Title: Enduring Fate
Author: Alicia Rae
Series: Fate for Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: December 30, 2014
~ Synopsis ~
Colton Kingston has loved Paige Summers his entire life. All he has ever dreamed of is having Paige by his side while he lives the simple life of a cowboy raising horses and cattle on his farm.
When tragedy strikes, fate tests the strength of their love.
Paige’s confidence is shaken as she wonders if she can heal from her past and move forward, so Colton can have the life he was born to live.
Can Colton and Paige endure everything in fate’s path?
Or will Paige give up her one true love to give Colton the life he deserves?
~ Excerpt ~
I switched Foster’s direction and lunged him counterclockwise.
Another flashback suddenly hit me out of nowhere. It brought me back to when Paige and I were thirteen years old.
Hidden behind the corner where the fence posts met the side of the barn, I knelt on the ground in my grass-stained jeans next to Paige. She was studying my father’s every move while he lunged our newest colt out in the round pen. I should have been watching, too, so I could learn Dad’s techniques, but I was too mesmerized by the glow in her captivating brown eyes and the way her smile seemed to make time stand still around us.
The colt bellowed out a loud neigh, sounding as though he wasn’t in the mood to cooperate. My father responded with a low command from a distance, respectfully cuing the horse to do as he’d been previously instructed.
Paige giggled softly and leaned forward as if trying to get a closer peek between the boards of the fence. Then, she tilted her head over at me. “Someday, I want to be a horse trainer.”
I could picture Paige doing just that. She was already a great rider, and she had a natural ability with horses that very few had. Even as gentle as horses could be, the untrained young ones didn’t know any better, and that could put a new trainer at a risk.
I frowned. “Paige, you might get hurt.”
“No, I won’t.” She adamantly shook her head. “I’ll be really careful.” She pointed at my dad. “And I have two of the best dads in the world to learn from.”
I smiled at hearing the love and respect she had for my father.
“Who’s there?” My dad’s sharp voice cut in from afar. “You kids had better not be distracting my horse!”
Paige gasped. “Oh no! He heard us!”
“Hurry!” I jumped to my feet while grabbing her hand. “Run!”
Hand in hand, we ran behind the brown-and-white barn and barreled straight for the thick tree line. I took the lead, never letting go of Paige. The multicolored leaves of the fall season hit my clothing as we weaved in between the tree trunks, our feet pounding against the dirt path. At the break of the trees, we reached the prairie on the other side. The normally bright green grass was now a striking shade of gold mixed with yellow.
Paige came up to my side, laughing, and the captivating sound stopped me in my tracks. She spun around before facing me, her smile still perfectly in place. Her long brown hair was windblown from running, and a tiny streak of mud was smeared across the bottom of her left cheek, but she was still so beautiful.
My heart thumped unevenly in my chest. I didn’t know what it was about her, but since I was five years old, she had been my best friend and the only one who could make me feel this way. I stepped closer to her and slowly lifted my thumb to her cheek.
Paige’s laughter suddenly broke off, and her expression searched mine as if she were trying to read me.
“Colton, what’s wrong?” she asked.
I wiped the mud from her cheek. “Nothing’s wrong,” I said while digging deep for courage.
“Oh,” was all she had time to say before I placed my hands on either side of her face and kissed her.
After the slightest moment of surprise, her mouth softened, and she kissed me back, the tenderness of her lips moving perfectly with mine. It was an innocent kiss back then, but nonetheless, that very kiss had forever changed me—no, that was not entirely true. Paige had changed my fate the day she walked into my life. I was hers, and she was mine. Paige and I had just been too young and innocent to know it yet.
I set my hand over my heart as I let Foster come to a stop. My chest ached as I remembered the heavenly sweet taste of her. It had been too damn long since I kissed my girl and held her in my arms. I had respected Paige’s request and given her time away to sort things out and heal—but no more. Foster affectionately nudged me on the shoulder, seeming confused and concerned with my behavior.
I set my hands on the sides of his ears and gave him a good scratch. “Foster”—leaning forward to show my boy some love, I lightly kissed his nose—“it’s time to bring my girl home.”
~ Review by Venture ~
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Paige is staying with Ashlee to lick her wounds from the past. A stupid idea that caused her and those she loved a world of pain. She doesn’t feel like she will ever be back to 100%. Colton has loved Paige since he was 5 years old. He wants her home and he wants her healed. He will stop and nothing to protect her. Their relationship doesn’t have a problem with love. It has a problem with everything else that gets in the way.
I was interested right away in the story. It captured my attention and was over quickly. I loved Colton. I am frustrated with Paige and her ability to push him away. The ending was a surprise. I won’t tell you in what way. I give this story 3.5 books.
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~ About the Author ~
Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.
Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo
Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.
Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…
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