I enjoy hosting authors on the blog, but when I sign up I rarely click the check box for the review copy because 1) if it's something that I want, then I'll buy the book to support the author. 2)Reviewing can be a tricky thing. I've done this only once or twice before, and made sure the story was one I really, really wanted to read. So when I signed up to host this tour, I paused over the check box for review. I wish I could say that I bit my nails and considered hard before making a decision, but that would be a bunch of malarky. There was no contest.
I loved the Harvest Series from the beginning. Taken was deliciously angsty in all the right places. Journey's End was endearing and made me happy when reading it. Those two plus the Christmas installment have been regular rereads for me. So really, Bound by Fate was a book I couldn't resist. It was like... destiny. I was dying to know how the children were doing. In this first book of the Harvest Young series, Szin just turned eighteen and he's on a mission to lose his virginity because he wants to break the bond to Takeo. (Seriously, I gasped and was like, "Oh, no, baby boy! Tell Auntie Lexi what is wrong.)
If you're familiar with Journey's End, you'll remember how people reacted to Szin being Raiden's twin and his human appearance. Now imagine Szin growing up with those whispers and doubts and you won't be surprised that he often prayed to the Tah'Narian gods to give him the height and muscles like his twin. It broke my heart to see how Szin viewed himself, believing he wasn't good enough for Takeo.
Takeo was the child of the Onfre, Ti, and Cielo (gangster name, Colt). (Two seriously scary dudes.) Takeo was born with the mixed genetics of Onfre, Tah'Narian, and humans. "He's beauty and danger wrapped in one package." Hardheaded. Stubborn. Knowing what he wanted even if Szin didn't agree. Szin thinks he's doing the best thing for Takeo, giving him a way to find a stronger more suitable mate, even if it breaks Szin's heart.
Watching these two navigate their insecurities, poor choices, learning to trust each other, standing up and then alongside each other was awesome. I rooted for them from the beginning. I loved the relationship between Szin and his twin, Raiden. They were brothers and best friends, and holy cow, the amount of frosting those two could eat! It's all Dale's fault. I also enjoyed seeing some of the old gang with not only Szin's and Takeo's parents, Dale, Keyno, Ti, and Cielo, but Gibor, Doc, Malk, and King Duran. There is even a little bit of hint of Raiden's problem with his future mate (which I can't wait for) that set up anticipation for what is coming next.
If you haven't read the Harvest Series but would like to read Bound by Fate, I say hell-to-the-yes, go for it. This is well written and you can read it as a standalone. If you want a fuller experience I would suggest starting from the beginning with Taken: The Harvest, because really, what are you waiting for? This series will take you on an incredible journey no matter where you start.
Oh, you want me to rate it? I loved it! More please!
Half human and half Tah’Narian, Szin doesn’t fit with either race. His appearance is mainly human, but he’s able to have a young. Unfortunately, that’s his only Tah’Narian characteristic. He’s smaller and weaker than other young.
Szin’s eighteenth birthday has passed and time’s running out. He has to stop his childhood friend, Takeo, from making the worst mistake of his life: claiming Szin as a mate. Takeo deserves an equal who’s as fierce as he is, something Szin most certainly is not.
Since before Takeo was born, he’s known Szin was his. Nothing and no one, not even Szin, is going to stand in the way of claiming his mate. He understands Szin feels he isn’t good enough, and he’ll do anything to convince Szin otherwise. Including taking drastic measures to ensure his mate listens.
Takeo is the ultimate blend of human, Tah’Narian, and Onfrevian DNA. He’s pure predator, and his sights are set on his mate.
“Takeo, you need to put me down.”
Takeo swatted Szin’s ass. “You don’t give the orders here.”
“How’s this, then? Either get me on my feet, or I’m liable to throw up all down the back of you. Not kidding here.”
A rumbling, ominous noise sounded, one Takeo wasn’t sure a body was supposed to make. That got his attention. Without hesitation he set Szin back on his feet. Szin turned green, and Takeo quickly grabbed Szin’s wrist and rubbed a spot on it.
Szin sighed and delicately rubbed his stomach.
“You okay now?” Takeo asked.
“Yeah, much. Neat little trick. I really thought I was going to spew.”
Takeo frowned. Szin was trembling and pale. A simple stun shouldn’t have done that, nor should have what he injected Szin with. “What did you eat last?”
“Um, I think….” Szin rubbed his forehead. “Icing off the birthday cake right before I went to bed.”
Takeo wanted to shake Szin. “Do you mean to tell me that after two big slices—with loads of that homemade ice cream your dad made—you were eating icing straight? No wonder you feel nauseated.”
Szin glared at Takeo. “Yeah, it couldn’t have anything to do with being stunned, then injected with something to knock me out, right? No possible connection there.”
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.
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