Series Review : A Series of Fates by C.C. Dado

A Series of Fates by C.C. Dado

This entire series  was a fun, light-hearted romp through a shifter community, from one gay pairing to the next.  If you are looking for heavy angst, truly evil bad guys, layered plot, hot sex, or deep meaning from your books, move on.  This is not your series.  If you want warmth, romance, laughter, interesting characters, deep friendships, and a happy ending, these are perfect for you.  These are like the cozy of paranormal romance.  Perfect for when you’ve had a rough day and you just want to see somebody happy.

So, on that topic, being novellas they are also a great length to finish in a night, however, I feel like they could have benefited from some length and heftier plot lines.  But you sit down, read one, and it’s all sunshine and happiness, so it gives you what it offers.

I actually read these books backwards, so the first one was the last one I read.  By Denying Fate I knew the world and the characters.  Really, each can easily be read as a standalone (but reading them in order is probably better).  I had no problem understanding the world Dado had developed.

These are not steamy, and it fits the sweet, innocent nature of the series.  These stories are ‘finding mates’ stories and have to do more with love and connection than passion and sex.

 

 

Denying Fate

Rating: 4 stars
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Length: Novella (83 pages)

Max knows that Christian is his destined mate, which is a big thing, to find your mate.  But Christian denies him.  Max shines with a very large personality, and he’s a man who goes after what he wants, damn the consequences.  He isn’t some ‘fall by the wayside and wait for the world to hand him what he wants’ sad little waif.  Oh no, he works for his desires, and I appreciated that about him.

To me, Christian wasn’t as fleshed out as Max and his best friend Seth, and felt distant.  I didn’t quite warm to him like I did the others.  But Christian totally pulls through once he’s accepted his place in the world, as Max’s mate.

We don’t get to see the claiming, and even if the sex was fade to black (no sex in these stories, and I’m totally fine with that) I would have liked to see them commit to each other with the claim scene.  That’s one of those sweet/dynamic/important scenes I like to have fleshed out in a story.


 

 

Embracing Fate

Rating: 4 stars
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Length: Novella (91 pages)

Seth and Max are best friends, but since Max found his mate, Seth has been living on his own.  Then a new neighbor, Jack, moves in, and Seth’s wolf does interesting things when he hears Jack’s voice.

It’s a delightfully cute story.  Seth is a kind, shy guy with a self-esteem issue and never expects to find his mate.  He’s a master chef, too, with a good business, so why the low self-esteem, I’m not sure.  His best friend is boisterous and outgoing and the two balance each other very well.

One of the delights of Embracing is the banter between Seth and Max and the humor tied to their deep appreciation and affection for each other.  It’s all ribbing all the time, and Max doesn’t really seem to have an off button, but it’s fun to read and had me laughing out loud several times.  So, Seth decides to pretend to be Max’s unruly pet and the hijinks unfolding from that were fun and light-hearted.  There’s the pregnancy lie that keeps on giving (poor Zeus) and Seth’s rotating dog name.

The work is short, so there are certainly scenes I wish I could have read, like seeing Jack’s reaction when Seth willingly shifts for him.  I wanted to see that!!


 

 

Fearing Fate

Rating: 4 stars
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Length: Novella (71 pages)

A very sweet paranormal romance that delivers a wonderful HEA and warm feelings.  Toren gave my heart a squeeze, and I just wanted to comfort the guy.  And Zeus was solid and kind and dedicated, all my favorite things!

Zeus has watched his closest family and friends all find mates.  He’s big and strong and the beta of the pack and seems fine to just protect everyone.  Then a stranger shows up and his instincts kick in.

Zeus is wonderful.  It’s nice to see him fleshed out in this story, especially after how he reacted to the pregnancy lie in book 2.  He’s a well-developed character that fans of paranormal romance will adore.  He’s a huge and kind man, that soothes babies and fosters orphaned dogs.  He looks out for his people and puts up with his friends.  Toren, even though his back is to the wall, still wants to do the right thing.  These two are perfect for each other.

The mystery with Toren and being a shifter was great, and I wanted to sink into it.  It’s a shame this is a novella because I feel there were a lot of ‘missing’ scenes and moments that could be fleshed out.  I really wanted to be there when Toren shifted for the first time (!!!) and see them work through that.  And the story suffered from a bit of repetition and I couldn’t help but wonder why Zeus didn’t just confront Toren the minute he found him instead of drawing out the stalking-plot that seemed unnecessary.

