Book: Fortitude Smashed
Publisher: Interlude Press
Publication date: September 21, 2017
Length: 312 pages
Reviewed by Morningstar
After scientists stumbled across an anomalous human hormone present during moments of emotional intimacy, further research created the ability to harness the direction of living energy and pinpoint when two lines will merge. Personalized chips are now implanted beneath the thumbnails of every infant, where glowing numbers count down to the moment they will meet their soul mate.
Fate is now a calculation.
But loving someone isn’t.
When Shannon Wurther, the youngest detective in Southern California, finds himself face-to-face with Aiden Maar, the reckless art thief Shannon’s precinct has been chasing for months, they are both stunned. Their Camellia Clocks have timed out, and the men are left with a choice—love one another or defy fate.
I struggled with this book. The author who has a very unique, raw writing style created a story that at times was too slow and led to me being bored, then freaking fantastic and beautiful which got me reading every word until I didn’t want to anymore, because of some super spoiler parts that annoyed and aggravated me.
In the beginning, I was reading and trying to get myself acquainted with this authors style of telling a story, her voice made it somewhat difficult to understand in the beginning, but I caught on. But that didn’t help when it came to the world building, the understanding of the Camellia Clock that all people have. Maybe it’s the lover of paranormal and sci-fi stories in me that needed a bit more than I got. If she gave us even a quarter of what she gave us in building the relationship between Aidan and Shannon I would've been happy.
In the end, the parts that threw me from the story and the intermittent boring parts ruined what otherwise could’ve been a terrific and unique story. I loved, loved, loved the build up between our two main characters. The tentative touches, the slow, sweet kisses, the learning and exploration that went along with their romance was what kept me there. I connected with Aidan so much since he had so much to deal with from his disassociated dysthymia.
I may not have enjoyed this story, but I will be looking forward to their next one and how their writing will grow.
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