on July 29, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Bennett Family #7
Published by Self Published
Source: Inkslinger PR
Copy for review provided by Inkslinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
Clara Abernathy adores the Bennett family. After growing up in group homes, she yearns for the warmth and love of a family, and the Bennetts treat her like one of their own. So when Clara needs a temporary place to live, Blake Bennett suggests she move next door to him.
The offer is tempting. The problem? So is Blake himself. Handsome, funny, and alpha, he’s six feet two of eye candy... and his outlook on life is completely different from hers. But Clara finds it difficult enough to resist his charms at family events. How is she supposed to resist him when he’s just one wall away, and hell-bent on having her?
Blake Bennett knows family friends are off-limits for good reasons, and Clara is more off-limits than anyone else. But Blake went through life and made his fortune in the gastronomy industry by bending rules rather than following them. Clara’s sweetness and sass fill a hole in him he wasn’t even aware of. Soon he finds himself gravitating around her. He wants to have her and he will, rules be damned.
Looking for a romance that will restore your outlook on life and give you a few hours of respite from this crazy world? Your Fierce Love will do all that and leave you wanting more Bennetts ASAP!
Your Fierce Love is the story of Clara and Bennett. Clara is a family friend of the Bennetts and yearns for the warmth/love they bring to each family gathering. Having grown up in a group home, she’s happy to join in on the Bennett action whenever possible. Blake is a reformed playboy that owns and runs several restaurants. He’s the Bennett that takes care of everyone behind the scenes, making sure that his family is left alone and can grow in peace. Keeping that peace means that Clara is definitely off limits because if he starts something with her and it goes south, it could wreck the relationship she has with his family. When Clara needs a place to live though, he recommends the apartment next to his above one of his restaurants. Having her in such close proximity is a form of torture, he can barely keep from touching her. What would it be like to give into the temptation and make Clara his indefinitely?
This books had a lot of my very favorite tropes: friends to lovers, rough childhood, reformed playboy (and a few other secret ones you’ll just need to read the book to encounter). Reading Your Fierce Love was quite a trip because it was so much of my romance catnip in one place. Every time I thought the storyline had settled down a bit, Hagen added a new element or trope that recaptured my attention fully. This book is crazy good.
The best thing about this book is, of course, the Bennetts. I’d like to be a Bennett. Their family is big, loud, ridiculously caring and, very honestly, totally unrealistic. I love them anyway. Blake, professionally, does something quite different from most of his family but he is the one who watches out for them behind the scenes. Your Fierce Love places an emphasis on meddling siblings and Pippa, Alice and Summer trying to push Blake and Clara together was really endearing.
“Coincidence? I think not. I wonder which of the sisters came up with the idea to put us in adjacent rooms. My money’s on Pippa, because Summer was with me in the car. But when I turn, I catch Summer schooling her expression, trying to tone down her smug grin. Pippa nods at her appreciatively. There’s my answer.”
Away from prying eyes, Blake and Clara’s chemistry between the sheets was off the charts. Hagen fully explored a variety of options for where these two could get it on and how they could do the deed. At one point in time, I found myself reading this book in a coffee shop and blushing profusely as I read about Blake and Clara in their adjacent apartments right after their first kiss.
“I head straight to the shower, about to turn the water on, but then I hear water noises from Blake’s shower too, and for a split second, I don’t move at all. I’m ridiculous. We probably showered at the same time numerous times in the week I’ve been here.
Yeah but that was before he kissed me up again a tree.
A low groan follows, which really must be a loud one, but it’s muffled by the wall.
And then Blake rasps out my name.”
Whew boy, you should pick up this book for that scene alone. It’s up there on my list of top five sex scenes of all time!
Your Fierce Love is a whole bunch of Bennett goodness with all of my very favorite tropes. This book helped me escape the world for a little bit as I dove into a story that was sweet, yet sassy, quirky, yet anchored. Looking to zone out for a bit and fall in love with a big, rambunctious family? Your Fierce Love is perfect for Bennett family newbies and those already devoted to the series. 4.5 stars for Your Fierce Love by Layla Hagen.