The Trouble with Fate (Mystwalker Series #1)

The Trouble with Fate (Mystwalker Series #1)

by Leigh Evans
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The Trouble with Fate (Mystwalker Series #1) by Leigh Evans

Trouble with Fate

Leigh Evans

My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I'm not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I've never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father's death…

Today I'm a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I'm going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I'd turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he's as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That's the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250006400
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/24/2012
Series: Mystwalker Series , #1
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 876,910
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Leigh Evans lives in Southern Ontario with her husband and a short, fat, black dog. She's raised two kids, mothered three dogs, and herded a few cats. Other than that, her life has been fairly boring.

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The Trouble with Fate: A Mystwalker Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story! It was a little darker than I was expecting but only made the story richer and a wonderful twist on the Fae. Threall was a creepy place and and the glimpses of Merenwyn were enough to make me want to know more. I love the idea of Merry! The cliff hanger at the end makes me want the second book RIGHT NOW! Great job, Leigh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine recommended this novel to me and I have to say, once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the next book in this series!
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Leigh Evans' humorous and witty debut, The Trouble with Fate brings passion and action to unbelievable new heights. The first Mystwalker novel places readers in a unique, modern world that holds a hidden, strained relationship between Fae and Werewolves. Hedi Peacock, half-Fae, half-Were, teeters on the edge of the coming war between magical races. Armored with an amulet named Merry and the tricky power of the Fae running strongest through her veins, Hedi forces her way through an adventure she never saw coming. One in which the Weres entice her to steal another amulet from childhood crush, Robson Trowbridge, so that the pack's brutal Alpha can reopen the locked portals into the Fae realm, Merenwyn. Hedi guides readers swiftly, and as emotionally as a traumatized twenty-two year old can, through the story of her life. She watched as her parents were killed and her twin brother was taken by the Fae. She believes Robson is the cause for all her troubles but her heart won't let her forget her feelings for him. Though most of Hedi's story is depressingly tragic, she shows that she's stronger than first believed when fate throws Robbie back in her life and brings ruthless Weres into her carefully concealed life. Hedi's smart mouth and sometimes pessimistic attitude lightens up the story and creates a contrast with the more serious and dangerous aspects of the plot. Evans' writing style is also unique. The voice she gives Hedi is forceful, almost as if she's the kind of character that just likes to rant and blow off steam, but Evans' backs up this big voice with action. The plot moves in a steady pace and every step is taut with anticipation of what will happen next. The romance is definitely in a class of its own. Robson and Hedi have a lot of baggage between the two of them, yet Evan's gives their relationship time and so much fervor. Hedi's decision to partner up with Robson and stand by his side throughout the novel becomes a heartbreaking, yet admirable, addition to the plot. The Mystwalker series will undoubtedly continue to bring on emotional, steady paced novels of fabulous urban fantasy and mystique. *eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great story !!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
Graphically Detailed: THE TROUBLE WITH FATE is the first storyline in Leigh Evans' paranormal/UF Mystwalker series focusing on Hedi Peacock-half Fae/half Were twenty something young woman whose life is about to become a lot more complicated. I won't go into too much detail about the series/story premise as the blurb just about covers the basics but I will say that the novel is richly detailed in world building and character development; told from the heroine's POV, the story is awash is flash backs, memories, dream walking, flash forwards and real time. Most of the story is told through the internal dialogue of Hedi and her struggles to prevent the Weres who destroyed her family from taking the only thing she has left that connects her to the Fae side of her blood. The writing style is descriptive in nature; the details are numerous especially the backstory and history of the Fae and the Weres. There was rarely a point where one could jump forward lest you missed something of importance to the plotline and premise. The characters were flawed. Everyone had an agenda or was focused on the ultimate prize. Fae vs Fae; Were vs Were; Fae vs Were. And in the end, there was death, destruction, torture, heartbreaking pain and sorrow; and the knowledge that just because you love someone, doesn't mean you are loved back in return. Considering