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FIGHTING FATE Summary

Empath Liam Whelan is determined to protect Laxshmi “Lucky” Kapadia, the girl he loves, at all costs–even if it means breaking her heart to keep her alive. Stopping the joining cold means Liam’s life is in danger from the Soul Seekers and the ruthless Minister Gagliardi who now has designs on Lucky. Liam has no choice but to find the strength to fight his desires, fight the joining, and fight fate.

After the unthinkable happened, Lucky’s “hallucinations” have been working double-time. Heartbroken and plagued by doubts, she meets a man who gives her a mind-blowing explanation for her predicament. Her apparent savior provides her with an escape from her hell: run away with him or return to her drab existence and watch Liam move on with her heart in his hands. All Lucky ever craved was to be in control of her own fate, but when her only choices fight against her heart, can she find the strength to battle for what she wants?

SOULMATED: FIGHTING FATE – EXCERPT

(Joining of Souls Book 2)

Under the cover of her porch, I returned her bag to her. We moved apart. With the connection broken, she let out a shuddering sob. The pain of separating from her hit me square in the chest. I wanted to hold and comfort her, but I was already making a dog’s dinner of this just by being here. This would set her back—set us both back.

She turned away from me. Her hand shot up to her mouth, and her shoulders shook. I instinctively stepped forward, but all I could do was curl my fingers into my palms to keep from touching her.

“I miss you so much, Liam,” she said, the words choked out between hoarse cries. “I’m sorry. I know I’m not supposed to be weak.” She slapped away her tears and turned to face me. A bolt of lightning cracked nearby. I couldn’t stay. The tingling was pulling us together like it was some sort of magnetic current.

“You’re not weak. I miss you too, Lucky.”

Her eyes grew cold in an instant. The fury of the sandstorm I sensed from her made me gasp, and I stumbled back. “Jaysus, Lucky.” We were crossing interpretations again. I was reading her emotions as air metaphors instead.

She barreled toward me, her hands balled up, apparently unaware of the effect her anger had on me. “You have no right to miss me. You left me!” She beat her fists against my chest, and I had to grab her by the wrists to stop her.

“Are you thinkin’ this has been easy for me?”

She wriggled free from my grip. “Whose fault is that?” she yelled above a roll of thunder. I didn’t want her to see the pain on my face, so I turned away, holding myself up on the white, wooden railing. The whirlpool of her anguish surrounded me, making my head ache.

I took a deep breath and lowered my voice. “Lucky, I broke my promises to you. For that, I’m truly sorry. But I had little enough choice. None of that changes my feelings for you.”

“I’m not The One, so it’s time to move on. Is that it? Regardless of how you feel? Of how I feel?” Her voice cracked. “You’re a coward.”

I heard her fumbling for her keys. She’d be inside soon, and I’d rather be fighting with her on the porch than be without her.

“So where next, hmm?” she asked. “North Dakota? Vermont? Ooo, I know. You should go to India. You could play this game for the rest of your life!”

I turned to face her. Her sarcasm was brutal, but I deserved all that and more.

She tried to unlock her door, but the keys slipped from her grip. She stooped to pick them up, but her fingers were shaking so badly, she dropped them again.

“Dammit!” She crouched a second time and sucked back another sob.

I swept down and set my hands over hers to steady them. Taking the keys, I unlocked the door, followed her inside, and bundled her in a blanket from off the sofa. Lucky didn’t protest. We stood there, dripping water on her mum’s carpet, staring into each other’s eyes. Grabbing fistfuls of the covering around her neck, I gently rocked her, tugging her closer, fighting the craving to kiss her. My breaths came out fast and shallow, and only clinging to the material with both hands kept me from sneaking a touch of her soft skin. If I didn’t leave now, I’d stay because I didn’t have an ounce of the strength she had. Maybe I was the coward she’d accused me of being.


About the Author: Shaila PatelShaila_Patel_3x4.5[5776]

As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever-after, Shaila Patel’s younger self would finish reading her copy of Cinderella and chuck it across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. SOULMATED, her debut novel and the first book in the Joining of Souls Series, was the winner of the 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews Paranormal Awards for Young Adult. Book 2, FIGHTING FATE releases April 2018. She loves craft beer, tea, and reading in cozy window seats—but she’ll read anywhere. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or gushing about her favorite books online.

Represented by: Agent Amanda Leuck of Spencerhill Associates

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All eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan—an Irish royal empath—wants to do is stop the frustrating search for the elusive girl destined to be his soul mate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and give the couple legendary powers, painting a bullseye on Liam’s back—and hers.

All Indian-American Laxshmi Kapadia wants is to free herself from her traditional mother’s ultimatum: graduate from high school early and go to medical school, or have her marriage arranged. Neither allows her to pursue her dreams of a career in dancing or of falling in love.

When Liam moves in next door to Laxshmi—a non-empath, he’s immediately drawn to the purity of her emotions, and she sees in this charming Irish boy a future with the freedom to follow her heart. But Liam’s father will never consent if she’s not The One. And Laxshmi’s mom won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. But hiding their relationship can’t keep them from becoming targets of a dark and ancient group determined to destroy the soulmated.

