- File Size: 1965 KB
- Print Length: 96 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (October 26, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 26, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07HNTM8FS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Embracing Fate (A Series of Fates Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I was a little surprised at how slow moving the pace of the romance was considering this is a short story. While the chapters are short, Jack doesn’t even come onto the scene for the first few chapters, and then Seth takes another few chapters to work up the courage to ask Max to introduce him to Jack. Usually I’m a big fan of a slow-building romance – two people just jumping directly into bed normally doesn’t feel very real or believable to me – but it’s the build up, sexual tension and to-and-fro that I love to read, all the preliminaries helping to make the romance itself seem real and sexy. Instead, with this short story, a lot of the beginning of the book is spent showing Seth and a number of the other pack members interacting before Jack moves in. While this was some great world building – and likely excellent for readers interested in other stories in the series – it felt a little wasted to me since I was mainly interested in Seth and Jack’s story and their romance.
While I felt the romance really does move slowly – especially for an erotic story – I did enjoy the fact that this wasn’t a simple “two men meet and fall in lust” style of story. Seth has a complicated history and a number of layers to his personality which I really enjoyed learning about in a slower manner. A part of me would have loved to see at least some of this relationship progress from Jack’s perspective – even though for most of the story Jack had no real idea that it was Seth he was getting to know. While there is an abundance of paranormal world-building I honestly did enjoy the fact this wasn’t a simple or easy book – it was complicated and full of all sorts of real-life struggles and more than a few laughs.
I don’t feel that readers looking for an intensely erotic story will find enough heat to be satisfying here. While there’s oodles of chemistry and quite a few sweet and tender getting-to-know-you moments, there’s no actual consummation between Jack and Seth in the story. Personally I was satisfied with this not being a graphic story – so much of the plot was Jack and Seth working out how they could come together and fit when they were both from vastly different worlds. But as an erotic romance story I would well understand if other readers might not be as happy with the lack of sex in the story.
A heavily plotted and strongly paranormal story this book is full of great, multi-layered and interesting characters and a well thought out shifter pack and small town. With plenty of funny and tender moments I enjoyed this story and would happily read more by this author.
originally posted at long and short reviews
I greatly enjoyed getting to read about Seth finding his mate. That his mate is a human and a dog trainer is a complication until Seth convinces his best friend Max to pretend that Seth, in his wolf form, needs training. His best friend tries to point out that it isn’t the best idea since the towns’ people, which go through a very strict background check to get to live there on a month to month lease, have no idea that a wolf shifter pack owns the town. Seth and Max risk the alpha’s displeasure should Jack, the dog trainer, find out that the wolf he’s training is actually Seth, his next-door neighbor and owner of Sweets and Meats bakery. But Seth can’t think of any other way to interact with his mate with how painfully shy he is and the anxiety he has around strangers. What they didn’t expect was that Jack would form such a close bond with Max’s pet wolf that he would want to adopt him from Max. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Jack, Seth in wolf form, and Jack’s dog, Winston, are all basking in Jack’s yard after a training session and they all fall asleep and Seth shifts back into his human form. And he has to sneak back to his bakery naked with only some shrubs to preserve his modesty.
I loved the part of the book when Seth is in the back baking, and he overhears his new neighbor, Jack, giving commands to his dog, Winston, and Seth’s wolf responds to them also leaving him sitting on the floor of the bakery and then lying there a minute later. I couldn’t stop giggling. And that was only one of the parts that had me laughing. The book was just fun to read, and sometimes you just want to be entertained without having to pay a whole lot of attention to make sure that you didn’t miss something.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series Fearing Fate which is going to be about Zeus finding his mate.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
This book was seriously the funniest book I’ve read in a while, I was laughing the entire time.
Seth is hilarious and totally steals the show in this book. I absolutely love his character. While I really liked book one and the main character for that book, Max, Seth’s best friend, Seth has surpassed my love for Max. LOL. Max is an awesome and slightly, completely insane Omega. Seth is just a smaller wolf shifter, who finds his mate in a human named Jack who recently moved to town. Jack is a dog trainer. When Max and Seth come up with a totally harebrained and crazy scheme for Seth to get closer to Jack, without telling him he’s a shifter, this book gets interesting. And freaking Funny!! We’re talking wolf shifter and dog trainer, you can only imagine what will happen… This book and the series has been great so far. I was really looking forward to this one after I read book one. And now I am really looking forward to book three.