I live a busy lifestyle and love books, so I was very happy to find this heartwarming story on Audible. I wasn’t sure what to expect when reading a book titled. Blood Fest: Cursing Fate. I realized, after downloading, that it wasn’t the first book in the series, but it read as a standalone, so I had no problem keeping up with the story or its characters. Pepper O’Neal does a wonderful job of developing heroes and heroines, as well as giving the backstory needed for the supporting cast. I found myself drawn in immediately to the fast paced adventure that proved to be a wonderful romance.
Sold by her uncle, at the early age of twelve, to a pride leader who uses her body to earn income for his own coiffures, Tabby is now thirty and has found a way out. She has a strong constitution and a warm heart. Taking three other weres with her, she uses her tech skills to relieve the Lithuanian pride of the money acquired from their abuse. She leaves a body count behind, which sends the corrupt new pride leader after them. Running to safety is anything but safe, as she makes her way across the channel to England for her cousin’s help.
Drake is a pride leader with a lot of responsibility, and protecting his pride is number one. When he hears about four weres on the run from a pride he isn’t fond of, he’s on high alert. Drake immediately senses something is terribly wrong when he’s led to the four runaways hiding out in a stable. It becomes his purpose to protect these abused weres and keep them safe. He knows Tabby has a secret, but can he keep her safe from herself. Handsome strong and a gentleman at every turn, Drake is the perfect hero.
I love that this story champions those who suffer abuse in a way that lends victims strength and purpose. Though some of the details are heartbreaking, it warms the reader to know that all is not lost. It pushes the message home, that we are not defined by what happens to us, but in the way we live our lives from today on. I think its an important message for abuse victims and everyone. Fantastic read! Characters so real, that I almost forgot I was reading a fantasy.