Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Review of Fated Always by Becky Flade


Welcome to the book tour for Fated Always by Becky Flade! Today I'm sharing my thoughts on this romantic suspense novel. There's also an excerpt for you to enjoy and a great giveaway! Be sure to follow the tour to leave your questions and comments and to see even more!

Friendship. Secrets. Murder.

When her best friend, Sawyer Gavin, roars into town on his motorcycle, Tala Gael thinks life couldn’t get any better. What she couldn’t have anticipated was his appearance heralding a time of change in her quiet, comfortable existence.

With her life turned upside down, Tala resists Sawyer’s advances, clinging to the familiar.

Tragedy changes her mind, but as she takes the leap of faith into Sawyer’s arms, they find themselves suspects in a murder investigation. And Tala learns she’s not the only person in Trappers’ Cove keeping an impossible secret.

Jealousy is when you worry someone will take what you have; envy is coveting what someone else has; and both can lead to murder.

Read an excerpt:
“How’s the wine?” His lips feathered over hers in a whisper. Twice. On his third pass, Tala’s eyes drifted shut as her body molded itself to his and she deepened the caress. His world spun as she clung to him. I knew it. I’ve always known it. He stepped away, steadying her when she swayed, waited for her eyes to open. “Excellent.”


He smiled. “The wine’s excellent.”

Her fingertips rose to her mouth. Her eyes widened, confusion blurred them. He smiled and pulled her into his arms. It was not a passionate embrace. He offered comfort and she held on, squeezing tighter when he placed a gentle kiss at her temple.

“Are you surprised?” he whispered.

“I have a boyfriend.”

“I wasn’t expecting that but it’s an easy enough fix.” He tugged her braid. “Come on, Tee. We’re meant to be.”

“No, we’re not.”

She reared out of his arms, panic skating across her features as though threatened. Her reaction struck him like a fist to the gut. He suspected she hadn’t taken him, taken them, from the box where she thought they belonged. She hadn’t considered them from any other perspective. I thought once she saw, once she felt, once she knew, the rest would click into place. “You know that we are.”

“Stop it! I. Have. A. Boyfriend.” She punctuated each word with a stab of her finger.

“Fine. I’ll wait.” It’ll kill me. “You’re worth it. We’re worth it,” he stressed before grabbing her wrist and tugging her back into his arms. He held her there, though she didn’t struggle. He kissed her again, pouring his impatience into the kiss. He let her go and strode to the door, pulling it open, letting the cool snap of air scented by forest file past him into her house, and paused.

“You want me to stop?”

She nodded.

“Then stop kissing me back.”

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**My thoughts**
You've gotta love a story about two best friends who finally realize in adulthood that they are in love with each other, even if they are going to fight giving into it. Someone is always the hunter and the prey isn't always willing at first, but then soon gets out of his or her way to accept what is fated. It's just going to take them some time to get there.

See, when Sawyer comes back to town, Tala is with another man. Granted he is a big jerk and not worthy of Tala at all. But how many of us have to make that mistake before finding our true mate?

The two of them go way back, with even their families being intertwined through the generations. So it's natural that the two of them love each other. It's just more than either one of them realized. And when Tala is attacked, they finally start to realize it. The fallout over the next several weeks definitely makes life interesting for everyone involved and changes everyone's lives. And that's where the suspense and mystery comes in.

I admit that there were moments when I had a hard time keeping track of who everyone was. There are so many people in the families and this small town, and their histories are tightly weaved together. But I could still easily focus on the main story of the book, which was the most important.

One of the most intriguing parts of this story is Tala's ability to communicate with the wolf pack that lives in the woods near her house. It's a gift that she has had since she was young. It's not in a Disney princess kind of way, nor is it in a paranormal shifter kind of way. It's an intuitive kind of communication taken to the next level. It definitely makes this romantic suspense stand out from others like it.

Thank you to the author and Goddess Fish for fulfilling my review request. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the author:

When I was little I thought everyone had stories in their head. When I found out that wasn’t true and that only special people had stories to tell, I wanted to be one of the people who shared their stories with the world. Here I am, making my own dreams come true, one happily ever after at a time.

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  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing!

  2. Great post and awesome giveaway, thanks for sharing!

  3. Great post and I appreciate getting to find out about another great book. Thanks for all you do and for the hard work you put into this. Greatly appreciated!


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