Author: Tracy Ellen
Series: The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod #1
Publish Date: September 18, 2012
Length: 286 pages
Description (from Amazon): Hot, Hilarious, and Heading for Trouble!
Meet Anabel Axelrod...
Smart, sassy, and sexy. Anabel's twenty-eight, owns a bookstore, and is one control freak of a determined woman. Determined to stay single.
Meet Luke Drake...
Brains, badass, and built. Luke's a mystery man that's enticing Anabel to break all her ironclad rules on dating in the most intriguing and tantalizing of ways. He's never met a woman he can't control.
Meet Anabel's family and friends...
Wonderful, wild, and whacky, they're all up for the plan when Anabel decided to take the entire weekend off from work to chill...
Except many strange things are happening in the town of Northfield, Minnesota. Anabel's perfectly uncomplicated life is suddenly turned chaotically upside down and beset with problems. Her biggest problem is the not too tall, deliciously dark, and definitely not handsome Luke Drake. He walks into her bookstore and sets her pink panties aflame with one long look. From twenty feet away!
But Anabel's never met the challenge she won't stare in the eye while daintily spitting sideways in the dirt.
Will Anabel learn to believe that life is never simple, some rules are meant to be broken, and a certain mesmerizing complication may be worth the trouble – even if it kills her?
My Review: I am not sure how I felt about A Date with Fate because I had a lot of issues with it. In the description it says that Anabel is "a determined woman. Determined to stay single:;" however, she doesn't put up much of a fight when she meets Luke. In fact she is the one who initiates the relationship so I find it really hard to believe that she is woman determined to stay single.
Also, Luke's mysterious ways were a bit too much for me. I understand that they are supposed to make him see more appealing and sexy but if my boyfriend disappeared often for work I would be a little more suspicious, especially because Anabel doesn't even seem to know for sure what Luke does for a living.
Another thing is that for a book that is labeled romance there is not much romance. Anabel and Luke spend much of the novel apart and when they do come together Anabel becomes convinced that Luke is cheating on her with her cousin. I was confused for much of the novel because of the rapid shift in events but I was mostly confused about was the ending with Mike. I was completely confused about who Anabel was dating at the end of this novel because she seemed to be with both Mike and Luke.
Overall: Overall this novel is enjoyable but extremely confusing. There are rabid shifts in events that left me scratching my head. Luke's "sexy" mysterious ways were too mysterious for me. The little mystery of Anna's aunt was interesting and I did enjoy that. I give A Date with Fate 3 stakes.
About the Author: Meet Tracy Ellen...
About a year or so ago, a strange thing happened to me. It was like a switch turned off/on inside. All of a sudden instead of wanting to read about romance, I wanted to write my own romantic stories. So began my budding writing career. Soon I made another happy discovery; I absolutely loved writing! Since then, I've become a writing fiend. My self-published books include A Date with Fate, Courted by Karma, and In Love by Design in The Adventures of Anabel Axelrod series.
For those of you who may want to know some pertinent facts: I was born in Indiana, the third out of five hellions. I've always lived in the Midwest, except for six steamy months in Florida when I was nineteen. Currently, I reside in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota with my family. The college town of Northfield featured in Anabel's Adventures is just down the road a jaunt.
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Others in this Series: Courted By Karma and In Love By Design