Fearless by Ella Jameson
Released: December 12, 2011
Publisher: Ella Jameson
“We can surrender or we can fight.”
This is the creed that drives Chieftain Kieran MacAuley in his lifelong fight to free Ireland from the English. Known as The Fearless One, he leads his men into a battle that only he survives. While he waits for death to claim him, a courageous lass steps from the shadows.
A skilled healer, she will tell him only her first name: Brynna. Her mysterious past intrigues him, and her kind heart entrances him. When he finds himself suddenly home with no memory of his time away, he’s bewildered. One night a soft voice reaches through his hazy memory, lovingly whispering his name. The next night he hears only quiet sobbing, and then it falls silent. He cannot recall the woman who matches that voice, but his famed warrior instincts know some things for certain.
Brynna needs him. And he must do anything to find her.
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Every once in a while I like to read an historical romance novel. My favourites are by Elizabeth Lowell and Julie Garwood because I’m quite partial to the medieval ones. Needless to say, I was quite excited when I saw Fearless on netGalley: it takes place when the Irish and the English are at war and people still believe in the fae. Kieran is a charismatic hero, full of honour and burning with the desire to free Ireland from England. Brynna is his savior — she brings him back from the edge of death and heals him thanks to her abilities stemming from being half fae. From here, there are some nice twists and turns that keep Kieran and Brynna’s story from being straightforward. There’s Brynna’s father, for one, who’s been looking for her to use her gifts for his own purposes, and then there’s Brynna herself, who sends Kieran away with him memory erased to protect them both. It’s a great story and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Brynna and Kieran fall in love.
I didn’t realize it at the time but Fearless appears to be self-published. I’m usually wary of self-published novels but Fearless is a great example of quality self-publishing so Kudos to Ella Jameson for doing such a marvellous job.