Sunday, June 2, 2019

Review - Fierce Girl

Title:   Fierce Girl
Author:  Emma Tallon
Genre:   Crime Thriller
Series:   Anna Davis #4
Publisher:   Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  351
Date of Publication:  May 21, 2019
My Rating:  5 Stars


Fans of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Jessie Keane will be hooked by Fierce Girl. 

When loyalty is everything, betrayal hits harder. 

Anna Davis has grown up. She’s not the naive runaway who escaped her vicious gangland boyfriend anymore. She’s tougher than ever and she won’t let anyone take advantage of her – or the people she loves. 

Anna’s devoted boyfriend, East End baron Freddie Tyler, is in trouble. There’s a rat in his organisation and he needs to stop the leaks before a very big mistake from his past is revealed to people who will want swift and brutal revenge. 

Anna wants to help Freddie but she’s got problems of her own. Her best friend Tanya’s mother has turned up, and is staking a claim on Tanya’s share of their club. With Tanya buying her mum’s reformed sinner act, Anna knows she needs to act before both their friendship and Club Anya goes up in flames. 

But if there’s one thing Anna and Freddie have learned, it’s how to play the game, and as their enemies close in they’ll fight with everything they’ve got to protect the life they’ve built. 


For readers of the Anna Davis series, no doubt Fierce Girl had been highly anticipated. However, as you read the pages of this book, you will find that it does well as a standalone novel. As the story begins Anna comes across as a strong woman. A woman who managed to survive a dangerous boyfriend - to the point that she almost lost her life. Now she is in a good relationship with Freddie Tyler, who runs a very successful criminal organization. Freddie loves Anna to distraction.

However, her best friend Tanya has managed to survive an awful attack. Barely. She is still in a coma and her only visitor was Anna. Anna is devastated by what happened to Tanya. So much so that she closes off her her heart to Freddie, keeping him at arm's length. Meanwhile, Tanya's mother Rosie shows up at the hospital and reinserts herself in Tanya's life after years of estrangement.

Rosie has a plan. A disastrous one as far as Anna is concerned. Rosie decides that she should be part owner to Club Anya - a club both Tanya and Anna own. The dynamic at this point in the book is nothing less than shocking. This puts a strain on Anna and Tanya's relationship, and by extension, Freddie's and Anna.

I found this book to be rather tragic. I felt, as I have in every single book in this series, very drawn to Anna. She is a warrior and is indeed the perfect mate to Freddie. However, in the pages of this book her trauma, and ultimate coping, is very dramatic and even made me draw tears. Freddie, however much he didn't understand what was happening, proved to be the strong hero he has always been. 

The emotional edge of this story is finely balanced with the never-ending danger and spell-binding action that presents itself to Freddie and his family. Their enemies have nothing to hide and nothing to lose, proving that they will do anything they can to take Freddie down, no matter who gets hurt.

The first three books are Dangerous Girl, Runaway Girl and Boss Girl. Each book in the series is compelling and explores the pasts of Anna, Freddie and Tanya. As a true fan of Emma Tallon I definitely recommend not only this book, but each and every one prior to this. 
Fierce Girl is just the sort of book you must read from cover-to-cover, in one sitting, no matter what life throws at you. I look forward to the next book in this captivating series.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Emma Tallon is a British, gritty crime writer, adventurer, Londoner and mother to a young son. Starting her career a few years ago as a ghostwriter, Emma crafted some of the most adventurous, edgy and heart-wrenching stories you can find on the shelves today.

In March 2017 Emma stepped out of the literary shadows and self-published her first book, Life Game. The book was an instant success, the results far exceeding anything she had expected. As news of Life Games popularity spread, she joined forces with W.F.Howes and the audiobook was launched in October 2017.

In December 2017, Emma signed a three book deal with publishers Bookouture. This included Life Game which was changed, re-edited and re-released as Runaway Girl.

Drawing inspiration for her books from a mixture of her own observations and an active imagination, the characters Emma paints are colourful and larger than life. Her story lines are an interesting recipe of deep emotion and violent grit, that keep her readers engrossed.

With two more books in the works for this series already, Emma has many more stories planned out for the future.

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