Mistaken by Fate by Katee Robert #Review

Posted April 13, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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Mistaken by Fate by Katee Robert #Review
Mistaken by Fate

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Series: #3 Serve
Genres: Erotic Romance
Released on December 1, 2014
Pages: 174
Format: eARC
Source: Book Tour Provided
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I read the blurb and my curiosity was grabbed instantly. A woman is out for her first night at a sex club to explore her submissiveness with a man she really wants to be interested in. Things get interesting when the man’s twin- the man who walked away from her eight years before- ends up being the one to walk into her room and make her body spark and sizzle. Oh yeah, this all held a great deal of promise and heat.

This is part of a series began by other authors, but from what I could tell, the connection to the previous books is based on the club setting, Serve, and not on plot. This functions as a standalone nicely.

The story opens with fashion designer, Ridley Ethridge, gathering up her courage and putting some things in motion. She will both explore her submissive nature by letting a man she trusts initiate her and she will exorcise the ghost of a man from her past. Will is safe, dependable and most important, he didn’t leave while his brother, Garrett, who left her when things got real is the opposite. The trouble is that it is Garrett who she thinks of and compares all other men to. Her hard work for her own design label is just starting to pay off and now she wants to work on her love life. She timidly dons the mask and lets the man who enters her private room at the club work her body to a high pitch and send her soaring only to find when the mask is off that she is facing Garrett and she needs to get away before she lets him break her heart a second time because he hasn’t changed.

Garrett Reaver spent his last eight years as an Army Ranger. He fell for Ridley, but then his mom left, devastating him and his family. He couldn’t take it if- no when- Ridley did the same, so he made sure to be the one who left and destroyed any possibility of a new chance. He kept away from even his family and walled in his emotions doing his dangerous missions and then moving on to contract work for more of the same. He returns home for a little R&R on the club scene and Will asks him to step in with a new sub. He enjoys her and then removes the blindfold to see his past is right there and forcing cracks in the walls he built up.

Once I started reading this story, I was uneasy because the page count meant this was going to tear along pretty fast. The author introduces a second chance romance along with the complicated dynamics of a new Dominant/submissive relationship that needed more time. I tabled these concerns and let the spirit of the story carry me along- hot, fast and engaging. My opinion about the romance and the relationship never changed and actually grew stronger that this story needed more teasing out, but I could tell that this was not meant to be a deep one so I went with it.

As to the story, whew boy, it sizzled. I was squirming and fanning myself in turn. Garrett was a powerful male, a dirty talker and a determined man of action while Ridley had gumption, feistiness, and sensuality to match. These two were exciting and made a scene spark with emotion, dialogue and off the charts raw need. I was glad to have the surrounding storyline to anchor all that these two had going on. Garrett had deep abandonment issues and made some jerk moves toward Ridley as a result. She was hurt by his actions and words, but she was a straight up gal who gave him more than one chance to get his mess together. He made a pretty big grand gesture in the end that soothed some of my ire with him and made his lady swoon.

The BDSM elements were mild- spanking, rope, mild exhibitionism, vibrator, flogger. The D/s dynamic was where all the tension was. My earlier mentioned unease with this aspect was that I felt that Garrett relied on knowledge of the teen girl he used to date and his own desires to push hard and fast the adult woman. Because of the turmoil of their past, I was concerned that he wasn’t in a good place to act as her Dom. She’s an untried submissive even if she has taken the tour and researched the lifestyle. I know this is fiction, but I would rather see more time taken on this sort of relationship even if it’s a short-term one.

Anyway, I had a good time with this one (cold drink nearby was a must) and would definitely read more. Those looking for something hot, quick, but with some feeling and depth should give this one a look.

My thanks to Barclay Publicity for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was my April To Be or Not to Be…Read vote winner. Thanks guys for helping me find another author for my short list of erotic romance reads.

Romance Roundabout #145 ER

New to Me #76 author/series

Mt. TBR #76

About Katee Robert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Red Iza
5 years ago

Sorry, no BDSM for me 🙂 I made an exception with book #1 only because it was written by one of my fave authors, Tessa Bailey. Great review – and who doesn’t love a dirty talker ^^

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Red Iza

Haha, no problem, Iza! I read BDSM, but I’m picky about it. Oh yes, Garrett, likes to get a gal all hot and bothered with his words alone.

Mary Kirkland
5 years ago

This book seems to have all the elements that I really like in a book. Thanks for the great review.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Glad to introduce you to one you might like, Mary!

Braine TS
5 years ago

Hahaha on the cold drink! It’s that hot eh? Like BoB friendly?

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Braine TS

Yep, exactly! 😉

Lola R
Lola R
5 years ago

I have the first book in this series on my to-read list it sounds like a good series! I haven’t read a lot of BDSM books so far, but this sounds like a series I would enjoy. Did you read the first two books as well or only this one? Even when series can be read out of order, I still prefer to read them in order. Great review!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Lola R

No, I didn’t read the first two, just this one. It works good alone, but preferably I start from the beginning of a series too.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh I have her whole series on my tbr pile. I really really *really* want to read them. It sounds so good even with the little quibbles.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

I think these will work for you, Anna. My quibble was small. I struggled with how quick this one pushed through big steps, but the good news is that they didn’t exactly skip the steps. Fast reads, I need to adjust to that mindset. 😉

kimbacaffeinate
5 years ago

Oh good to know it will work as standalone..I do like the premise behind this particular book. As always you keep adding to my shelf Sophia!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

I’d apologize, but its only fair since I’ve added several after reading your reviews. 😉

Lover Of Romance
5 years ago

this does sound HOT!! I do like lighter bdsm elements, so I might just try this one. I really love that they have a past together and are reconnecting.

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

It has a lot of winning elements, Renee. I like lighter BDSM too. Definitely hot, whew!

Lanies Book Thoughts
5 years ago

I’m not sure I would have given this book a shot, but your review makes it sound like a lighter read and nothing to hardcore. ^^

Sophia Rose
5 years ago

It’s hot, but no, the erotic elements don’t get hard core, Lanie!

Alyssa Susanna
5 years ago

I love Katee Robert and I love Brazen! I remember seeing this one months ago, but I think it fell off my radar… definitely want to read it 😀 So glad you enjoyed this one! Excellent review, Sophia!

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Sophia Rose
5 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa Susanna

Haha, that happens to me frequent. I get excited about a book and then get distracted. Hope you get a chance at it. It was hot and fun, Alyssa.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh I have her whole series on my tbr pile. I really really *really* want to read them. It sounds so good even with the little quibbles.