Fear Us – a review

** I received a free advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Fear Us is the third book in the Broken Love series.  The first two books were about Kieran and Lake, and this book picks up four years after the events of Fear You to tell the story of Keenan and Sheldon.

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KEENAN
It’s been four years since I ran away—from home, my brother, and my maybe father. I created a life free of expectations while pretending I wasn’t being hunted by all of the above. I managed to stay under the radar all this time… or so I thought. When big brother shows up and saves my ass, I’m forced to face everything I left behind, including her.

SHELDON
It’s been four years since I became another statistic. I made a lot of mistakes when it came to Keenan Masters. The first was loving him at all. He took something from me the night he left, and when I told him I still loved him, he told me he’d always hate me. After that, I learned how to be okay… until he came back. Gone was the boy who always knew how to make me laugh, and in his place was a cold, arrogant monster.


I’m sorry to say, but I didn’t love this book. I know. Disappointing.

I loved the first two. They are deliciously dark, the hero on the edge of being unredeemable. Keenan stepped over that line for me though. There really wasn’t anything wrong with this book per se, and you might love it. I don’t want to hate on a new author, especially after the first two books were so much fun, but Fear Us did not work for me.

Here’s why.

The plot of this book makes it take a very different turn form the first two. If you remember, back then all the characters were in the twelfth grade. Four years have passed without anyone having contact with Keenan. They are only 22 or so but each of the characters seems really jaded and bitter about life and still as immature as their high school selves.

*** minor spoilers ahead ***

This plot begins with Sheldon having raised her and Kieran’s 3yo daughter alone (gotta love that breakup sex). He doesn’t know she even exists because they couldn’t find him after he took off.  Right before he comes back to town to make peace with the past, the little girl is kidnapped. Now this is the main crux of my beef with the story.

I didn’t love the whole kidnapped child plot. It just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t feel like it was advancing the story, just the opposite in fact, and in terms of locating her, there’s no news no news no news, oh look we found her! (there’s that minor spoiler). But there isn’t any narrowing down of the suspects or clues leading into that, they pretty much just stumble across her and she is perfectly fine and not scarred at all from her experience.

Um Hello?!?! Not believable at all.

Unfortunately, that was a large part of the tale. At the time I was reading this story, another little girl the same age had been kidnapped in real life and it was all over the news. Unfortunately, she and her family did not have a happy reunion. It was pretty much the worst outcome possible. So as I was reading Fear Us I kept seeing that little girl’s face, and imagining her family. Definitely took the pleasure out of the romance.

Keenan and Sheldon couldn’t draw me in. Their scenes didn’t keep me entertained. So much so that I had to go back and look up their names to write this review, even though it’s been less than a fortnight since I finished reading it. The drama was overdone and unrealistic.

The interactions between the characters didn’t feel sincere or legitimate. I detest the way that the little girl was characterized (see, I have to write “the little girl” because I can’t remember her name and don’t want to go back and look another name up). She isn’t at all scared of this strange man she has never met and instinctively knows that he is her Dad. Even when she witnesses him treating her mother poorly, she is Daddy’s Little Girl. This kid just survived a traumatic kidnapping! I’m pretty sure she would be clinging to her mom for quite a while, not too trusting of strangers (especially big scary male strangers) and wouldn’t cheerfully stay with a series of babysitters.

Sorry, B.B. Reid. I just didn’t like this one. I’m still read Willow and Dash’s story and hope I fall back in love with this series. But Fear Us was Save Us in my opinion.

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