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Fated Desires (Fated...) by Becky Flade

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#Young_Adult, #Contemporary, #Romance

Jenna Gavin is searching for a fresh start but, more importantly, for balance. Her heart and perhaps the hands of fate have led her and her young son to Trappers' Cove, Minnesota. Settling in the small, quirky town, she's not in the market for a casual relationship but finds herself in one with the young widower next store. Former shortstop, Gabriel Foxx, is drawn to his difficult new neighbor. The more the prickly divorcee attempts to keep him at arm's length, the more determined he is to break down her walls. He can't avoid the passion she inspires but won't allow himself to feel more. When friendship grows complicated by stronger emotions and mutual desire just isn't enough, will love be worth the risk?

3 out of 5 (good)

Fated Desires is part of the Fated... series, and this story is about Jenna and Gabriel. Jenna is a newly-divorced woman who has moved to Trapper's Cove to be with friends as she tries to rebuild her life. Gabriel is a retired sportsman who has the same friends as Jenna. The attraction is immediate between these two, but attitudes and situations get in their way.

One of the best bits for me was that they didn't immediately act on their attraction. There is actually a timeline between when they first meet to when they end up in bed! I will say that this is a fade-to-black book as it is classed as Young Adult! Whilst no romance runs smoothly (in books or in real life!), I personally found the angst between Gabriel and Jenna was giving me whiplash. First they wanted each other, then they don't. Then they act on it, with rules. Then one wants to change the rules, and even though the other one does too, it causes an argument. I guess it is true that one person's rude is another person's "prickly/feisty/sassy". There was also the case of Cassidy - the ghost of Gabriel's wife. One minute she is telling Gabriel to let her go and to move on, the next she is smashing glasses when Gabriel and Jenna get it on.

This was very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow. The characters are all very different, and complement each other. I would recommend this for all fans of Contemporary Romance with a hint of the supernatural.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *


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When I was little I thought everyone had stories in their head. I didn’t find out that wasn’t the case until kindergarten. I remember thinking that was sad; and that I should share the ones I had. I asked my teacher for help. I had her cut, fold and staple the paper into a suspiciously book-like shape. Then I drew the cover art and illustrated the interior pages. Finally, and most importantly, I dictated the text. And violà … a writer was born. It took thirty years for me to get from that first attempt to being a published author. I think the road thus far has added some depth and experience to my writing. At the very least I learned I shouldn’t ever do my own illustrations. A city girl, born and bred, I tend to place my stories in and around southeast Pennsylvania, or at least have a character or two from the area. Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor, three beautiful daughters, one son-in-law, and two grandsons. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s. I’d love to have you visit with me on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter, or write to me directly at

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