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The Fever KJ Leavitt

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Jack Decker was exactly what Bex had been warned about by her mother. This was how a girl ended up in the fiery pits of the corners of hell reserved for perverts and carnal heathens, so she’d been told. It suddenly didn’t seem like such a bad place to be, if it was Jack Decker who led her there.

Gossip. Dirty dancing. Prejudice. Milkshakes spiked with whiskey.

It’s 1961 and no one knows it just yet, but a family from California is about to throw the entire town of Settler’s Mill into upheaval. The fierce and spirited Bex Wakefield will face the biggest fight of her life when the town turns on Jack Decker, an up-and-coming boxer. As for Jack, he’ll never see the knockout coming when Bex steps into his life.

What’s a girl to do when people would rather believe the lurid tales flying around town than the truth?

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  • About 332 pages
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Swoon Index Ranking

  • Heat

    9

  • Tears

    7

  • Laughs

    8

  • Thrills

    7

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73 comments on "The Fever"

Leslie S. Rose on May 21, 2018, 11:33 p.m. said:

Leslie S. Rose


Every character grabbed my interest and held on. Each one is unique, detailed, and popped right off the page. I adore the evolution of the Jack and Bex relationship. The tangle of the small town and its fickle narrow-minded mentality is a character unto itself. I thought the boxing world was handled very well - just enough to define it and make it relevant to the story. There were a few times when it was a little tricky to figure out whose head I was in, especially with quick changes from one character to another. Congrats on this original and heart-tugging tale.

Definitely a Dirty Dancing vibe.

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Anakinsmom on May 14, 2018, 1:41 a.m. said:

Anakinsmom


I loved all learning about all the characters and their quirks. The small town gossip mongers really moved the story along. I would have loved more background but I know that would only slow the story down for most readers. I'm happy they were finally reunited after all the miscommunication.

Similar Stories : This had a unique plot and characters and I wouldn't compare it to anything else.

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Leslie S. Rose on May 13, 2018, 4:09 p.m. said:

Leslie S. Rose


Loving the voice and the sense of nostalgia. The arrival of the gym reminds me of the pool table hubbub in River City in The Music Man. I am having a wee bit of trouble following whose head I'm in. It feels most comfortable being in Bex's POV. Maybe closed 3rds between Bex and Jack...? Assuming Bex in the MC, I'm not quite sure what her "want" is to drive the story. Very much enjoying the read so far.

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Chad Gibbs on May 11, 2018, 5:13 p.m. said:

Chad Gibbs


Kris and Jessie, I loved The Fever. The setting was amazing, so much so it left me nostalgic for an era way before my time. I feel that way after films some times, Dazed and Confused comes to mind, but I think it's harder to pull off in a book, and you two did it. The story was a knockout, and the characters perfect. Do either of you have a connection to boxing? Or are you just good at research? It's not a sport I've ever been particularly interested in, but it was so perfect in this book. Thanks again for sharing this story!

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KJ Leavitt on May 13, 2018, 10:52 a.m. said:

KJ Leavitt


chad, that was a gorgeous thing to say. thank you!

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mmfennn on May 9, 2018, 12:13 a.m. said:

mmfennn


Cute story- the pace was hard to follow but I think it might be because of how this site broke up the text? hopefully, in book form, it is more clear as to how the paragraphs are separated. The ending seemed somewhat rushed but was cute overall. Really loved the dialogue between the main characters.

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KJ Leavitt on May 13, 2018, 1:02 p.m. said:

KJ Leavitt


hi!

thank you so much for reading and for commenting :)

the line breaks are indeed an issue--but thank you for sticking it out and giving it a shot anyway, it's very much appreciated.

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Jenna G on May 8, 2018, 7:16 p.m. said:

Jenna G


So far I’m enjoying it! Can’t wait to read more. There is a great set up of the town.

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KJ Leavitt on May 13, 2018, 1:03 p.m. said:

KJ Leavitt


i hope you continue to enjoy!
thank you!

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Becky on May 6, 2018, 2:23 a.m. said:

Becky


Slightly more obvious scene transitions and it's perfect.

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