Unexpected Fate (Hope Town #1) by Harper Sloan

Unexpected Fate (Hope Town #1)  by Harper Sloanon February 17th 2015
Pages: 301 pages
AmazonNarrator: Sean Crisden, Shirl Rae
Have you ever felt like you were living your life for a future that was predetermined? Like there was some bigger picture you just prayed you would someday see clearly? That picture has been crystal clear to me since I was old enough to recognize it for just what it was.

Or I should say recognize him for who he was.

I’ve loved Cohen Cage since I was a small child. He’s been my everything for the last twenty-two years. I’ve loved him through every girlfriend he’s ever brought home. Through his college years and then mine. I’ve loved him through two deployments. And ever since the day I told him how I felt, he’s acted like I’m a stranger.

My name is Danielle Reid, and it’s time for me to get my man.

Our future is an unexpected fate, and no matter what our parents, siblings, and friends say…it’s going to be worth every second of the fight to make it happen.
three-stars

I could tell this book was a spinoff even though I have never read the original series nor anything by this author before. After some research on goodreads, I found that the main characters were “Corps Security” Series, the next generation. I liked that Danielle Reid was confident in her love for Cohen Cage even if she was an adolescent. It never wavered through the book. She pursued Cohen while he ignored her. She stood by him while he served overseas in the military. She welcomed him back when his tour was over.  Then the struggled for Dani and Cohen was to get re-acclimated with their new realities.

I knew early into the audiobook that this one wasn’t going to be as fun because there was too much crassness to the characters. It wasn’t as refined of a love story as I typically prefer.  I liked the characters well enough, but the overly dominant alpha male thing was overdone. I thought Danielle was smart and savvy enough not to have Cohen constantly acting like a caveman. I have read enough to know that the over-territorial alpha male plot seem to go with Biker books so I guess for fans of that trope, this book would be enjoyable. I also didn’t enjoy the sex scenes as I like more romance and less dirty talk sex. I am not a prude but I found most of the scenes a tad vulgar (not kinky). My friends who loved the original series were very happy with this spin-off. Unfortunately, I wasn’t entertained enough by plot to want to read further into this series.

 

*Special thanks to Tantor for the audiobook for review.

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