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Tempted by Fate
     

Tempted by Fate

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by Kate Perry
 

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Willow Tarata is a Guardian who trusts no one. She hunts those who prey on the vulnerable. And she's driven by a vengeful goal-find the man who murdered her mother. Yet suddenly Willow's quarry now has her on the run . . . straight into the sights of San Francisco's most dangerous detective.

Three bizarre murders have Inspector Rick Ramirez baffled-and

Overview

Willow Tarata is a Guardian who trusts no one. She hunts those who prey on the vulnerable. And she's driven by a vengeful goal-find the man who murdered her mother. Yet suddenly Willow's quarry now has her on the run . . . straight into the sights of San Francisco's most dangerous detective.

Three bizarre murders have Inspector Rick Ramirez baffled-and determined to uncover the truth. But to catch the real killer, he needs the help of his prime suspect, Willow Tarata, even though this fierce and sexy blonde is challenging his professional cool. And now, unless they believe in each other and trust their deepest instincts, a relentless evil will end both Willow's and Rick's life-and claim this Guardian's extraordinary powers forever . . .

Editorial Reviews

Donna Doyle on MARKED BY PASSION
"This is exciting and simply terrific. Original and inventive...[the] story is so exceptional that it can only earn the top rating. Looking forward to the sequel!"
Romancereviews.com
Jeaniene Frost New York Times bestseller of One Foot in the Grave on MARKED BY PASSION
"Get ready to stay up late, Kate Perry has written a fabulous blend of urban fantasy and romance. MARKED BY PASSION is filled with unique mythology, exciting plot twists, and sizzling chemistry between its characters. I will be impatiently waiting for the next Guardians of Destiny novel."
www.bookpage.com on MARKED BY PASSION
"The paranormal world feels real and the plot is action-packed and super-sexy."
Romantic Times BookReviews
"Perry kicks off a first-person urban fantasy series, the Guardians of Destiny, by introducing readers to Gabrielle Sansouchi Chin. This is a great premise with an interesting but stubborn protagonist. Keep an eye out on this author and series."
Bookpage on MARKED BY PASSION
"The paranormal world feels real and the plot is action-packed and super-sexy in Kate Perry's Marked by Passion."
Heart to Heart: The B&N Romance Blog
"The book starts with a bang, the energy and excitement never let up and the sense of anticipation is keenly felt. Tempted by Fate has elements of paranormal, romantic suspense and urban fantasy all rolled into an exciting read with a heroine that is electrifying and fiercely independent."
Jill M. Smith - RT Book Reviews
"Settle in, as the Guardians of Destiny are back for round three in Perry's exhilarating series. There is sadness and a dark loneliness to this heroine, which Perry shakes up by setting her on a collision course with a by-the-rules homicide investigator. Perry's storytelling skills just keep getting better and better!"
Carolyn Crisher - Romance Reviews Today
"TEMPTED BY FATE is a great addition to the Guardians of Destiny series and introduces us to many complex characters. I encourage everyone who likes women who can take care of themselves with a little bit of Chinese magic thrown in to run out and get TEMPTED BY FATE. You will definitely enjoy this story and its paranormal aspects that will rock your world."
Freshfiction.com
"Kate Perry's third book in the Guardians of Destiny Series, TEMPTED BY FATE, was a kick ass romance from beginning to end. Willow and Rick have great chemistry and the world Perry has created has shown the depth of each character in such a way that you know them better than some of your friends. This book rocked as a standalone but was even better after I went out and bought the first two books in the Guardian of Destiny Series. My only complaint is having to wait for the next book."
Singletitles.com
"Kate Perry does it again with her novel, Tempted by Fate, a book in The Guardians of Destiny Series, one that is sure to intrigue and captivate readers everywhere."
Parkersburg News Sentinel
"This is a good story of magical powers and otherworldly love, with darkly evil bad guys and hot good guys. Paranormal romance fans will love it."
Donna Doyle on MARKED BY PASSION - Romancereviews.com
"This is exciting and simply terrific. Original and inventive...[the] story is so exceptional that it can only earn the top rating. Looking forward to the sequel!"
New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest P Gena Showalter
"A sexy hero and action packed . . I thoroughly enjoyed it!"
author of Sword of the Highlands on MARKED BY PASS Veronica Wolff
"Kate Perry has created a sexy world of kick-ass action! You'll want to immerse yourself in MARKED BY PASSION, the first in a thrilling new series, complete with a smoldering hero and the toughest, sassiest heroine around."
Jeaniene Frost New York Times bestseller of One Foot in the Grave on MARKED BY PASSION
"Get ready to stay up late, Kate Perry has written a fabulous blend of urban fantasy and romance. MARKED BY PASSION is filled with unique mythology, exciting plot twists, and sizzling chemistry between its characters. I will be impatiently waiting for the next Guardians of Destiny novel."
Romantic Times BookReviews
"Perry kicks off a first-person urban fantasy series, the Guardians of Destiny, by introducing readers to Gabrielle Sansouchi Chin. This is a great premise with an interesting but stubborn protagonist. Keep an eye out on this author and series."
romancejunkiesreviews.com on CHOSEN BY DESIRE
"Spellbinding, sensual, and full of nonstop entertainment, this read kept me on edge...Be prepared to fall into a world of ancient Chinese magic and smoldering guardians you won't wish to escape from anytime soon."
www.bookpage.com on MARKED BY PASSION
"The paranormal world feels real and the plot is action-packed and super-sexy."
Bookpage on MARKED BY PASSION
"The paranormal world feels real and the plot is action-packed and super-sexy in Kate Perry's Marked by Passion."
From the Publisher
"The book starts with a bang, the energy and excitement never let up and the sense of anticipation is keenly felt. Tempted by Fate has elements of paranormal, romantic suspense and urban fantasy all rolled into an exciting read with a heroine that is electrifying and fiercely independent."—Heart to Heart: The B&N Romance Blog"

