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Fierce: Not Quite a Billionaire, Book 1

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A steamy new stand-alone novel by the best-selling author of Escape to New Zealand.

I never asked Hemi Te Mana to rescue me.

It was true that I had a lousy job. Not to mention a lousy apartment and too much responsibility, although it was a responsibility I wouldn't have given up for the world. That still didn't mean I needed rescuing, if that was what you'd call the situation I ended up in.

And anyway, I knew that a multimillionaire Maori CEO with too many muscles, a tribal tattoo, and a take-no-prisoners attitude was way, way out of my league.

So, no, I didn't ask him to, but he rescued me anyway. Because Hemi was fierce. But you know what I found out? So was I.

©2015 Rosalind James (P)2016 Rosalind James

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    Mom on the Run 05-18-16
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    "Finally, the story that was in the story..."
    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

    You may think that this is just another one of those rich guy shows innocent girl "the ropes" books so common today. You would be wrong. Initially introduced to readers as the "book within the book" in a book in the Escape to New Zealand series, Just in Time, the story can be read as a stand alone and thoroughly enjoyed without knowing any background. However, for fans of the NZ series, it's like watching the heroine of Just in Time (Faith, the fictional "author" of Fierce) fall in love with Will all over again in this book as she works through her feelings by writing a love story. Once again, Rosalind James has given her readers with a little extra gift while crafting an engaging tale that also stands on its own.

    Leaving Will and Faith behind in their book, this story of Hemi, Maori multimillionaire who only has arrangements, and Hope, sweet yet strong, quickly moves from that common trope into a story with depth and many layers. The conflicts are not simple and the work and life situations are not simple. Although it is told in first person and has a lot sexual situations, I don't think this book could be characterized as erotic romance. In erotic romance, the sex typically moves the story forward. In this case (because this is what this author does so well), the emotional connection moves the story forward and the very hot sex scenes are the result of that.

    If you are a fan of erotic romance, I think you would find this a satisfying read because it delivers on the promise of that genre. The bonus is that it delivers so much more.

    As a narrator, Claire Bocking has spoiled me for anyone else. She is amazing. I don't know what else to say about her, other than she nails it every time.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    L Kowalewski 06-01-16
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    "Fantastically Fierce"
    Which character – as performed by Claire Bocking – was your favorite?

    It is so hard to choose 1 character that was my favorite narrated by Claire. She outdid herself in this book. You would think that there were really 2 people sitting in a room narrating Hemi's voice and Hope's voice. Simply amazing the work she does.
    She brought such life to Hope. She really gave her the emotion that she deserved that made her seem less like a butterfly!
    Hemi definitely seemed more "fierce" when listening to him. There were times that I really didn't like him much, but also times that she brought his sweet side out, even sweeter.
    Finally, I think Karen was hysterical being narrated!
    Claire is just amazing in her narration - you will not be disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so happy to hear that Rosalind was giving Hope & Hemi their own story. I loved them in the story within a story in Just in Time.This is a wonderful story about attraction, power and desire. Hope is a strong girl who definitely gives Hemi a run for his money. I think he thought he had a perfect target in pursuing Hope. Little did he know that she was "saucier" than he imagined.Hope & Hemi complimented each other well....Hope was brought out of her relationship shell and Hemi was shown how to be part of a relationship. The conflict and resolution between them was definitely hot & steamy! And, well worth the anticipation!Ultimately, Hope and Hemi realized that they helped one another become more grounded in their family life, business life and relationship.I'm so looking forward to more books in this series. You will not be disappointed in this story. Rosalind did a fantastic job once again!!I received a free copy of this book in exchange fot an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write apositive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abbie O. Warwick, NY United States 05-30-16
    Abbie O. Warwick, NY United States 05-30-16
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    "An Exquisite Experience - Not to be Missed"
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    I have been an avid reader of Rosalind James' Escape to New Zealand series and this is the book that began within Just In Time. And now we get to hear the whole story.
    When you put a man who is use to controlling his universe and getting whatever he wants with a strong willed, independent woman - the sparks will fly. And the sparks really fly with this story. Be fairly warned when the sparks fly so does the steam - there is enough steam in this one to melt the ice in any drink.
    Claire Bocking's performance is exquisite. Even when I wanted to shake the main characters, the narration kept me very involved in the book and the characters and added another dimension to the whole experience. This not just a reading of the story, it is a performance.
    So settle in with some fine cheese, chocolate, and your favorite wine and enjoy one of the most exquisite listening experiences I have ever had.
    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Z USA 05-19-16
    Lori Z USA 05-19-16
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    "Treat yourself!"

    I very much enjoyed Rosalind James's novel, "Fierce," and this audiobook is everything the book was and more. The story itself is very intriguing - definitely not your billionaire / poor lost damaged girl tale. The narration by Claire Bocking takes the story up a notch with her dualing narration of both the heroine, Hope Sinclair, and her employer / love interest, Hemi Te Mana. Claire switches seamlessly back and forth between a male with a New Zealand accent and an American woman, and it feels absolutely genuine and feasible - I got lost in the wonderful story and couldn't really say if I was listening to one or two people!

