Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Review: The Trouble with Fate by Leigh Evans

The Trouble with Fate
Author: Leigh Evans
Release Date: December 24, 2012
Publisher: St Martins Paperback
Mystwalker Book #1
ISBN:  1250006406
ISBN13: 9781250006400
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher/Netgalley

Meet Hedi Peacock. She's half Fae. Half Were. And all trouble…

I Have Two Words For Werewolves:

My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…

Bite Me.

Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…

The story behind THE TROUBLE WITH FATE interested me as soon as I saw the blurb. For some reason I went into the book thinking it was a YA book but quickly found out it was Paranormal Romance. I'm not really sure why I thought it was YA, cover maybe?!?

I really liked the idea of a character being half Fae and half Were.  I can not recall any other book where that has happened so I as intrigued with the idea. I felt Evans she did pretty well with her main female character Hedi. I liked the mix of powers and the struggle Hedi had with herself and her mixed heritage. The romance between Hedi and Robson went from mutual hate to sex/love in a blink of an eye. I thought there could have been another scene or two thrown in to make it a bit of a smoother act but I ended up getting over it pretty quickly. Both characters had major issues but ended up fitting together well and I like them together better than I liked them apart.  Make sense? There were times where I couldn't put the book down and others I wanted something to happen a little faster. The transition from scene to scene did not always feel smooth. I often found myself waiting for the transition only to find out I missed it causing me to go back a bit to re-catch up on the new scene. There was great back story revealed at a nice pace to give you a good understanding to all the rivalry that is revealed between the different groups introduced. I like the amulet storyline and I enjoyed the supporting characters as well as the main ones.

The ending left me going "huh? Really after everything that just happened? Seriously?" Definitely not an ending I was expecting but even after feeling like that the cliffhanger makes me want to pick up book two because I have to know what will happen next so I guess the ending did its job!! So although there were some obvious flaws in places and I wasn't always 100% in to the book I still enjoyed it.

I gave it 3/5 stars


  1. This book was a weird one for me; especially the amulet. I thought it was odd every time the author would mention it hiding itself in Hedi's bra cup. LOL

  2. lol that was a tad bit weird but I am interested in hearing more about the "people" In the amulets. My biggest issue with the book was the transitioning and the speed in which the main characters jumped each other and fell in love after the huge hate they had shown. It didnt feel real for a bit after that happened.

  3. I had pretty much all the same issues with this book that you did, I'm pretty sure I would not be planning on picking up the next book if it wasn't for that ending that just has me all curious and that amulet... I loved Merry she had such a huge presence for something that can't even speak.


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