Series: Fierce #1
Publisher: Createspace on January 25, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
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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 ...
I picked up this novel because I love the idea of the good girl and bad boy, and I was hoping for something spectacular. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into this novel at all. The plot was basic and uninteresting. I have a rule about DNFing a book, and that’s to get at least 25% of the way through it. And in this case, it couldn’t come fast enough.
“I can’t believe I’m doing this. Why am I drooling like this? This is so unlike me. I never fall for the bad boy. I never like guys who act like him, aloof and cocky. Why is this so different?”
The actual writing itself was plain and every sentence or two was a new paragraph, which irritated me because it made the novel harder to read. The two characters were both as shallow as it gets. Both of them lacked even a micrometer of depth, which made for not-very-engaged reading. The settings weren’t realistic– this novel was set on a college campus, and although I haven’t lived at college yet, I know people who have and this isn’t anywhere near a normal setting or experience.
“It’s been days since I last saw Hunter. He hasn’t been to class, and I haven’t seen him walking around the dorm either. Something tells me he hasn’t even slept in his own room. I wonder what’s going on with him. I wonder what that phone call was about. What made him so angry? I don’t even know why I care so much. Why do I care? I barely know him, and yet I can’t stop thinking about what’s wrong.”
The novel also moved at a too-fast pace, with absolutely no build up to events that just randomly occurred, leaving me confused half of the time. The romance was insta-bleh, not even qualifying for inst-attraction or love. It was so unreal. The plot and events were all over the place, along with character’s narration. While reading Fierce, I could feel my brain cells frying with every word while they relentlessly tried to figure out what was going on. This novel had such a promising first page, and I’m sorry that it just couldn’t hold my interest at all.