Author: Clarissa Wild
Series: Fierce #1
Release Date: January 27, 2014
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 is a girl after my own heart. She spends her time studying and reading for fun. She arrives at college ready to fall into her nerd comfort zone. Enter Hunter. Hunter does not play by the rules, in fact he pretty much just stomps all over them. Life insists on throwing them together until they can’t deny the sparks flying between them. Watching their worlds collide was exciting and constantly kept me guessing. Their banter made me laugh as Hunter tried to push Autumn’s buttons and she discovered the bold girl who could push right back. Hunter isn’t your typical “bad boy”. It is pretty easy to tell that he has a good heart and that he cares about Autumn and wants more from himself and his life than what he has. His “bad boy” persona is clearly a means of survival and if you’ve never lost your family as Hunter has, you probably won’t completely understand the role he is playing (at least until “Fury”, the book from his POV, is released). Hurt people do desperate things to survive and this story focused on the battle between fighting for who you want to be and living with who you think you have to be.
When Hunter’s life with the illegal frat comes to the surface, I wanted to scream. I could not believe some of the things he participated in! His illicit activities tore my heart in two. I wanted to shake Autumn until she ran in the opposite direction as fast as her smart little legs could carry her. The other part of me completely recognizes that even the smartest girls throw reason out the window when a guy like Hunter comes along. He was careful with her, he protected her and wanted to keep her as far away from the mess that was his life as humanly possible. I loved him for that. So I found myself wanting her to stay, to figure out what the hell he was doing and find a way to knock some sense into him. Autumn was determined to get to the bottom of this mystery and yes, she did some really really stupid things in the process. Not everyone can appreciate that protective instinct, but when your heart is on the line it is easy to forget that it’s probably not a good idea to do things like confront criminals.
You know a book has you when you find yourself emotionally involved and this book did not disappoint. I was so wound up in their world that I couldn’t help but feel everything. I was riding that emotional rollercoaster every step of the way. Each time Hunter found himself in a bad situation I was holding my breath, just hoping he would escape unscathed. Then there was Autumn’s determination to play detective. Damn Autumn and her curiosity. She had my heart beating so fast as I prayed what she was blindly walking into wasn’t as bad as what I was imagining (she is clearly lacking that voice I have when I watch scary movies that screams “don’t go in there!” or “stop following him!”). I can’t even begin to explain where I found myself during the last part of the book. When the truth comes out, my emotions were a tangled mess. I shed a tear for the situation Hunter found himself in. I was sad, shocked, angry, relieved and hopeful all in a very short span of time and it had me reeling. Throw in the surprise twist at the end and I was pretty much done for (in the best way possible). If you love a bad boy who isn’t all that bad, a nerdy girl who finds a reason to be brave, and a mystery in need of unraveling then you will really enjoy this book. I can’t wait to see Hunter’s side of things in Fury!
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this book but the combination of the synopsis and the cover photo had me hooked and wanting to dive in! Overall, it wasn’t a bad book. The beginning was a little bit slow for my taste. There seemed to be a lot of background information that had to get set up. However, even though Fight (Autumn’s backstory) was technically written after Fierce, I think reading it beforehand helped to further this story and caused me to invest in it more. I was really itching for some more action, but once the ball started rolling I had a really hard time putting the book down. Then once the twist was revealed, I honestly couldn’t read fast enough. I did have an idea who the boss was, but never saw the courier turn coming!
I loved Autumn – a book nerd after my own heart! I loved that even though people were saying she changed, I thought she really stuck to her roots. She never once gave up studying or her enjoyment of reading. She stayed true to her values while still growing – and I think that’s a great thing that Clarissa accomplished. Hunter was also a great character. I liked that he wasn’t your typical “bad boy”; he had his reasons for doing things but still wanted to be successful and have a purpose. He was so fierce and loyal to his family which I absolutely adore in a male character. Yes, I will admit that I hated how secretive he was and often times found myself cussing at him. However, once his reasoning for it became clearer, I gained a deeper understanding for it and didn’t mind it so much.
I am definitely curious as to how things play out for these two, as well as the secondary characters like Evie and Jaret. I didn’t think there was any sort of “ending” for them. I am so glad I get to dive into Fury and read now from Hunter’s point of view!
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Check out the rest of the Fierce Series:
Fight (Fierce #0.5)
Fury (Fierce #1.5)
Flame (Fierce #2)
Filthy (Fierce #3)
Fierce Series Box Set