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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Loved it! I was completely hooked on this book from the start. T

    Loved it! I was completely hooked on this book from the start. The characters, the action, the pacing, the clean writing, the romance - all were winners for me. Thrusting ourselves into Theo's world as a Gatekeeper to Hades, where he has patiently waited nearly a millennia to find his Mate, we start this story right where Sadie is thrust into this world as well. But the road to fate is not easy or risk-free. There are demons intent on destroying their potential before it even has a chance to bloom. And forgetting the demons, is Sadie even ready for this world and life that has thrown a major wrench in her plans?

    Starting with the main characters, this was one of those wonderful times when I genuinely liked both the main characters. There were no major issues for me to get past. And that not only made them likable in my eyes, but also perfect as "Mates." Theo, our 911-year-old Gatekeeper, has the patience of 100 saints combined. He takes his role seriously, he treasures his friendship with "The Great One," he is loyal to his brother Justin, and he has been considerately saving himself for the day he finally gets to meet his Mate. I loved his trust in the process, his patience with Sadie, and his fierce protectiveness. Nobody gets between him and his Mate! Then there's Sadie, our awesome kick-butt heroine. I love that we get a fierce, strong, intelligent, independent woman who has a black belt, a college degree at 18, and isn't about to be pushed into anything she's not ready for. But when she's committed to something (or someone), she becomes a fierce protector as well. There is no cowering from this girl, and it makes her character all the more refreshing.

    As for action and pacing, there was never a dull moment. Every chapter has something new, something exciting, or something dangerous. One moment we think we're going one way, then a new twist hits and we're thrown in a new direction. One moment we feel safe, then the next some new obstacle is thrown in our path. I felt on the edge of my seat and loved it. These demons are scary, these situations are frequently death-defying, the enemy is not backing down anytime soon, and our people need to stay on their toes at all times. Makes for exciting reading.

    We also get the build-up of a beautiful relationship between Theo and Sadie. Yes, this deals with soul-mates, so be warned if you are not a fan of that concept. But I also liked that their relationship still took time, and trust, and had all the usual insecurities and hesitations you would expect in a normal relationship. Sadie was cautious, and didn't just jump into anything blind. Theo also, though eager for his Mate, was also considerate and sensitive, taking his time in the relationship, but also being honest about his needs. And as their relationship blossomed, I really felt their connection and completely loved how things progressed. Beautiful.

    This appears to be the first in a series, though I don't know what the next book will be. But there is no cliffhanger at the end of this book, so you are safe to read and get to know these amazing characters, this well-developed story, be plunged into their danger-filled world, and be swept away in a beautiful romance. I loved this book and look forward to whatever comes next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2014

    Forged By Fate by Reese Monroe I give this book 5 stars This r

    Forged By Fate by Reese Monroe

    I give this book 5 stars

    This review is my own opinion and will be posted on my blog and linked with Booksniffer Review Tours, for the release of Book 2 Marked by Hades.

    I don't like to give away a great story in a review, so the book synopsis is as follows:

    He’s waited more than 900 years to love her…
    Being the Gatekeeper to Hades is no small feat, and waiting almost a millennia to meet your mate is damn near impossible. But Theo Bradford’s mark has finally surfaced on his intended. Now all he has to do is find her and convince her to embrace her supernatural heritage.
    Young genius, Sadie Nowland, has got life figured out. Graduating college at the age of eighteen and accepting a six-figure job is just what she needs to prove she’s made something of herself. But when a strange tattoo mysteriously appears on her shoulder and Theo starts talking about Mates, it catapults her neatly laid out life into chaos.
    Targeted by a vicious demon escaped from Hades, Sadie is thrust into the volatile world of Shomrei warriors and a connection to Theo her brain can’t comprehend and her body can’t deny. That primal bond proves more imperative to their survival than either could have ever imagined—and just may be the key to the world’s survival.

    In this New Adult tale of Good versus Evil, Reese Monroe gives us a new take on angels and demons, with the addition of a supernatural being called a "Gatekeeper," or "Shomrei," created by the breath of God. They may look like incredibly hot humans, (male and female) but they have extraordinary powers to battle the demons who sneak into the human world.

    This book had me hooked by the first chapter, it's well written, has great characters, Theo, the Gatekeeper is the main male character, with Sadie his intended mate, she's not too happy about the 'Great One' throwing a spanner in her hard worked for plans of a future working for a big company. She's been on her own most of her life, but she's smart, dedicated, she focused on her education and finished college early, is a black belt and can hold her own... When you are short, it pays to learn to defend yourself against bullies!

    I also liked Theo's 'companion' his Brother Justin his character reminded me of Dean Winchester from supernatural, all smart talk, sass and hotness, a love em and leave em kind of guy, who vows never to take a mate, because although finding their mate is great, helps in the fight against evil, it also has it's downsides.
    Justin loves teasing Theo for 'saving himself' for his mate... But he has Theo's back when needed, going above and beyond to help Theo win Sadie's heart.

