As I read Forged by Fate By Reese Monroe I was strongly reminded of Vampire Diaries, the series based on L.J. Smith‘s popular novels, not specifically because of the content per se. Rather I would compare the two as having an equal amount of sophistication, stylistically speaking. As such I am sure Forged by Fate will appeal to many.
As an orphan, Sadie knows nothing about her past but she is on the cusp of realizing all of her childhood dreams. Without explanation a tattoo-like mark appears on her shoulder. Her capacity for denial is quite expansive as this phenomena doesn’t send her clamoring for medical assistance. She is determined to move forward with the life that she has so carefully planned.
After a millennium long wait Theophilus knows that the his period of abstinence is almost at an end. When he finally meets his intended she is not particularly receptive to the idea of giving up all she knows to battle demons from Hell at the side of this compelling stranger.
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.
There was a lot going on in Forged by Fate, between the demon vying for ultimate supremacy, unprecedented manifestations of power between the destined couple and Sadie’s reluctance to accept the man she is fated to love, I often felt like I was watching an episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer after Angel left. Still good but lacking that certain something that elevated it to greatness… or perhaps it was just David Boreanaz that I was missing?
Initially, I was attracted to Forged by Fate by its surface resemblance to the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone and ultimately I think it was the absence of this fascinating tale that compromised my enjoyment. I don’t question the mass appeal of this story because undoubtedly it has it in spades, however I simply came across it twenty or so years too late.
AUTHOR: Reese Monroe
RATING: 3 Stars
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the publisher for an honest review.