by Amelia Hutchins
Book 1 in the Fae Chronicles
Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae—beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?
Welcome to my world.
What started out as a strange assignment, led to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.
Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh—did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae... every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.
My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface—not even me.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Violent Urban-Fantasy Dear God No
TRIGGER WARNING: Violence, and sexual assault.
Fighting Destiny centers around Syn, a powerful member of the Guild, who after an unusual and brutal "interview", she lands herself in the middle of a murder mystery. The problem: the man who hired her is the Dark Fae Prince. She hates the fae, but this one makes her desire things she never thought of.
So, I made a decision. In the past, if I DNF (Did Not Finish) a book, I wouldn't review it. I'm changing that rule. I have wasted time reading a portion of these DNF books after all, and the ONLY reason I DNF a book, is if I didn't like it - so why am I giving these books a pass, when other books I didn't like, I was at least able to finish them? So here it is. My review on a book I did not finish.
Things I liked:
I liked the magic Syn did
I think it might have had a good plot, if writing and characters were good.
Things I hated:
The writing was awful. Potential for sure, but she needs an editor. I got 20% through the book, and multiple times I had to stop, go back, and make sure I didn't skip a page, because it was disjointed. Repetitive.
20% through the book, and Ryder had "fae-fucked" Syn twice, which is essentially bending her will and body, and making her so insanely horny, she is begging him to fuck her (despite the fact that she hates him and all fae). At one point he has her crawling on the ground. Am I supposed to be impressed that he doesn't rape her? Her touches her, he fucks with her mind ... no. Just no. I don't mind a darker romance, but I want a CONSENSUAL romance.
The characters. So. Incredibly. Annoying. Syn's constant inner monologue hating Ryder, but constantly thinking the same dirty thoughts over and over was irritating and boring. Ryder's POV was him thinking repetitively that he was going to make her his, and his dirty thoughts.
It was just smut, with a little bit of story. If you have read my reviews before, you know I love smut. The hotter, the better. But this was just ridiculous. Right down to describing every outfit change Syn has, and sexualizing it. Always matching thong and lace bra. Always small, tight tank that shows cleavage. Tight pants or short short that show off her ass. Twice looking in the mirror and describing her looks. Constant, CONSTANT thoughts about sex (like, how does she get any work done?). I want an actual story with my steam, and as an author, if you can't establish that story in the first 20%, and instead are relying on readers love of faerie porn, well, it's a nope from me.
As you can tell, my dislikes outweigh my likes. #booktoc has done me dirty, seeing it recommended over and over. Yes, I can tell it's going to be steamy. I just can't get past Ryder sexually assaulting Syn. Just because he doesn't have sex with her - he has her chained up until he "fae-fucks" her to submission, naked except for her thong, and feeling her up and kissing her - all while acting out his fucked up interview. And her boss is okay with this being done to her! No. No no no no no no no no. Don't read this book.