Review: Fighting Fate

If you’re looking for a high intense love story than this is the book for you! With a bit of magic, tradition, and pure electricity this YA Fantasy will take you on a roller coaster of emotion that will leave you breathless!

I was so excited when Shaila reached out to bloggers interested in doing a cover reveal for Fighting Fate earlier this year. She then asked if any of use would like to read an eARC of this wonderful YA Paranormal Romance and I couldn’t pass it up! She is so fun to work with and I hope to work with her again in the future!

About: Fighting Fate

Fighting Fate (Second book in the Joining of Souls Series)

FightingFate CoverBy Shaila Patel
Publisher: Month9Books
Release Date: April 5, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Empath Liam Whelan is determined to protect Laxshmi “Lucky” Kapadia, the girl he loves, at all costs–even if it means breaking her heart to keep her alive. Stopping the joining cold means Liam’s life is in danger from the Soul Seekers and the ruthless Minister Gagliardi who now has designs on Lucky. Liam has no choice but to find the strength to fight his desires, fight the joining, and fight fate.

After the unthinkable happened, Lucky’s “hallucinations” have been working double-time. Heartbroken and plagued by doubts, she meets a man who gives her a mind-blowing explanation for her predicament. Her apparent savior provides her with an escape from her hell: run away with him or return to her drab existence and watch Liam move on with her heart in his hands. All Lucky ever craved was to be in control of her own fate, but when her only choices fight against her heart, can she find the strength to battle for what she wants?

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The First Book in the Series

SoulmatedTwo souls. One Fate.

Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.

Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.

When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.

Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?


5 Stars

I thought book one was intense! Shaila does an amazing job at portraying emotion in her writing. The energy between Lucky and Liam keeps you on the edge of your seat as you wait for the joining of souls to happen! When it does it’ll leave you eager to know what happens next!

I flew through book one and two in a week which for me is pretty quick on ebook format because I usually don’t have the focus or time to sit and read for hours but when it came to these two books I just couldn’t put them down. The ending to this book leaves you with so many questions.

Lucky develops so much in Fighting Fate and is faced with some very difficult decisions about her future. She is also left with so many questions that  she feels she may never get the answers too, especially when it comes to her relationship with Liam. I really liked the struggle Lucky has in figuring out who she is and who she wants to be. She always refers to herself as two people, Lucky and Laxshmi. Shaila does a wonderful job in her writing to show just how Lucky is feeling. When Lucky feels anxious you feel anxious, when she feels sad you feel sad, when she’s in love you’re in love. This is exactly why you will go on a roller coaster of emotion, almost literally, because that is how intense these empaths are!

Liam! I love Liam. He is kind and considerate, and even though he is a prince he doesn’t let it get to his head. He doesn’t want all the politics that come with it but learns quickly that he will be forced to play their games in order to protect Lucky. His love for Lucky almost breaks them but they both come out of it in the end stronger than where they started. He is such a strong person in having to make serious decisions to protect Lucky and is always there for her even when she doesn’t know it. I really enjoyed the bond they have for each other and even though it is tumultuous at times they always find their way back.

About the Author


Shaila Patel is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Romance Writers of America. She’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night.

As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever-after, Shaila Patel’s younger self would finish reading her copy of Cinderella and chuck it across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. She loves craft beer, tea, and reading in cozy window seats—but she’ll read anywhere. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or gushing about her favorite books online.

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