Fated Desires by Becky Flade

Fated Desires by Becky Flade
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Length: Full (201 pgs)
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

Jenna Gavin is searching for a fresh start, but more importantly, balance. Her heart, and perhaps the hands of fate, has led her and her young son to Trappers’ Cove, Minnesota. Settling in the small, quirky town, she’s not in the market for a casual relationship yet finds herself in one with the young widower next door.

Former shortstop, Gabriel Foxx, is drawn to his difficult new neighbor. The more the prickly divorcee attempts to keep him at arm’s length, the more determined he is to break down her walls. He can’t avoid the passion she inspires but he won’t allow himself to feel more.
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When friendship grows complicated by stronger emotions and mutual desire, it just isn’t enough. Will love be worth the risk?

Before I get to the meat of this review, let me say that this author is super talented. I want to make sure that’s clear up front because I struggled with this book. But it’s still very much worth the read (especially if you’ve read the previous books in the series).

I loved getting to see our previous couples and the rest of the small town of Trapper’s Cove, absolutely adored it!  I’ve gotten pretty attached to them all, and it’s worth every moment reading this book just to revisit them.  That said, I had some issues with our heroine, Jenna.  I totally get she got a raw deal with her idiot ex-husband.  I understand she’s not ready for a new relationship, especially with the younger, moderately famous, Gabe.  But I did not like her shrewish temperament.  She was horrible to him, and I really couldn’t understand why he was even at all interested in her.  Had I been him, after the first time or two of being snapped at or yelled at, I’d have moved on.

I also had issues with Finn and his relationship with her. He’s a brat. And, yeah, I get his dad’s a creep and completely removed from his life.  But I swear I wanted to put him into permanent time out.  And his mom let him get away with stuff I don’t think she should have.  That said, part of why I put up with her nasty attitude toward Gabe was her genuine, unconditional love for her son.  When I’d read about that, I could see she actually did have a heart and I tried to be patient with her until she showed it to Gabe… but boy it took patience, because it takes nearly the entire book!

Gabe’s got his own set of issues, due to his late wife and that backstory.  He has a lot of work to do to get past that trauma (and he gets help from an unexpected place!), but he’s not nearly as horrible to Jenna and he genuinely and completely fell for Finn.  Honestly, if not for Finn, I don’t think Jenna and Gabe would have gotten past their first conversation.

The fact I was so emotionally involved with these two is a testament to the author’s skill.  Additionally, I absolutely love the author’s breezy tone and the ease with which she writes the secondary characters.  I want to visit Trapper’s Cove.  I want to meet the folks there, and become part of the community.  They are the biggest reason I thoroughly enjoy these books. I recommend you grab a copy of any of the series for yourself–you can read them out of order, but I recommend you start at the start so you can fall in love with Trapper’s Cove like I have.  I hope Ms. Flade never stops writing books set there.


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Bernie Wallace says

    Which character was most fun to write for?

    • Becky Flade says

      Maggie, the heroine from the first book, plays a supporting role in Fated Desires and is my favorite person in Trappers’ Cove. I love writing for her. She cusses like a sailor, has absolutely no filter, and even when she’s being sassy she does so with a kind and generous heart.

  3. Peggy H. says

    Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and, if so, how do you overcome it?

    • Becky Flade says

      I deliberately put it out of mind. I walk away from the computer, watch a movie, read a book, bake a cake, anything that engages in my mind in a different way. And then BOOM! Works every time.

  4. Becky Flade says

    Thank you for hosting, reading, and reviewing! I’ll be honest with you – Jenna was hard to write because I didn’t entirely like her either. Thank you for sticking with her. I hope it was worth it.

  5. Rita Wray says

    Sounds like a good book.

  6. Victoria Alexander says

    I’ve enjoyed the tour, thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way.

  7. Bernie Wallace says

    Congrats on your books release. I hope that it is a success.

  8. Danielle Merkle says

    Sounds like a good read!

  9. Danielle Merkle says

    Sounds like an interesting read!

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