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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Woodland Magic: Fated by Anna Leigh Keaton

Woodland Magic: Fated by Anna Leigh Keaton
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story
Other: M/F
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Viscaria

With his father the fairy king demanding he find a mate, Prince Aislan is uptight, unsettled. He swears he’ll never put himself in a position as to give his heart to any female. Until he meets a human who possesses the tenderness for which he longs.

Tina doesn’t believe in wishes or fairy tales, so the last thing she expects to find is a man in the moonlight. One who seems to know exactly what she needs, shows her the magic world from where he comes, and makes her dreams come true...if only for a brief moment in time.

Every once in awhile you come across a book that grabs you and holds onto you even after you’ve turned the last page. Fated by Anna Leigh Keaton was one of those books for me.

Tina has come to the end of her rope. She’s dealing with some pretty serious issues that she’s pretty sure cannot be overcome. Tina is a heroine that I found myself rooting for from the get-go. I wanted her to have all her dreams come true, and I found I was incredibly invested in her happiness from the moment she’s introduced. I can’t say that I know how she felt, or understood what she was going through, as I have never had the issues that she was dealing with. But, I can say that I was there with her, I felt her pain and her joy and her wonder as if it were my own. It’s not often I get pulled so completely into a character.

Aislan is literally a Fairy Prince. He’s frustrated with his life, he’s frustrated with his father pushing him to find a mate and he’s convinced that he’s never going to only want one woman in his bed for the rest of his incredibly long life. All that changes when Tina walks into his life. I adored Aislan! His old-world charm was sweet and yet I didn’t feel that it was overdone or sappy. Another amazing character in Ms. Keaton’s world, I fell in love with Aislan right along with Tina and wanted a fairy of my very own… as long as he was as hot and loving and considerate as Aislan.

I’m not sure that I can get across in words how much this story touched me. I didn’t just read about the pain and joy of the characters, I experienced it as if it were my own. I laughed and cried right along with them and asked for more. The love scenes were incredibly hot and sweet all at once, and that’s what they were from the very first encounter… love scenes. Never did it feel like a token sex scene to boost the heat rating. Each touch, each kiss was essential to the story and to the progression of their love. Rarely have I read a book that made me laugh and cry so much in such quick succession. Even when I was moved to tears I had to turn the page and see what would happen next. I was terrified that it wouldn’t work out for Tina and Aislan. Without revealing too much of the plot, I can say that the requisite, at least for me, HEA was reached and left me smiling, even as I dried my tears. Up to the last page this story was so evocative and so touching that I didn’t want it to end; I wanted to know more. I can’t ask for more in a book.

When you add in a set of secondary characters that weren’t superfluous, who had me just as invested as the main characters and this book is not to be missed. I will definitely be looking for more books from Anna Leigh Keaton and would recommend that you at least add Fated to your list of books to be read. A well deserved five cherries.

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