Braving Fate by Linsey Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
**I was provided a complimentary copy of Braving Fate in exchange for my honest review.**
To start, I would like to say that this is the first time I have read any work by Linsey Hall, so I know nothing of her writing style.
Braving Fate sounded exciting - a warrior queen is reborn and the alpha protector is tasked with protecting her. And there were parts of the story that were very engaging and intriguing. However, there were other parts where I thought it might have been a better over-all story had the sex scenes been dialed back a bit and more effort had been put into the core of the story.
Additionally, the entire past life aspect was, at times, very confusing. In my personal opinion, you have to be VERY clear when writing a story that has regression/past life/memories in it - very clear that you are differentiating between the past and present. There were several times where I simply got lost, having to re-read a certain scene to figure out where we were and why.
I will say that I loved the supernatural change (rather than vampires and shifters), it was a fun character difference to have Gods and demons. No one can cause more havoc than those two, God only knows. LOL!
Diana was a great character, bringing a tenderness to a hard story, or rather hard characters. She believes herself to be "normal" - a normal person, teacher, woman - except for the nightmares than wake her in the middle of the night, cold and covered in sweat.
But all her normalcy changes the minute she has an encounter with a demon; then she knows it's time to go.
Packing up, she leaves town, following the clues sent out by the mystical tattoo that shows up on her arm. Hmmm.
Cadan has been assigned to be her guard, for little does she know, she is anything but normal; she is their reincarnated Queen. Additionally, she's not your average Queen, but a warrior and Cadan's ex-lover. Woo. *cue titillating music* This is getting better...
But Cadan finds himself in a unique position - he falls in love with HER. Not who she used to be, but who she is now. And he has no interest in leading her to her doom, her death, by helping her to learn who she once was. Nope. Not. Gonna. Happen. (as far as he's concerned) Yet, there is nothing more determined than a woman on a mission.
There were many times in the story where I found myself excited, waiting to turn the page and see where the author would take a particular scene; she really did a great job in several areas, no doubt.
However, as I said originally, I thought the sex scenes were too highlighted. There was no question that they were hot - and detailed - but I would rather have had more focus of their developing relationship/story, than repeated sex scenes. We all know the two of them have the hots...
Overall, I was impressed with my first read by Linsey Hall and I would recommend it to those who love Paranormal Romance and are looking for a little different supernatural story.
Gods and Demons, oh my! =)
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