But even with these slight flaws I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the humor, the world, and the romance.   There’re enough loose threads to suggest a sequel (like who is looking for the kids!) so I’ll be keeping my eyes open for those.

 

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Upcoming: Afflicted to the Core

Coming June 14, the next installment to the Wielder World: Afflicted to the Core.

At the conclusions of the paired novellas, Edge of Desperation and Center of Deception, Reggie, August, and Kyle had all escaped the Mara Murda cult lodge on Steptoe Mountain, where Reggie had been skinned and August had been juiced up on a powerful Nerve enhancing drug. Kyle learned just how bad the cults were and just how far Reggie would go for him.

The upcoming novel follows Reggie, August, Kyle and Bethany, Reggie’s sister, as they uncover more and more layers to the conspiracy behind the drugs and cults. It also delves more into just how dedicated these three men can be to each other.

If you’re interested in an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC), please contact me! (natkennedybooks at gmail)


Reggie Wolfe religiously visits Kyle Landon—his student in Nerve detangling—at the Harpford Disentanglement Center, where the younger man has been incarcerated on trumped up charges. During one of Reggie’s visits, Kyle’s able to warn his teacher of an imminent unauthorized transfer by an unknown shadow agency. Reggie demands help from his sister at the Bureau of Wielder Services but is pressed to take the matter into his own hands when bureaucratic red-tape stymies her actions. Breaking into a secret medical installation, Reggie and August Whalen find Kyle and six other men hooked to IVs, unknown chemicals pumping into their systems.

The three are caught up in a quest to find an antidote for the drugs and discover who is behind the powerful anti-male Wielder organization. On this dangerous road, will they forever remain friends, or give in to their growing attraction?

Cover Reveal coming May 23. Watch this space!

NaNoWriMo

Last month I was working on editing Wielder World 3, aka Afflicted to the Core, but I put that all on hold for NaNoWriMo which I participate in every year.

This year, I’m working on a vampire and mage story. Time to mix things up!

To all those NaNoing, good luck! I hope you get your words in.

Goodbye 2016 – Hello 2017!

The Year is Dead, all Hail the Year!

2016 is coming to a close. This year had goods and bads all around. I got to do a big road trip and see the countryside. I attended some fun fandom cons. I made great buddies on Goodreads. I began my entire Nat Kennedy authorship and published two novellas in the Wielder World. I finished another novel for NaNoWriMo. I learned that I much prefer an outline than writing without any idea of where I’m going.

I didn’t get everything I had planned done. I wanted to complete the next novel in the Wielder Series. But that got put on hold for other writerly projects.

So, now, it’s my agenda for 2017.

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I will finish Afflicted to the Core – the third Wielder World novel – and get that published, hopefully in late spring. I need to line up betas for it, but I’ve already got the cover art!

I will finish the first novel to my new series – The World of Two Moons. The rough draft is done and in good shape and after Afflicted, it will hopefully come about in a few months. No cover art on that yet.

I will start another novel in either Wielder World or Word of Two Moons. Not sure which yet, but something new will happen!

I want to finish two novellas for anthologies. I hope that will be a great way to get my name out there. I already have two anthologies pegged for this. The first one is due in March.

Those are my goals. I don’t have any ‘write every day’ or ‘spend less time spamming people on Goodreads’. I will just try to focus on the big goals and let the dust and sand fill in the cracks. I want to continue writing and I want to write great romantic fantasy that makes people excited and happy and rooting for the heroes.

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Update – and rec: Infected Series

I’m not sitting idle, but to confess, I’ve been working on another writing project.  However, I hope to have Wielder World 3: Afflicted to the Core, out next spring, assuming the editing process goes smoothly.

I have been reading in spare snatches of time: in the bathtub, at lunch, right before bed, and I wanted to recommend Andrea Speed’s Infected series.

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Things I like: I like that the werecats are brutal animals while in cat form, that it’s not some human in animal form.  I like the fact that Roan isn’t flouncy.  He’s not stereotypical anything.  He’s just a guy, who happens to be infected and gay.  I love Paris.  I enjoy the supportive relationship between the two.

Not my favorite: It’s a world that disparages against gays.  I like stories where being gay isn’t a major plot issue.  Also, there is a gay bar that no straight guy would ever go into.  Which, I don’t get.  I have plenty of straight friends who will go to gay bars with me.  The gays don’t care.  The straights don’t care.

This is a good solid rec for me. If you like solid relationships, fun writing, and a great world, give Infected a try.