Friday, July 19, 2013

Fighting Destiny
The Fae Chronicles
By Amelia Hutchins, (June 2, 2013)

Biological witches are powerful enough on their own, but Syn has strange abilities no other witch wields. This might seem great, except she keeps getting her coven into situations where they die, making it hard to recruit fresh coven members. Even when Syn isn't letting her arrogance lead her and her coven into trouble, trouble always seems to find her. Trouble like Ryder.

Trouble’s new face is easy on the eyes this go round. A Fae Dark Prince, Ryder had heard tell of a witch with abilities that seemed to defy magic and physics at the same time. When he finally arranges to meet her, he is taken back by the pull of passion he feels for her. On the hunt of a serial witch and Fae killer, Ryder must reign in his desire if he hopes to convince Syn to help locate the killer.

Fighting Destiny is not for the faint of heart. Closer to erotica than romance, there is a constant undercurrent of sexual dominance plays between Syn and Ryder that almost gets in the way of the plot. Ryder is uncomfortably masculine, borderline abusive in his treatment of women, making it really difficult to like his character. If you keep in mind that these Fae feed off the emotions of humans, and that an orgasm creates some of the richest emotions available, Ryder’s aggressive behavior is tolerable.

Syn is a much more amiable character. Fae killed her parents, fostering a deeply rooted hatred of all Fae. She’s lived the past few years believing her arrogance killed her first love, leaving her twice as over protective of her coven as before. Now the Witches Guild is dragging her into a forced alliance with the Fae in an attempt to catch the serial killer responsible for the deaths of Fae and witches alike. I like Syn a lot; aside from how little of a fight she gives Ryder, she is the strongest character in this book.

With this book, you can’t quite determine if Hutchins was forcing the sex scenes or the plot. Additionally, Fighting Destiny is in need of a final edit, something that is easily fixed and shouldn't be held against the story or characters. I enjoyed the story, and the sex scenes were sizzling, despite the disjointed feeling of both (like two different stories were smashed together).  Out of 5 stars, I give it a 4.

Reviewed by H. Herzog, who is a workaholic, gamely tending to the duties of family, garden, writing and a satellite installation warehouse all while really looking forward to the next good book to fall into her lap.

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