PJV Quickie: Fated Souls, like many of its kind, suffers from short story syndrome. With little space for a strong plot and character building it suffered greatly. So, while it had potential, it wasn’t given the opportunity to really shine.[frame align=”left”] [/frame]
Author: Becky Flade
Type: Paranormal Romance
Published: April 15th 2013 by Crimson Romance
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While I’ve been reading a lot of YA romance novels, Paranormal romance has always been my first love. So I was excited to get the opportunity to read Fated Souls by Becky Flade. Unfortunately, while the story was definitely paranormal, it didn’t do much for my appetite. I will say, right off the bat, that this book fell short mainly because it was a short story, rather than a full novel. Everything was rushed; the character building, the romance, even the conflict, which came out of nowhere.
Maggie, previously an investigative journalist, now works for a tabloid after getting blackballed by her previous employer. She convinces her editor to send her to Minnesota to investigate a werewolf citing. There she meets Aidan, a horse rancher whose eyes looks suspiciously like the wolf’s and who makes it a point to avoid Maggie. Of course that only intrigues her more and soon Maggie has worked her way into Aidan’s thoughts, home, and, eventually, heart.
While I liked both of the main characters, I wasn’t invested in them or their romance because everything felt rushed. I found it weird that Aidan didn’t make it more of a point to avoid Maggie, especially because of his secret. What’s even weirder is how fast Maggie moves in with him. The author never really comes out and say she’s moved in, but when you have your shampoo, body wash, and a change of clothes at somebody’s house, that counts as moving in. Especially since Maggie begins to spend almost every night in Aidan’s bed after realizing that they are soul mates based on one passionate evening together.
Similarly, I felt that the conflict came out of nowhere. Here I am, thinking that the book is coming to an end, then BOOM, in walks trouble. While some might see the surprise attack as a good thing, I thought it was forced. Yes, I understand that there needs to be more than just romance in any book, especially since the couple had few of their own, but that something needs to make sense. I’m not expecting everything to be revealed in the first few chapters of the book, but where is the foreshadowing? Of course I love a good plot twist as much as the next person, but this certainly wasn’t an example of one.
One thing I do love about the book is the Wolf’s backstory and his connection to Aidan. I say ‘his’ because the wolf is completely separate from Aidan. Though they share a body, they are not the same person. He has his own thoughts and reaction that can sometimes be controlled by Aidan, but at the end of the day he has freewill. This is completely different from any other werewolf book that I’ve read, which usually portrays the wolf and the man as one and the same. Though I’m a fan of that idea, I loved that Miss Flade put a nice twist on the werewolf idea.
Honestly, I didn’t hate the book. It’s hard to hate something that’s so short. However, I think this book would have been a great read if it were a novel rather than a short story. A longer book means the author would have had the opportunity to spend more time on character and relationship building, which, in my opinion, is the backbone of any story.