Fierce by Clarissa Wild
Released: January 24, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Clarissa Wild
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Fight for your dreams. Fight for your life. Fight for love.
Nerdy girl Autumn Blakewood is the prime example of a goody two-shoes. She studies every night, is never late for class, and always follows the rules. She has never felt the need to step out of her comfort zone. That is, until she meets Hunter.
Hunter Bane is a cocky, confident bad-boy, who's nothing but trouble. He's a dangerous distraction to everyone around him. Sexy and strong, Hunter enjoys the swooning effect he has on women. Especially those who aren't used to attention, like Autumn.
Autumn finds it hard not to give into Hunter's advances, even though it all seems like a game to him. Trying to understand him is impossible, because he shrouds himself in mystery.
What she doesn't know is that Hunter has more baggage than anyone should have to carry. When she discovers he's in an illegal frat club to save the one person that matters to him, Autumn realizes this could mean the end of her undeniable connection to him. Even their lives are at risk.
But it's too late to turn back now ...
Autumn Blakewood is a good girl who works hard at everything she does. She’s a bit of a type A personality. She comes from a lower income family who has scrimped and saved to send her to university so she uses her perfectionist characteristics to succeed in school as a means of showing appreciation to her parents. Unfortunately this also means she doesn’t have time to focus on her social life like making new friends or meeting boys.
Seen as a new hunky, dark, and mysterious guy on campus, Hunter Bane appears to be the quintessential bad boy. Not much in known about him, but he’s cocky and seems to like fighting with others. With these qualities alone, all the girls on the college grounds are clamoring to hook up with him.
This is really like two different books for me. The first half moved very slowly. The characters didn’t develop and the chemistry between Autumn and Hunter seems forced. Also, I had a hard time adjusting to the writing style. Those things coupled together nearly made me quit reading. When the characters would say things like “I feel like a hormonal teenager”, I wanted to scream because they are hormonal teenagers; they’re freshmen in college. The second half of the story goes much quicker with a lot more action. Things are happening in the plot line. The relationship still feels a little contrived but starts to grow.
I was intrigued with the story based on the synopsis and cover, thinking it would be about a geeky girl and a heartbreaker who get together despite their differences. While Autumn is an overachiever, she also has the flip side of being a potty mouth. That doesn’t bother me in and of itself since I have an affinity for cursing, however, it does seem like a departure from how her character is outlined. It’s strange for her to be a complete unexperienced virgin and then talk about her “pussy” all the time. So confusing. I find that Hunter isn’t much of a bad boy. He’s quite moody, but always does things with the best intentions even when they’re unclear to the reader. Also, the scenario of him being a fighter it really tertiary to him being a part of an underground frat club, dealing drugs, and having trouble in school.
I’d rate the first half of the book somewhere between a 2.5-3 stars. Because the second half picked up tremendously, I’ll score it as 3 stars. The basic ideals of the plot are good but the execution wasn’t.
Rating: 3 stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.