Author: Kari Gregg
Publication Date: April 4, 2019
Length: 207 pages
Reviewed by Erin
Jamie and Ian recognized they were destined mates as teenagers. Heedless of their pack’s objections, they loved fully and recklessly. When Ian perished in a senseless accident a decade later, Jamie’s grief was so consuming he almost died too, but in the years since, Jamie learned to cope. Though his heart is empty, he finds purpose in teaching shifter craft to pack whelps and carving bone to offer for trade. His is a quiet life, his peace hard-won. The pack seer’s alarming prophecy at Jamie’s birth assured Jamie he would love again, but what he shared with Ian...That magic only happens once.
Kenneth—pack newcomer and presumptive alpha—disagrees. Instinct led him to Kentucky after Ian’s death tore Jamie’s world apart. While Kenneth would’ve done anything to spare Jamie the agony of Ian’s loss, Kenneth will also never deny what drove him to Burnt Fork in the first place: Jamie is his destined mate.
Can one man have two fates? The pack lore Jamie teaches suggests that is possible, but Jamie alone must decide if finding the courage to love again is a blessing...or his curse.
One of my favorite things as a reader is coming across a blurb that makes me stop and say wow. Even better when it is a type of book I normally don’t read. That’s what happened with Kari Gregg’s Two Fates. I’m not much of a reader of shifters and the paranormal, but when I read the blurb for Two Fates I knew I wanted to read it right away, and boy I’m so glad I did. Two Fates grabbed me from the first page and kept me enthralled for every page. Since I’m not much of a shifter reader, I’m not up on all the cannon and lore that goes along with it, but I found myself thoroughly entertained and captivated for the whole book.
Jamie and Ian were young and in love and despite the wishes of both their packs, mated and shared their life together. Things weren’t always easy for these two, but they were together and that was all that mattered … until Ian was killed, and Jamie was left alone. From the time he was little, Jamie was told that there was a mate for him, one who was not Ian, but Jamie loved Ian and that was all that mattered to him. When Ian died, Jamie was buried under his grief and anger and unsure of how to live without the mate he loved with all his heart.
Kenneth is the wolf who has always been supposed to be Jamie’s mate. When Ian dies, and Jamie is in pain, Kenneth rushes to his side because he can’t stay away. Oh, he’s not exactly welcome and it takes a lot of one step forward and two steps back before Jamie and Kenneth begin any sort of friendship, let alone relationship. Jamie is bitter and still grieving and as the wolf who will take over and be the alpha, Kenneth has a lot on his plate, but nothing is more important to him than Jamie’s happiness and healing.
Two Fates is an emotional, intense, and often heart-breaking story of second chances. Kenneth is amazing and so swoony and patient. Jamie is rightfully hurt and sad and angry but once he warms up to Kenneth, really grows as a character. I really enjoyed the pack dynamics at play and how they followed their own traditions but there are modern influences as well. I found this an interesting aspect of the story. But of course, the eventual romance between Kenneth and Jamie is what really got to me. They were wonderful together. I hope to see these two again because I would love to read more about them and be a part of their world again.
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