Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review: Fierce Eden

Fierce Eden by Jennifer Blake

Publication Date: February 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical Romance
ISBN-13: 9781402238482

(Received for review from Sourcebooks)

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Fierce Eden
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Synopsis (Book Blurb):


Beautiful, young widow Elise Laffont embraces her freedom during the daylight hours, running the farm she loves so dearly, but the night brings with it painful reminders of the torment she endured at the hands of her abusive husband. Fate may have taken her husband, but it hasn't erased the scars he left, and Elise wonders if she will ever be able to bear the touch of a man again.


From the moment he laid eyes on the beautiful widow, Reynaud Chevalier wanted her. When disaster offers him the chance to claim her as his own, Reynaud seizes the opportunity to bind Elise to him, unaware that behind her determined bravado lays a heart shattered by the past.


Jennifer Blake is the epitome of author's in the historical romance genre. With dozens of books in print, Blake offers the reader a step back in time to places where history and culture hold great significance and love was passionate and daring. Fierce Eden is a re-issue, originally published in 1985. Readers will be enthralled with this early eighteenth century look at Louisiana and Mississippi, with strong characters and sizzling love scenes.

Elise Laffont is a widow with a mission. After the death of her abusive husband she is determined to make it on her own and run the farm she loves. But, when the Natchez Indian Uprising throws her plans into turmoil she is left without much hope and in the hands of a handsome stranger. Half French and half Natchez Indian, Reynaud Chevalier looks like her only hope, but he has more on his mind than just getting her and a few others to safety. He wants Elise more than anything he has ever wanted before, but is it more than just desire? Will Elise be able to leave the scars from her past behind and find love with another man?

Jennifer Blake has an excellent sense of history. Her research into the characters and the setting for this book is impeccable. It is obvious that she took the time to really delve into what was going on in this time period and she was able to really capture the spirit of people and the culture. I felt that she stayed true to Natchez people with her portrayal and brought a lot of exposure to the Natchez Uprising and why it happened.

Blake's character development was very well done. Elise is a great heroine for many reasons. She shows perseverance in the face of huge odds and a great reliance after her traumatic experience with an abusive husband. I believe readers will identify with her and her struggle to open herself up to being hurt again both physically and emotionally. Reynaud is also a very well written character. He is a good man, but he does have his flaws. He certainly lets his body doing his thinking for him in some instances. He shows the best qualities from both his French and Natchez backgrounds and is just a great character to read. He's sexy and handsome and the romance between him and Elise is very hot. This one definitely pacts some steam.

There are a lot of underlying themes in this book besides the romance, including abuse, betrayal and slavery. I really enjoyed the book and felt that the author did a wonderful job of incorporating some heavy subjects while still providing a very entertaining novel. I recommend this one to readers of historical fiction and historical romance. It is a very sensual and romantic book, with history woven into it.

Fierce Eden is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

Since publishing her first book at age twenty-seven, New Times bestselling and award-winning author Jennifer Blake has written over sixty historical and contemporary romances. She brings the seductive passion of the South to her stories, reflecting her seventh-generation Louisiana heritage. Jennifer lives with her husband in northern Louisiana.