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New Adult contemporary romance
Paperback/eBook, 286 pages
Published July 16th 2013 by Omnific Publishing (first published July 15th 2013)
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Forgiving your brother's murderer may be noble, but falling in love with him borders on betrayal.
When Paige Zukowski enrolls at Granton University in honor of her dead brother, she has no idea fate will land her on the same campus with the very guy who killed him. But Logan Xander isn't quite the murderer she's always believed him to be.
A day hasn't passed since the tragedy that Logan doesn't wish he could go back and undo everything. It doesn't take Paige long to realize he's suffered as much as she has. Forgiving him for ruining her life might not be so impossible after all. But when she actually starts to like him and realizes he likes her in return, their true anguish begins.
Linda is a contemporary romance author from the midwestern USA, where she lives with her wonderful husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. The eighth and final child of dairy farmers, she was forced into having a vivid imagination if she ever wanted to do something one of her siblings hadn't already tried. Feel free to visit her at her website: www.LindaKage.com
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There are plenty of New Adult contemporary novels available today filled with so much angst, it takes away from the story. But when just the right amount of angst is combined with pure storytelling, the mix is successful. Fighting Fate is successful in both counts.
Let me say right now, I gave this novel five butterflies. Why? I couldn't stop reading! In between life and my kids, I kept itching to pick up my Kindle and dive right back into Paige and Logan's story. Author Linda Kage presents a new conflict in a packed New Adult market: falling for a murderer. But Fighting Fate is more than that. Logan isn't the typical 'killer' and Paige isn't the typical female character. Both characters grow, change, let hate become something more positive, and become mentally-healthy individuals. Trauma of any age will scar a person--witnessing something horrible as a child or teen is even worse since someone young doesn't have the capacity to fully grapple or handle with the tragedy correctly.
The author shows us how both Paige and Logan deal with the repercussions of his fight with her older brother, Trace, which resulted in his death. That action alone impacted so many others as we see as the story progresses. Parents, siblings, best friends, Paige winds up losing more than just her brother. The same happens to Logan. When they see each other in the same classroom at Grafton College, her first impulse is to run away. Logan's is to worry she'll ruin this secret new life he's created. Over the course of the school year, they run into each other during different events and the end result becomes clearer with each run-in. These two are not as different as they thought. Add in sexual chemistry, working together, a grief group, and the conflict increases. Their attraction is gradual tossing aside any concerns about insta-love/lust.
Guilt, misunderstanding, compassion, forgiveness, attraction and love are just some of the sentiments these characters endure. I found myself falling in love with them both. These damaged, broken individuals take time to find each other and the path towards healing is a long one. Fighting Fate shows them they need to take a chance with each other and return to living again. I was going to mention the slut-shaming Paige and her suitemates do with regards to Paige's roommate Mariah, but I can't since this was covered later in the story by Paige herself when she admitted she wished she had Mariah's confidence. Watching Paige grow and mature while coming to terms with her feelings for Logan was a delight. I was convinced by their conflict, sold on their situations, taken by their impending romance.
The secondary characters were well written, heck, the entire book was so well-written I forgot I was reading fiction. I love fantasy but we need to see some excellent NA romances made into movies. Here's one I'd love to see either on the small or big screen. Let's get someone famous like Oprah to create a production company, like now.
Powerful, poignant, and addictive, Fighting Fate by Linda Kage forced itself into my Top 10 New Adult books for 2013. There's a whole lot of awesome going on in Paige and Logan's story. Experience it for yourself.
Okay, here is where I have there is one thing I didn't like about Fighting Fate--it's cover. Is that Paige? No. It's not even an idealized version of her. Yes, there is a makeover scene in the book, but that is for a Halloween party. This cover doesn't represent Paige to me. This just seems like an instantly forgettable romance with lots of sex and not much story. We have enough of that in the market. Okay, I step away from the podium.
I received a promotional cop in return for my honest review during a blog tour.
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