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Have you ever felt like you were living your life for a future that was predetermined? Like there was some bigger picture you just prayed you would someday see clearly? That picture has been crystal clear to me since I was old enough to recognize it for just what it was.
Or I should say recognize him for who he was.
I’ve loved Cohen Cage since I was a small child. He’s been my everything for the last twenty-two years. I’ve loved him through every girlfriend he’s ever brought home. Through his college years and then mine. I’ve loved him through two deployments. And ever since the day I told him how I felt, he’s acted like I’m a stranger.
My name is Danielle Reid, and it’s time for me to get my man.
Our future is an unexpected fate, and no matter what our parents, siblings, and friends say…it’s going to be worth every second of the fight to make it happen.
"Unexpected Fate" was a book I couldn't wait to get my hands on. I mean for one, I would get to see the Corps Security family again (trust me, I felt heart broken when that series ended). But secondly and more importantly, I was getting Cohen Cage, my little cape crusaders' story and that filled me with no end of excitement. That little kid really did steal my heart way back when, with his little cape and his obsession with weaner piercings and I was dying to see the man he had become. Add to that, the fact that his love interest would be none other than Danielle Reid (Axel and Izzy's little girl) and I was in Corps Security heaven. This was a perfect match and I was desperate to witness their story unravel. HOWEVER... (yes that does deserve shouty caps), after reading the synopsis, my heart sank a little because it appeared their story was not going to be as straight forward as I had initially hoped.
Cohen Cage owned my heart and I never wanted it back.
Obstacle after obstacle prevented this couple from getting their HEA and if it wasn't Danielle's over the top, protective father, it was the Corps security family as a whole. if it wasn't that then it was the fact that Cohen was in the special forces and could be deployed at any time. And if it wasn't that, then it was misunderstandings and trying to do the right thing. See what I mean... if this couple ever got together it would be a blooming' miracle. It was almost as if they were doomed from the start. But the heart wants what the heart wants and sometimes you just have to push a little harder for the things you want.
Cohen Cage was 100% all kinds of sexiness which was great right? Wrong... see this was initially an issue for me because I almost felt like a cradle snatcher. After all, I'd lusted after his father (Greg Cage) and now I was lusting after his son... how bad did I feel!!! Thank the lord this was fiction!!!
Cohen Cage was definitely his father's son in that he was all alpha and controlling and stuff but also, because, when it came to his woman (that wasn't his woman if you know what I mean), he would do anything to protect her and keep her safe. In that respect he was selfless and I admired his bravery and courage because going up against Axel Reid was no mean feat.
"Next time you allude to those dirty thoughts I know you have about me, don't think for a
second that I won't drag you to the closest bed to show you just how fucking dirty they'll get."
Danielle Reid was wrapped up in cotton wool so tightly, I'm surprised she had room to breathe. Her dad was way over the top protective of his little princess and I'm sure he still saw her as a five year old. Unfortunately that meant her life had been somewhat sheltered. Any guy that had tried to come near had long been chased away which wasn't a bad thing because there was only one guy Dani wanted... Cohen Cage .. and she wasn't afraid to let him know. Her honesty was a breath of fresh air and I loved how she wore her heart on her sleeve. She was determined to get her man and come hell or high water, he would be hers. Yay.
I loved being introduced to the extended corps security family and becoming reacquainted those from old. However I couldn't help noticing the similarities between some of the newer characters and those from years gone by. An example would be Chance... he was quiet but was there when Dani needed someone. He reminded me of Maddox. And then there was Liam who was very much like Greg Cage. Despite this, I loved getting to know the new characters and seeing where they would fit into the dynamics of the CS family.
I've been madly in love with Cohen Cage since I was a little girl -
I think I was six when I realized just how much I loved him and he was ten.
That childhood crush has grown over the years into something that is so big -
so soul consuming - that even I feel like will crush me at times.
"Unexpected Fate" was a story about love... an all consuming love that grew stronger with the turn of every page. However, Dani and Cohen's story did have sub plots that added an air of mystery and suspense and that delivered edge of your seat action and drama because where this lot were concerned, a plain and simple love story was never going to be enough... lol.
Overall, I did enjoy this first book in the "Hope Town Series." However I will say it didn't quite capture me the same way as the CS series did. I'm not sure why. Maybe it was because there were parts that were a little predictable. Or maybe it was the corny lines used by Cohen Cage on occasion. Maybe it was because the characters made me feel old (especially when there was talk of retirement... lol), I'm not sure... I can't put my finger on it but this is a series I will definitely stick with because I do want to know what happens to the rest of the kiddo's.
