“Nudging Fate” by EJ Russell is the first book in the ‘Enchanted Occasions’ adult gay fantasy series that features a staff of mixed breed supernatural beings. This play on a reality TV dating show features a pair of half-brothers who are used to switching places when Rey, the heir to the throne, wants to get out of his responsibilities and convinces Con to take his place. The substitution is fraught with complications, especially after Andy, the half-Norn event planner, unwillingly joins the ranks of candidates for Rey’s hand, never knowing he is falling for an imposter.
I love the way this author takes traditional mythology elements and tweaks them in such a fresh way. Every story that I have read by EJ has fascinating characters who deal with surprisingly familiar issues in sometimes unconventional manners, given their respective natures. As usual, I was drawn in immediately and had to chuckle, given my disdain for “reality” shows. The fact that “aitchers” aka HAHs (human-supernatural crossbreeds) deal with discrimination, the political maneuverings, a temperamental chef, and the struggle to keep a business afloat are all elements that are familiar in today’s world, but this is definitely a different universe.
There are plenty of inside jokes like pigs flying and the Iron Knight and the world-building is excellent, making this a fascinating fantasy series with great comedic elements. I have become quite a fan of the beings who populate this author’s series and I anxiously await the opportunity to meet more of her charming and sexy folks!
An Enchanted Occasions Story
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.