It’s here! ‘Fate Knows Best’, the first book of the ‘Kindred of Arkadia’ by Alanea Alder is out today! Again…
OMG I waited so long for this book, and I already read it! Is that weird?
After her boss became her ex-boyfriend and turned her life inside out, Rebecca is on the road looking for adventure and a place to call home. She never imagined the mysterious road she would take would lead her to a grumpy hot Sheriff, a gorgeous playboy and a group of gay fashionistas, or, that they would be bear and lion shifters. Reading about being a shifter’s mate was one thing, living it was another.
Aleks has sworn off human women. After working a brutal homicide he as returned to the shifter-only town of his birth to date the local shifter women and hopefully find a nice female bear-shifter to give him cubs. When Fate throws him an itty, bitty human as a mate, he refuses to have anything to do with her.
As the attraction between them grows Aleks realises that he can’t seem to stay away from the tiny dark-haired human, but the realisation may come too late, as he faces the fact that though her body was never in any danger, he may have shattered her heart.
He wonders if she will be safe with him and she wonders if she will ever be what he he truly wants.
In the end they will both see that Fate Knows Best.
There’s a whole story behind this book, but I don’t want to get too much into it. So, here’s a quick version. Alanea alder started publishing this series, ‘Kindred of Arkadia’, through a publishing house in 2013, and published 8 books in this series with them- though she published the ‘Bewitched and Bewildered’ independently through her own publishing house, Sacred Forest Publishing.
Long story short, Alanea felt that the publishing house was under-performing with their editing and design, so she decided to not publish anymore books with them, but she didn’t want to give up the series and she could only get the rights for the books back after 5 years of not publishing.
Last year, Alanea finally got the rights back, and has now published it just like she thought it should be published. The story hasn’t really changed, she just edited and added some little bits.
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The first thing that we can notice is much better is the cover design. I’m not sure if someone else other than Alanea designed it, I looked and couldn’t find any other name mentioned, so I’m assuming not. This cover really fits the aesthetic of the ‘Bewitched and Bewildered’ series and I really like that. I really like the little details that was added, like the new logo, and I also liked the bear in the background. I bet that the other books in the series will have the corresponding character’s animal in the background too, which I really love.
Since the plot didn’t change, what I was most excited about any changes or anything that Alanea added. There wasn’t nothing major added, but the story does flows better, and the little scenes that were added only added to the charm of Alanea’s writing.
I really loved the little things that she added, after reading the original so many times, I could really see the difference. I specially loved the extra details that she added at the end, it just made the story make more sense.
Recebeca and Aleks’ is so cute, I loved it before and I really love it now. I love how it’s not an insta-love story, Rebecca and Alek have issues and disagreements and work them out. The prologue and the epilogue were written I think, and I liked how we got some more little details there…though I hate that it doesn’t give us a clue to who the bad guy is.
A waited a few years for this series to come back and be re-published and I am as excited about it as I was when I first read it. I feel bad that this review is a bit vague, but I wanted to make it spoiler free.
If you are a paranormal romance reader then I strongly recommend Alanea Alder’s books. Both series are really funny, and will leave you wanting more.
Book 11 of the ‘Bewitched and Bewildered’ series comes out May 28th – Check out the blurb:
For thousands of years Oron Vi’Eirson has lived each day trying to keep the pain and devastation caused by his family from hurting his precious baby brother. But despite his best efforts his past has come back to haunt him, placing not only Darian and Amelia in harm’s way, but also his newly found mate.
Isabelle Campbell, or as she likes to be called, Izzy, is a mess. She knows this. It’s never intentional, but somehow her curiosity always seems to run away from her. When her latest gaffe lands her homeless and fired from her favourite barista job she is left with little choice but to accept the kindness of some of her favourite customers. Little did she know that by doing so, she would find herself starting the biggest adventure of her life!
With kindred spirit Meryn at her side, Izzy takes on the entire face city to protect the heart of the kindest man she has ever met. If the golden face think they can get away with hurting her mate, they are sorely mistaken. After all, her new friend likes to electrocute people.
When facing your greatest fear means facing your family, is there any escape? Can Izzy help Oron stand against all odds?