January 17, 2014 | by Three Girls And A Book Obsession | Fate
by Sydney Lane
Series: Choices #2
Published by Sydney Lane on 1-20-2014
I’m used to getting what I want. I’ve always taken what I wanted. No apologies. No excuses. I know what it feels like to be betrayed, when someone else is calling all the shots. I’ve been down that road, and I’m not going there again. I’ve got my family, my friends, and the brotherhood. That’s all I need. I believe in Fate. Everything happens for a reason. But what do you do when Fate kicks you in the gut, plays a cruel joke on you? When I met Quincy Priest, she was a flame I couldn’t put out. A freakin’ wildfire. She blew in my life, burned it to the ground, then left me standing in the ashes. Gone as suddenly as she came. I’m not sure if I should love her or hate her… But I don’t hate her. I could never hate her. What do you do when the person who broke you may be the only person who can put you pack together? Can you run from Fate? Do you even want to?
This is Brody’s story.
Stacia– I was pretty excited to find out that Fate was written strictly in Brody’s Point of View (POV), because as you know I love a male POV and I was definitely a fan of Brody in Choices, the first book in the series. I was Team Brody from the beginning and throughout the book. At first glance, Brody is the gorgeous player-type that exudes sexy from every pore of his tattooed body. However, there is more to Brody than meets the eye.
“When the one you love is hurtin, do you stay and fight even if it might hurt them more?”
Tina– I absolutely agree, Stacia! We are both huge fans of the male POV and I can’t get enough of books told in that way. I was also on Team Brody, but I can’t help but feel a little sorry for Declan. Brody did exude some sexiness, that is for sure! He is my favorite type of “bad boy” character-hot, tattooed and has some baggage!! I found it interesting that he was a pre-med major and that he came from some such a normal and loving family.
Stacia– There were several sides of Brody that came out in this book that I didn’t except from the image I got from in Choices (i.e. the pre-med major, that he is actually a great student and gets good grades, the way that he is with his family, and how close he is to his mom). I felt like we got to know Declan a little more in this book, through the eyes of Brody. He is a sweet, sensitive guy that seems to have Quincy’s best interests at heart, even though you can tell that tears Brody up. Declan is not only a wonderful friend to Quincy, but to Brody as well; which I am sure doesn’t help with any guilt Brody is dealing with.
“I have to give her the chance to be happy because no matter how I feel, no matter how hard I want to hold onto her, all I want is for her to be happy. If that means letting her go, that is what I will do.”
Tina– I definitely had a soft spot for Declan. He just seems like the perfect guy- good looking, caring, respectful, and super sweet. Considering he is the only one that knew all about Paige (Brody’s ex-girlfriend), Brody obviously trusted him tremendously. Even though Declan was all those things, you can’t deny when two people just have that spark…electricity!
Stacia– I did feel that at times ‘Fate’ was a bit repetitive. I understand that this book was Brody’s POV of the events that took place in Choices, but I think that more could have been added to the story throughout and not just at the end. More and more authors are doing the male POV’s of the story and for the most part I am a HUGE fan of this (I love being in their head and reading what they thought), but I also think that the story needs to be taken further and it needs to be done so that we aren’t reading the same book over again.
Tina– I agree too. I do feel like some parts of the story were repeated from Choices without that extra insight that I love. We did get to find out about “the bet” and we did get to find out some more about Paige, but that is really all. I do love reading the smutty parts from the male’s POV though. But that is just me!
Stacia– No, it isn’t just you; the additional smutty scenes from the male POV is definitely something I enjoy as well! That’s part of what makes the male POV so awesome!
I will say that I actually liked this book better than Choices; mostly due to the fact that Quicny got on my nerves a little with the back and forth and how she led both of them on.
Tina– Stacia, I couldn’t agree more. I definitely think my main issue with Choices was Quincy. She was too naive for me and she was playing both Declan and Brody even though she didn’t realize it and I hated that. Hearing it from Brody’s voice, made the story that much better. I am curious to find out what happens to Declan though.
Stacia– I agree Tina, Declan’s story is just waiting to be told and I personally hope that he ends up with the Happily Ever After (HEA) that he deserves. I am glad that Quincy and Borody’s story was wrapped up in this book (I don’t think there was more that needed to be said) and I enjoyed the epilogue to finalize their HEA.
Tina– Most definitely! Bring on Declan’s story! That boy deserves to be happy and to end up with a great girl that will love him as much as he will love her!
“So, what am I doing here, Brody?” Her voice cracks, like she’s nervous or scared of me. “You confused me. I’m not really sure what you want from me.” Well, that’s an easy one. Walking toward her, I hold out my hand.”Quince, it’s not about what I want from you. It’s about what I want with you.” She hesitates before reaching for my outstretched hand, and I pull her to stand in front of me. With her boots on, she’s a little taller and a helluva lot sexier. I draw her close, her body perfectly aligning with mine. Indecision floods her eyes, warning me that I will scare her away if I move too fast. So instead, I begin to sway with the music that penetrates the walls. She moves with me, setting a slow, seductive rhythm, her hips gently swaying to the beat. And when she lays her head on my chest, I wonder if she can hear my heart, pounding inside.I feel her breath on my neck and her body flex as she rises to her toes, just before her lips touch the sensitive spot just under my ear. Breathing in deep, I tilt my head back, giving her control. Her lips part, and her tongue glides over my skin, blazing a path down my neck. My hands are suddenly in her hair, tangled in it, urging her on. “Fuck, Quince. You are driving me crazy,” I whisper. My voice is deep and hoarse. This is sweet torture.My words seem to ignite something in her, her hands finding the bottom of my shirt and tugging it up. Her movements grow more hurried, more needy, and her breath comes in short bursts. I think Little Miss Perfect likes dirty talk.