Today is my stop during the blog tour for Your Fierce Love (The Bennett Family #7) by Layla Hagen! This was the first book I read by the author and it certainly won’t be the last. scroll down to read my review and check out some of the teaser images!
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The strong and sexy Blake Bennett is downright irresistible. And Clara Abernathy is doing everything she can to resist his charm.
After spending her life in group homes, Clara yearns for the love and warmth of a true family. With the Bennetts treating her like their own, she can’t possibly fall for Blake. That would be crossing a line…
But when Clara needs a temporary place to live, and she accepts Blake’s offer to move next door to him, things escalate. Suddenly, she’s not only supposed to resist the man who’s hell-bent on having her, but the TV station she works for is determined to dig up some dirt on the Bennett family.
Blake knows family friends are off-limits, and Clara is more off-limits than anyone. But Clara’s sweetness and sass fill a hole in him he wasn’t even aware of. Soon, he finds himself gravitating toward her, willing to do anything to make her happy.
Blake enjoys bending the rules—much more than following them, but will bending this one be taking it too far?
YOUR FIERCE LOVE is the seventh book in Layla Hagen’s Bennett Family series, but all books stand alone.
This was my first Layla Hagen book but I can confidently say it won’t be my last. While this is the seventh book in The Bennett Family series it holds its own as a standalone and you don’t need to read the other books to enjoy Your Fierce Love. Sometimes, I find when books within a series are labeled as standalone they can lack proper character development. Not this book. Layla nailed the character development in this one, and while my interest in the other characters is definitely piqued, I don’t feel like I’ve missed out by not reading them first.
Both Blake and Clara are very likable MC’s, and I was rooting for their romance from the get-go. It is a forbidden romance of sorts, mainly because Clara is so protective of her relationship with the Bennetts, cherishing and valuing it because she didn’t have that growing up (or mostly didn’t.) So, the family is important to her and she worries she will mess up a good thing by getting involved with Blake.
Blake is extremely determined though, and he doesn’t give her the opportunity to back away because he knows she wants him as much as he wants her.
I liked the build up of their relationship, and how sweet and caring Blake was while at the same time he’s all man. The romantic and sexy times were hot without going too far and perfectly to my taste. There was no doubt they shared intense chemistry, and you could tell the bond was growing stronger the more they fell in love. All of that leaped off the pages of my Kindle and it was so heartwarming.
The main reason my rating isn’t higher is due to two things that happened toward the end of the story that took away from my enjoyment. The first was the confrontation with her bosses. In reality, they wouldn’t have given up that easily and I just couldn’t accept it as credible. Then, when her secret was revealed the reactions of both characters was, significantly, lacking in emotional depth. I should have felt her pain, her concern, her fear, her panic, but I didn’t. Those scenes require more heightened emotion and more tension, in my opinion. I wanted to feel an ache in my chest, but I didn’t. It just felt like a plot device that was hurdling toward an inevitable end.
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I can say this is still a perfectly lovely romance and it ticks along at a nice, consistent pace. It would make a great summer beach read.
For me, one of the best things about this book is it has ignited my interest in this family and I really want to read the other books now. I ADORED the family dynamic, and all the siblings, and the close knit feel, and how they all supported one another. Loved it! I’m definitely going to check out some of the other books starting with Logan because, aagh!! I loved him. Seriously, I think I might have a Logan fetish because anytime I come across that name in a book I just have to read it and I invariably fall head over heels in love. So, I’m off to download Logan and Nadine’s book now.
Actual 3.5 stars.
Thanks to the author and Inkslinger PR for providing an ARC of this book which I have voluntarily reviewed.
About the Author:
Layla Hagen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She fell in love with books when she was nine years old, and her love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
She writes steamy and romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
She is represented by fabulous Louise Fury (The Bent Agency)