Category/Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Red Tree House Publishing
Publication Date: 3/1/13
Over a year has passed since Olivia Ann Greyson discovered that she is a Charmer, a Dhampir fated to be part of the violent supernatural world that surrounds our human one. In that time, she has strengthened herself physically, learned of her family’s secret past, and found a deep and abiding love with the strongest man she has ever met, Daywalker Caleb Wolfe. But Olivia’s biggest challenge still lies ahead of her . . .
Dark vampire lord Luther Davin has been obsessed with capturing Olivia so he can use her special gifts for his own reasons. As Caleb and Olivia try to make a new life together with their coven, the Nightwalker’s attempts to capture her only intensify and inadvertently bring an unwelcome visitor from Caleb’s past barging back into his life.
She is Caelestis—Celeste to the modern world—and she claims to be Caleb’s first and rightful mate. Although Olivia has grown confident and secure in her relationship with Caleb, she soon realizes that Celeste sees herself as no less than a goddess among mere mortals and will stop at nothing to get Caleb back—which means Olivia herself must die!
When these two threats collide and fate steps in to pull Olivia away from her new family, will she be ready for her darkest hour and her greatest battle?
Oh gosh, I have no idea how to review The Charmed Fates without spoilers. I want to gush about the story, how everything wrapped up, and how much I loved Caleb and Olivia. But to go into specific details about the story would definitely give away too much about The Charmed and The Charmed Souls.
So I guess I'll go with feelings. And my feelings about this series are all positive. It's not too often lately that I find a Paranormal Romance book or series that I truly fall in love with. It's not that I don't like them, but something about The Charmed Trilogy has really won me over, and I am so sad to see it end, but so happy with how it ended. I absolutely love author Christine Wenrick's take on vampires, guardians, and shifters.
The Charmed Fates was tense, with the danger that's been building since book one coming to a head. Caleb, Olivia, Jax, and Gemma are such a tight-knit coven/family, and their strength is definitely put to the test more than ever. There is also the matter of Caleb's maker Celeste, who is determined to get him back into her (horrible bitch) claws. Celeste is the worst. I hated hated hated her, which of course, means the author did a brilliant job in writing the character.
My favorite aspect to the series, and this story in particular, was the romance. I know this comes as no surprise to anyone who regularly reads my reviews. Honestly, I had no idea that the series would become so romantic. And it wasn't the cheesy kind of romance that makes you cringe a little and roll your eyes. It was as simple as the intensity of the emotions between Caleb and Olivia, what they had come through together, and what they meant to one another. I loved how they were genuinely friends and liked each other, but damn, did those two ever have some serious freaking chemistry on a physical level! I seriously had to set the book down a few times and fan myself until I could cool down and quit blushing. The scenes were so erotic and emotionally intense, but in a truly tasteful manner. I loved it.
As I said before, I am so sad The Charmed Trilogy is over, but am so happy with the way it concluded. I felt content with the way the story ended, and with characters and their relationships. And, in a pleasant surprise, it turns out that Christine Wenrick is working on a spin-off series with the Guardians and Shifters. I am so happy that I actually don't have to say goodbye to this beautiful world she has created.
Responding to the strength of him, feeling his skin on mine, my breaths came slower and deeper. There was no way for me to resist this man when I knew he was about to take me. Because my body was his, always his, just as my heart was. "You're so beautiful," he whispered, his voice brushing over me like his softest caress as he stretched my wrists even further upward, causing my breasts to round and lift higher, the already hardened tips rising until they were right there for the taking. "Let me touch you. Let me...have you." ~18%
"Stay with me," he whispered, like a promise, his breath tingling over the shell of my ear. "I was wrong not to tell you the truth...for hurting you like this. I was trying to protect you. But please don't pull away from me now when I need to feel you the most." ~25%
"I have missed you," he said. "Every day I have missed you. I don't know if there has ever been a single moment since I met you that I have needed to be lost inside you more than I do right now." ~55%