Title – FURY (#1.5, Fierce)
Publication Date – March 17th 2014
Genre – New Adult Romance
FURY is a retelling of FIERCE from Hunter’s Point Of View and contains unique, never before seen scenes.. While it is not entirely necessary to read Fierce first, it does add a lot to the story. Fierce is on sale in celebration of the release of Fury so be sure and check out my review of Fierce and go pick up a copy!
Would you risk everything for love? Life has held nothing but hardships for Hunter Bane. Growing up with a learning disability wasn’t easy, especially when you’re poor. With only his brother to support him, Hunter clings to the short moments of happiness in life. Like when he meets Autumn Blakewood.
Autumn Blakewood is a geek at heart. Reading is her passion, and she can’t spend one day without her books. She’s always locked up in her room studying, trying to avoid trouble. Until Hunter comes into her life.
Hunter can’t resist the temptation to get closer to Autumn. She is his complete opposite, and yet he’s drawn to her in ways he can’t explain. But when his brother is caught dealing drugs and sent to prison, Hunter’s world shatters.
To save his brother, Hunter has to join the gang he’s feared his entire life. Now he’s forced to choose between his family and the one girl he loves. Fighting for both, his fury is all he needs…
I’ve been waiting for a while to share my feelings on Fury. I really enjoyed Fierce and had been waiting anxiously for Fury since I found out that it was going to be from Hunter’s POV. I first read Fury as it was being written, which meant that sometimes I had several chapters to read and other times I had only one. Reading in this manner puts a book to the ultimate test. How did you feel after reading a chapter and not being able to read the next one? How long did the next chapter sit in your inbox waiting for you to read it? It is a lot of pressure for a story in the process of being written, constantly challenging its emotional impact. I am happy to say that Fury not only passed the test, but it blew past all of my expectations. I found myself constantly watching my inbox waiting for the next chapter to arrive (even though after reading Fierce I knew the general direction the story was headed). I even ended up reading off my iPhone in the middle of class sometimes because I couldn’t wait to get more Hunter.
While Fierce was an amazing read, it left me with so many questions. So much of the story revolves around Hunter’s actions and the situation he is forced into, but we see it all from Autumn’s POV. We feel her confusion and her desperate need for understanding, but we are asked to have blind faith in Hunter. I liked him, but I couldn’t understand how he could possibly have gotten involved with the illegal frat or how he could so easily do all of the terrible things they made him do. Turns out, it wasn’t so easy. I loved Hunter’s voice. We see his relationship with his brother, which lays the foundation for all of the things he takes on throughout the book. We hear his inner struggle as he does things he swore he would never do in the name of saving his brother. We watch as he faces his demons when the frat asks him to do something that hits a little too close to home. In Fierce I fell in love with Hunter for his physical actions, how protective he is of Autumn. But in Fury I fell in love with his thoughts, his moral compass, his desperate fight to keep the best thing that has ever happened to him safe. Fury allows us to see Hunter as a whole, a body, mind and heart, a complicated and complete character. I promise you’ll love him more for it.
Clarissa Wild did an amazing job of growing her character, showing new sides of him and giving him a voice worth listening to. She showed incredible growth as a writer in Fury and did a wonderful job of further developing a rather complex storyline and adding new elements as we get to see the frat from the inside. She took us inside Hunter’s head and gave up a glimpse into his heart, expertly completing the story she began in Fierce. She made us feel for him. As I experienced his story I felt his loss, his pain, his fear, his determination and his love. Fury takes Hunter and Autumn’s story to a whole new level and was exactly the refreshing and emotional journey I hoped it would be.
I was quite impressed with this installation of the series. Although it’s advertised as the same story only from Hunter’s point of view, you get so much new insight and information that it’s almost as if you’re reading a brand new book. Where Hunter seemed cocky and confident in Fierce, you see such a more vulnerable side to him in this one. I loved being able to get inside his head and see his motivations. I thought he was a little bit of a jerk in the first book at times so it was great to have him redeemed. It was also fascinating to me to see how he viewed Autumn and her actions in different scenarios.
Overall, I was definitely impressed with this one and saw a growth in the writer – which I always admire and look for. Hunter’s story was on that needed to be told and I’m glad that Clarissa did it justice. It’s a gift to be able to give us a new story with the same content. One of my complaints about the first one is that we didn’t get to see any wrap up for the secondary characters, so I was also quite pleased that this one revealed what happened with both Wes and Jaret! Now I can’t wait to read the next piece of Autumn & Hunter’s story!
She sucks on her lip while I gaze at her, wondering what the hell this is all supposed to mean. It looks so goddamn innocent and strangely attractive at the same time. But I feel guilty for thinking about things like that right now. Shit. I should be dealing with this on my own. Instead I’m leaning toward a girl I don’t even know. Maybe it’s just the pain speaking, but I feel like I want to hug her tight. I barely know her, and yet I feel she is the only thing that’s keeping me standing right now.
“You look like you could use some help,” she says hesitantly.
I don’t understand this girl at all. I’ve been treating her like shit, and still she cares enough to want to help me.
However, her offering me help frightens me. Not because it’s her, but because I apparently look so awful that I seem in need of help. It’s only a confirmation of looking like shit, and I don’t want anyone to know that I really feel that way. I can’t risk having anyone care about me. Not now. Not knowing that I’m about to join a gang.
I don’t want to put her in the middle of this too.
I turn around and walk toward her, trying to look as menacing as possible. My burden is weighing down upon me, every step I take feeling heavier. I don’t want to scare her, but I want her to know that she should be wary of me. That she shouldn’t even want to get close to me. I don’t want her to get involved, and I can’t use the distraction. It’s the best thing for us both.
The only problem is, I’m just telling myself that.
In reality, I want nothing more than closeness. But what I want isn’t always the right thing.
I place both my hands on the wall beside her, trapping her between me and the wall. She can’t go anywhere without me getting ahold of her. The thought alone is exciting.
My blood is pumping to my cock. If this was any other day, and any other girl, I’d grab her and put my hands all over that tiny body of hers, kissing my way to her soft spots. I bet she has plenty of unexplored, luscious skin. I’d love to put my lips on her.
Mindless sex wouldn’t be something I’d refuse right now. I could use the momentary escape from reality with all that’s been happening.
But I don’t want that with her. She’s too innocent, too sweet. Too reluctant. Not like the girls I usually go for. Not the type that would give me a fun night without wanting more. Although I do love the fight.
Strangely, I don’t even want all of that from her. What I want right now is to hold her tight, to bury my head in her pine-scented neck and drift away into a long, endless sleep.
I lower my head, peering into her vivid blue eyes, which are full of anxiety. Her whole body is shivering, and her quivering lip makes me want to press my lips against hers.
I’ve never hungered this much for a trembling girl. What’s wrong with me?
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Check out the rest of the Fierce Series:
Fight (Fierce #0.5)
Fierce (Fierce #1)
Flame (Fierce #2)
Filthy (Fierce #3)
Fierce Series Box Set
Clarissa wrote FURY using a lot of the same songs she listened to while writing FIERCE, but there are a couple of new ones that she thought might be interesting to you 😉 Check them out! You can check them out below with Spotify, or listen to them here with Youtube:
Clarissa Wild is the Amazon Bestselling Romance author of FIERCE, a top 200 and top 15 New Adult Romance novel. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire’s Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.