Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Tempted By Fate Tempted By Fate
by Kate Perry

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Tosca Waerea

Willow Tarata is a guardian. Of wood, admittedly, but she’s still a guardian and, as such, holds a sacred scroll that gives her the power to work the element of wood. Believe me when I say it reads better than I write about it. Years ago Willow’s mother was murdered and, since then, her all consuming goal has been to find the man. And kill him. Vengeance, thy name is woman. But the hunter becomes the hunted when the killer frames Willow in a series of bizarre murders that put her in the path of cop Rick Ramirez.

I somehow find myself once again starting a series partway through as Tempted By Fate’ is book three in Perry’s Guardians of Destiny series. As a side note: Kate Perry the author is not Kate Perry the singer. And yet I found myself still wanting to hum Perry’s music (the singer) while reading Perry’s novel (the author). I suppose that says more about my weird sense of humour than it does about the author’s ability to craft a solid story.

I can’t say I was overly enamoured of the cover for this book (think Smart Bitches Trashy Books ‘team back’ category). As a person who (shallowly) judges books by their covers it’s a little niggle but Perry’s action and adventure and the supporting characters more than make up for it. The chemistry between Ramirez and Willow sizzles although I can’t help thinking that they jumped into the HEA (happy ever after) moment a little too quickly for my liking. Yes, some romance novel endings are cliché, but I still have to believe in the HEA, I should still have to work for it.

Overall, a good read, but to round out the story a little more I probably should’ve read the earlier books first and so, that’s what I’m going to do. Starting now.

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