Title: Three Fates
Author: Andrew Grey, Mary Calmes, Amy Lane
Cover Artist: Christine Griffin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Buy Link Three Fates
Genre: Paranormal M/M
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Sammy
Review Summary: Fate weaves together three stories that leave you just a little bit happier and very satisfied.
Blurb: For time immemorial, the goddesses of fate have decided which human threads will shine and which will be cut short. But even the fates have off days.
Fate Delivers a Prince by Andrew Grey: Finding love shouldn’t be that difficult for a diplomat’s son, except Cheyenne is part of a grand tradition of werewolves, and a werewolf with a skin condition needs more help than most mortals. When Chay meets the prince of his dreams, it takes Clotho’s intervention to keep him from letting go.
Jump by Mary Calmes: When two lovers die, their threads of life are collected instead of scattered, as one of them was the brother of a god. Can the fates reunite two lovers whose threads should have twined together for eternity? Or will Cassidy allow Raza’s interest to pass his pale, mortal self by?
Believed You Were Lucky by Amy Lane: The gods’ meddling isn’t always welcome. It’s given Leif good luck but poor fortune, and Hacon a family curse he’s lived in fear of all his life. But when Leif’s good luck saves Hake’s life, Hake has to reevaluate everything he’s ever believed about luck, life, and love.
Review: Buckle up—this is going to be a long review—and no complaining—cause I really liked this one—and I am going to go out on a long limb and tell you that you will as well. Three distinct stories with one overriding theme—the fates—three of them to be exact—control us all—our beginnings and endings, the trajectory of our story, with subtle nuances along the way. Three great authors: Andrew Grey, Mary Calmes and Amy Lane. Three uniquely different stories yet woven into a rich tapestry of how fate leads us to the one we love. Three Fates.
Dear Reader—this one is so worth the ride. This anthology is a decided 5 star read but not all the stories will be rated 5 stars. I know—stop scratching your head—I cheated a bit—I hang my head in shame—but is had to be done. One of the stories got a 5.5 star rating. Shhhh, please don’t let Wave know—or I can kiss this cushy reviewing job goodbye—and the Friday guys alone are worth the effort! Okay—enough shenanigans—onto the review.
I am going to review each story as a standalone for that is how they best stack up—while thematically hanging together. First up is Fate Delivers a Prince by Andrew Grey. Rating 4.5 stars
Cheyenne (Chay) Dobson is a were shifter with a horrible skin condition that renders him nearly unable to participate in any social aspect of his parent’s considerably visible lives. His father is an Alpha with considerable power and therefore often called upon to negotiate and broker deals with the wealthy and powerful. Unfortunately for Chay, he is often asked to participate in these social events which causes stress that worsens his skin condition.
While on one such occasion, he meets and falls for Prince Arthur Keueuningen, a human. There is a great deal of angst over the fact that Chay really cannot reveal either his wolfiness or his ailment to the Prince whom he also believes to be straight. He finds out he is wrong on so many counts.
This was a tender love story, with lost of really fine moments. Chay’s parents are accepting of his homosexuality and supportive–kind in so many ways. Your heart goes out to Chay who is socially incompetent and withdrawn and the twist that Mr. Grey pulls out concerning the Prince was very cleverly done. All in all it was a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt they existed on the outer circle looking in and all the heartache and loneliness that brings with it.
This was a well written, gentle story that had much to say about fighting for that or those we love. Unfortunately, in comparison to the two other stories in the anthology, it simply did not have the same impact–the same light hearted quality. Therefore, at times it felt like the pacing seemed to drag and the story began to take itself way too seriously. All in all these were minor problems–in an overall well written tale where fate and love collide.
Moving on to the second story, Jump by Mary Calmes and the one that was, admittedly , my favorite.
I am going to just say upfront–I now fully understand why this author has the following she does–this novella was brilliant!
In a nutshell, a god, Hermanubis threatens the three fates with mortal danger if they will not revive the life thread of a human who has died so that it can be woven again to his brother’s life. We then fall to earth and meet Cassidy, a seer–oracle, who can look into someone’s eyes and see their immediate future He is a matchmaker–working at a dating service–matching up perfect couples–for everyone but himself.
He meets a man, Raza Bashandi–who turns out to be an undercover Federal Agent and whom he saves from a terrible death. Their fall into love is quick, sure and absolute–and the funniest, sexiest and most tender story line I have ever read.
I loved this cast of characters–each and everyone was quirky, smartly written and truly loveable! This was my 5.5 star story–it easily could have been a 10 in my book! Mary Calmes writes characters that resonate beyond the page and stay with you–cheering you up and making you smile! On top of that she wrote a delightful love story that just had you smiling–no great angst here–just a genuinely delightful read.
The last offering from this delightful anthology is Believed You Were Lucky by Amy Lane. Ok–Amy Lane…let’s take a moment while we all confess that we have never read a bad book by this author…well you aren’t about to break that record here–trust me!
Lief and Hacon–the love children of Thor and Loki–woven together due to a sly intervention by Loki himself. Lief, a bicycle messenger cum Nobel laureate who sees his luck in the form of a golden thread which he faithfully and happily follows with a tenacity that is inspiring. He literally saves Hacon’s life–Hacon the polar opposite of Lief, Where Lief is light and happiness, Hacon is pessimism and grumpiness–the two collide and hilarity, love and a dose of healthy suspense ensues.
There were many quotable moments in this anthology, but Amy Lane takes the prize for this one:
“But that is the point of a hero, right? They are human, but they can fix what is wrong, so they can be the best of us.”
and a little later in the story:
“I wanted to take care of you. I always want to take care of you. And I don’t care if it’s too early in the story.”
And truly I think that sums up for me this entire anthology–love is more than sex, more than stars and songs and pretty sentiments. It really is about wanting to take care of someone else–of always wanting to be there for them. It is a selflessness that each of the heroes in these three tales had in spades.
This was a series of sweet and tender love stories, each with its own unique twist. They are so very well written and each was compelling in its own way. They complimented each other and really traveled well as companions stories. Simply put dear reader, this anthology was just pure fun to read–and just lovely enough to leave you with a happy smile on your face.
As always, the decision to dive into the deep end is up to you–but truly, I highly recommend this one to you–sit back and relax and let yourself be led into this delightful fantasy land of love and fate and happy endings.