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Posted July 17, 2012
I absolutely LOVED this book. From the moment I started reading it I found it impossible for me to put it down. I loved getting to know the characters and seeing how the story unfolds. I can't wait for the next book to come out so I can see how the story continues. Lola is a talented author and has created a life long fan. You have to read this book, I know you will enjoy it, as much as I did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2012
Wow, I so did not expect a supernatural element to this story. Like the title suggests, this novel is about what Fate has in store for Megan. Ok, when I say supernatural elements to this story, I do not mean that Fate is personified. (Just to clear things up a little). Messing with Fate, is a major part to this story that quickly pulls you in, as Lola brings in the world where Fate is predestined, think the movie The Adjustment Beauro but without all the guys in suits and hats, well, just the nature of the film where one's Fate is set. We see a lot more of the supernatural element when we come across what actually happens to Megan's dreams as well as who is messing with them and also what her dreams could actually mean.¿¿ Oh Alex....why hello there ;) Although this novel started off a little slow, it definatelty picked up the speed. We also get to Italy pretty early into the novel, which is good seeing as that is where all the action happens. Which means that, even though the start start is a little slow, Italy surely picks up the pace of the novel to leave us wanting to read more and figure out exactly what is going to happen.
As well as a supernatural element to this novel, it then becomes infused with a paranormal element as well as you go further and further into the novel. I will not say particularly what kind of paranormal creatures are in this novel, because some could judge the novel just by the kinds of paranormal creatures in this book (which is why Lola has left this element out of the blurb, as well as for the fact that we get surpised by the new element). At the end of the novel, there is a cliffhanger for the next book. But it isn't much so, as it leaves you with enough to satisfy your bookish-hunger of this novel as the BIG question has been answered, although it leaves out the answers on others and saves them for the next novel, which does keep us hanging for the next novel.
Posted June 26, 2012
Megan Romano and her twin Sister Morgan are 20 years old and on there way to Italy after Morgan wins a contest to attend design school. Megan has always had strange dreams, but never really understood what they meant. It gets even stranger when she begin to see people and places that she has had dreams about. While walking down the street one day she bumps in to Alexandros DiPiero, and she thinks he is the most beautiful man she has ever seen, yet there is something familiar about him. Alex is super hot, rich, mysterious, and Megan can't understand why he is interested in her. Despite her reservations, the relationship gets more serious and Megan decides to stay in Italy after Morgan goes back home. Things just keep getting weirder from this point on. There is a lot more to Alex than Megan knew, and he has quite a few secrets of his own. Then there is Redmond, the mysterious man who is always with Alex that talks about fate, yet Megan feels strangely comforted by him. Megan gets a call from Morgan, and finds out Morgan is expecting, and if she thoughts things were strange now, they are about to get a lot stranger.
This was an entertaining book. I was surprised when I got further into it to find out that the paranormal element in this paranormal romance included vampires, guardians, witches, and dhampir's, which was a new one for me, but did it certainly provided for some interesting reading. There are quite a few twists and turns in the story. Megan also has to face her fate, what she is destined to be, and how that relates to those she loves, and to the new mysterious people that she is meeting. She deals with tragedy, rejection, desire, and love. She has to decide if she will stay with the hottie Alex, or will she act upon her feelings for the other mysterious hottie, Emilian. Overall, this was a intriguing and fun book. The ending is somewhat of a cliff hanger, leaving you wanting to know where the story goes from here. If you are into paranormal romance, then you will probably enjoy reading this book. Please be aware that there are adult scenes in this book that are not suitable for younger readers.
