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

 

Synopsis:

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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one of those weeks

What’s going on with me?

Well last week we had a few unexpected financial issues so I was on a pretty tight budget, like feed a family of five to include 2 teenagers and a bottomless pit of a 9 year old on $50 for the week tight. Needless to say, my healthy eating lifestyle took a bit of a backseat to eating what I could afford. Want to know what I did? I made a batch of Grandmas Tomato Sauce because I had everything I needed to make it in the house. Then I bought some ground meat (it was on sale), an onion, and a green pepper, Some Nitrite & Nitrate free turkey hotdogs (they were also on sale), and hotdog buns. On Monday, I made chili using the tomato sauce I made that day and some of the other ingredients I bought. On Tuesday I ground up some of the chili and used it on the hotdogs the next day I made chili mac. And that is how my week went as far as nutrition went. Needless to say, I decided to say F*ck it made it a cheat week. Don’t judge me, we all do it.

Since it was my cheat week as far as food went, it also became my cheat week where exercise was concerned. What can I say, it has just been one of those weeks, and this week hasn’t been much better except for the eating part. Now on to funner things then whether I workout and ate good.

Last week I got to chaperone my youngest sons field trip to the North Western Trek. This was such a treat for me. I haven’t had much opportunity to be involved with his school this year and this is the only field trip they took. Neither of us had been there before and it was so much fun…….Once I fed the bottomless pit otherwise known as Jackson. (Yes he spent the first half of the day complaining he was hungry). So the Northwest Trekk is like a small zoo, game farm, or wildlife preserve. There were all kinds of animals there. We could walk on the path around the park and look at all the exhibits and animals, which we did. And then we took a tram which took us around some of the lakes where we saw caribou, long horned goats, and bison. Afterwards we ate lunch, walked around some more, and then the kids got to play on this new and I have to say, awesome, playground. It was a ton of fun and I was exhausted afterwards.

 

The first little guy we saw

The first little guy we saw

Big Horned Goat

Big Horned Goat

Bison

Bison

Caribou

Caribou

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Finally Lunch

 

Building

Building

water time

water time

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This week I have the fun task of Parent Teacher conferences with my two teenagers.

 

 

What fitness programs are on sale this month?

It was Shaun T’s birthday this month and to celebrate it, Beachbody decided to put a few of his Challenge Packs on sale this month. What does a challenge pack have in it? Well you get the fitness and nutrition program plus a month supply of Shakeology our superfood shake.

The first program on sale this month is CIZE. It is a fun program that teaches you to dance yourself to healthier you. It is a lot of fun and you don’t have to be a great dancer to enjoy these workouts.

 

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The next program that is on sale this month is Insanity Max:30. The genius of this program is that you workout as hard as you can for as long as you can, and when you can’t continue with good form, you stop and that is your Max Out time. These workouts are only 30 minutes long if you make it to the end. The first time I did this one I only lasted about 8 minutes. It is a great way to get fit in a shorter amount of time.

 

Insanity Max:30

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What have I been reading lately?

I just finished reading Morning Star by S.E Rise over the weekend. Talk about a different view of Lucifer. This book gives you a whole new perspective of how the devil came to be. You also get an inside look at what makes him tick. It was a really good read but I’ll warn you now, it has some really adult themes. This is not for the youngsters.

Morning Star

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I also had the privilege of reading The Death of Me by Yolanda Olson. If you like suspense/horror books, you will love this book. In true Yolanda style she ends it with a twist. Again, not a book for the young ones, but I thought it was great!

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Current and Upcoming Author Events:

You can now get the entire Imdalind Series for free on Kindle Unlimited and to celebrate Author Rebecca Ethington has put the whole series on sale. You can now get all 6 books for under $5.00.

Imdalind blast

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Author T.K. Leigh has revealed the cover to her new romantic comedy The Other Side Of Sunday. She is celebrating her new cover by doing a giveaway. Be sure to enter and add the book to your TBR!

The Other Side of Someday

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Authors M. Dauphin and H.Q. Frost have teamed up again. They just unveiled the cover to their new books Little Bird. Check out the trailer and while you do, you can go ahead and preorder your copy.

Little Bird cover

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Weekly Recipe:

Last week I posted 2 food posts. The first one was about the FIXATE Cookbook by Autumn Calabrese. I use this cookbook a lot. It works great with the nutritional needs of most of the workout programs I do and the food tastes delicious. It even has recipes for skinny cocktails, desserts, and snacks.

FIXATE cookbook

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I also posted a recipe from this cookbook. It was Grandma’s Tomato Sauce and I use it in more then half my cooking. In fact I use it enough that I make double batches and have my husband can it for me.

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So this was another long post. I guess that’s what happens when you slack and wait till halfway through the week to do one. Next weeks will be shorter since I already wrote half of it in todays. I hope the rest of your week it great. Until Next Time!