on November 13th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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As a music journalist, IÔÇÖve interviewed rock stars from all over the globe, using my special ÔÇ£intuitionsÔÇØ to pen some of the most in-depth and personal interviews in the business. Meeting MaggieÔÇÖs BonesÔÇöand especially their intense bass player, MageÔÇöproved to be a life-changing experience. I was immediately drawn to this strange but intriguing man, and we spent an amazing night bonding over our similar experiences growing up ÔÇ£freaksÔÇØ. We had a fantastic connection, unlike anything IÔÇÖd ever experiencedÔÇª
Until Mage started talking about dreams, about destiny and fate, and it brought up too many painful memoriesÔÇªones IÔÇÖd buried long ago in a desperate bid to function as a normal human being. That didnÔÇÖt quite work out as planned. Now IÔÇÖm spiraling down a depressing, anxiety-filled hole, and while I want so desperately to believe that I can heal from my past and love again, love Mage, IÔÇÖm afraid I may be Fated to be aloneÔÇª
Take another wild ride with the hard-rocking members of MaggieÔÇÖs Bones, and see if love can once again cure the haunted.
Author Note: While Fated is a stand-alone story, readers will get greater enjoyment (and more hot, emotional rockers) by first reading Haunted.
┬á5++ #ThatsAllIGot Stars
Just over a year ago, I read and reviewed Haunted┬á,┬á R.L. Merrill’s first published book and the first in this series. I was so blown away by the story and the writing and I felt a cosmic connection to the characters and the author. That continues and is compounded upon with her newest release Fated. Like Haunted, Fated is centered around the band MaggieÔÇÖs Bones,┬áand in particular┬átheir bassist Mage. However it’s the life of a music reporter Sammara Gunderson that becomes wholly engrossing. Sammara is ┬áa complex character and for the first time in a long time I totally connected with a character – I got her frame of mind, and I ached for wrongs done to her and hoped for the healing power of love (tee hee) . ┬áAs for Mage – well I simply fell in love with him. The story line is beautiful┬áand explores some very interesting and sometimes heartbreaking topics.
I myself like the idea of ÔÇ£FateÔÇØ as itÔÇÖs a beautiful and romantic notion. ┬áFor Mage, his destiny is presented to him through his dreams and his intuitive nature and when he meets Sammara he just KNOWS. She’s. The. One!! Yes, he trusts this wholeheartedly and it┬ágives him courage and conviction to go after what he wants. He is corny and adorable, sexy and so, so sweet on Sammara. ┬áWhen she’s placed in his life it screams of destiny. Like Mage, Sammara lives with the unique abilities as an empath, which is both a gift and a curse. Ms. Merrill describes this to perfection and weaves this into SammaraÔÇÖs take on life. She feels it, accepts it, but doesnÔÇÖt always like it. This element alone makes Mage a perfect match for her but Sammara isnÔÇÖt so sure.
Sammara is this beautifully damaged women. Nothing about her is traditional which makes her so captivating. ┬áSheÔÇÖs had success but also had some seriously horrible things happen to her. As one would imagine trauma experienced by an empath like Sammara leaves her in a dark and scary place. The author does an amazing job developing this aspect of her character;┬áthe anxiety she feels and how she’s taught herself to deal with it is depicted┬áwith tact and grace. My heart broke for Sammara. And Mage, knowing thereÔÇÖs no quick fix, is ever so gallant. ┬áItÔÇÖs one the many reasons he’s a character that you can’t help but love. He is the embodiment of gentle and kind soul. He treats Samarra so well and allows their connection to mature without force.
Once again, Ms. Merrill does a stunning job conveying the emotions of two people falling in love; the giddiness, self-doubt, fear, hope, and on and on. ┬áI felt it happen between Devon and Jaylene while reading Haunted, and again I felt fell in love right along with Mage and Sammara. There’s so much to contemplate as the story winds down and Maggie’s Bones make some changes to their line-up…
Fated is a 5++ star read and one I recommend wholeheartedly!!
~Review by Cyndi
Music to inspire – Check out RL’s Fated playlist on Spotify
About the Author
R.L. Merrill started writing five years ago to deal with some not-so-pleasant life situations and to escape from the icky parts of being a responsible adult. It’s turned into a very fulfilling way to spend her minuscule amount of free time and has mostly kept her sane. Her stories involve real life struggles and the romance that gets us through. Her novels are influenced and inspired by her own experiences as well as those of folks around her that she admires and respects for their strength and perseverance. She’s lived in the Bay Area her whole life, with the exception of the four very good years she spent in rural Iowa during college. She’s been an educator for twenty years as both a teacher and school counselor, and has spent time working closely with police and non-profit agencies as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate. She is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, tattoo collector, Metal fan, movie geek and book nerd, and she currently presides over a horde of animals consisting of two cats, a dog, a Ball Python, various fish varieties, and a rat.