18-year-old Dakota Dane life is invaded by a handsome, virile body guard who won't answer questions. Dakota despises him, despite lusting for him. Threats from an unknown source keep Santiago close. While in hiding, a romance is sparked.
The story starts with self-esteemed-challenged Dakota Dane beginning the 2nd half of her senior year of high school. Much of the first eighteen chapters seemed unnecessary. I feel the story would have been stronger if the author had condensed the high school story line to a chapter or two, instead of the eighteen used. But, if you can hang on until chapter 19, things begin to get interesting.
Once Dakota begins college, the story moved quickly. At this point, there is a buildup of suspense and chemistry between the main characters. Dakota's sexual interest in Santiago/Paolo was well-worded, and I felt her aching want for him. Though the sex scenes were fun to read, from my point of view, Dakota seemed to know far too much about men's genitalia for someone who was not only a virgin, but who had barely dated.
I found several scenes amusing, (ie: "...his backside moving like two impenetrable cannonball halves under the soft denim fabric of his jeans.") but I groaned when Paolo told Dakota she was the most intriguing woman he ever met. It's quite a dream to think a handsome, world-traveled, killer would think that of a 18-year old, self-proclaimed loser.
I wanted to like Dakota, but I'm sorry to say, I didn't find her character very compelling. Through much of the story, I wondered why and who was chasing Dakota that she needed Paolo to guard her, but even at the end, readers are left with much unexplained. The author gave just enough to keep the story moving.
Fate Book was a light, fantasy romance story with a bit of suspense.
From New York Times and USA Today Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
DAKOTA DANE IS ABOUT TO TELL A LIE SHE'LL WISH SHE HADN'T. Because her lie is dangerous, sexy, and just showed up on campus, angry as hell and looking for her...
Ugly duckling Dakota Dane has a new boyfriend. He’s male-model gorgeous, built to perfection, wealthy, and smart. He is also a lie. As in, 100% fabricated. Does it matter that Dakota has a perfectly good reason for making him up? Not really. Not when Dakota’s made-up boyfriend shows up in the flesh.
So is she crazy? All signs point to maybe. But the walking, talking enigma with the deadly vibe isn’t about to give her any answers or let her out of his sight. And with college just around the corner, Dakota fears her dreams of a bright future have just collided with a dark rabbit hole…