This isn’t your typical story about boy meets girl, they fall in love and live happily ever after. No. This is a story about deception and betrayal at its finest. This is a story about hatred and attraction, which does everything in its power to destroy two people.
Essie Horton is a woman who has lived through unspeakable things during her short life, and when a prime opportunity presents itself, she dives right in, only concerned about herself and her objectives.
Drayden Warner is a man used to living the good life, bedding every beauty in sight, masking an empty existence, and hiding from a tragedy which happened years ago. Little does he know, his life will change forever when he meets the one woman who will possibly destroy him for good.
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The reason why I wanted to read this book is maybe weird; but I really liked both the characters’ names. The girl is Essie. Essie. And the guy’s last name is Warner. (I know one Warner.. *_* Thanks, Tahereh Mafi.) Also, the cover gets a major plus; it’s rather intriguing and I always prefer when there are no people on covers. Faces, bodies, lovers embracing.. no thanks. Seems kinda cheap, no?
Anyhow, I though Stolen Fate had a really promising start. Or should I say, a very unusual start. Because the way our two main characters meet is anything but ordinary. The cover reads: When betrayal is the only path to love – mark those words. I’d say this book tried the atypical approach to romance; it’s like an anti-romance story. And that’s never a bad thing in my book.
However, the middle part was a little rocky for me. The part where this little twist happens and then Warner does something; after that I found the plot to be repetitive, and all throughout the novel I had certain issues with Essie. Even though towards the end my impressions improved and she grew more confident, I have to say, unfortunately, my overall impressions of her are not that positive. Moreover, I just wish the story was developed more, I wanted more depth in general. Some things, i.e. some very sensitive topics were handled rather curtly. The last part of the story I have to say I actually enjoyed, but due to all those issues before, my general impression is somewhat lower that it might've been.
Therefore, I’d recommend this book to all those who normally enjoy this genre and want a book to relax. Even though this may seem like a somber read, it’s really not. Now, depending on what you’re looking for, that may be a good or a bad thing. ;)
Overall, despite certain flaws, I admit that by the novel's end, I got sucked into the story. Furthermore, while reading, sometimes I retell the book I'm currently reading to my roommates, and they both said the story seemed interesting. So, there's that. *grin*
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*