    Sadie has a sidekick too, Darsha she's also a little spitfire and she takes all the weird supernatural happenings in her stride, to be there to support her best friend, she's Sadie's family.

    The Author, Ms. Monroe does an awesome job creating a world of the supernatural hidden from the human world. The Story is told from alternative POV's between Theo and Sadie, and I didn't find it confusing or hard to follow as I have some stories told this way.

    During this book there is a lot of sizzling almost-sex scenes between Theo and Sadie, which I found refreshing, finally she finds the answers she's been searching for and they consummate their destiny together.

    The scenes are well written, I could visualise the fight sequences easily, got caught up in the emotions... Overall I was captivated and engrossed the whole way through.

    It is a series but doesn't end on a cliffhanger, and the second book is due out soon
    so you won't have to wait too long to continue the series, which will focus on Justin but all the other characters are there too, and the battle to keep the balance of good and evil will continue.

    I think Ms. Monroe has created a series that I will be wanting to re-read, and hope it continues to grow, as the supporting characters, world building and mythology behind the series is captivating and I want more.

    If you like stories of angels battling with demons, with a healthy dose of smouldering passion thrown in for good measure, check out this Book and of course Ms. Monroe's other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Great story line!

    Great story line!

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

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    I just finished reading Forged by Fate and I can't gush enough!

    I just finished reading Forged by Fate and I can't gush enough! There's action and romance and steam and friendship and brotherhood and suspense and I loved it!

    The first thing that caught my attention was the Mates thing. I've read about it before but I didn't like it. I expected more from this book and am satisfied!

    Sadie and Theo are Mates, as in they're meant for each other. Poor Sadie is an orphan. She's a genius and graduating university at 18, ready to start a well-paying and coveted job. So of course she resists Theo and his ideas of mating and all. It was good to see her thinking things through and not just jumping his bones. Poor Theo, though, has waited for 911 years for this moment. He wants Sadie so bad but waits for her.

    Sadie's not as normal as it seems. It's dual pov so you get to see Theo's reactions to her as well. Together, they face several demons and incidents that pull them towards each other. As they grow closer, their sweetness will wow you. Theo is so patient and honest! And he's a freaking virgin! I love reading about virgin boys falling in love ;)

    As they approach the matter of Mates they have to face the changes in them, and an enemy that seems impossible to beat.

    Forged by Fate is sweet and thrilling and interesting all the way till the end. It's so worth reading!!

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

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    Overall, I am ecstatic to have found another book by one of my f

    Overall, I am ecstatic to have found another book by one of my favourite authors with a clear talent and love for writing in this genre. 

    This paranormal read is certainly unique of its own. 

    Filled with a great combination of suspense, romance, mystery, and action , which keeps the story moving at a rapid pace.

    The chemistry between Theo and Sadie is toe curling - I loved there story and every aspect within.

    It is Full of intrigue and twists and turns throughout the story, many happy moments * wink * and a well delivered storyline to boot.

    I enjoyed the slow pace of the romantic and close moments as well as the tension filled ones that built the storyline. No wham bam thank you mam love story. Sadie and Theo were two very likeable and certainly strong characters. I enjoyed Theo’s characterises, Sadies strong side and Reese Monroe has given us wonderful secondary characters that you will enjoy. 

    I am a sucker for a man with fangs and Theo is certainly no exception.

    Reese Monroe has given the reader a new world , with an array of the paranormal . A fab new series, hot new characters, both male and female and an arry of new creatures with extraodinary traits and a love story that is smouldering. 

    We have characters within the story that are filled with depth and definition - distinctive characters that make the storyline. Witty dialogue at times and a compelling story that keeps the reader entranced till the very end. 

    Another kick arse action packed paranormal by this amazing author. I eagerly look forward to more in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

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    Forged by Fate sucked me in and chewed me up--fangs and all. I'm

    Forged by Fate sucked me in and chewed me up--fangs and all. I'm so excited about this new series by Reese Monroe and looking forward to more from this world. The characters were awesome! I loved Theo's alpha tendencies, Sadie's fierce strength, Justin's loyalty and calm demeanor, Helena's wisdom, and Dasha's quirks.

    There's a sweet passion in this book that builds and builds--and has plenty of happy endings. *winks* I never knew if this time was going to be "the time" and I loved how the author handled the whole situation.

    Now lets talk fangs--my favorite. Theo sports a set of canine daggers that he's mostly ashamed of because they remind him of the demons he hunts. Let me tell you, I've never read anything sweeter than watching this territorial alpha male get all shoulders-and-shucks when he accidentally bares them for the first time to Sadie. But, eventually, they were really hot. I wanted to see him take a bite out of her on more than one occasion.

    All in all, this is an awesome story with a ton of action, a great cause, and a fantastic love story.

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    Posted February 22, 2014

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