VERDICT Compelling, action-packed, and threaded through with relentless evil, smoldering sexuality, and dynamic magic, this story engages readers from the get-go and doesn't let them come up for air until the end. Latest in Perry's 'Guardians of Destiny' series, this title is complete in itself, though readers will enjoy the earlier books, as well."—Library Journal"

Settle in, as the Guardians of Destiny are back for round three in Perry's exhilarating series. There is sadness and a dark loneliness to this heroine, which Perry shakes up by setting her on a collision course with a by-the-rules homicide investigator. Perry's storytelling skills just keep getting better and better!"—Jill M. Smith, RT Book Reviews"

TEMPTED BY FATE is a great addition to the Guardians of Destiny series and introduces us to many complex characters. I encourage everyone who likes women who can take care of themselves with a little bit of Chinese magic thrown in to run out and get TEMPTED BY FATE. You will definitely enjoy this story and its paranormal aspects that will rock your world."—Carolyn Crisher, Romance Reviews Today"

Kate Perry's third book in the Guardians of Destiny Series, TEMPTED BY FATE, was a kick ass romance from beginning to end. Willow and Rick have great chemistry and the world Perry has created has shown the depth of each character in such a way that you know them better than some of your friends. This book rocked as a standalone but was even better after I went out and bought the first two books in the Guardian of Destiny Series. My only complaint is having to wait for the next book."—Freshfiction.com"

Kate Perry does it again with her novel, Tempted by Fate, a book in The Guardians of Destiny Series, one that is sure to intrigue and captivate readers everywhere."—Singletitles.com"

This is a good story of magical powers and otherworldly love, with darkly evil bad guys and hot good guys. Paranormal romance fans will love it."—Parkersburg News Sentinel"

Spellbinding, sensual, and full of nonstop entertainment, this read kept me on edge...Be prepared to fall into a world of ancient Chinese magic and smoldering guardians you won't wish to escape from anytime soon."—romancejunkiesreviews.com on CHOSEN BY DESIRE"

