Sometimes It's Fate

Angela S. Stone
Sometimes It's Fate
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Phaze Books
Release Date
August 2011
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Jason McCarthy is gay. He's also a police officer living in a small-minded northern New Brunswick town where being gay could spell the end of his career. When an impending snowstorm threatens to strand his best friend and policing partner, David, Jason offers up his spare room for the night--a move that reveals Jason's secret, and changes their friendship and lives forever.

David Richard isn't gay--at least he doesn't think he is. He knows he loves his best friend, and he admits to feelings that had started after a tragic accident almost a year before. When David acts on these feelings, it doesn't go well, leaving both men alone and hurt. Jason, however, doesn't think twice about stepping in and rescuing David's children when their mother abandons them. The move brings David and Jason back together, but Jason's past rears its ugly head and they both have to make difficult decisions that are sometimes best left up to fate.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Sep 27, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
182 people found the following review helpful
When you start reading this one, I suggest you read the Author's Notes at the beginning. They clarify some things in the book and for me they even gave a whole new feel to the book. Maybe I could say – a dose of reality.

SOMETIMES IT'S FATE is a story about Jason and David, two police officers living in a northern New Brunswick town. Their friendship has been growing stronger for years and their job connection as partners only solidified it.

We get introduced into the story just as David finds out Jason is gay and surprisingly enough hasn't got any issues with it. Instead, gradually, their friendship turns into something more and is just as solid as their friendship.

Both men were fun characters to read about. They were strong and down to earth with a big sense of responsibility. Their relationship matched their personalities and no conflict to come between them just made everything easier. What I liked, and I'm sure a lot of other people will too, was the genuine attention to detail when it came to police work and little details like jokes and sets of rules. It felt like the story was based on men the author knows and I, for one, liked that.

More realistic rating of this book would be somewhere between three and four, a rating I cannot give, but I thought the book was nice enough to kind of smudge that and I just gave it four. Some readers will have a problem with the easy way things happened. The no-conflict thing is truly that and the ‘small-minded' comment I read in the blurb cannot apply to this story. No one had issues with the two men being together and they found support on every corner. It is unrealistic, but it was written is such a way that I couldn't genuinely mind.

Children in an m/m romance always make me smile and it is something I like to read about. David has three and all of them were a joy, but what got to me was just how great Jason was with them. They felt like a family and that you just don't see very often.

The plot moved fast, giving away just enough details about the couple to not feel lost but not enough to make you all sated and satisfied. But on a happier note, there is a sequel, one of two actually, scheduled for release next year and I am hoping more will be said about the men and their happily ever after.

Until then, this author will give you a taste of real men in real everyday situations, where her unique writing style gives a book enough of the special to make it stand out.
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