Review: Forged by Fate (Bound by Hades #1) by Reese Monroe

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Goodreads Description:

He’s waited more than 900 years to love her…

Being the Gatekeeper to Hades is no small feat, and waiting almost a millennia to meet your mate is damn near impossible. But Theo Bradford’s mark has finally surfaced on his intended. Now all he has to do is find her and convince her to embrace her supernatural heritage.

Young genius, Sadie Nowland, has got life figured out. Graduating college at the age of eighteen and accepting a six-figure job is just what she needs to prove she’s made something of herself. But when a strange tattoo mysteriously appears on her shoulder and Theo starts talking about Mates, it catapults her neatly laid out life into chaos.

Somehow a vicious demon banished to Hades defies Theo’s vanquish and returns, setting his target on Sadie, and she is thrust into the volatile world of Shomrei warriors and a connection to Theo her brain can’t comprehend and her body can’t deny. That primal bond proves more imperative to their survival than either could have ever imagined—and just may be the key to the world’s survival.

My Review

Forged by Fate brought about a unique storyline filled with one heck of an angst filled romance. The whole concept of having an eternal mate preordained by God himself was gripping to read about. Of course throughout the book the name “God” was hardly used. It was only implied and worded as “The Great One” which was only somewhat cheesy in my book, but moving on.

Sadie and Theo have an instant connection that leads both of them into doing things they never imagined possible. Sadie’s world gets turned entirely upside down as she discovers she is unlike anything of this earth. Demons lurk behind every corner and Sadie must struggle to maintain not only her sanity with this new world but her acceptance of her feelings for Theo.

Though there were plenty of bursts of action in Forged by Fate, that’s all they really were– bursts. They came and went before I could become truly enthralled by the events. And in between these random bursts of action was a too- slow- for- me plot line with a rushed romantic relationship. Not to mention, some of the plot elements seemed repetitive to me, Sadie was getting hurt and healed one too many times to be entertaining anymore, and though her and Theo’s love for one another was definitely adorable… I just wasn’t feeling a strong connections to the characters and their personal struggles.

By the time the ending rolled around I was gearing up for some kind of epic collision with the antagonist, but it was over before I knew it. There was so much build up for it and when it finally came it was rushed. They came, they conquered, they left.

Overall, Forged by Fate had some good plot movement moments and some good romantic scenes between the main characters which was just enough to get me by, but it was not as fantastic as I was expecting it to be based on the book description.

You can buy Forged by Fate for $.99 on Amazon here. Book two is titled Marked by Hades and is set to release on April 14th.

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