Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Release Day Review: Nudging Fate by EJ Russell (Giveaway)

Title: Nudging Fate
Series: Enchanted Occasions
Author: E.J. Russell
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Category: Paranormal - Other, Urban Fantasy, Dreamspund Beyond
Pages: 213

Not exactly a match made in Valhalla.

Half-norn event planner Anders Skuldsson is under strict orders from Asgard not to meddle with Fate. But with Enchanted Occasions’ latest booking—a competition for the hand of Faerie’s one true prince—crashing around his ears, it’s really difficult to toe that particular line. But if Andy pretends to be a contender for the prince…. It’s only temporary, so Odin can’t blame him. Right?

Conall of Odstone’s half-brother, Prince Reyner, was supposed to choose a mate before being crowned and wed. But the idiot left Con to impersonate him. Again.

When Con meets Andy, his anger turns to desire… and despair. Even if Andy forgives him for his imposture, how could someone eligible for a prince’s hand settle for the court outcast? And the double-deception isn’t their only obstacle. Unless Andy makes the right choice, their fates could be sealed by…well… Fate.

4.5 Stars!

Event planner Anders Skuldsson needs to pull off the event of the season, a Bachelor-like contest for the hand of Faerie's one true prince, but when one of the contestants poisons all the rest, Anders needs to pass off as a contender.

Prince Reyner makes his half-brother impersonate him during the event and Con, saddled with the gift of responsibility from birth, is unable to refuse his brother's request. The closer he gets to Andy, the more he wishes to tell him about the deceit.

Andy is keeping another secret, though, one that could potentially endanger the whole affair.

EJ Russell is quickly becoming one of my favorite fantasy authors and Nudging Fate is just a perfect example of why.

Fun, witty, low-angst and interesting, Ms. Russell kept my attention throughout the story. I was thoroughly entertained by Anders and Con's antics and was enchanted with their unlikely love story.

Anders was adorable. Sweet and quirky, very organized and even-keeled, just perfect for his job as an event planner. And Con, well, he was swoon-worthy, responsible to a fault and willing to sacrifice his own happiness for that of others. Anders and Con had amazing chemistry and it was lovely seeing them fall for each other. 

I loved the secondary cast, well, some of them. The queen was horrible and Prince Rey didn't deserve Con. Brooke and Talus were my favorite, but I hope we'll get to see more of Hamish and Smith in the next installments in this series.

Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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  1. Congrats, EJ, and thanks for the good review, Mari. I like both, but prefer fantasy more. - Purple Reader,
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  2. congrats and contemporary
    jmarinich33 at aol dot com

  3. I like both contemporary and fantasy. I usually alternate between the 2 of them.

  4. Slow burn and fantasy... hands down

  5. I like insta-love done right. Sometimes you just know. We got engaged in the first week, married 3 months later and have been together 16 years. Slowburn can also be sweet.

  6. In the Dreamspun Beyond, I am enjoying Requiem Inc by Kris Bethke.

  7. I like contemporary and fantasy. I read both depending on my mood.

  8. Camp H.O.W.L. is my favorite Dreamspun series.

  9. I love a slow burn romance, the anticipation makes the spicy bits so much better.

  10. I like both but these days I read more contemporary.

  11. I like all kinds of genre, including fantasy and contemporary. Both have their own plus point, it would depend on how the story weaved.

  12. I've enjoyed Lost Souls Found. Fantasy is my favorite but I don't have a preference between slow burn and install love. violet817(at)aol(dot)com

  13. I like both contemporary and fantasy, but give an edge to fantasy. Probably because I do love it and there are fewer fantasy stories compared contemporary.