Series: Fierce #3
Published by Self-Published on November 19th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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In book three of the Fierce Trilogy, "Epic" brings this Rubenesque coming-of-age series to a close, tying up the final crises keeping our intrepid but beleaguered reality couple, Jace and Jordi, from their fairytale ending.
Plus-sized singing sensation Jordi Hemphill is on the quest of a lifetime. Set adrift in the previous book, "Unstoppable," she must fill new, gaping holes in her family tree. It begins as an escape, but it ends up the ultimate confrontation of the demons that continue to haunt her from her abusive past. Worse, she still struggles through current scandals, splashed on every tabloid for the world to see. As a result, her career stagnates while Jace Riga is on a rocket to super-stardom, tearing the star-crossed lovers even further apart.
Though she has filed for divorce, she is still regrettably tied to Eddie, her weaselly husband in name only. He gleefully proceeds with his plan to woo and ultimately con Jordi's estranged friend, Shelby Goddard, to tap into her family's wealth. He moves to Tennessee to cozy up to her domineering father, Coy, who has just announced his run for the Senate. Together he and Eddie get closer and closer to a seat of power, while Shelby continues to languish in ill health and depression. Jordi debates on whether she can make the sacrifice needed to save her friend, but it could pound the final hammer into her career and end her own dreams of super-stardom for good.
It doesn't help that a fellow musician, Griffin Slade, drives her insecurities even further down the tubes. This unapologetic ladies man feeds into all of Jordi's insecurities as they are thrust together in project after project. His aloof demeanor only underscores all the rest of her esteem issues, all of which threaten to drive her back to her one true comfort: food.
Jace remains stubbornly steadfast, trying to save Jordi from her self-destructive behavior. But this final lesson Jordi has to learn alone. She can no longer depend on Jace, her family, or the world giving her the validation she has been denied for so long. She must dig deep, work hard, and let go - or else she'll lose everything she's fought so hard to achieve.
In the end, only Jordi can save Jordi. This is her journey of self-discovery, and at long last, self-acceptance.
This series was another one of those that have been on my TBR forever. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to take advantage of the promo last weekend and downloaded all three of these books for free. I would have to say that I would’ve paid every single penny for these books because the entire series was phenomenal especially the final book – Epic.
You would think that after all the issues that Jordi had to endure in the first two books that she would immediately get to her HEA but that isn’t so. In this book, she had to deal with so much more. Besides her continued battle with her weight and low self-esteem, she also had to deal with the falling out between her and her soon to be ex-husband, Eddie. While he was never within close proximity in this story he still managed to affect her brutally even from a distance.
One of the good things that she was able to accomplish with her fame and fortune was the opportunity to find her biological mother. However, that didn’t come without issues of its own. She had been warned by those that cared for her not to be all that trusting but in her heart, she knew as soon as she met Maya that she was different. She felt a closeness to this woman who welcomed her into her arms. Although she did receive a warm welcome from her mother, it was not easy to convince her brother Diego that her intentions were honorable.
At first, this was what Diego thought that her intentions were. He thought that she was using them as a ploy to improve her tarnished reputation and since she refused to comment on all the bad press that she was receiving the press crucifies her again saying she was hooking up with an under aged boy. They keep saying that “any press was good press” but in Jordi’s situation when every single move she made was viciously dissecting it further altered her self-confidence.
“You’re the brightest light I’ve ever seen. You should shine for the whole world to see.”
As all the stressors keep piling up it starts affecting her work as well. No matter what happened though she always had the right people around her encouraging her along the way. Some of her friendships did suffer throughout her journey but she also managed to gain so much more. One of which is Griffin. He was difficult to accept in the beginning but by the end of the book I couldn’t get enough of this man and I’m honestly hoping that the author writes another spin-off that features him.
He wasn’t the only one that stood out for me. Of course, there were the characters of the Groupie Series such as Graham and Vanni. I found it heartwarming how they both were able to influence someone like Jordi and the rest of the contestants of Fierce.
In Vanni’s case, we witness how he really changed from how we first encountered him. Obviously, Andy had a major hand in that transformation and it was great seeing that their relationship remained strong throughout the years.
There were so many elements to enjoyed about this book. I thought the writing was superb. I loved the characters and the plot. I appreciated that fact that it not only dealt with issues of the heart but it also addressed real life problems such as overcoming abuse and low self-esteem.
I loved how driven our heroine was. It seemed that no matter what came her way she was able to face things head-on. For me, the entire series was inspirational. It drove into my psyche that as long as you had the right people around you and were motivated enough that you could conquer anything.