Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fate Book Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Fate Book book tour! I have a review of this lovely book coming up, as well as a giveaway for 2 prize packs, both including signed copies of Fate Book. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Fate Book
Release date: August 15, 2013
Publisher: Self
Genre: New Adult Romantic Suspense
Series: N/A

Dakota Dane is about to tell a lie she’ll wish she hadn't. Because her lie is dangerous, sexy, and just showed up on campus, angry as hell and looking for her...

Ugly duckling Dakota Dane has a new boyfriend. He’s male-model gorgeous, built to perfection, wealthy, and smart. He is also a lie. As in, 100% fabricated. Does it matter that Dakota has a perfectly good reason for making him up? Not really. Not when Dakota’s made-up boyfriend shows up in the flesh.

So is she crazy? All signs point to maybe. But the walking, talking enigma with the deadly vibe isn’t about to give her any answers or let her out of his sight. And with college just around the corner, Dakota fears her dreams of a bright future have just collided with a dark rabbit hole…

My Rating: 4 Roses

Started off a little shaky, but turned out to be a wonderful read! Though it was slow to start, Fate Book turned out to be an amazing New Adult romantic suspense. I really enjoyed this book.

I really liked Dakota. She was a lovely heroine and easy to relate to. I liked that she didn't let anyone run all over her, but also knew when to back down and listen. Sometimes, heroines tend to be defiant just for the hell of it and that's really frustrating. But, that wasn't a problem here. I thought she was a likable, wonderful character.

Santiago was a conundrum . It wasn't until near the end that we get his entire character. For most of the book, just like Dakota, I was questioning who he was, why he kept showing up, what he wanted. That added a nice element of mystery. But, even when I was unsure of his character, I found him sweet and wonderful. He doesn't come off as the nicest person, with his tendency to deal out threats, but it wasn't long before we see his softer side. And, not to mention his incredible looks. I thought he was great and I adored him.

The romance was sweet. It was really intense, considering it came about during a life or death situation. There were sweet moments and definitely a ton of sparks. Whenever these two were together, it was downright hot. They were a brilliant couple.

My one complaint about this book is that I wish we found out what was going on earlier. For a little over half the book, I had no idea what was going on and that threw me off. For a while, that mystery would have been great, but it went on to the point where I was just confused. Even when it was revealed, the explanation was vague and I had to piece much of it together myself. It didn't ruin the book, because I still enjoyed it, but it was a bother.

Regardless, I enjoyed the story. The plot was fast paced and, even if I didn't know what was going on, I was kept on the edge of my seat. The thrills were constant as Dakota and Santiago were on the run. And I really liked the ending. I thought it was a perfect way to tie up the story.

Fate Book was a lovely New Adult read. It had thrills, romance, and secrets. I really enjoyed this book and I definitely think others will, too. To those who are looking for a thrilling, romantic NA read, this is a book you don't want to miss.

*I receive a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Lord. Whoever had been on the other end of that phone was coming to my room. I had to get out of there. Because as much as I loved believing in miracles, those didn’t exist, which meant this guy was some psychopathic stalker, some frigging lunatic who’d convinced everyone he was my boyfriend.

I slipped from the covers and immediately had to brace myself on the edge of the hospital bed. My head pulsed with painful, dizzying jabs. I slowly stood upright and willed myself steady. My ribs and hip were sore, but I’d survive. That was, if I got the heck out there.

I blew out a breath and wobbled to the clear plastic bag hanging on the wall with my belongings. I had to find my mother. I had to warn her. What if this guy showed up and tried something?

I slipped on my jeans, sweatshirt, and sneakers, not bothering with the other stuff. I grabbed my phone and purse and tiptoed to the door.

I poked my head out, hoping to spot my mother doing rounds, but instead I saw—

The breath whooshed from my lungs. Santiago?

Cue slow motion and avalanche of conflicting, irrational thoughts accompanied by an imminent panic attack.

My stomach and heart squeezed into a brick and then dropped through the center of my body.

Lord, help me.

Because the man I’d invented—correction—the gorgeous man I’d stolen a picture of, stood twenty feet away, speaking to my mother, wearing low-slung faded jeans and a fitted white, button-down shirt.

I stared in wonderment while my eyes infused with his image and branded itself on my brain. He was lust, rock star, tough guy, jock, Prince Charming, and misfit rolled into one dangerous, rugged, well groomed package. He sent my female brain into a tailspin.

I’ve lost my mind. That gorgeous man is not standing there. That’s not possible!
I willed my heavy feet to move, but my eyes remained glued to him. He was tall—around six three or six four—and, just like in his photo, built like a lean, mean predatory animal with broad shoulders and powerful-looking…everything. Especially those arms. And those legs. And those…yep. Everything. To boot, he stood with the sort of confidence that gave me the distinct impression he really might be deadly.
And ate his meat raw. Possibly still squealing.

Santiago, who towered over my mother, leaned down and hugged her. Then my mother said something, and they laughed like old friends.

What? He hugged my mother? What was happening? Did she know him? Was the universe punishing me for lying? If it was, it was totally working. I’d never, ever lie again.
Up for grabs are 2 prize packs, each containing an autographed print copy of Fate Book, a leather journal, and bookmarks, all shown below. Ends September 21.
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About the Author:
Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York Times and USA Today  Bestselling Author Mimi Jean Pamfiloff spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she’s not busy with kids, hubby, work, and life…or getting sucked into a juicy novel. Or hosting the Man Candy Show on Radioslot.com! (Be very afraid!). She hopes that someday, leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh (or give you a mini-vacay) when you need it most.


  1. Thanks for sharing your review and the excerpt. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  2. love the book cover looks awesome.