Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Review: Fated (Serendipity #1.75) by Carly Phillips

Title: Fated
Author: Carly Phillips
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published Date: December 4, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing

Kate Andews is the original rebound girl. But she has had enough and has vowed to never be someone’s second choice again. Unfortunately, her undeniably intense desire for Nick Mancini is testing her best laid plans because Kate has carried a torch for Nick since high school—but she’s always been permanently in the friend zone.

Lately, Nick has definitely noticed Kate. Unfortunately he can't get her to take him seriously. He knows he's made some stupid moves in the past but he's determined to get Kate to act on their obvious and mutual attraction. However Kate's stubborn and she's been hurt before, which means Nick will have to pull out all the stops in order to convince her he's not the same boy she used to know, and she's not second best…

This short, novella length format seems to suit Carly Phillips’ writing style. She managed to pack in enough character development to keep me invested in this couple's relationship and the story line didn't feel too rushed. Considering how short the story is and how much ground she needed to cover, I was impressed that nothing felt overly rushed, unless it's Nick's quick realization that time is running out! I like the way she writes down-to-earth, relatable characters with realistic dialogue. This was a pleasant, upbeat little story with a little steam, a lot of smiles, and a very satisfying resolution.

If you haven’t read Serendipity then the secondary characters (i.e. Faith, Ethan and Tess) will be unfamiliar – reading Serendipity prior to this one will give you additional insight into Nick’s background.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge through NetGalley for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

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