After scientists stumbled across an anomalous human hormone present during moments of emotional intimacy, further research created the ability to harness the direction of living energy and pinpoint when two lines will merge. Personalized chips are now implanted beneath the thumbnails of every infant, where glowing numbers count down to the moment they will meet their soul mate. Fate is now a calculation.
But loving someone isn’t.
When Shannon Wurther, the youngest detective in Southern California, finds himself face-to-face with Aiden Maar, the reckless art thief Shannon’s precinct has been chasing for months, they are both stunned. Their Camellia Clocks have timed out, and the men are left with a choice--love one another or defy fate.
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(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.