Early Review: The Trouble With Fate (Mystwalker #1) by Leigh Evans

December 18, 2012 Review 0 ★★★★

*This title will be released on December 24, 2012*

The Trouble with Fate

(Mystwalker, #1)
by Leigh Evans

Genre: Urban Fantasy|
Excerpt: YesBook Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks; First Edition edition (December 24, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1250006406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250006400

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

A mild sex scene. Scenes of sensuality.

Description

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…

 First in the incredible new Mystwalker series!

Review

THE TROUBLE WITH FATE sort of snuck up on me with how good it was.  The cover didn’t wow me, and the first couple chapters are a little slow.  But, after the underwhelming start, this story–and more importantly the characters–completely won me over and made the first book in the Mystwalker series one of my favorite urban fantasy titles of the year.

The combustible and intense exchanges between Hedi and Trowbridge were fraught with sexual tension.  Heidi had been nursing a crush on Trowbridge since she was a little girl, whereas he was much older and hardly aware of her.  When they meet again after Heidi is an adult, events on both side have drastically altered both of their opinions of the other.  Heidi has become a thief without any moral hangups about it.  Her practical almost to a fault view of life was so entertaining and often at odds with the emotions she tries to suppress.  Trowbridge, on the other hand, has been a rogue wolf for so many years that he’s mostly sharp edges and plenty of bark.  The other character that really surprised me by being so ‘human’ was Heidi’s amulet, Merry.  She never speaks, but Evans imbued her with so much personality and emotion, that her story-line was the one that ended up breaking my heart.

The character interactions are what I loved the most about THE TROUBLE WITH FATE, but the fae and werewolf infused world was also extremely well done.  There is a long and volatile history between these two groups, and we are only scratching the surface of numerous interesting concepts related to them, like the sentient pendants.   THE TROUBLE WITH FATE may not have started out with a bang, but it sure ended with one.  The Mystwalker series has a lot more in store for us based on this debut, so I’m anxiously awaiting more when THE THING ABOUT WERES is released on July 30, 2013.

Series

  1. The Trouble With Fate
  2. The Thing About Weres

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