Book Review. Beyond Fate. Susan.V.Vaughn.  

His heart pounded as he made up the distance between them. He’d fought the urge to hold her in his arms all week. He no longer could.
“Hey! What are you doing?” Her question was lost as he pulled her against him, and covered her lips with his own. She sank desperately into his embrace for a moment, before pushing him back. “Russ, stop.”
“Why?” He grabbed one of her hands, and kissed the soft skin of her palm. She smiled, her face flushing red, her eyes flashing hazel.
“Because we are supposed to be friends, and we’re at work.” She glanced nervously around the deserted hallway.
“Nah, work’s over,” he said lightly, refusing to address the friendship statement. “It’s time for us.” He secured her hand in his, and led them toward the parking lot with single focus. “I’m taking you to dinner.”
“Wait! I have to grab my things from the music room.”
“No time for that.” He quickened his pace through the parking lot, determined to take her to dinner, not caring who witnessed his desperation. He’d waited all week for this opportunity.
“I guess you’re not giving me a choice then?” She sounded amused, not annoyed, a good sign.
“Now you get it.” He winked back at her. “I am your boss, after all.”
She sighed loudly in exasperation, and then began to giggle. It made him grin like a man who had never been happier in his life.

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Genre Contemporary Romance 

Publisher Inkspell Publishing 

Blurb

Years of separation mean nothing when love is in the air…
Julia Diaz never wanted to fall for her friend’s older brother, especially at a college frat party. But, for some reason, her heart was stolen by Russell that night. Eight years after, she never forgot him. Now destiny has brought them together. Only this time Russell is no longer a boy. He’s a man who knows what he wants and will not be denied.
Russell Webb used to be optimistic, and fun loving until a family tragedy turned his world on its side. Putting all his focus on work, he picked himself back up, and managed to turn his grief into something resembling a life. When a woman from his past reappears, and gives him a glimpse of true happiness, he’ll do anything to secure her heart. Even face the darkness he has avoided for so long.  
My Rating ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

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About the Author 

Romance Author, Susan V. Vaughn understood the meaning of sarcasm before she could walk. Her childhood in the suburbs of Detroit was spent mainly trying to outwit her six creative siblings. When she wasn’t working on the next soul-crushing jab, she sharpened her imagination on romantic literature and day dreamed about her knight in shining armor.
It didn’t take long for this hairdresser by trade to turn her passion for reading romances into writing her own unique love stories. Susan lives her life finding laughter in all situations, and delights in marrying sarcasm with romance to create realistic falling-in-love stories in the unlikeliest of scenarios.   
Susan lives on the shores of Lake Huron with her real life knight in shining armor and enjoys watching their three children learn the art of sarcasm and wit.

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The story of Beyond Fate, and what follows the event at the beginning of the book, hinges on a plot twist. Russ and Julia have a misunderstanding, and so ten years later, when they reunite, tensions are high, but their desire for each other is still there.

I was surprised how quickly the book became compelling, reading about Russ and Julia’s will they won’t they relationship. I liked Julia, but thought Russ was an idiot. 

My one fly in the ointment would be the repeated mention of Julia’s curves. I found her dancing skills more of an interest. The end of the school year show case was poorly executed as well. It was an important part of the book, but, as much of the book is, was dominated by Russ and Julia’s relationship. 

Ultimately I wanted to read Beyond Fate as it promised to be a romance story, and I wasn’t disappointed. 

Beyond Fate is a solid, and, at times, passionate, book. 

Author: Idontwearahat.

Katie is a published poet, reader and reviewer.

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