This is exciting and simply terrific. Original and inventive...[the] story is so exceptional that it can only earn the top rating. Looking forward to the sequel!"—Donna Doyle on MARKED BY PASSION, Romancereviews.com"

A sexy hero and action packed . . I thoroughly enjoyed it!"—Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Pleasure on MARKED BY PASSION"

Kate Perry has created a sexy world of kick-ass action! You'll want to immerse yourself in MARKED BY PASSION, the first in a thrilling new series, complete with a smoldering hero and the toughest, sassiest heroine around."—Veronica Wolff, author of Sword of the Highlands on MARKED BY PASSION"

Get ready to stay up late, Kate Perry has written a fabulous blend of urban fantasy and romance. MARKED BY PASSION is filled with unique mythology, exciting plot twists, and sizzling chemistry between its characters. I will be impatiently waiting for the next Guardians of Destiny novel."—Jeaniene Frost New York Times bestseller of One Foot in the Grave on MARKED BY PASSION"

The paranormal world feels real and the plot is action-packed and super-sexy."—www.bookpage.com on MARKED BY PASSION"

The paranormal world feels real and the plot is action-packed and super-sexy in Kate Perry's Marked by Passion."—Bookpage on MARKED BY PASSION"

Perry kicks off a first-person urban fantasy series, the Guardians of Destiny, by introducing readers to Gabrielle Sansouchi Chin. This is a great premise with an interesting but stubborn protagonist. Keep an eye out on this author and series."—Romantic Times BookReviews

Jill M. Smith
Settle in, as the Guardians of Destiny are back for round three in Perry's exhilarating series. There is sadness and a dark loneliness to this heroine, which Perry shakes up by setting her on a collision course with a by-the-rules homicide investigator. Perry's storytelling skills just keep getting better and better!
RT Book Reviews
Carolyn Crisher
TEMPTED BY FATE is a great addition to the Guardians of Destiny series and introduces us to many complex characters. I encourage everyone who likes women who can take care of themselves with a little bit of Chinese magic thrown in to run out and get TEMPTED BY FATE. You will definitely enjoy this story and its paranormal aspects that will rock your world.
Romance Reviews Today
SingleTitle.com
Kate Perry does it again with her novel, Tempted by Fate, a book in The Guardians of Destiny Series, one that is sure to intrigue and captivate readers everywhere.
Library Journal
Guardian of the Book of Wood (one of the five ancient Scrolls of Destiny entrusted to chosen guardian families for safekeeping) from the time she was ten, after her mother was murdered as she listened, Willow Tarata has been on the hunt for the killer. Now, drawn to San Francisco by the unexpected murder of a scholar who was studying the scrolls, Willow hopes to find and take care of the "Bad Man" at last. Instead, she barely avoids being set up for murder, crosses paths with the far too perceptive—and way too attractive—homicide inspector Rick Ramirez, and ends up at the top of his suspect list. VERDICT Compelling, action-packed, and threaded through with relentless evil, smoldering sexuality, and dynamic magic, this story engages readers from the get-go and doesn't let them come up for air until the end. Latest in Perry's "Guardians of Destiny" series, this title is complete in itself, though readers will enjoy the earlier books, as well. Perry (Chosen by Desire) lives in San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446564625
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
Guardians of Destiny Series , #3
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 11.68(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

As a little girl, Kate dreamt of many things. Like becoming a ninja. Dressing up in black and carrying a big sword? Seemed like a no brainer.

However, Fate had other plans for her, and she studied Kung Fu San Soo instead. A Kung Fu Master, Kate now has more weapons than she ever imagined-including several swords.

She lives in San Francisco. Voted by her friends as the woman they'd most want to stroll with down a dark alley, Kate's as likely to be spotted at the opera as she is doing tai chi in Golden Gate Park. Usually wearing black-in both cases.

