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A Date with Fate (The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The humor with which the story is told through Bel's eyes will grab you from the start and keep you reading. The sarcasm, wit, and intelligence that shows throughout the story makes for an enjoyable read.
I would say that if you like reading about Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, you will end up falling in love with Anabel Axelrod. I will most definitely continue reading this series!
The story is told from the heroine's own perspective. It takes place in the course of a weekend but is fairly long due to Anabel's comments, thoughts, and opinions on anything and everything as well as her constant flashbacks that help us flesh out the heroine's backstory and give us insight into the characters. Don't get me wrong; Anabel's mind is a well of practical knowledge and crazy ideas, so there is not a dull moment in the whole book.
I loved Anabel's character and her adventures so much that by the third chapter I knew that I would want to buy all the books in the series. However, when I finished the book, I was more frustrated than satisfied. It ends so abruptly and leaves so many loose ends untied and important questions unanswered, that I have no choice now but to buy the next book. I don't have anything against series of books, especially if I like the characters. But I want each book in a series to be a stand-alone piece as well, so I can choose which and how many books to buy. Unfortunately, as I said earlier, there is no choice here. For that reason, I am only giving A Date with Fate a three-star rating. I am truly sorry to do so; had it had a different ending (any ending at all, for that matter), it would have been a five-star read for me.
Update (09/15/2013): At the time I am writing this, four out of the five one- and two-star reviews are written by people who haven't actually read the whole book: two found it boring and gave up at the very beginning, and the other two couldn't get over the kinky first chapter. While I believe that everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion, I also truly believe that one cannot review--and condemn--a book they haven't finished. It's not fair for potential readers, and it's certainly not fair for the author. As for the first chapter, tastes differ, and what some people consider fun, healthy, and acceptable, others may find dirty and disturbing. Personally, I loved the first chapter and got hooked by it--it was a powerful introduction of the two main characters and an exciting and spicy glimpse into Anabel and Luke's world. If you are not sure whether the opening chapter will be within your comfort zone, may I suggest that you check out a sample first. That way you can see for yourself if you get turned on or off by it. A Date with Fate is not a stand-alone piece and shouldn't be read as such; it is followed by Courted by Karma and then by In Love by Design. These books are a continuing story that is sexy, captivating, and very entertaining.
BUT, I warn them that the first scene can be hard to take. You're led to believe that something awful is about to happen. But it all works out fine.
If you get past scene one, the rest is all awesome. Anabel is a fantastic character. Strong and interesting.
There's a main man in her life, but he's just one of her cast of supporters, along with her best friends and her siblings. Anabel is the hero of her own life.
P.S. Yes, it is a little bit of a cliffhanger as far as the romance between Anabel and Luke goes. So if that kind of series bothers you, be forewarned! And please don't mark the books down for it -- they are so well-written and clever.
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Luke is a strong man.
The chemistry is okay between these two.
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