28 October 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Fighting Fate (Granton University #1) by Linda Kage

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Fighting Fate (Granton University #1)
by Linda Kage.
Audience/Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: July 16th 2013 by Omnific Publishing.
*New Adult Romance*
**Minor explicit scenes and language**

Forgiving your brother's murderer may be noble, but falling in love with him borders on betrayal.

When Paige Zukowski enrolls at Granton University in honor of her dead brother, she has no idea fate will land her on the same campus with the very guy who killed him. But Logan Xander isn't quite the murderer she's always believed him to be.

A day hasn't passed since the tragedy that Logan doesn't wish he could go back and undo everything. It doesn't take Paige long to realize he's suffered as much as she has. Forgiving him for ruining her life might not be so impossible after all. But when she actually starts to like him and realizes he likes her in return, their true anguish begins.

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is a beautifully written story of forgiveness, healing and creating your own life’s story.

Paige and Logan go to the same school. Both for reasons that neither really wanted of their own. But fate seems to take control with them. Paige starts school and while in class she hears the professor call Logan’s name. She freezes. She feels hatred and anger and everything that boils under her skin with that name. He killed her brother. She came to this school to live his life for him. Then the professor calls her name. Logan locks eyes with her. Paige runs out. But fate keeps putting them together.

Paige hates him but can’t stop thinking about him. She runs into him again and he tells her he dropped out of the class. Hmm.

Then her suite mates at school tell her about a grief group and she decides to give it a try. Guess who goes there too? Yep, Logan! But she sees he helps out and he is quiet. He freezes this time in the group when the leader asks why she is at the grief group and she tells them about her brother and that he was murdered. The leader asks what she would say to the person who killed her brother if he were here. She looks at him and she can’t be as mean as she would like to be but says some things. Logan gets up and leaves. At the end, the leader says she is going to look for him but Paige sees she went the wrong way and she goes to check on him. Hmm... She finds him on the floor, broken and sad. She talks to him for a moment. He has been with this group for 2 years but she gets him to stop coming. Paige never told anyone in the group that Logan was the one who killed him.

Then fate takes another turn when they end up working in the same place. His boss asks Logan to train her. She doesn’t have it so she asks the other guy to train her. The other guy has no work ethics. She notices that Logan does and is a hard worker not some arrogant killer she thought he would be since he is the son of a rich lawyer. The other guy leaves Logan to clean up and she can’t just leave him to clean up on his own, so she stays. Because the other guy didn’t teach her some safety protocols, Paige cuts her finger and Logan fixes it. He is tender and kind. Hmm. He isn’t quitting this time but he finally comes clean to his boss and asks him to schedule them on opposite shifts.

She also sees that he is the DD around the school. He is always somewhere and she realizes he has suffered too.

Then they both are constantly thinking about the other; really needing the other to help with their own healing but thinking that they can’t like each other that wouldn’t be right; would it?

Things have a way of revealing themselves and when they both realize that the other likes them too, they don’t know what to do.

Then when someone attempts to rape her, Logan is the one to rescue her.

Paige has a forgiving heart and Logan needed it to move on himself and Paige needed it too.

Side note, --My 14 year old nephew was killed with one punch to the neck. It ruptured the vertebral artery and he got 20 feet before collapsing dead in the street. The kid who hit him was not humble or cared. He served 2 years. But at the trial of one of the 6 kids who was there one of the kid’s mothers got up and spoke and apologized for her son’s involvement. My nephew’s mom then had her turn and said that she couldn’t live with hate in her heart and she forgave him. Wow. My brother was still angry at the time and let the kid know that my nephew’s mother may forgive but he wasn’t as forgiving. There is a difference when you let it go. That is part of why I loved this story so much. There is a huge difference when you let go and you become free from the burden and can become whole again.

This was an amazing story I am so glad I got to read it. You will like this book if you like geniuses without social skills, forgiveness, family healing, overcoming grief and anger and loss and near rape, kindness and most of all - hope

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Linda is a contemporary romance author from the midwestern USA, where she lives with her wonderful husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks. The eighth and final child of dairy farmers, she was forced into having a vivid imagination if she ever wanted to do something one of her siblings hadn't already tried. Feel free to visit her at her website: www.LindaKage.com

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  1. Thank you so much for your awesome review!! The only experience I have with this issue was hearing about how some boy who went to a neighboring school got into a fight and was knocked unconscious. His friends took him home and put him into bed instead of taking him to a hospital. He never woke up. Years later, I ended up getting a job where his mother is my co-worker. His name is tattooed all over her, and it breaks my hear to see it every time.

  2. Your experience and sharing the difference between forgiving and letting go is very powerful. So glad to have you on the tour.

    1. Thanks, I was happy to to be able to share in it!

  3. Loved your review! Forgivness is very powerful if you can give it, for you and for the other.
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  4. I loved this book, and I'd love to have it in paperback too :)