Denying Fate (Jia’s review)

Title: Denying Fate (A Series of Fates #1)
Author: C.C. Dado
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 31st 2018
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance, Humor, New Adult
Page Count: 83
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.88 stars out of 5


A Series of Fates: Book One

Fate is a funny thing. Some try to cut its threads, while others wrap themselves in it like a blanket.

Young wolf shifter Max is cocky and crass. Unlike others his age, he has yet to discover a talent that will serve his pack. Since childhood, he’s been convinced the pack alpha is his mate, but Alpha Christian cannot envision unfiltered and directionless Max taking the place of his elegant mother at the head of the pack. As Max begins to build a life with his best friend, he also begins to see that maybe what he thought was inevitable was all in his head, and it’s time to move on.

Or are they both denying fate?

Max is thoroughly convinced that alpha Christian is his mate and he’s determined to make the Alpha realize it. When Max’s father threatens Max and the alpha intervenes, Max is even more certain that they belong together until a declaration from the Alpha makes Max realize he needs to move on. This novella has little angst and is an okay read. I don’t want to spoil anything by mentioning more since there’s not that much happening. I really expected more after reading the blurb. The problem is solved fairly quickly though and left me wondering what will the rest hold in that case? Then there’s a time skip, which has me questioning the timeline. They can’t be eighteen, finish school at nineteen if what they are studying will take at least a year and a half. Minor detail maybe but to me it matters since it confuses me and therefore disrupts the flow.

Both Max and Seth are sweet in their own way and has a strong friendship. Max has a tendency to come up with ideas that aren’t always good for him but even Seth can’t stop him. His character has a kind of innocence and childlike belief when he has decided something, as if his idea is obviously the logical way to solve the issue, and how can we not see that? I like him.

The end comes with a bit of an unexpected turn of events, I really didn’t see that coming. Although I felt it came a bit out of the blue, merely growling in public isn’t a valid reason for me and feels like the easy way out. It did have some sweet moments and my favourite part was when a certain someone came knocking.

Don’t recommend this one personally, still it may be that you would like it.

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