What will these two risk to choose their own fate?


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Fire in the Woods by Jennifer M. Eaton

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My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary via Goodreads: “When a plane crashes in the woods near Jess’s home, the boy of her dreams falls out of the sky—literally. But David’s not here to find a girlfriend. He’s from another planet, and if Jess can’t help him get back to his ship, he’ll be stuck on Earth with nothing to look forward to but the pointy end of a dissection scalpel…”

My Review: Tension filled, ET romance! This book was a fun adventure.

The main character is cute, but a little dumb at times. It was hard to like her in the beginning when she’s swooning over this alien, who looks like a handsome celebrity. Very juvenile behavior at times, especially when she’s talking to her best friend Maggs about David. I like her rebellious spirit, but there were times she could have put two-and-two together and realized this guy is the fugitive on the run… Her being that dense ruined the beginning of the book for me. She’s suppose to be going into her senior year of high-school, is submitting college applications, but she still acts (in my opinion) like a middle-school girl with a crush. All that said, her goals are clear, internal and external conflicts are set up well. And, I did like her friendship with David, how it developed. Though, I wished at times David was more ignorant of his surroundings and how to behave on this planet. He was almost too human to be believable as an alien.

The pacing and tension in the conflict is great. Jess’s relationship with her friends and her father are perfect! This is a book I was able to speed read through because the pace never faltered. There were descriptions I missed, major ones, however. I’m not sure if it was because I was ready to get back to the dialogue, or if some of the narrative was too full of description.

I sped through this adventure. Pleasantly surprised with how much I liked it, despite the complaints I had. By the end, I needed to know what happened next, and bought the second book. Review to come. 

 

 

Helping Each Other by Ada Austen

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

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A Native Romance Novel

Short Summary:
Joseph Chattoche is tormented by guilt, haunted by the recent death of his wife, while Shannon Gallagher is content living alone in her family home as she searches for the last of her relatives. Both are unsure how they will overcome their tragic pasts, opening up their hearts to love again, until they meet each other. 

My Review: 

I beta read for Ada Austen’s work-in-progress, Better Late Than Never, which is another stand-alone similar to this romance novel. I’ve enjoyed following the different characters through their hardships to find and accept love in both books, and I love Austen’s writing style. Though there are places throughout the book that could benefit from minor edits or proof-reading, the story maintains a good pace, the dialogue moves the story along with the action, and the characters keep you engaged and blushing.

It was exciting to see a small glimpse of the characters I already knew from Better Late Than Never. I think knowing Austen’s writing style, and the similarities between her characters, helped me overlook some of the distracting point-of-view shifts in the scenes. However, I think the structure of the book would be greatly improved by separating Shannon and Joseph’s points-of-view into their own chapters. Having both of them telling the story at the same time is confusing. Separating the characters’ stories would also cut down on the long-winded chapters, which could use some reorganizing. 

I would have liked to see a stronger emotional response from Shannon when she interacts with her mother. Her story builds toward this moment from the beginning, and though I liked the direction it ultimately took, her initial reaction could have been more emotionally gripping. 

Overall, this book kept my eyes locked in place until I had finished it in one sitting. I’m hooked on Austen’s characters, and look forward reading more of her books to come! 

Soulmated by Shaila Patel

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Beautiful Hard-copy version

Short Summary via amazon: Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan is an Irish, royal empath, is searching for his elusive soulmate when he meets Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family. Liam’s father isn’t convinced Lucky is “The One,” and Lucky’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or, is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?

My Review: 
Beautiful inside and out, I’m so glad I pre-ordered this YA book when it was released. It’s engaging and unique!

Soulmated is an easy read. I loved the chemistry between the characters, and the frustration of teenage romance between the expectations of their parents and their cultural differences.

This is a great choice for YA readers and adult paranormal/fantasy romance readers alike. Do yourself a favor, though, and buy the hard-copy because you’ll want to add this beautiful cover to your library!

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

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My Rating: 5/5

Short Summary: Connie Goodwin is working on her dissertation, while also attempting to prepare her grandmother’s abandoned house for sale over the summer. She discovers a family secret when she finds a key and a piece of paper with the words “Deliverance Dane” on it. Curiosity gets the better of her and she begins to uncover her family history in relation to Salem Witch Trials.

My Review: One of my favorite books of all time, this book is amazing on the inside as it is beautiful on the outside. The cover of the book makes this book irresistible to pick up and inspect, and the characters within are well developed. I picked this book up by chance at a bookstore, read a few pages, and then decided to risk hating the book by buying it on the spot. I’m so glad I did judge this book by its cover!

Katherine Howe tells multiple tales within the story, giving the reader a chance to piece together the secrets of the past with Connie as she experiences the witchcraft and wonder behind her family history and her own abilities.

I bought this book for my own enjoyment. I highly recommend you do the same!