Posted April 27, 2012
Reviewed by Stephanie D. for Readers Favorite
"Fate’s Design" by Lola James is an intricately woven paranormal romance that is hard to put down. Twins Megan and Morgan travel to Italy after Morgan wins a prize that brings them to fashion school in Bologna. The girls are very different personality wise, but very close. Later in the story a further link between them emerges. In Italy, Megan literally bumps into a mysterious, handsome stranger, Alexandros DiPiero, whom she has seen in her dreams. Her visions, though, become increasingly nightmarish and feature threatening, frightening figures. Is this fate, or is someone somewhere pulling strings? The romance element of the story is very well-handled. So too is the paranormal, with vampires, dhampirs (half-human, half-vampire) and guardians. The story takes many original and inspired turns and flits between locations in America and Italy. It is complex but never overly complicated.
Paranormal romance is probably the hottest genre in fiction at the moment, and books like this illustrate why. There’s the fun, curiosity and escapism of the supernatural combined with human emotion and a cracking good plot. Lola James creates rounded, fascinating characters who grow and develop, and places them in a recognizable, modern world. There is clever dialogue, some steamy sex scenes and never a dull moment. Danger and evil lurk, but there is fun and a lighter touch too. James includes deep issues with her choice of of fate, destiny and predetermination as themes, but handles them in a sensitive and intriguing way. This is an ambitious book but extremely successful and definitely worth reading.
Posted April 6, 2012
Megan Romano is exhausted as eerie dreams begin to steal hours from her once restful slumber. So she jumps at the idea of a relaxing summer vacation in Italy with her twin sister. Megan soon finds herself on whirlwind adventure jetsetting across the globe with a handsome suitor while facing her unexpected dangers from friends and foes alike. This was an amazing novel. The characters continue to grow and change throughout the book. Not merely do the relationships between characters advance, but the individuals evolve into a better version of themselves. And more importantly, they change in ways that make sense and feel natural rather than forced. If you are looking for a well paced novel with witty dialogue, romantic steam sessions, and a healthy dose of danger then this is the book for you.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2012
When Megan's sister, Morgan, wins a fashion internship abroad for the summer, she never expected to tag along. Yet she can't deny that the summer vacation is just what she needs to unwind and makes sense of the dreams plaguing her every night. Italy turns out to be everything she's ever dreamed of and she's excited about exploring every inch of it while she's there.
Running into a mysterious stranger one day, she hits it off with Alexandros Di Piero from the get go. While she'd never imagined finding romance overseas, she can't deny the fact that she's attracted to the handsome stranger. There's something about him that draws her to him, although she can't quite put her finger on what it is. Despite this, she's determined to enjoy her time with him while she's still in Italy.
A whirlwind courtship soon ensues and Megan finds herself thrust into a world she never knew existed. She becomes privy to Alex's secrets and learns that vampires do indeed exist. She accepts that he's half human and half vampire, somehow knowing that they're tied together in more ways than one.
When it becomes apparent that her sister has been inadvertently drawn into their sordid world, Megan does her best to protect her family at all costs. Her dreams are her only way of finding out what may happen next. Yet in order to do so, she must accept her fate and the tasks that have been set before her. Tasks that may prove to be her undoing if she allows them to be.
This was a very intriguing book. It's a good read, that's so for sure. I do think that certain instances within the story were rushed, like Megan and Alex's romance as well as Morgan's follies. Other than that, the premise of the story definitely draws in the reader. The cliffhanger at the end does leave me wanting to know what happens next, though.
Posted March 29, 2012
Lola James is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors! Her stories are romantic and stick with the myths and you have to love that! I recommend this book to anyone that is a lover of romance. It get pretty HOT in this book... not one for the kiddies!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2012
What a wonderful, exciting journey. This is the second book I have read of Lola’s and I love them both. Twins travel to the beautiful county of Italy and find more than they expected. Is it Fate’s Design or a set up? The travel, excitement, and strange occurrences kept me turning the pages until the very end. This book has a beautiful blend of mystery, action, drama, tragedy, and romance that involved me right away. I also loved the male characters, smokin' hot vampires, but my favorite emerged later in the book and hooked me so hard that I’m dying for the next book in the series. I’m ready for book 2!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2012
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