Dictated By Fate by Fran Lee
Publisher: Resplendence Publishing
Length: Full Length (243 pgs)
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Fern
Chris has been through hell, is about to be homeless, and her situation is showing no signs of improvement. She knows there is no such thing as a knight in shining armor—she learned that the hard way. Now she's on the brink of total disaster with no champion to save her.
Tonio is being shoved toward an unwelcome, unwanted marriage, and is quickly running out of options. It boils down to a choice between getting hogtied to a woman he can't stand, or quickly finding an attractive substitute who can be the band-aid he needs, without becoming a full-body cast.
When Chris and Tonio meet, fate intervenes with a vengeance. They each make assumptions about the other’s lifestyle choices, and assume that a no strings attached relationship between them is the perfect solution. But you know what they say happens when you assume…
If there’s one thing to say about the indelible Fran Lee, it’s this–the girl knows how to write zany romance with the most memorable characters imaginable! In Dictated By Fate, she manages to twist our hero and heroine like human pretzels using a case of mistaken sexual preference that works as the hook, line, and sinker. He needs a wife. She needs a solution to her money problems. She thinks he’s gay. He thinks she’s gay. No fuss, no muss, right? Too bad neither of them can seem to keep their hands to themselves despite their best intentions. Hilarity, obviously, is bound to ensue, and you’ll snicker and snort in delight as you take the journey.
From the moment I met Chris, I loved her. She’s down on her luck, but remains optimistic despite the circumstances determined to drown her. Her snarky sense of humor will keep you in stitches, while her vulnerability will remind you that even the strongest of us have weaknesses. It takes a man like the uber-sexy Tonio to bring out the inner-vixen Chris has kept hidden behind too-large T-shirts and baggy blue jeans. Much like our heroine, Tonio is equally impossible to resist. A broken heart and the legalities that are forcing him into a marriage upon his father’s death have hardened him, but meeting the right woman is all it takes to crack that steely exterior and reveal the gem within.
It takes some time for the two to tangle and wrangle, but when they do, sparks–and barbs–most certainly do fly. I kept waiting for the big sexual “reveal” and wasn’t disappointed when it arrived. While the sex is sizzling, it’s the witty dialogue and sharp writing that compels and keeps you turning those pages.
Fran Lee fans will not be disappointed with this one. Don’t forget to put Dictated by Fate on your TBR list.