You can learn more at:
http://www.kateperry.com.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Kate-Perry/119701691409285
Twitter: @KatePerry

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Tempted by Fate (Guardians of Destiny Series #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
When you are a police officer life is seen in only the black and white that is worn with straight lines drawn and rules followed. Very little mystic is involved or faith for that matter. But when you step out of the box to see the full color palate the one color that stands out is gray and even that can wash out into a White Witch. Willow Tarata is such a woman that colors the entire world with her beauty and the magic she creates. As a Guardian she has known that it is her duty to protect The Book of Wood part of the Scrolls of Destiny and she takes this job seriously as the parchment controls destinies and impact lives. What Willow also knows is the Bad Man is coming to get her and has been in pursuit she he murdered her mother. Willow does not know who he is or why he wants to harm her but everything in her life has surrounded staying one step ahead of him. She has done a good job of it until the Bad Man sets her up for one murder after another and while on the run she stumbles and falls right into the arms of Homicide Detective Rick Ramirez. Rick is an all business police officer for some reason has decided to use a new interrogation method and he intends to kiss the truth right out of Willow. He doesn't know why he is protecting her or even why he believes she is innocent but it is all physical not mystical that is drawing him to her, or is it? Things go from complicated to intense with a side order of high drama as Willow and Rick become more entangled emotionally and physically. Willow and Rick call in friends, co-workers and even a few potential criminals to help them solve the crimes, figure out who the Bad Man is and protect the scrolls. Rick never thought despite his grandmother's predictions to the contrary that he could trust his emotions to run an investigation but who can argue with your grandma they always know best. This book continues the series fresh, interesting and with a mystery that is as creepy as it is scary. The characters are fun, diverse and just sassy enough to make you wish you knew them so you could watch this interaction play out in real life. You don't need to read them in order but I always feel you are missing some piece that helps everything make sense if you don't so buy all three.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Willow Tarata's fate was settled when she was ten years old when the beast she called "The Bad Man" killed her mom. Her quest ever since she saw her mom viciously murdered has been to kill this man. Like her mom before her, she is a Guardian of Wood, who for twenty years has followed the blood trail of the evil Bad Man. Willow learns of a strange homicide in San Francisco. She rushes to the City by the Bay, but not only is she too late, the evidence points to her as a serial killer as two other similar homicides have occurred. Known for adhering rigidly to standard operating procedures, SFPD homicide detective Rick Ramirez is reasonably sure she is the predator hunting his city, but his heart refuses to accept what he sees so he delays what he knows he must do. Still even blinded by his feelings, Rick believes that somehow Willow is the root to solving the murders. This excellent Guardians of Destiny urban romantic fantasy (see marked by Passion and Chosen by Desire) is made fresh by the heroine whose psychological acceptance of wandering, living and dying alone is her essence until Rick shakes her soul. Opposites in personality, Rick and Willow make a strong yin and yang team though each has trust issues when it comes to love having your back. Kate Perry provides a strong entry with this pairing as the duet prepares to fight a malevolent serial killing predator; both wonder if their partner truly has their back since they already have their heart. Harriet Klausner
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Kate has done it once again! I was in a Guardian trance and couldn't put this book down. I love that Willow is a do-it-yourself woman who can stand on her own two feet but also knows how important it can be to allow someone to have your back. Tempted by Fate is every romance lovers dream book. It's fun, fresh and most of all, it's hot!
Jennmarie68 More than 1 year ago
