Sweet Fate (Dirty Sweet #2) by Laurelin Paige
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Dylan Locke knows that pining over the young ingenue Audrey Lind is pointless. He can’t offer her what she wants. He definitely can’t give her what she needs. Thank goodness she’s half a world away, and he doesn’t have to deal with his attraction head on.
But fate has other plans for him, and when Audrey once again lands in his path, it’s only too easy to fall back into their easy rhythm. And then their easy banter. And of course, each other’s arms.
He tells himself nothing has changed. She still wants forever, and he still thinks tomorrow is long enough. But watching her search isn’t as easy as he thought it would be, and now Dylan must figure out if he’s really the love Scrooge he professes to be or if he’s been Fate’s willing victim all along.
I don’t know how this happened. I don’t know how we got here.
After reading Sweet Liar, I was so pumped for book 2. I was foaming at the mouth to read more Dylan Locke. But reading this book, I thought I was seeing a completely different Dylan, the absolute opposite of the Dylan I fell in love with.
I DID NOT understand this woe is me life is sucks Dylan and he did this for like 3/4 of the book which I did not get at all. He does get better but at that point I was like DUH?!???
The best part of this book was Audrey FOR SURE and definitely Laurelin’s story telling. Audrey was such a refreshing character. I love her attitude towards life and I adore her for never backing down from what she wants. I want to be bffs with her.
I am definitely 100% excited for the next books in the Dirty universe because uh?? Laurelin Paige!!!!
Okay….so I’m a little torn after reading this book.
But first, Sweet Fate is not a standalone. You had to have read Sweet Liar beforehand to know what’s happened so far. And please do, because that book was freaking amazing! And while you’re at it, read all the previous duets because they all take place concurrently.
Alright….so like I said, my thoughts are truly divided on how I feel after reading Sweet Fate. I went into the book already loving the exceptional story line and unconventional relationship between Dylan and Audrey. Their chemistry and attraction to one another, along with the beginnings of a strong emotional connection between them that we swooned so hard for in book 1, was what I was most looking forward to reading more of in this book. My excitement leading into this book was at an all-time high, I just couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.
But unfortunately, I felt the book had a repetitive narrative throughout the story, as it’s told completely from Dylan’s POV, which caused it to fall flat for me. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a complete story told from the hero’s POV. I just think that if we’d been given just a little insight about what Audrey was feeling/thinking, it wouldn’t have felt so lackluster to me. For most of the book, Dylan struggles with his growing feelings for Audrey. There’s a constant war in his head, always talking himself out of all the good things he deserves in life, no matter all the positive examples of relationships that are flourishing around him. Dylan having a constant pessimistic attitude towards love/relationships brought down thrilling tone of the story, in my opinion.
As much as I struggled with the first 75% of the book, the last quarter was by far the best. The drama and emotional outpouring are what saved the story for me. The ending could’ve been a bit longer for my tastes, as I love reading about characters after the HEA. But that’s just me being selfish.
I’m hoping my views on this book are just a one-time occurrence for me, as I’m a huge fangirl of the author. Her books are exceptionally well penned, including this one, and I’m really looking forward to what she has in store for her readers next.
Start the duet today with Sweet Liar!
It was a completely different experience kissing Audrey, after I’d accepted the gravity of the feelings I had for her.
I knew the kiss meant nothing, that it would lead nowhere, but it felt like being bathed in radiant light.
Like I was an imprisoned man in a dark prison cell who, for one brief moment, was allowed to step outside into the sunlight. I was completely present for it. Each brush of her lips, each touch of her tongue—I memorized it all, imprinted every second into my brain so that I’d have it forever. I might still have worn shackles with no hope of freedom, but this moment mattered. It was real and divine, and I would cherish every last second of the stolen sunshine until my dying day.
I would’ve been content with only kissing, with just the shallow lifts and falls of her chest and frantic hands trying to caress and cling.
But Audrey had other ideas in mind, demonstrated by the quick work of her hands at my waist, unbuckling my belt, undoing my trousers, the slip of her hand inside the opening to stroke the outline of my very prominent erection.
“This,” she said between kisses. She pulled at the elastic waistband of my boxers and dipped her hand in to touch me directly.
I hissed at the feel of her soft hand against my hot skin.
“I want this,” she begged. “Can I have this?”
About the Author
With over 2.4 million books sold worldwide, Laurelin Paige is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author. Her international success started with her very first series, the Fixed Trilogy, which, alone, has sold over 1 million copies, and earned her the coveted #1 spot on Amazon’s bestseller list in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia, simultaneously. This title also was named in People magazine as one of the top 10 most downloaded books of 2014. She’s also been #1 over all books at the Apple Book Store with more than one title in more than one country. She’s published both independently and with MacMillan’s St. Martin’s Press and Griffin imprints as well as many other publishers around the world including Harper Collins in Germany and Hachette/Little Brown in the U.K. With her edgy, trope-flipped stories of smart women and strong men, she’s managed to secure herself among today’s romance royalty.
Paige has a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater and a Masters of Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis, and she credits her writing success to what she learned from both programs, though she’s also an avid learner, constantly trying to challenge her mind with new and exciting ideas and concepts. While she loves psychological thrillers and witty philosophical books and entertainment, she is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.