Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Trouble with Fate by Leigh Evans ★ ★ ★★

 Reviewed by Guest Reviewer TRACY HARRIS


Hedi Peacock is a half breed with a twist. Half Fae and half Werewolf, she has struggled to fit in  since she saw her Were father and Fae mother brutally murdered and her twin brother stolen and returned to the Fae Realm. Armed only with her wits and her awakened Asrai amulet, Merry, she works as a barista whilst caring for her Fae Aunt, Lou, who has been slowly dying since the Portals to the Fae Realm, Merenwyn, were closed.
Life runs smoothly, or as smoothly as it can for a woman touched with magic in a world full of iron, an unfortunate ability to mind walk at inopportune moments and an “inner were” that longs to be released, until her long lost Were crush, Robson Trowbridge, walk into her Starbucks and her world spins on its axis.
Hedi discovers that her aunt has been kidnapped and her life is being bartered for the return of an amulet, an amulet that Hedi doesn’t possess and last saw on Trowbridge’s neck the night of her parent’s murders. Tracking Trowbridge down, Hedi discovers that not only her life was ruined that fateful night. Trowbridge lost his Alpha, his wife and his family and now spends his days as a Rogue, running from his past and the new Alpha of his pack, his power crazed uncle, Mannus. The only problem with returning the amulet, is that it will mean the portals to Merenwyn will reopen, a treaty will be broken and war between the two species will ensue.
Leigh Evans has not written your typical Faery tale. Hedi is not your average faery princess waiting to be rescued from her golden tower. She isn’t your normal, beautiful heroine. In actuality, she is a defiant young woman who has discovered there is no place in either the Fae or Were worlds for her, due to her mixed blood. She desperately mourns the loss her family, especially that of her twin brother, Lexi. Understandably, she has a very large chip on her shoulder which can lead to an antagonistic character which, occasionally is very difficult to sympathise with.
Evan’s writing style is direct and intense. Her characters are well crafted with intricate back-stories. She gives us a tale that moves quickly, pacing it well and allowing the characters and their relationships to grow naturally.
A born and bred Canadian, Evans lives in Southern Ontario with her husband. She has raised two children, three dogs and a few cats. About four years ago Evans came to the conclusion that she shouldn’t let her dreams die and thus The Trouble with Fate was born. This is Evans’ first published book, and she has been contracted for another three books (total of four).  The next in this series, The Thing About Were’s, is scheduled for publication in July 2013.

RELEASE DATE:  January 2013
For more information and to purchase please visit TheTrouble With Fate
Leigh Evans Website:  (As a side-note if you have ever dreamed of writing a book do check out Leigh's blog.  It will certainly inspire you. She writes of her journey to publication.)

I was born in Montreal, Quebec but now live in Southern Ontario with my husband. I’ve raised two kids, mothered three dogs, and herded a few cats. Other than that, my life was fairly routine until I hit the age of 50. Some women get tattoos. I decided to write a book. A little tardy, but then again, Mum always said I was a late bloomer.




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