This was a really good story. I'd kind of gotten burn out on historical romance so I'd left romance alone altogether for a little while. This is the first romance I've read in a few months and it was refreshing to get back into the genre with such a well written specimen. Willow was a great main character. She was spunky, witty, independent, and everything else you could want from a heroine. I liked her. Ramirez was nice... I used the model on the cover as a basis for what Ramirez looked like, and he is very nice :-) But my favorite character was Morgan and Lita was a close second. But Morgan is a computer genius. While I'm far from a computer genius I am a bit of a nerd so I was able to connect with her. She also plays as Willow's better judgment, as Willow doesn't always use her own good judgment... And Lita was such a sweet character. She was so knowing (beyond just the knowing the comes with being a grandmother) and was able to see what the future was going to hold for Ramirez and Willow. I haven't read the first two in this series and I didn't feel lost in this one. While I do want to go back and read the first two I didn't feel like I was missing a piece of the puzzle. The story itself was a good one. Willow, a guardian of the wood scroll, is trying to find the bad man who killed her mother when she was a young girl. The search has lead her to San Fransisco where she meets Ramirez. The chemistry between them is great, even though they both try to fight it. I liked the story and I loved the characters. I really do want to get the first two in the series and get the background of the guardians and then I want to see where the next book is going to go, as this one set the stage for something really big. I can't wait to see what it is! A review copy of this book was provided by Hachette Book Group.
AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Author Kate Perry's book, Tempted by Fate, is listed as part of The Guardians of Destiny Series, with Marked by Passion and Chosen by Desire released first. She has other titles in contemporary romance; Project Date and Project Daddy. Kate Perry is a 7th degree black belt Kung Foo San Soo and collects swords. She resides in San Francisco, California. Willow Tarata is one of the Guardians over the mystical Scrolls of Destiny, complete with the powers to do so. Though she hunts those that prey on the weak and vulnerable, she trusts no one, as her sordid past had never allowed her to take that step. Her whole life she's been driven by one goal-- to find the man who murdered her mother and make him pay. But three bizarre murders have brought Inspector Rick Ramirez to her door, and worse yet, he thinks she's involved. And someone wants her powers, someone willing to do anything to gain them. Now San Francisco's hottest detective and a determined Guardian must work together to protect one another from a relentless evil capable of claiming unimaginable powers and killing them all. But believing in each other and trusting each other's instincts may be the toughest challenge yet, especially when a heated passion threatens their professional cool and makes for some interesting setbacks. I was privileged to review the first two books in this "Guardians of Destiny" series, "Marked by Passion" and "Chosen by Desire." The first book was told in first-person, the second in third-person, and this book followed suit in third-person. These books gained momentum and steam, making this third book the best of them all. I'm not sure if there are more books coming, but judging by the closure this book gave, I'd say not. Readers who have followed this series will be happy to see Rhys, Gabe, Carrie, and Max from previous books. And did I mention how exciting it is that detective Rick Ramirez is the hero for this book? I adored him in the other books. Though listed as a paranormal romance, this series also has an urban fantasy edge to it. I love Kate Perry's writing style. Sexy humor, well-crafted characters, and fast-paced plots make for a thoroughly enjoyable read. Favorite moment: Rick reading Willow the Miranda rights while trying not to kiss her. Hot! Recommended! Kelly Moran Author and Reviewer Bookpleasures
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TEMPTED BY FATE by Kate Perry is a action packed urban paranormal romance set in present day San Francisco. It is well written with details,depth,page turning,and fast paced. It is the third in "Guardians of Destiny"series,but can be read as a stand alone. Book One "Marked By Passion, Book Two "Chosen By Desire".It has romance, sensuality, sexy humor, sassy women,strong men,secrets, destiny, fate, magic, murder, passion, love, the Scrolls of Destiny(Book of Wood), magic, ancient Chinese scrolls(earth,fire,wood,metal,water)and falling in love. You have a sexy,hot,policeman, passionate male hero, Rick and a sassy,vulnerable,tough, assassin,and guardian of the Book of Wood, Willow. Together they must battle a very "Bad Man", who is after Willow's power and murderer. Secrets will be revealed,(of other Guardians,earth,fire,& metal),trust will be tested and love will shine through.Can Willow and Rick overcome the powerful "Bad Man" in order to save them and Willow's extraordinary powers?This is a fast paced,action paced urban paranormal with lots of heated atmosphere,mystery, and sexual tension. I would highly recommend this book and the others in the "Guardians of Destiny" series especially if you enjoy sexy,hot characters with sas and wit.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Forever, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.
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