Fortitude Smashed

Fortitude Smashed

by Taylor Brooke

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ISBN-13: 9781945053368
Publisher: Interlude Press
Publication date: 09/21/2017
Series: Camellia Clock Cycle , #1
Edition description: None
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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Fortitude Smashed 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheKnightsWhoSayBook More than 1 year ago
(I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review) Fortitude Smashed is a little weird because it doesn’t quite go all the way there with its "soul mate count down" premise. There are hints that this society is different from our own because of these clocks, but it’s not completely fleshed out, perhaps understandably — it’s a love story, not a think piece on how our world would change if we could predict when we will fall in love. What Fortitude Smashed does play with is the idea of questioning fate. Aiden’s struggle with how he feels about Shannon is tied to his guilt over the death of his parents years ago. The question is not just whether they will accept each other, it’s whether Aiden can start working toward recovery and trust Fate when it has never been kind to him before. I think the blurb would be more true to the book if it emphasized Aiden's struggle with his mental health over the whole soul mates concept, because the book really is a blend. The hints dropped about whether the two men will “love one another or defy fate” is not really the question that dominates the story — it’s solved fairly quickly compared to Aiden’s struggles with depression and his past. Fortitude Smashed is a slow moving, over-dramatically introspective romance, but it surprised me very positively. I guess i'm predisposed to enjoy snarky, leather jacket-wearing protagonists who keep getting compared to dragons. Just go in to this book knowing the conflict is really internal rather than external, and it’ll be a better experience.