Forbidden Fate

Title: Forbidden Fate

Series: Sisters of Danu Book 1

Author: Mia Pride

Genre: Historical Romance/Ancient Worlds/Fantasy

Release Date: November 4, 2016


Forbidden Fate



When Gwynneth awakens from a horrible accident, she has no memory of her past and must rely on the help of one man, the man who found her half dead on the shore beneath the Cliffs of Moher. Though her mind cannot remember him, her heart cannot deny him.

Liam Mac Cuill has loved Gwynneth his entire life and was heartbroken when she was 

forced to marry a dangerous man. Finding Gwynneth below the cliffs without her memory was the last thing Liam ever expected. But when he discovers why she was there, he becomes set on revenge. Now he must protect Gwynneth from the horrors of her past, but doing so requires him to shelter her from the truth, keeping dark secrets that threaten his ultimate goal: to make Gwynneth his.

The more Gwynneth discovers of her past, the more tumultuous her life becomes. Her fall from the cliff was no accident, Liam is not who he claims to be, and an ancient family legend turns Gwynneth’s world upside down. Every event in her life has been prophesied by the legend, sealing her fate. Torn between her own desires and a predetermined fate, she must make a choice.

Between her violent past and her unknown future, in a world full of secrets, prophecies, and lies, can Gwynneth fulfill the fate thrust upon her by the gods and also gain her heart’s true desire? Or will she defy the gods for a chance to claim her own fate…her Forbidden Fate?

This Celtic romance is set in ancient Ireland, a time of legends, mystery and magic!

This book is rated 18+ due to some adult content.


Forbidden Fate


My Review:

Rating: 4 Stars ✰✰✰✰


When I started reading Forbidden Fate by Mia Pride, I wasn’t sure if I would like it. Historical romance isn’t really my taste but I’ve been trying to expand my reading horizons. I think I picked a good book to do just that.

In the beginning, I was a little lost and it was slow going. But as I continued into the adventures of Gwynn, Liam, and their friends, I found myself looking forward to the next time I could pick up my kindle and dive in. 

Gwynn has no memory of who she is or how she wound up unconscious on the beach below the cliffs. All she knows is the handsome stranger Liam who rescued her. She has started having nightmares and fears that they might be the answer to how she ended up that way.

As the story progresses, Gwynn learns several truths. Her life before the amnesia isn’t one she wants to return to, but she isn’t sure if she can have a life with her love. She also learns of a family that she never knew existed and that she may just be part of a prophecy that is currently unfolding.

Once I warmed up to this story, I found myself extremely invested in the characters. I wanted to see Liam and Gwynn find their happily ever after. Especially after all they had been through to get their. I was praying they would get out of their own ways and see things for how they could be. 

I also loved meeting their friends along the way. Duncan has a solid place in my heart. He was a trusty sidekick. So were Ceara, Abigael, and Garreth. I can’t wait to see more of them in the next books in the series.

Towards the end, I even found myself feeling a little bad for Baine after learning how Gwynn’s choices and his own lead him to become the person he was. 

Having never read one of Mia Pride’s books, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I wasn’t prepared for were the horrible tortures Gwynn’s ex put her through. I was amazed at how resilient she was and her ability to bounce back even as her memories returned and still have the ability to love and find humor in life. 

I felt so bad for Liam as she kept turning him down of slights she felt he had committed against her. It was completely unrealistic expectations from her and yet so true to how women sometimes act towards men. It made me laugh to myself as I was reading it, even while I sympathized with him.

The writing of this story was on point. The pace was steady with just enough action, comedy, drama, seriousness, and romance to keep the story interesting and balanced. I’m looking forward to seeing where their adventures take them next.


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About Mia Pride:

Mia Pride

Mia is a full time wife and mother of two rowdy boys, residing in the SF Bay Area. As a child, she often wrote stories about fantastic places or magical things, always preferring to live in a world where the line between reality and fantasy didn’t exist.

In High school she entered writing contests and had some stories published in small newspapers or school magazines. As life continued, so did her love of writing. So one day, she decided to end her cake decorating business, pull out her laptop and fulfill her dream of writing and publishing novels. And she did. 

When Mia isn’t writing books or chasing her sweaty children around a park, she loves to drink coffee by the gallon, get lost in a good book, hike with her family and drink really big margaritas with her friends! Her happy place is the Renaissance Faire, where you can find her at the joust, rooting for the shirtless highlander in a kilt.


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What’s Going On With Me:

It’s been awhile since I made a blog post. This one is going to be a little bit different. There has been so much going on lately. My kids are out of school for Summer break finally so we are adjusting to a new schedule again. We had family come to visit us and see the new state and house we live in. It’s been about 2 years since we have seen them because they live on the other side of the country. We visited the Washington State Capital, Nisqually Fort, the Hoh Rainforest, the beach, Mt Rainier, Seattle, among other things. It was a lot of fun!


Washington State Capital


Hoh Rainforest

Hoh Rainforest

Hoh Rainforest






Mt. Rainier


Mt. Rainier


Space Needle, Seattle Wa



The family adventures have sparked my husbands interest in hiking. We may just be picking up a new hobby and I’m excited to start.



I have several things going on with BarBelles (my coaching buisiness) right now. My accountability group is on week 2 of our 21 Day Fix Challenge. We are doing pretty well considering it is summer break and the 4th of July just happened. A new challenge will be starting in August. I’ll keep you posted. For more information on the 21 day fix click on the pic below.


21 Day Fix

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A few months ago I tried participating in 30 days of yoga. I made it to day 20 before I stopped. I want to try again so I’m starting a free yoga group on July 17th. It’s free for anyone wanting to try yoga. I will post a series of short 10-30 minute long yoga videos on the group for you to do daily. There will also be motivational posts and nutrition info. I would love for anyone to join. Feel free to contact me if you are interested.




I have a very strict philosophy when it comes to food and “diets” and here it is; I won’t give up foods that I love for the sake of losing weight. Having said that, I am willing to find healthier alternatives and practice moderation. With that in mind, I’m in the process of starting a series of posts on cooking healthier versions of your favorite unhealthy foods. I want to show everyone that healthy food doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless and that you can still enjoy the foods you love while leading a healthier lifestyle. One of my favorite things about learning to be healthy was getting to experiment in the kitchen and try new things. I’ll let you all know more as that comes together.



I have read so many good books lately. I’m just going to post covers of them all with links to my reviews. There are also purchase links in the review if you find something that sparks your interest.


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Read My Lips

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Shifting Tactics Part Two

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Doc's Ember

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Epic Lies

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These are the most recent books I’ve read. There are several more since my last post but this would be an extremely long post if I listed them all. Feel free to explore the site under Book Nerds for more books and reviews. There will be plenty more to come as well.


I hope you all had a great 4th of July and continue to have a wonderful Summer.