    I would highly recommend that you treat yourself to this book - you won't be disappointed!!

    "I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.”

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CandCrew ADRIAN, MO, US 05-30-16
    CandCrew ADRIAN, MO, US 05-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The first in a new series!"

    Another great book in a new series by Rosalind James. It is loosely connected to James' "Just In Time", part of the Escape to New Zealand series. Having said that, this book is definitely a stand alone and it is not necessary to have read JIT to enjoy "Fierce". (If you have read JIT, "Fierce" is the actual, full story that Faith was writing.) "Fierce" contains two vastly different and dynamic main characters. Faith is making her way in the world as a photographer's assistant in New York while trying to raise her 15 year old sister. Hemi is Kiwi of Maori descent who has hit the big time as a designer and works out of New York as well. The pair meets as a result of a photo shoot for Hemi's company. They are about as far apart in personality and principles as they can get. Even so, they are drawn to each other. The story chronicles the twists and turns that their relationship takes them on. Hope is fierce in her determination to do right by her sister and herself and is torn with how to fit Hemi into that scheme. Hemi is fierce in his determination to fit Hope into his life as he sees fit--which includes hanging on to the past and ignoring his heritage. There are moments of frustration, intrigue, wonder, anger, disbelief, sadness along with steamy scenes that will have you blushing and fanning yourself. This book isn't for the faint of heart when it comes to sex. Those scenes are tastefully done but are intense and somewhat blunt. However, those scenes aren't for the sake of sex alone. They chronicle the internal struggles both Hemi and Faith have in and out of bed. Be warned that the "f bomb" gets dropped a few times and Hemi is pretty raw in talking about what he wants. When I read the book, I only rated it 4 stars (would've given it 4.5 if I could have) because the book was good but didn't "suck me in" like books I've given 5 stars to. However I did rate the story a 5 for the audiobook because I found myself getting sucked in to the story through the performance. It is an excellent story that keeps you engaged throughout and includes good character development. There is a believable story that goes along with the relationship.

    As for the performance? Claire Bocking is a one woman cast and I feel that, to date, this is her best narration. I am a huge fan of hers but this performance vaulted her in to the absolutely amazing category. I found myself forgetting that only one person was narrating and Hemi? It was hard to believe that he was being read by a woman that normally speaks with an American accent. Every character, once again, has their own voice through tone, cadence, inflection, and accent. The amount of emotion for each scene was done just right--nothing over the top with over-emoting--which made the story that much better.

    Overall, well done and can't wait for "Fractured" to come out.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen H. 05-21-16
    Colleen H. 05-21-16
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    "Amazing!"

    Wow. Claire Bocking was absolutely amazing narrating this book. She made Hemi so sexy that even when I wanted to hate him, I still loved him. I always enjoy listening to Ms. Bocking's narrations, but this one went above and beyond. The first time I heard her reading Hemi, I could have sworn a man was reading.
    This book is full of romance, steam and humor. I loved this book and I generally do not enjoy first person type books. This one was definitely the exception. Rosalind James is an amazing author. She just keeps improving with every book she writes.
    So, if you are looking for a lot of romance, steam and a super sexy hero who has an amazing accent, this book is for you.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Audio Audits CHATSWORTH, CA, US 09-13-16
    Audio Audits CHATSWORTH, CA, US 09-13-16 Member Since 2004

    I'm a cheerleader for authors, narrators and audiobooks I love! All things Romance, Horror and Sci Fi

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    "Very enjoyable"

    I had fun listening to this story, yes it's somewhat typical, poor girl meets and falls for rich boss. But the story is told very well and the narration by Claire Bocking was excellent considering she had to do two separate accents!

    There's drama but it never seems contrived and the two main characters Hope and Hemi are so likable and engaging and yes their chemistry is off the charts!

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    EstherF 06-26-16
    EstherF 06-26-16

    Naturally curious... Work does not define me but it sure makes life more meaningful and interesting. I work to live, not live to work.

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    "The Whole package! Can a romance get any sexier?"
    Where does Fierce rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks pretty high. Because there are so many diverse characters in this book, and Claire is so talented at making each one of them stand out as individuals. This was probably more challenging than some of the others and so, it raises the bar for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Hemi. He's so complex and interesting. While you can assume (correctly) that he is very alpha-male and dominating, he is also not too proud to admit he's wrong. He makes mistakes with Hope and owns up to them. He's able to see her humanness and love her flaws, despite how perfectionistic he is. He's really quite an interesting person. I'd still love to hear more from the author about his back-story and how his character developed and what shaped him. We know he didn't just happen to be that way. Fortunately, this is not the last book in the series and Ms.James will have ample opportunity to delve further into his character development.


    What about Claire Bocking’s performance did you like?

    As I mentioned previously, there are so many diverse characters in this book, and Claire is so talented at making each one of them stand out as individuals. I love how she slows the pace whenever needed and can really set a tone and mood for the scenes through her vocal intonation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene where Hope's sister became ill on their date, and Hemi really stepped up and took charge of her medical care, even despite knowing Hope's too proud to admit she needs help. He really went the extra mile and not just to impress his girl.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!

