Friday, December 13, 2013

Review: Forged by Fate

Forged by Fate
Forged by Fate by Reese Monroe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book really blew me away! I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this book was well written, had some really great characters, and was completely unique.

Theo is a Gatekeeper, tasked by the "great one" with protecting people from demons and sending them back to Hades. His brother, Justin, has been keeping him company and helping him with his fight for over 900 years. All the while, Theo has been eagerly waiting (and saving himself!!?!!) for his mate, a predestined woman who will be bonded with him and help him come into his true powers.

Sadie is an orphan who has made up for her luck in life by excelling at martial arts (as a black belt) and breezing through college by the age of 18. Set to graduate in mere days, her world is turned upside-down when a mysterious tattoo shows up on her shoulder. That coupled with her inability to keep down food does not bode well for her. All of her book smarts couldn't prepare her for meeting Theo, though. After a tumultuous first meeting, they spend the next few days running from demons, alternately saving each other from demons, and fighting some serious attraction. My only warning (depending on your reading tastes) is that this book is filled with a lot of sizzle, some fade to black, and a little sexy time. I don't think any of those things took away from the book, but there are some people out there who are very specific about what level of "sexy time" they want in their books...

This book was like a breath of fresh air. The dialogue was easy and the characters had me hooked from page one. I found it really disappointing to have to put the book down to do silly mundane things like sleep or go to work. I was torn between wanting to speed through to see what happened between Sadie and Theo and savor each and every page. I'm really eager to see what the next installment delivers. Will we follow Theo? Will we get to see Justin get his comeuppance? Will there be a new big bad? I'm hooked!

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