GENRE: Romantic Suspense
Shamed investigative journalist turned tabloid scribe Maggie O’Connell convinces her editor to let her go to Minnesota to research alleged werewolf sightings. Her first night in the woods, she gets trapped in an old sleeping bag, unintentionally attracts the attention of a bear, and is saved by the most unlikely of heroes: the very wolf she had come to investigate!
When she meets horse rancher Aidan Gael in the town market days later, she recognizes his eyes as those belonging to her champion.
Aidan tries desperately to avoid her; he both fears Maggie and fears for her. Neither man nor beast can resist her curious mind and courageous heart. One kiss threatens to break Aidan’s tenuous self-control but furthers Maggie’s resolve.
Danger lurks at every turn. The curse Aidan fights to keep secret is only one of the obstacles that will test the strength of their bond. Together they will navigate the violence of both nature and of man in pursuit of their destiny.
Her scent and the sound of her voice filled the wolf’s mind, and memories of the morning they’d shared flooded Aidan’s. The wolf shared the memory of the lovemaking. He remembered how he’d lain with her after, the sensation of her petite, curvy body sleeping alongside his. The wolf’s need, his desire to protect his mate, was overwhelming. Aidan felt his control slipping, knew the wolf would fly to the cabin to be near her. He felt ashamed and weak for wanting it, too. She’d trusted him, with her history, with her body. He felt her heart beat under his lips. She took him and then surrendered to him. She was his.
The wolf flew through the woods as both man and beast thought as one, “She is mine.” When he could see the moon shining down on the tiny cabin, he slowed. The lights were all off. The cabin was still. He ambled down the hill and across the stream onto Black land, carefully approaching the cabin. He popped up on his hind legs to gaze into the window where he saw her bags half packed. Both man and wolf bled. She was leaving.
He drifted towards his own lands, slowly, and when he stood in the little clearing where he had first seen her, the wolf loosed a mournful howl.
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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, my son-in-law and two grandsons. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.
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Fated Souls by Becky Flade follows Maggie O’Connell as she investigates rumors of a werewolf in Minnesota. An unexpected rescuer starts her on a path that will change her life forever, but the male she wants to give her heart to isn't ready to risk accepting it.
This adult paranormal romance is part of the ‘Fated’ series and provides a wonderful introduction to the world of shifters and the challenges they face. I love that Maggie is a strong and determined personality, although I wince at her gullibility and the learning curve that has brought her to this point. Aidan is a delicious character no matter what form he’s in, but the evolution of their relationship is a little frustrating at times, with them being on such different wavelengths. For me, the final major conflict seems a bit forced, and comes out of the blue, but I enjoyed the overall story and look forward to reading other books in the series.
A copy was provided for review