fatesSYNOPSIS: Life can change in the blink of an eye. One moment, Lily Preston is trapped in a loveless marriage in a split second she is free, but at what cost? Her mundane life is set into a free fall of tragedy and terror. Her husband maybe out of her life, but he left a storm of collateral damage behind and the burden is on Lily to sort it out. 

Fate connects Lily with Gavin Edwards, a charmingly handsome British gentleman that has been drawn into her tangled circumstance. Gavin is everything Lily’s husband wasn’t and gives her hope that love really does exist. Gavin wants nothing more than to sweep Lily up and carry her off into the sunset, far away from the devastation left by her husband. Gavin has been the first breath of fresh air in her life, but she isn’t looking to be saved. She needs to clean up her husband’s mess and find a way to save herself in the process.

I LOVED THIS STORY! This is book 1 in the Fates series and Ms. Richards did NOT disappoint.

     I can’t say that the story started off slow because it totally didn’t, it came in with a BANG…literally. I also can’t say that I didn’t roll my eyes at the circumstance that Lily found herself in thinking this sounded more like and absurd movie plot. But the more I read the more I couldn’t stop. The more I read the more intrigued I got. The more intrigued I got the more I fell in love with Lily and Gavin.

Lily was awesome. She cursed, she ate burgers and fries and didn’t worry if her ass got fat and she was the ultimate smart-ass! She was, however, emotionally damaged. Her jackass of a husband (late husband – you’ll get it once you read the book) made it hard for her to really love, so much so that it was hard for her to truly let Gavin in. At first I didn’t understand why she was pushing him away at every turn but the more she revealed about her past the more I got it. One thing she didn’t do was bite her tongue. With her new-found freedom she refused to let anyone bully her anymore. I think I totally fell in love with her when she said this about her hubby:

“Ash should be nowhere near the drug trade. I’ve watched The Wire. I listened to Biggie. What’s the first rule? ‘Don’t get high on your own supply’. Ash never had the self-control to follow that” ~Lily

Gavin was also a great character. His British accent and the way he loved made you fall for his character immediately. Actually the cast of characters where great. I enjoyed them all down to the villain(s). Each bought something to the story instead of being just…seat fillers. This wasn’t just a good love story it was a great story, period. Even though I was thinking “yeah right” for some things and rolling my eyes at others, it made for a great fictional read. Remember when I said that a book is truly good when you can see it playing out in your mind like a movie. Yeah…I totally see this like that and can’t wait for “O” to be slapped in book 2. So a whopping 4.5 out of 5 stars for Ms. Richards!