Review: Fated: Torn Apart by History, Bound For Eternity by Carolyn McCray

Posted May 21, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 21 Comments

Review: Fated: Torn Apart by History, Bound For Eternity by Carolyn McCray
Fated: Torn Apart by History, Bound For Eternity

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Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on May 3, 2011
Pages: 289
Format: eBook
Source: Giveaway

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The Delight

A reincarnation story set against the backdrop of Ancient Rome and the story of Julius Caesar, Mar Antony, Cleopatra, and Brutus.  How could I resist? Fated caught my attention right away with the the historical backdrop, characters, and situation.  It is a dual narration between Scottish warrioress and now Roman slave, Syra and Brutus, Roman Senator whose loyalty to Rome and to his friend are tugging him in two different directions by treacherous forces.


I loved the idea of taking a reviled betrayer in history and giving him an alternative story and gives the facts a new spin.  The growing love between the Roman Senator and the Scottish slave while they tried to bridge their differences and hatred, and betrayal was captivating for me.  I also enjoyed all the intrigue in the larger group of people in Rome.

This might have been a higher rating despite several references that were out of place in Ancient Rome, but then the last third happened.  This was a strong story as a historical romance or historical fiction, but the paranormal elements kicked in strong during the last part and just felt tacked on at best, broke up the flow, and were ever so distracting.  They could have been entirely left out and nothing would be missing.  I love the paranormal genre stories, but this was clearly one that I didn’t feel it fit, mostly because the story was powerful without it and the reincarnation stuff was just dumped in and left much of it unexplained.

So, I still loved much of the earlier story, but ended up finding the last bit more a disappointment until the end.  That end was bittersweet and emotional, but suited this particular story.  Great idea to take on one of histories villains and give him a new story.  I’m intrigued and would definitely read more of the author’s work.


Romance Roundabout #167 HR
Mt. TBR #65
Let’s Read Indie #62


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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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  • I do love a time travel book and this does sound intriguing. Great review!

    • Thanks, Cindy! I don’t read them as much as I should. This one is weird about that. It’s more reincarnation, but that part doesn’t crop up in the story until the last third so its more of a historical, if that makes sense.

  • I don’t read a lot of books like that but you’re right that the change of History can be interesting to see

    • Yes, I was definitely hooked when I saw this was about Brutus and an alternative story for him. 🙂

  • Oh, a story about Brutus. That sounds really good premise for a story. I’m sorry that this one gets weird towards the end.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

    • I loved the first two thirds of this and getting Brutus’ story, but yeah, it got weird- too much too late.

  • That’s an interesting time period

  • The reincarnation bit sounds interesting, but the main characters have my attention. Too bad too much was tucked on at the end, otherwise it would’ve been a great story it sounds like.

    • Yes, the reincarnation part might have been interesting to me, but it doesn’t show up until well into the last third when I was already engaged with Brutus and Syra as historical figures and wanted to just finish out that story without any additional ‘supernatural reveals’. She definitely made me more than like Brutus and made his reasons for betrayal really work in this one. I’m curious to see what she does with other ‘betrayer’ hero stories.

  • The reincarnation bit sounds interesting, but the main characters have my attention. Too bad too much was tucked on at the end, otherwise it would’ve been a great story it sounds like.

  • Debbie Haupt

    holy cow Sophia Rose, a reincarnation that’s really unique.

    • It surely was, Debbie. It doesn’t enter into the story until late and by then I was already fixed on it being a regular historical romance variation so it felt like a weird add on. From what I gather, this pair are part of a secret organization of ‘history fixers’.

  • This has so many elements I would enjoy, it just sounds like it all happened at the end. 🙁

    • LOL, exactly! It was a really neat historical romance story with Brutus as the hero until about two thirds and then suddenly it pulled an Alice in Wonderland and suddenly it had secret society time fixers and reincarnation tossed in. Not terrible, but weird to have it show up so late in the story and make things distracting.

  • I hate it when something paranormal is thrown into a book when it just doesn’t fit. It can really ruin a book. Great review!

    • It really did mess it up the way it was tacked on in the end instead of just being there all along.

  • RO

    I really like these type of stories, but just like in the movies for me, if something doesn’t fit the period, it causes me to scream”gotcha”, then I’m outta there! (lol) Hugs…RO

    • You would have been doing a lot of ‘gotchas!’ LOL But, it’s still fun to read. Thanks, Radiant Ro! 🙂

  • Ahhh too bad on the ending section. I’ve read some like that before where suddenly an element is present that just doesn’t fit right at all with the previous sections. Ah well> Still sounds pretty neat 🙂

    • Yeah, it just was really weird. The story doesn’t have a hint of the reincarnation stuff and then suddenly it twists off into secret societies that are there to protect history and this pair who are able to reincarnate to do the actual history saving. it came out of nowhere and not in that cool twist sort of way.

      Still, the majority of this story was fabulous. I want to see what she does with the other historical betrayers like Judas and Benedict Arnold and stuff.