Book: Fangs With A Heart
Series: Chain of Fate #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Publication date: May 22, 2017
Length: 236 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Lynx shifter Trace Wilson’s fun-loving exterior hides a heart scarred by severe domestic violence—a heart that might not ever trust another male, fated mate or not. When Trace moves to Seattle to take his place as trainer and council representative to the Glacier Rim Tribe, he discovers his mate is the vampire prince Sasha Tolstoi, leader of the Konstantin Coven. It’s not something Trace is ready to accept. Not now, maybe not ever. But if there’s one thing Sasha knows how to do, it’s how to be patient, especially when his fated heart is also his perfect sub.
When an outside force threatens the fragile bond slowly forming between them—and nearly kills Trace—Trace’s instincts shift into high gear. Sasha is powerful, and that means he has enemies, among them several rival covens and an uncle determined to force Sasha into a marriage with a vampire princess. But why involve the lynx Trace in their maneuvering? Finding the culprit won’t be easy, and it will mean building trust—a slow and difficult prospect for someone who’s suffered as much as Trace. Finding a way to move beyond the past, and to love, before those out to finish Sasha can destroy either, is a race the two fated hearts have to win.
Fangs with a Heart is book two in Tempeste O’Riley’s Chain of Fate Series. Whiskers of a Chance came out in 2015 and was one of my favorite books of that year. So naturally, I was excited to read this one. I adored Sasha in Whiskers of a Chance and pretty much begged the author to make another book. I am so glad she did.
Now, I’m going to say I didn’t love this story like I did book one. I had massively high hopes for this one. I hoped to see more of the fun loving Sasha. The one that rocked every scene he was in. This book took on a much more serious feel.
Trace actually made me laugh when he was in his lynx form. He was so endearing and the clearer thinker in Trace’s head. Suffering from an abusive relationship is a struggle and a half. Even after the abuser can no longer physically hurt you, it still eats at your mind and makes loving another near impossible.
This story was slow moving at first. I will go so far as to say it dragged in some places and sort of became repetitive in the back and forth. I got the state of mind Trace was in and was sympathetic. I think I felt that when the declaration came it would be like breathing fresh air. It was sort of just an “okay yeah now let’s go do this.” SO much was happening in this story that parts stumbled. Sasha and Trace made plans for dates that never happened but the absence of them wasn't discussed so the reader has to assume.
I adored the suspense with who was trying to kill Trace but again we got the ruling on the “whodunit” but then it died away. The ending threw me for a loop. It was very much way out of nowhere in the hope of tying up a loose end and it left me with more questions than answers.
All in all, it was okay for me. I was happy that Sasha and Trace got their HEA (maybe HFN?) And that I got to see Jason again (he’s my favorite) The cover is stunning! It is an entertaining series and the dialog is thoroughly enjoyable so I do recommend you given this series a go. You should read them in order though.
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