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Book Review: Fate Actually: (Moonstone Cove Book 2 by Elizabeth Hunter

Fate Actually: (Moonstone Cove Book 2
by Elizabeth Hunter
December 15, 2020
Pages: 285
It’s paranormal women’s fiction for lovers of magic, mayhem, and a solid afternoon nap (when they can squeeze one in.)

Toni Dusi grew up knowing everyone’s business and everyone knowing hers, because in Moonstone Cove, you can’t pass a restaurant, farm, or winery that doesn’t have at least one Dusi involved. Despite that, Toni has managed to carve out a private niche for herself. She has a car shop she loves, a country cottage all to herself, and has carefully avoided any long-term romantic commitments.

Then fate handed Toni a shot of supernatural empathy that threw all that out the window of her prized vintage Ford.

Now she’s feeling the mood swings of everyone from her parts guy to her reluctant crush to her second cousin going through a messy divorce. She’s losing her temper; she’s crying a river; and she’s definitely giving in to temptation.

For a woman who prides herself on always being prepared, Toni has no idea how to handle a supernatural storm of emotion.

Which is not to say empathy doesn’t have its advantages. When the body of a long-time family rival turns up on a back acre of her cousin’s winery, Toni realizes that her inconvenient feelings magic has turned her into one heck of a lie detector. Along with her new friends, Katherine and Megan, she might be the only one who can clear her cousin’s name.

When fate throws a final curveball in Toni’s direction, will she drop everything with disastrous consequences? Or can a forty-one-year-old empath learn enough new tricks to keep the life she’s built without sacrificing her happiness?

Toni grew up in a large family and a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business. It’s almost impossible to find a restaurant, farm, or winery that isn’t connected to the Dusi family in one way or another. Toni loves her life the way it is. She has a garage she loves and a small little home in the country that keeps her away from too many people. When Toni’s empathy came to light after the gym incident, she wasn’t sure how she could handle it. Now, on top of everything, her emotions seem out of control. From anger to tears, she has no idea how to handle all of these crazy emotions on top of the empathy she already has trouble controlling.

Toni knows Henry is in love with her, but she is so stuck on that he’s a younger man and that her life is great just the way it is. When sabotage and then a dead body turns up near her cottage, she has no idea that fate has intervened in Moon Cove, and she better be on her A-game to get through what is coming her way.

The pull of a good story is one of my top needs when reading a book or series. The second is to be able to visualize a character or cast someone in the role. Henry is that character this time. Hunter has done a magnificent job of creating someone realistic yet sweet and caring, making this country boy a real charmer.

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About the Author:
Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly dwindling fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

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