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Tempting Fate, by Emily Stormbrook, is the first book in her Broken Fate series, which is a Barrett’s Bay romance. Miranda Grace Avery is dead and Andy is born. On the run from an abusive ex-husband, Andy finds herself back in Barrett’s Bay, the one place she felt was home. In Barret’s Bay, she feels safe and reunites with Rob and Jesse Fateson, brothers who befriended her when she first came to Barret’s Bay. As she tries to keep a low profile in a small town where everyone recognizes her, Andy finds that Jesse, her teenage crush, has feelings for her. She wonders if she can truly be happy with Jesse Fateson or if she’ll have to keep running.
Tempting Fate is a steamy romance novel with a steady flow of thrilling melodrama that never ceases to entertain. The story is told in the first person, which takes some getting used to as I didn’t know who the character was, what was going on, or why things were happening. But as the pieces fall into place things start making sense and after the first chapters I was fully immersed in the story, helped my Stormbrook’s strong writing. As readers, everything feels like a mystery and we’re desperate to know why Andy was in the car crash and why she’s running. I was pulled through the story effortlessly as I kept wanting to find out what happens next.
Andy is an indelible character, strong, with a troubled past, and a person I loved following. She was unwanted by her parents, and unloved by her older sister. The only place she found love was in Barrett’s Bay with her grandparents. But then her older sister died and sold Andy to a man she hated. Then four years before the story starts, she went through rehab and has been helping get evidence against the man she was forced to marry. Andy’s strength to do all this and run away helped me connect with her as the strong woman that she is instead of taking pity on her.
The novel is a suspenseful page-turner, Stormbrook knows how to end a chapter, but I really appreciated the depth of Andy’s backstory, and the stirring relationship she has with Jesse. The novel ends on a cliffhanger, thankfully this is a series, and we’re left desperate to know if Andy is going to get the happy ending she deserves with Jesse Fateson.
Tempting Fate is an emotional thriller that sets an intriguing character down a perilous path that will keep readers eagerly flipping pages.
Pages: 303 | ASIN: B0927QDMKT
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Hel to Pay is a paranormal erotica novel that is unlike any story that I had read before. This is a supernatural romance story that deals with werewolves and tackles the structure of packs and alpha’s. Right from the beginning the novel creates a dark and violent atmosphere the permeates the entire novel. Marrok has to witness his parents’ murder and vows from that day on to never allow someone to hurt him emotionally by never falling in love. At just fourteen years old Marrok is portrayed as mature as he attempts to free his sister from a dangerous alpha named Woodroe by becoming will bound to him and serving him. As a reader we can’t help but empathize with him. When we meet Helena, we begin to see similarities between her and Marrok and can guess what will ensue between the two. As her parents became caught up in drugs, Helena had to work several jobs as a child and it continued on to her adulthood. She took on the burden of her parent’s debt. Much like Marrok, one could easily tell that Hel was mature and strong given everything she had endured because of her parents. As our main character, I definitely grew to love and admire Hel. The relationship that grew between Marrok and Hel was powerful and sexy, despite Marrok’s overprotective nature and hesitation at first.
If you’re looking for something that is more advanced than your average romance book, I definitely recommend picking up this riveting novel. The paranormal aspect heightens the drama of this romance story. From the beginning to the end of the book the narrative is full of tragedy, intrigue, romance and action that ensure there is never a dull moment in the story. If you’re also into romances that include erotic scenes, this is perfect for that as well. The writing is straightforward and allows you to easily get wrapped up in the steaminess of the intimacy–not to mention that you also get easily wrapped up into the drama between Marrok and his troubling relationship with Woodroe. Hel to Pay is a compelling supernatural erotica that is consistently entertaining.
Pages: 145 | ASIN: B08NSNSB65
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