Friday, May 11, 2012 | By: Angela Brown
This week started in reflection but I'd like to end it with a bang.  That's where Nadja Notariani comes in handy.  Please allow me to introduce her to those who've not had the pleasure of enjoying her bloggy and publishing presence.

First, I heard about Claiming the Prize, and the second taste of wonderful writing came in the form of Her Dark Baron.  Third time's DEFINITELY charming with The Third Fate.
Book description from Amazon:
~ 'One Fate be granted mortal man, used for evil or good as the inner voice directs. Alas, the divine spark draws the eyes of the Fates, the Second Fate sparingly gifted by their hands. Be warned offspring of the gods; guard your gifting well. For if the Third Fate be unleashed, the soul lays bare before one so touched by the gods.' ~


Cautious and quiet by nature, Paige Kinnell watches life unfold from the sidelines, maintaining her simple existence as a shield to hide behind. But underneath her shy, careful ways, Paige senses a disconnect with the world around her, indulging instead her ever curious interest in the legend and lore of time nearly forgotten. 


One chance encounter with an ancient of the undead begins an unraveling of reality as Paige knows it, leaving her to sort through dreams and enchantments, discovering along the way that one's Fate can be mere illusion, and that the consequences of opening her heart to another may cost dearly. 


Cael Maccinnis, the handsome Highlander she's met, seems the answer to every unspoken longing of her heart, even as he awakens dark, secret desires buried within her soul. As strange and unnerving changes begin occurring in her mind and body, Paige has no choice but to face her life's unnatural turn and confront the frightening implications. For within Paige's past a secret lay dormant, hidden even from her. This truth, guarded well and wielded by the Fates themselves, becomes the catalyst invoking the power of The Third Fate.


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Me and Myself are still having a girl-fight over which one could claim Cael so I will have to share a brief bit of our thoughts:

We loved the story from beginning to end.  It starts with a steady pace, one where it's good to pay close attention to things because Nadja uses great writing techniques to slip things in here and there.  There's no instant expectation of a happy ending just because it's a tale of romance.  Readers earn a fitting ending that we found very satisfying.  Me and Myself obviously want to trade places with Paige, but are aware that's not happening.

If a little Highlander romance is right up your alley, I would recommend giving this story a try.  Does anyone else here remember another Highlander, the immortal Duncan Macleod played by Adrian Paul?

43 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not my style of read but I wish Nadja much success!

Tara Tyler said...

romance mood hits once in a while, i'll keep it in mind. thanks!

Maria Zannini said...

I don't think I've ever read a Highlander book that didn't come off as romantic--even when it's not romance. There's just something rugged and virile about Highlanders.

As for "you and yourself" lusting after another woman's man--which one is the hussy in this picture? LOL.

Congrats to Nadja.

Nadja Notariani said...

Angela...my smile couldn't be broader. You've made my morning!

As for me, I'm still deciding if I want to smooch Cael or Malcolm. (Yes...inner hussy is exercising her perogative to be boldly fickle). Thank you so much for featuring The Third Fate today.

Angela Brown said...

Thanks for the well wishes. I'm sure she appreciates it :-)

Angela Brown said...

You're welcome, Tara :-)

Angela Brown said...

Hey, there...now. lol!! Me and Myself resemble that hussy remark :-) I'd say what Paige doesn't know won't hurt her except what she finds out might cause a great deal of pain to Me, Myself and I lol!!!

Angela Brown said...

It was pleasure Nadja. I really enjoyed this story.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Great review!

Angela Cothran said...

I love learning about books I've never heard of :) Thanks for the review!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Tyrean. Great story as well.

Angela Brown said...

My pleasure.

Raelyn Barclay said...

It's on my ereader just waiting for me...calling my name...

Adrian Paul :sigh: remember I did include him in my top 10 sexy men :D

LD Masterson said...

Nice review. Best wishes to Nadja.

Angela Brown said...

Le Sigh.

Adrian Paul...yes, I recall his handsome face making your list.

Again...le sigh :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, LD. I'm hoping this will be a great hit for Nadja.

Cherie Colyer said...

I haven't heard of these books. So glad I stopped by. Off to GR to add to my TBR list.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Ooh! Sounds GOOD!

J.L. Campbell said...

Your reading crew always cracks me up. :)Didn't know Nadja had another book out.

Candylynn Fite said...

Super review, Angela! And congrats to Nadja!!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks for checking things out. I've enjoyed reading Nadja's blog for like, ever, so reading her story was both a privilege and very fun.

Angela Brown said...

Very good!

Angela Brown said...

Me, Myself and I can be pretty dangerous when gathered in one spot. Never know what will or won't happen...

Err...not sure if that's a good or bad thing lol!!!

Angela Brown said...

Thanks, Candy. Nadja's pretty cool.

Charlie Holmberg said...

Interesting premise! Though the first paragraph of the book blurb could have been easier to grasp ;)

Jenny Morris said...

Gah, I love the beginning of the Amazon Description. So awesome. This sounds really good.

Mark Noce said...

Not quite my kind of book, but I like the blog:)

Emily R. King said...

This is right up my alley. Thanks for the recommendation!

M Pax said...

Highlander romance is great. All success to Nadja.

Jess said...

I love it when you feature authors! The book description alone had me intrigued~ I've been in a middle grade mood lately, but I love reading this kind of book, too!

Angela Brown said...

It certainly made for a very good read.

Angela Brown said...

I really enjoyed it, Jenny. I'm not big on reading a whole lot of romance. Maybe the Highlander aspect was just the extra touch for me. :-)

Angela Brown said...

Thank you so much, Mark :-)

Angela Brown said...

You're so welcome, Emily.

Angela Brown said...

Highlander with hints of otherworldliness. That makes it so wonderful.

Angela Brown said...

Thank you, Jess. With last month being the A to Z blogging challenge, I didn't get to feature much so this month I'm actively looking to feature author, both established and new-to-me.

Deniz Bevan said...

Nadja's wonderful! I've had Claiming the Prize in my To Read pile for too long now - must move it up soon!

Stephen Tremp said...

Highlander was such a cool concept! And they used wormholes too traverse time.

Shelley Munro said...

You had me at Highlander! Can't resist a brawny Scot :)

Heather said...

Definitely right up my alley! I have to agree with Shelley, you had me at Highlander. ;)

Leslie Rose said...

Aye Lassie, this sounds like a treat.

mshatch said...

I didn't watch The Highlander but a few times but certainly found that Duncan Macleod quite attractive :)

Nicole said...

Hi Angela,

I'm stopping by to let you know that your blog is now the recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award!

Details are Here on my VBA post.


~Nicole
Blog: The Madlab Post
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