Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review: Fighting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

Publication Date: 6/4/2013
Series: The Fae Chronicles #1
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Official Blurb:

Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae - beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?

Welcome to my world.

What started out as a strange assignment, lead to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.

Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh – did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae...every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.

My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface – not even me.

As a debut novel in a new series, I have certain expectations that usually aren’t met. I think with a first book in a series not only should you get enough background to the world building, but should be able to establish an emotional connection to the characters themselves. Amelia Hutchins has literally blown my expectations for a debut series novel out of the ever loving water. By the time I put down Fighting Destiny, I knew that I would immediately have to plow into the entire series with no regard to life going on around me. Sorry husband and family, but when a book sinks its literary claws into me there’s no stopping the book binge. As a book, Fighting Destiny was pure unyielding fun and passion from the very first chapter. The characters were on point with their complexities that I simply love when it comes to the Fae world. The Fae are creatures full of mystery and intrigue when it comes to their affairs to the human world. Let’s break down the main characters Synthia and Ryder.

Synthia is a very powerful witch working for The Guild while seeking revenge for the murder of her parents. The Guild is an organization out to protect the human races from all of the otherworld creatures. So say that Syn is the top of her class is like saying that Patriots deserved to win the Super Bowl. She has serious powers that she has to keep hidden away because she does things that no one else should. She’s reserved in her professional and personal life because of a loss in her past. She only allows in those she can truly trust, but that’s about to change. Her latest assignment from The Guild is about to set into motion a chain reaction of events that will leave her life forever changed.

Ryder the Dark Fae Prince is sex wrapped into a solid being. Fae being Fae are always sexual beings, but Ryder’s idea of love and passion would make Christian Grey blush at times. He is as ruthless in the throne room as he is in his bedroom. Synthia’s assignment to help his cause for saving the Fae world comes at a serious price. His attraction to her leaves him not only hot and bothered by her dismissal of his attentions, but frustrated that a human could affect him this way. He will have her and she will submit to him, but when that night is over, what will come next for him as a leader and as a Fae man.

Hutchins has delivered an amazing beginning to a new series. Fighting Destiny only gives us a slight glimmer of insight to the world that is to come and how each character develops as the story progresses. Fighting Destiny will literally slap you in the face, make you ugly cry, and smile all within a few set of chapters. The emotions you will feel as your read this book will make your family wonder if you’ve gone crazy. I have to say the lack of resolution for major plot lines in this book makes me want more and when I mean more I’m referring to an Incredible Hulk sized desire of MORE!

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