19 May 2016

Review: Guiding Fate (Role of Fate #4) by Tamra Lassiter

Guiding Fate (Role of Fate #4)
by Tamra Lassiter.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: May 11th 2016 by Tamra Lassiter LLC.
Even fate can use a guiding hand.

Melanie Woodside, ER nurse and single mom, has endured suffering of her own. Her ne’er-do-well husband bailed after learning she was pregnant with their first child. Now he’s back and threatening her new life. When a hot Marine moves in next door, Melanie has more than enough on her plate, without trying to heal her new neighbor as well. But a handsome man battling the wounds of war is hard to resist, especially when he and her son take an instant liking to each other. And having him close makes her feel safer.

Will Everton is a hero of the Iraqi conflict, according to the Marine Corps, his friends, and his family. The problem is, he feels more like a mess. Plagued by headaches and nightmares, Will just wants solitude to glue his wounded psyche back together. That means keeping his distance from his pretty new neighbor. But when her son refuses to recognize the boundaries between Will’s house and his own, neither Will nor Melanie can resist a little boy’s pleas for togetherness. If Will's presence deters Melanie's ex, all the better.

Can Will trust himself to be the strong, steady man they need? And can Melanie trust herself not to repeat the mistakes of her past? Fate brought them together … will it be enough to keep them here?

Reviewed by Kelly.

I’ve been doing blitzes on my blog for Tamra Lassiter’s Role of Fate’s series and yet I hadn’t read any of them. I decided I needed to something about it and when I had a chance to review one in exchange for an honest review of my own, I took it! I wasn’t disappointed at all!

This was a sweet and tender read of two people who needed the other to complete each other and become whole again. I loved the elderly Bunny who orchestrated the whole thing. I liked that the book showed people serving others and their community. I loved the fierce motherly love of Melanie and her small son’s love for her! I really liked the broken soldier who heals from a woman’s love for him no matter his pain. I also got some info on the characters from the other books in the series and I need to read their stories.

Melanie has only one good thing from her scum bucket of an ex-husband, their child. He is now out of jail and is coming around Melanie. At first he makes it appear he wants to get back into her life and his son’s life. But Melanie knows that isn’t true and she wants nothing to do with him. He made it clear that their child was only ruining his life. Papers were drawn so that he gave up his rights as a father after he left them. There are no ties left.

Bunny, who is Melanie’s elderly neighbor, broke her hip and is now in rehab. One night when Melanie was out back, she thinks Bunny’s nephew, Will, is an intruder and hits him over the head and calls the police. Things don’t start on a good note between Melanie and Will. But neither seems to be able to fight the growing attraction they have to each other. Will has PTSD from Iraq, is a hero (though he will deny it) and has nightmares about it! He doesn’t think he will heal and tries to push Melanie away thinking he can’t get into a relationship right now. Silly man! Women are intended to heal a man’s soul!

Melanie’s son also adores Will. He teaches him how to throw a football, all about sports and has fun with him. Duh, why wouldn’t any child love a man that plays with them!

So, mix a conniving ex-husband with a broken soldier fighting his demons and his love for a woman, a woman who loves her community and this broken soldier and her strong devotion to her son, this said woman’s parents who are being manipulated by conniving ex-husband, a fall season with halloween and pumpkins, and a town who also loves this single mom makes for a great story!

My only beef what that the story wrapped up too quickly and I wanted more! Insert sad face!

I live outside Washington, D.C. with my wonderfully supportive husband and two daughters, one of which is approaching her teenage years. Help us all! If that isn’t enough, we have a Great Dane and an English Bulldog to keep us on our toes. It’s crazy around here and I love every minute of it!

Writing is my third career. I didn't set out to be a writer, it was just meant to be. My Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech prepared me well for my first career as an Engineer/Program Manager. My second career was in Human Resources. Long story, but I figured it out. I believe the best start for a writing career is to be a reader first and I’ve been an avid reader my whole life. I've loved to read ever since I picked up my first Nancy Drew mystery in the fourth grade. Now I love reading just about everything, but I don’t read sad books and I don’t watch sad movies either for that matter, no matter how many awards they’ve won. Life’s too short and who needs all that strife to bring us down?

Many of my words have been penned late into the evening, which explains why I’ve never viewed whatever television show you recommend to me. I would, however, love to hear your recommendations for a great read!

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