the amount of detail, the storyline was evenly paced, although at times the plot detoured between present day, memories and dreams which made it difficult to follow and in that lost some of the momentum. The relationship between Hedi and Robson was one built on misunderstanding, lies and the truth about what happened so many years before. Hedi has always been attracted to and in love with Robson Trowbridge since she was a little girl-her internal Were knew that this man may one day be her mate-but Robson is a man on the run; a rogue wolf with no pack and the only person who could probably keep Hedi safe. But in the end, life and a brutal pack, had other plans for this couple and one or both may not survive. THE TROUBLE WITH FATE is a graphically detailed storyline about complicated relationships of interspecies and, the trouble when your heart does not follow your head. There is some torture and violence of a descriptive nature and, there is also betrayal and sorrow; sacrifice and love. But when one sacrifices for love, you would hope that they know who and what they are sacrificing for. see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe(dot)com
Mommasez More than 1 year ago
Twenty-some-odd years ago, Leigh Evans wanted to try her hand at writing. Unfortunately, the husband, kids, dogs, garden and home pushed that dream away, at least temporarily. Recently, she pulled an old manuscript out, and from there, The Trouble With Fate was written. This is her first book and the first book in her Mystwalker series. I've got to admit, I'm VERY glad that she decided to finish that old book.  The story centers around Hedi Peacock, formerly Helen Stronghold, who is part fairy and part werewolf. When I read that little detail of Hedi's character I rolled my eyes. Here comes a cutesy story about fairies and wolves and romance. What I got instead was a whole lot of OH YEAH!! Evans writes the story in a manner reminiscent of chick lit which is usually a gritty, disheartening, and often humiliating journey for the heroine. Typically, chick lit is more about the heroine dealing with familial relationships rather than primarily focusing on romance. Hedi's story hits the mark on each of these points. Saddled with a crazy and dying Aunt Lou and Lou's immortal enemy, an amulet that used to be a fairy, Hedi must steal, cheat, and lie to care for herself and the others.  Her life is in no way easy. Watching her parents being murdered, her twin kidnapped, forced to drop out of school and hide, and raised by a cold, cruel woman, Hedi manages to keep it together until Robson Trowbridge, her childhood crush comes back to town dragging with him a lot of trouble and misery. Both Hedi and Robson are portrayed as characters who have been dealt a rough hand and are bending under the weight. Evans also creates minor characters who are so well developed that it's painful to watch as they are sucked into the drama unfolding. Paranormal romances and urban fantasies often attempt to portray the seedy side of life but generally they miss the mark. The characters usually come across as fairly competent. Hedi and Robson get beat up, chased, stolen from, and eventually separated. Evans actually DOES hit the seedy parts in a very comfortable and real manner. The urban landscape is well-defined and well-realized. A coffee house, an old bookstore, an apartment over the store, all ring true. The other realm of Threall, a sacred place where only Mystwalkers can tread, and fae folk live their dreams in, is a fascinating landscape. Evans' idea of what fae dreams look like and the Mystwalkers' responsibilities and talents are a truly mystical look into her mind. Parchment thin balloons tethered to trees, a flat barren landscape that ends in gray clouds. My mind was highly entertained attempting to put picture to description. The process wasn't difficult. Evans' prose flows smoothly and easily when describing the madly insane but beautiful resident Mystwalker and her prison of a home.  Overall, the book kept me captivated, wondering, and entertained. The plot moved quickly. Storyline was solid and believable. Characters were fully developed and sympathetic. The ending was riveting, a real cliff hanger. I will be eagerly awaiting the next installment. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I have read in ages! Just when you think there will be a sweet and happy ending, the author swoops in with a dark twist in the plot! A must read !
MightyMouseSW More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this debut novel by Leigh Evans!! Hedi Peacock is a feisty, sassy girl who reminded me a lot of myself. Trowbridge, the leading man, is perfect in his imperfections. He is not gorgeous, brooding, or any of the other stereotypes we have come to expect in a leading man. He is gruff, stubborn, and flawed, which makes him so much more relatable and not just the "perfect guy" that a lot of other books give you. There were a lot of areas that I would've liked to see more of in this book, but you can tell from the ending that these are things she will delve into in the next book, which just makes me all the more anxious for the next one! I highly recommend checking out The Trouble With Fate!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The premise was fantastic, the writing fresh and fun. Hedi is a force and her relationship with Robson is had me turning the pages well into the night. 
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