July 29, 2013

{ Blog Tour Stop + Review + Giveaway } Choices of Fate by S. Simone Chavous

Book Title: Choices of Fate
Author: S. Simone Chavous
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 06/14/2013
Series: Fate Series, Book 1

Blurb

On her own since the day she turned eighteen and left the group home where she grew up, twenty-five year old Alexa Ryan has made a comfortable life for herself. She has a great job, the perfect apartment, every material possession a girl her age could desire. Unfortunately, she also has an unusual condition that has forced her to keep everyone at a distance.

Ethan Kellar has spent his entire life running from destiny. When he was just a boy, a powerful seer prophesied his role in events that would determine the outcome of the secret war his people had been fighting for centuries. A role he was determined not to accept, leading him to avoid letting anyone get too close, until the night Alexa fell into his arms.

Drawn to her in a way that he has never experienced, Ethan decides to take the ultimate risk by trusting Alexa and revealing to her all that he truly is. Thinking she is an ordinary woman, he believes that she could be his key to preventing the prophecy from being fulfilled and allowing him to live the life he has always wanted, one that he chooses. Having been so consumed with the desire to determine the course of his own life he wants no less for Alexa and knows he must tell her everything, give her a choice. Before that happens they surrender to the intense physical attraction between them and he realizes too late that in trying so hard to change his fate, he may have set the events of the prophecy in motion.

In that moment, Ethan makes the most difficult decision of his life and does the only thing he can to save Alexa. He walks away.

Consumed by grief, Alexa falls into a deep depression until she learns that her brief encounter with love resulted in a child and somehow finds the strength to put herself back together for the sake of her baby Chloe.

Nearly two years after Ethan walked out Chloep develops an unexplained illness that sends Alexa in search of anything that can help. Her pursuit leads her back to Ethan and thrusts her into his dark and mysterious world, unlocking the secrets of her past and revealing threats to their future. Together, Alexa and Ethan fight to protect Chloe and their love, but there is one battle Ethan fights alone as he struggles to choose his own path and avoid the choices of fate.

Review

I'll keep this storyline as simplified as possible without giving any spoilers.

I did like the story and the characters, but it was very slow moving, yet things happened so quickly. I'm sure that makes no sense, I'll do my best to explain.

girl + guy + steamy sex + prophecy fullfilled + guy leaves + girl becomes pregnant = one hot mess!

We have beautiful Alexa Ryan, she's living a very content life with a little extra "something" on the side. All it took was a night out, meeting a pretty amazing person named Ethan Kellar, who also has a little extra "something". I know I'm being very vague, but I really don't know how else to phrase it! When Ethan was a child, a seer prophesied his role in certain events that would end a centuries old war of his people. Knowing that, he decides to leave Alexa in order to protect her from this prophecy that has been set into motion, but in reality he was just running away. Which left Alexa with an extremely broken heart and a growing child in her womb, Chloe.

After some time, Chloe begins to be "colicky" and heads to the doctor to figure out what's going on. And she slowly starts to witness some odd things and begins to piece things together. And it's not long after that things about her life, Chloe and Ethan's come to light.

The whole relationship between Alexa and Ethan began and ended too quick, and she was very easy to forgive. I guess you could say that I compared myself to her, if I went through with what she did with my man friend, I would not be so forgiving. That boy better earn my dang forgiveness!

For the most part, I did enjoy this story,however, I did think it was a little twilight-esque at moments. There is a cliffhanger at the end, but thankfully I'm at a pretty calm place about it AND we won't have to wait too long for the next one.

MY RATING : 4 STARS

Author Bio

S. Simone Chavous spent seven years as a tax accountant before deciding to pursue her true passion as an author.
Choices of Fate, the first book in the Fate Trilogy, is her debut novel.
She lives in northern Indiana with her boyfriend, two beautiful daughters and their rambunctious vizsla, Lily.

FUN FACTS

  1. I have a bright blue Harley Davidson Sportster
  2. I've been skydiving
  3. My birth name, before I was adopted, was Rosalinda
  4. I used to show dogs, ranging from Pomeranians to Great Danes and currently own a Vizsla
  5. I have never broken any bones, despite being a bit of a daredevil
  6. When I was in 3rd grade, some 5th grade boys dared me to throw an egg out of the school bus window on our way back from the science Olympiad, it hit a car and I got 3 days of detention
  7. I have been shocked with a police taser, twice

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/SSimoneChavous?fref=ts

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/SSimoneChavous

Goodreads – Book:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17191115-choices-of-fate?ac=1

Goodreads – Author:
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6872509.S_Simone_Chavous

Website:
http://www.ssimonechavous.com/

EXCERPT

“I am sorry, Alexa. Please understand this is incredibly difficult for me.”
He leaned in and placed his forehead against hers.

“I want you so badly right now, in this moment, but I want you forever more. That is why we must wait.” Well, shit. Hearing that just made her want him even more. Maybe it was all just a line of bullshit, some kind of reverse psychology to get her in bed, but it was working.

Forgetting her embarrassment she leaned her face up and pressed her mouth against his yet again, then pulled away and said, “Please, Ethan,” another kiss, “please, I want to be with you tonight.”

Before she could blink he was over the center console kissing her fervently as he pressed his knee between her legs sending a jolt of arousal through her.

And just like that he pulled back, hovering over her and looking into her eyes while she panted with desire.

“Alexa, I cannot come up with you tonight.” Her expression became one of hurt and confusion, until he continued, “But, I am going to make you cum with my mouth, I must taste you.”

His words and the hunger in his eyes were almost enough to send her over the edge.

And then he crushed his mouth against hers, sliding his tongue inside as a promise of what was to come when he moved between her legs.

PLAYLIST

Ai Du - Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder (this is the song playing the first time Alexa and Ethan danced)
Glory Box - Portishead
Magic - Cobie Caillat
Feelin' Love - Paula cole
Dream A Little Dream of Me - The Mamas & The Papas - (song Alexa sings Chloe to sleep with)
I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz
Over You - Miranda Lambert
The Only Exception - Paramore
What if You - Joshua Radin
Come Away With Me - Nora Jones
Canon in D Major - Pachelbel (wedding song)

BUY LINKS

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DE3XL4

B&N:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/choices-of-fate-s-simone-chavous/1115656583?ean=2940016797236&itm=1&usri=2940016797236

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