Blog Tour + Giveaway: Forged by Fate - Reese Monroe

Friday, December 20, 2013

Forged by Fate - Reese Monroe
He’s waited more than 900 years to love her…

Being the Gatekeeper to Hades is no small feat, and waiting almost a millennia to meet your mate is damn near impossible. But Theo Bradford’s mark has finally surfaced on his intended. Now all he has to do is find her and convince her to embrace her supernatural heritage.

Young genius, Sadie Nowland, has got life figured out. Graduating college at the age of eighteen and accepting a six-figure job is just what she needs to prove she’s made something of herself. But when a strange tattoo mysteriously appears on her shoulder and Theo starts talking about Mates, it catapults her neatly laid out life into chaos.

Somehow a vicious demon banished to Hades defies Theo’s vanquish and returns, setting his target on Sadie, and she is thrust into the volatile world of Shomrei warriors and a connection to Theo her brain can’t comprehend and her body can’t deny. That primal bond proves more imperative to their survival than either could have ever imagined—and just may be the key to the world’s survival.

My Thoughts:
I had been stuck on reading New Adult nowadays – those on the sides of real life: bad boy types or awkward ladies, typical, right? I was seeking for more “oomph” and I missed reading paranormal stuffs then lucky, Ink Slinger PR had this and boy this I grabbed at the opportunity! This story was awesome, enticing and paranormal in the NA genre just amped up things up!

The first thing that popped in my mind was that: Hercules met Constantine. I could not thing of a girl version though; oh, how about Lara Croft? She was badass. That would suit them, the hero and the heroine of this story: Theo was the Gatekeeper of Hades and was destined to meet his Ahavah, his mate. He was very determined, patient, understanding but his loving side was the most dominant. He was all sorts of powerful but his weakness comes with his destined. To which led us to, Sadie – the one badass chick. She was a tough heroine, to be able to stand everything as what or who she was crashed her like a strong waves, held herself together to face the evil yet learnt and appreciated what was to be her destiny (with her mate) that was the resilience that was awe-inspiring. She learnt how to be open to the possibilities and accepted things but kept in mind that she held control and was given her free will. As they were intended to mate – it would be a bond so powerful: Each other was one’s weakness and strength, together unbeatable. The thing was, there was so much about the characters – more on Sadie’s side as she was beyond what she thought she was. Aside from being Theo’s mate there would be more in store about her. They were both chosen and they would remain together, for eternity.

I loved the normalness of Sadie, her kickass side, genius and more than human abilities. And for Theo that was able to hold on to his tasks and responsibilities. The normality in the story was little by little wavering off. The way the normalness took off was natural as the things were delving to the darkness and the prophecy. Not really prophecy but it was destined. There was still God who was resilient and all command yet gentle and conversing. It helped them aid what was needed to be done. It was all planned, as the creatures were given to obey, they were also given the freewill. Some had obeyed Him yet some had swerved their path. In latter was Aggie, that powerful demon that was an adaptation on the wicked that was self-proclaimed one to beat Lucifer and rule the world with chaos. Aggie was beaten down profusely and was exiled to Hades yet he continued to rise up. There were specific people who could beat him – Sadie and Theo. As the story progressed, the lead characters would fend off other demons, the minions of Aggie. With the help of Justin, the Companion-Brother of Theo and Halena, the Gatekeeper from Europe. Moments of darkness would compel the weakness, the lost of hope, the heart-pumping thrill and of course, the urge to almost cry as I had felt a momentarily lost of hope. But we all knew how it would end yet the beguiling pacing and unraveling would definitely make a reader eager to read it in one-sitting.

She met her mate as desire unfurled. Captivated by his tantalizing eyes and his brooding self. There was this connection yet Sadie was fighting against it, her body was betraying her but her logic was trying to defy it. It was both exhilarating, consuming and confusing, even. As Sadie realized that it was fate to be together and to be destined, they needed to mate. Yes, in the sexual way. The story was unraveling as Sadie was taking her time while Theo was being patient, even if it was torture to be in that moment. Theo prepared himself for almost a millennium while Sadie was still dumbstruck. There was the fear for Sadie but the unmistakable overwhelming passion was brewing and was enchanting her to give her soul, heart but mostly, her body for Theo. It took time, baby steps on both sides. They made it work without it being forced and respected one’s decision. Yet it was fluid, strong and intense. Their mating was of such power alongside frailty. Thought it was twisted on its own way: you find your mate and mate (sexual way) with the catch that you would become strong and weak. It was the perfect depiction of gaining something but also losing something. Which was too much of a risk, but worth risking for. It would both give them power but would leave them vulnerable.

Overall, I was captivated by the trance they held against me. The details and the characters, even the setting was easy to comprehend that it felt the story unfolded right before my eyes. The alternate POV won me over and I loved how I was given that chance to perceive on Theo and Sadie’s minds. I could not help but turn the pages as the story heightened my excitement! The story held familiar creatures like Angels, Demons and Gatekeepers, yet it was unique as it added its own spice. Its twists were unexpected the use of different languages and the power each character held on made the story more interesting. Nevertheless, it was still the romance book that I loved, as the characters were bound by love at first sight but was not that instalove that gave off the immediate “I love you” or anything. The story gave a background about the lovers, as they learnt each other. As the other kept his patience and told the story that his mate must know; and the other to learn how to be open-minded as she was secluded by logic. It also gave time as to built a foreground to their relationship, yes it was fast as the enemies were already a step ahead but it held the romance at a fiery distance… cracked every intimate moment even just by sniff of a scent, they were already in that desire-induced trance. It was a romance book that never lost its paranormal essence. It built precision and a solid ground as a book. It laid a good plot – the sequencing, the climax, the twists, the characters, mostly the connection. The lead characters were so connected as it focused on them while the story unfolded about the reality for them. And they would fight it together, until the end.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Author Bio:
Originally from Minnesota, Reese Monroe currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband of seventeen years and her loveable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Monroe holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master's degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training to run her first marathon.

Reese Monroe is a contributing blogger at the widely popular site New Adult Alley ( and has been part of the New Adult revolution for years having penned over thirty novels in the exciting new category. Look for her Bound by Hades trilogy coming soon from Entangled Publishing.
Connect with Reese on Twitter (@ReeseMonroe1), through Facebook ( or her website

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