Monday, October 28, 2013

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Fighting Fate by Linda Kage

I loved Fighting Fate by Linda Kage so I'm so excited to be part of the Blog Tour!  This tour is hosted by AToMr tours.  Click HERE for a complete tour schedule.  For my stop I have my review and an AWESOME GIVEAWAY so don't forget to scroll down below for a chance to win!

Fighting Fate (Granton University #1) by Linda Kage
Publication Date: July 18th 2013 by Omnific Publishing
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About the book:

*New Adult Romance*

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.

My Thoughts:
I adored this story! I had so many emotions bubble up in me, and spill over with both happy and sad tears.  I can’t believe I’m still a bit weepy as I type up this review (happy tears)!

It’s amazing to think that with one stupid and thoughtless act you can ruin so much.  That’s exactly what happened to Logan on one tragic night while in high school.  His mistake reverberated through both his family and Paige’s.  For three years they both have been in their own nightmare of grief. 

Paige’s brother was killed while she was only fifteen and his death tore her family to shreds.  Determined to carry the torch for her brother, she goes off to his dream college, taking classes in his intended major, and thereby give honor to the life he intended to live.  Not in her wildest dreams did she think she’d run into the person responsible for all of her pain, her brother’s murderer: Logan.  She thought he was a proud, arrogant and entitled boy, able to get out of justice by having a rich family and a lawyer for a father, but what she finds out is completely opposite. 

Logan hates himself for what he did.  He knows and expects Paige to hate him, and she really does, at first. So he takes care to try and avoid her lest he cause her any more pain.  But as time goes on, and they keep crossing paths and he can’t help but look for her presence.  Witnessing her transformation from the nervous, miserable girl she was when she first arrived to the confident and proactive one he sees now heals him just a little bit.  Logan finds he’s drawn to her even though he knows in his heart that any relationship with Paige would be impossible.

He fully realized he had to be the biggest loser on earth, crushing on the most forbidden girl he could possibly dream about. But Paige was just so…

It broke my heart to discover all that both Paige and Logan went through.  The hate that Paige had for Logan at first, and the way it sliced him wide open, tore me up, too!  She had every right to feel those feelings, and seeing Logan, letting him know how she felt was a good thing.  It started a healing process in Paige that she really needed.  I also think that Logan needed to hear how she felt for him to move on as well.  Paige had no idea how much Logan suffered or all the things he did as a penance for his sin.  And Logan didn’t know the full extent of her suffering either. 

What they didn’t expect was the connection and understanding they’d form because of this shared tragedy.  I loved this romance! It was gradual and believable and a slow burn!  Both Paige and Logan thought being together would be impossible, and I could really see why. But that didn’t make me root for them any less.  The heat coming off these two was palpable and intoxicating!

“It doesn’t seem to matter how wrong it is or how much I fight it, I’m drawn to you. I can’t get you out from under my skin.”

When his lashes flickered apart, he looked dazed and half-drugged. She felt his desire mirrored from every organ in her body. 

Oh my stars!

This is the first time I’ve read anything by Linda Kage, but it won’t be the last.  Her storytelling captured my heart and resonated deeply.

Some favorite quotes (might be a bit spoilery):

“I can’t remember the last time I really wanted a girl. But I want you, Paige. In every way possible. I know it hurts you to hear this, but you’ve healed me like nothing else has. You’ve made me feel…forgiven. And hopeful. And complete.”

“I am so far from okay, it’s not even funny. I’m too elated, overjoyed, gratified—“she yawned “—and exhausted to be a measly okay.”

4.5 Suns


About the Author: 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:

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(5) eBooks of Fighting Fate – International
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  1. Okay, I wasn't impressed with blurb of this book, but after reading your review, I can't wait to get my hands on this one. I enjoy books with realistic romance story more than instant love.
    Great review, Rachel.

  2. Thank you for the review!! It was amazing. We'll have to get you to write the blurb for the next book! :) Thanks again!

    1. You're so very sweet, Linda! I loved your story so it wasn't hard to write a review! I can't wait for the next book. :)

  3. "This is the first time I’ve read anything by Linda Kage, but it won’t be the last. Her storytelling captured my heart and resonated deeply." - I love finding new authors that grab me. Glad to have you on the tour.

  4. Forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do. I can't wait to read this book and fall in love with the characters and story.

    1. So very true, Chanpreet. I hope you love it like I did. :)

  5. sounds fantastic! Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

  6. This is a new to me author! Can't wait to read this!

  7. Sounds good :)
    Can't wait to read :)
    Thanks for the giveaway :))

  8. Wow... this looks great! I'm looking forward to reading it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Gorgeous review, Rachel! I recent read FF, and adored it. You totally nailed all of my own feelings.

    1. Thank you, Andrea! I can't wait to read your review! :)

  10. Have added to my TBR, I need a change of pace with the books that i'm reading and this sounds like it might work. When I read a book I sometimes think WWKD, what would Karina do in this situation. Sometimes I'm sorely lacking traits that makes a character so strong, can't wait to read more about Paige.

    1. I hope you like the story, Karina. As far as character traits, I think we all just try and do our best in any situation. That's all you can do, right? :)