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Fierce Hearts, #4

The "geek" and the "bubbly" schoolteacher learning to move beyond their self-perceived limitations and past traumas to find love amidst fire, explosions, and various other baddies being, well, baddies.

Sound like fun? Except, it’s not really. I didn’t appreciate Quinn's constant self-deprecatory mentions of himself as an unlovable geek. There were these mentions of how smart he was but he never really came across that way. It felt more like some sort of label he and others had stuck on themselves, the "geek" and the "averages", but it never really rang true.

I didn't manage to fall into the story. The narration was weighted heavily in the "telling" camp rather than showing, and then there was so much information about everything that the noise to signal ratio was severely skewed. Everything had to be explained, every little bit of backstory was thrown in to clarify, until I was dizzy with information overload. When it was just Quinn and Tizzy, I didn't feel like I was given a chance to know them as people, rather their stories and emotions were told to me as established fact in a very superficial fashion. There was also a lot going on, what with secret agendas, people trying to sabotage the colony, and Quinn's issues, that in the end I was completely swamped with things that were completely underwhelming to me emotionally. I couldn't invest because I never felt like I had a chance to really get to know the characters for myself and care about them as people.

I didn't really end up reading the whole book. In the end, I didn't have the patience to wade through everything to get to the story. I wound up skimming sentences, then paragraphs, and finally skipped entire chunks of chapters at a time.

Fierce Hearts wasn't my cup of tea, but it might be a good fit for readers who like to know every last thing about a character and the setting, and who like a sprawling, complicated world with lots of things going on.

Book Blurb for Probabilities

Bubbly were-lynx Tizzy Sands mapped out her life years ago: she'd teach kindergartners, eventually marry, and start a family. But when cancer stole her dream of having children, her focus changed. As a member of a were-lynx colony that faces constant danger from the nefarious Nexus Group, her goal now is helping the colony defeat them--and steering clear of any romantic involvements.

With his genius IQ, Quinn Arons isn't the most socially skilled were-lynx in the colony and can't imagine party girl Tizzy would give him a second look. But although his past mistakes and childhood experiences haunt him, he can't accept Tizzy's fear that cancer will return and claim her life soon. Instead, he decides to show her that life is what you make it.

Now they're working as partners to prevent Nexus from launching its Project Powering, but can Quinn convince Tizzy there's more to save here than just their world?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2015 2.50