    • What this book meant to me-how I felt about it
    This is a book within a book (loosely referenced in Rosalind James' recent book "Just in Time" in her Escape to New Zealand series. The story can be enjoyed as a stand-alone without reading any of her other books. She introduces Hope and Hemi, who meet at a photoshoot for one of Hemi's company product lines. Hope is the assistant to the photographer, and has an immediate attraction to the polite Maori clothing designer from New Zealand.

    • Plot development.
    Hemi Te Mana is a multimillion dollar clothing designer mogul with a chip on his shoulder and a highly dominant personality. He wants what he wants, and zeroes in on Hope, but he discovers that she is his equal and opposite match and cannot be pushed around. Hemi, who is immediately attracted to Hope, will do anything he can to persuade her to have a short-term "arrangement" with him and he even goes so far as to get her a job interview at his company on the sly, then making sure she gets the job.

    Then the sparks fly, as Hope digs in her heels to maintain her dignity and her distance, knowing she will have a hard time not falling for him. The rest is a whole lot of fun and sexy banter between the two as you watch the rest of the story unfold. Oh, and by the way, this book is VERY steamy and borderline erotic, with a little kink (not over the top though). Not for the faint-of-heart or those embarrassed easily. You will see that these scenes add to the flavor of the book and add much to the emotional development in their relationship.

    • The character development.
    ○ I fell in love with the characters and the setting of the book immediately. The hero, Hemi, is very much an alpha male fantasy: athletic and physically gorgeous, he's mysterious and smart, sexy, but in private he's vulnerable, and emotionally sensitive and has a deep sense of honor and decency, though he won't admit it. He has a very deep connection with his Maori heritage, and his extended family, but has been through a lot of difficulty and pain.
    ○ The heroine, Hope Sinclair: sweet, shy, feisty and strong-willed, and very inexperienced in matters of the heart - or even adult romance, for that matter. She manages her job as a photographer's assistant and is raising her teenage sister, Karen as well. She believes in ultimate selfless-sacrifice for those you love. She sees through Hemi's arrogance and resistance to emotional closeness, and helps bring his walls down.

    • Conclusion: I won't give any more away, but I think if you like what you’ve read so far, that you will love this book as I did. The story concludes with some pretty sad, tear-jerking moments and I'm so happy these two worked things out in the end. Hemi deserves his lady love who sees him for himself, and she deserves a man who loves and cherishes her and treats her as an equal. This is a beautiful love story!

    • Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Denise 06-25-16
    Denise 06-25-16 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid reader, not a professional book reviewer. I gladly offer my opinion of the books I read/listen to.

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    "ENJOYABLE WEEKEND READ/LISTEN"

    Rosalind James is an auto download for me. Her sense of humor in her writing -- down to earth struggles with feelings in her characters resonate and amount to a very enjoyable read. This story strayed from her rugby playing characters, but they were engaging, real and fun. The synopsis speaks for itself and of course as with all her books there is a HEA.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Holden 06-24-16 Member Since 2015

    Wife,Mother 2 a amazing Daughter,& 4 legged furbabies,Retired Nurse,fighting aterminal illness called pulmonary hypertension!Fight 2 the end

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    "Hot Heavy Romance done so well"
    What made the experience of listening to Fierce the most enjoyable?

    The Story off right away, The Author took us on a journey of love, hurt,and romance.Steamy at times and very classy the way it's written, THE Narration, was out of this world awesome!!! She was able to separate herself into multiple characters in which none seem like the other she did a wonderful amazing job narrating it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I know a lot of people are going to not care for Hemi, but I liked him from the get-go. I knew that the way his culture was that he would not be able to not fall in love and that he would wind up fighting for that long contrary to what he started the storyline saying.


    Which character – as performed by Claire Bocking – was your favorite?

    I think I would say hope, who could not love hope she is the complete package and more. She brings out her flaws before anyone else notices them.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    #Bringing back the love, the romance and Mr. Mc steamy. # buckle up it's going to be a bumpy ride.


    Any additional comments?

    The author grabbed you from the beginning, she took you on a journey from the start of romance to the end and not giving any spoilers away, but this book hit all areas there was love, hurt, and oh such steamy hot love scenes done with class left a lot to the imagination, OK just a little to the imagination. The narration was on point one of the best narrations I've heard . I love how the author did first party talking and a third-party talking. Because the book starts off in first party with him he expressing to himself in his head what he was going to do, that's how the author, had the book rolling from the first couple of pages. I highly recommend the book I have absolutely fallen in love with the game of rugby and the legends and the beliefs of New Zealanders. A lot of things factual come out, about the New Zealand away without you realizing you're being educated's. Also the author wasn't afraid to skirt that line with romance as I said it was done with class but she took you want to ride, were some authors would be's afraid to take the avenues she took, and I say that in a good way as I said the romance was ,hot in steaming, will raise your blood pressure and heart rate but with class. The book is definitely a great great summer beach read. You won't be disappointed!

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