salad days of no-strings-attached sex came to an end. Adrian and Rory don’t share.
Krew continued undaunted. He works in a gay bar as a server so he’s got his pick. But never more than one or two nights, and always at the other guy’s place. Wouldn’t want the guy getting feelings. Krew runs from feelings like crazy.
I remembered the scene in a previous book where he ran away from an older man and hid in the back of the bar. Of course this book gave me the opportunity to see Krew’s side of the story. Man, he ran from Max? I’d be running toward such a fabulous man.
Max has a bit of a tragic backstory which I won’t get into, but he’s been alone for a long time and not really looking. Then he sets eyes on Krew and his world tilts. He rescues Krew, and takes on an almost father-like figure. A daddy. But Krew’s not into that shit. He doesn’t need a minder. He doesn’t need a daddy. He needs a good hard fuck and then he can move on.
Except Max seems to be the one man he can’t forget, and when Max moves to town for an extended period of time, Krew has a decision to make – hold out or indulge? And if he indulges, what about all those pesky emotions? There’s also the massive age gap. Twenty-eight years is nothing to sneeze at. It means Krew is often on uneven ground, but perhaps that’s where he needs to be?
Krew is, of course, damaged. I LOVE damaged heroes and Nicky does damaged like no one’s business. I cheered for Krew, especially when he confronted his demons. I was angry for the people in his life who’d hurt him. I’ve faced other cruelties in my life and I think that made Krew even more empathetic to me.
But the love of a good man… Max is persistent. Max is patient. Max is willing to wait for Krew to get his head out of his ass. And Krew eventually does and I got my sparkly happy ending.
I can’t rave about a Trials of Fear book without gushing over Adam Gold. His narration for this series (for all the Nicky James books he does) is brilliant. I loved his super deep voice for Max and that Krew was light but not flighty. He completely nailed this book, and I can’t recommend it enough.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
I live in the small town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada and I am a mother to a wonderful teenage boy (didn’t think those words could be typed together…surprise) and wife to a truly supportive and understanding husband, who thankfully doesn’t think I’m crazy.
I have always had two profound dreams in life. To fall back hundreds of years in time and live in a simpler world, not bogged down by technology and to write novels. Since only one of these was a possibility I decided to make the other come alive on paper.
I write mm romance novels that take place in fantastical medieval-type settings and love to use the challenges of the times to give my stories and characters life.