Taunting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins
Series: The Fae Chronicles #2
Also in this series: Fighting Destiny, Escaping Destiny
Published by Self-published on September 18, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Fantasy
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I thought things were bad and weird before—hold on—it’s getting worse.
Adam and I are both going through identity crises of epic proportions as we Transition from who we were, and discover who we were meant to be. More Fae are dying, and I feel as if time is running out for us to find all of those responsible and put an end to the killings.
The people I thought I could trust have betrayed me and the one person I should absolutely not trust; is taking me deeper and deeper into his world.
Ryder’s secrets are dangerous and devastating.
With each touch and word, he pulls my heart closer to himself and at the same time he is trying to keep me at arm’s length. The dance he and I have begun, is getting more complicated as our worlds are being shaken from all sides, and the visions of the future are frightening, and nothing like I had ever pictured for myself or those I care for.
This time, destiny is taunting me.
I had always thought that I controlled my destiny. Now, my rights are being taken from me by powerful people and leaving me with alternatives that range between bad and awful.
This time, the choices I have to make can decide the fate of both worlds.
Everything is unraveling, and nothing will ever be the same again.
I’m going to let my inner geek run loose for a minute. For me, Taunting Destiny is the Empire Strikes Back of the Fae Chronicles. The dark and emotional overtones that just settle on top of you while watching that movie is the same feeling I had while reading this. There was a hopelessness to it, a feeling of going against impossible odds and not seeing any way out. That movie reminded us that sometimes the good guys don’t win, and that’s exactly how this book felt. Just like with The Empire Strikes Back, I loved every minute of it.
“I’ve lost everything! Everything, Ryder. I’m barely fucking standing on my feet and you just keep taking from me.”
Syn could not catch a break in this book. She’s fighting everything and everybody, even her own feelings. She took hit after hit and although occasional cracks would form, she just kept standing back up, but even she knew that at some point she would break.
“I was standing at a crossroad; one that would change me forever. On one side, I was human, and on the other, I was what I had hated the most not too long ago–Fae. And I was staring it down, knowing I would lose this fight.”
She fought her destiny hard, maybe too hard. The way she fought against what everyone knew was inevitable, at times she came off as irrational and childish but I also completely understood why she was acting like this and my heart just broke for her.
“He. Is. Fae. That means he is a fucking predator that is used to taking what he wants, and he will protect and defend what belongs to him by any means necessary.”
Ryder made me want to rip his head off several times in this book. He has secrets and he’s not sharing. He doesn’t think he’s capable of loving, but he wants Syn with every fiber of her being and being the Fae he is, he’s hell bent on keeping her no matter what he has to do. As the secrets he’s been keeping come to light, especially the ones concerning Syn and some of the things he orchestrated in the past, Syn starts to wonder if she will ever be able to forgive him, and you just can’t really blame her.
Despite her feelings toward him, Syn needs Ryder to teach her how to survive as a Fae. The times they spent together alone brought them closer, but also served as a reminder that he’s fae through and through, and she was raised human. It’s easy to forget their fundamental differences, but unless they both keep that in mind they are doomed.
“Yes. He walks in all tall, dark and deadly, and my brain turns me into a sex addict.”
Even with all the issues, these two are freaking hot when it comes to the sexy times. I looked forward to each and every sex scene, and there are a lot of them. It doesn’t matter how much at odds these two are, when they get together all those feelings they deny are front and center and the already hot chemistry they have just explodes.
Just like the first book, just when you think things are finally going to go well for Syn and even Ryder, a huge twist hits and throws everything into disarray. The danger to Syn is increasing and it’s going to take everything Ryder has in him to keep her alive. Worlds need be saved which means sacrifices must be made, and those expected sacrifices are huge. Even on a reread, I knew what was coming, and it sent me reeling.
“I thought being a fairy would suck, but it’s destiny that really sucks.”
Taunting Destiny was a heartbreaking, mysterious, dark, emotional rollercoaster ride that had me constantly wondering how this could ever turn out well. I don’t think I will ever get tired of rereading this series as I impatiently wait for more.
Rating: 5 Heartbreaking Stars
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