Fighting Fate by Scarlett Finn
Series: Harrow #1
Published by Self-published on July 12, 2015
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Ivy Dune knows how to survive.
Even when her paycheck-to-paycheck life is ripped from her by a vicious crimelord without a conscience, Ivy knows she’ll do whatever it takes to make it to the other side alive.
Dax Harrow has made a living off of blood and pain…both in the ring and out.
As an enforcer for the most lethal family in California, Dax knows the bounds of loyalty and will do anything to pay back the debt he owes them, no matter the cost.
When Ivy is placed in Dax’s care neither of them are prepared for the fallout.
As enemies close in around them, Ivy and Dax must be prepared for the fight of their lives.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I had to sit back and get my head in some sort of order to be able to write this review. First up, it’s dark, involves kidnapping and characters that have little value of a human life. So why the high rating? As with all dark stories, there’s the element of good attempting to triumph over evil. Like all good fights, it’s not how successful you are but how you fight that counts.
I was excited to read this book. When Lady Sassy, saw the offer to review this book, she took one look and thought of me, the Dark Queen as she refers to me, and said this is for you. We know each other well, I love a dark story and although this isn’t the darkest of dark, it’s far from sweet. If you’re into dark reads, you’ll get an idea of what you’re in for when I say the beginning reminded me of another book, Captive in The Dark, but not for long. The H, Dax, was definitely no Caleb since he wasn’t about revenge and he was obviously a novice at the task of training a slave. He was about carrying out an order given from a man that he respected. Not a lot of background information on the characters is provided, only enough to take the edge off my curiosity. His partner in crime for this story was Bruno and seemed well versed in mind games and how to twist
The H, Dax, was definitely no Caleb since he wasn’t about revenge and he was obviously a novice at the task of training a slave. He was about carrying out an order given from a man that he respected. Not a lot of background information on the characters is provided, only enough to take the edge off my curiosity. His partner in crime for this story was Bruno and seemed well versed in mind games and how to twist someone’s self-belief, a character you loved to hate. A character that garners no respect and never fails to grate you with his cold and heartless behaviour.
The chemistry between Dax and Ivy is undeniable from the moment they first meet each other. There’s angst in that a relationship is not up for consideration and initially that suits them both fine. When Ivy is asked to choose between the lesser of two evils, she finds herself relying on Dax to help her find a way out of the mess she’s in.
Ivy is doing everything right, she is not asking for trouble, if anything she down right avoids it. Finding herself at the mercy of men that see her as a solution to their family problem was disturbing and there seemed no viable way for her to escape the fate that seemed to be assigned to her. As she struggled to hold her own, it was hard to determine who was actually in control. Doubt crept in, words were twisted, thoughts skewed. Ivy was named aptly. She was uncontrollable, survived in the most unexpected circumstances and near impossible to get rid of. A strong h that gave it her all. There was a moment that had her considering a TSTL move, fortunately for her, that moment is saved by the storyline.
Somehow, along the way I fell for Dax and his charm. He was believable except for the rare moments when he questions himself. I struggled with these moments. Be prepared for steamy scenes, the first one caught me off guard, I didn’t expect to see it as anything other than abhorrent but it was turned around in a way that I would put it up with some of the best I’ve read. Dax was all about fitting in and belonging. Being a respected, useful and valued member of the family. He would do anything for Mauri without question, even tag along making sure Tristan didn’t tarnish the
Dax was all about fitting in and belonging. Being a respected, useful and valued member of the family. He would do anything for Mauri without question, even tag along making sure Tristan didn’t tarnish the family / company image.
This is a dark romance, meeting the family didn’t constitute a home cooked meal around the dinner table. I don’t recall one bunch of flowers being mentioned. No fancy, dreamy dates or dancing the night away. Then there was the family business…dry-cleaning and haulage! That cracked me up, never heard it explained that way before haha 🙂
Was it a triangle? I don’t think so. There are two men that have very different reasons for wanting Ivy by their side. One option is off the table IMO, right from the start, the other is not so clear. And this is where the mind games begin.
The title, Fighting Fate gives an impression that the end is inevitable. And it may very well be, but a fight is what you get from all of the characters. No one is prepared to back down which makes for an unpredictable ending. Where the story takes us is what appears to be a safe haven but I’m not that sure. It wasn’t a cliffhanger, nor an HEA or HFN. It was simply a break in the story that felt right. I’m hoping the next book features Blase, a character introduced in the final chapter and one that spiked my interest without even having met the guy.
Rating: 4 Stars.
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