Urban Fantasy Corner: Leigh Evans’ The Trouble with Fate

Urban Fantasy Corner: Leigh Evans’ The Trouble with Fate

13562334 Winter is a great time for some warm blooded critters, like werewolves. Leigh Evans’s debut novel The Trouble with Fate is a great place to start.

My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…

Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…

While this debut is like a lot of urban fantasy novels out there, it does a couple things differently. Hedi (half-breed) and Trowbridge (were) aren’t the usual heroes. For non-humans they definitely feel human, with all the scars to prove it.

This was an impressive and fast-paced debut that had me organically feeling for the story — and characters — before I knew it.

The Trouble with Fate was published in December 2012 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks. It is 368 pages and priced at $7.99 for both the mass market paperback and digital versions.

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