I fell for you a long time ago Cohen Cage. I loved you my whole life."
I rated "Unexpected Fate" ❤️❤️❤️❤️
“Dani-girl.” His voice, that rich rumble of masculine excellence, washes over me and I shiver again before cursing under my breath. The rumble of his low laughter tells me that he definitely didn’t miss that little move.
Kill me now.
“Hey, Coh,” I say with a smile. “What brings you in? Last minute, I might add.” I pat the chair before walking around and holding the back while he sits down.
When his scent hits my nose, I almost come on the spot. Lord, he smells good. I wonder what he would smell like while his body covered mine, all sweaty from hours of good lovemaking. I run my fingers through the longer lengths on the top and feel my cheeks heat slightly, thinking about doing the same when his face is buried between my legs.
“…needed a trim.”
Shit. I missed what he said because, naturally, I was thinking about him naked. Naked and thrusting into my body. Naked and feasting between my spread thighs.
“You feeling okay? I thought Nate said you were better?”
“Uh, I’m fine. Just—is it hot in here?” I fan my face and avoid his eyes.
He’s silent, so I take that as a sign that it’s safe to bring my attention back to him.
Big mistake there. His knowing eyes are boring right into mine. The chocolate depths sparkling in a way that makes it clear he has a good idea about where my mind was going.
“Did you hear what I said, Dani-girl?”
“Of course I did, Cohen. What, did you think I was standing here daydreaming?” I joke.
“Well, yeah, that’s exactly what I think.” His eyes darken and he smirks a devilish grin. “Did you know you talk in your sleep, Dani?” he asks, and I drop my comb.
Oh, God. Shut up, shut up, shut up. This is not happening. No way.
“No, I don’t,” I childishly snap.
“Dani, you do. So, yeah, I do think you were standing there daydreaming. Want to know why?” He uses his booted foot to move his chair so that he’s facing me, and then he leans in so that his face is dangerously close to mine. Even when he’s seated, his head is almost level with my own. Curse my horizontally challenged self. “While you were zoning off into space with your fingers running through my hair, you had this smile on your lips. The same smile you had the other day when you were dreaming. About me, Dani. And don’t deny it, because you don’t moan my name if you’re dreaming about another man. Yes, Dani, you very much do talk in your sleep.” He smiles again before leaning back and looking down to his phone. “Clean up my neck please, cut the length off the top, and give me a buzz on the sides. Other than that, you’re clear to continue with your thoughts.”
I must have been standing there like an idiot because he looks up from his phone, laughs to himself, and, with one tan hand, reaches out and pushes my mouth closed.
“You’re going to catch flies that way, Dani-girl. One day, maybe you can clue me in on what those dreams are about.”
Drives me insane, the control he has over me. There isn’t a single person in the world, other than Cohen, who can turn me into a ridiculously stupid, sputtering fool. My normal confidence disappears. And clearly, he isn’t as oblivious to my feelings as I originally thought.
How in the hell am I supposed to handle this?
Wait a minute. Cohen or not, I’m not going to let him pull my strings when I know he is just doing this to make me feel uncomfortable.
So, time to call his bluff.
“Why? You planning on doing something about it?”
He looks up sharply, clearly not having expected me to actually say something in return since he was going for shock value.
“Try me,” he demands, his voice thick and even deeper than normal.
I throw my head back and reach out to run my fingers thought his hair again, just barely suppressing the shivers. Curling my fingers slightly so that I can grab a good hold, I lean in and pull his head back at the same time. With my nose just a hair away from his and our breaths mingling together, I say, “Cohen, you couldn’t handle the truth of my thoughts when it comes to you and we both know it. So how about you let me know when you’re ready for me to clue you in.” I give his hair a light tug and smile when he swallows loudly and shifts in his seat. “Ready for that trim?” I ask with a wink, and I’m rewarded with his groan.
I have no idea how I do it, but I manage to get through his cut without coming unglued. I can see Lyn trying to get my attention from across the room. Stella had to leave after she overheard my words to Cohen because her giggles were getting the best of her. Cohen has remained silent the whole time. His eyes though… They’re speaking louder than his words ever could.
They haven’t left my reflection in the mirror since I started. I can feel them every time I shift. When I stopped to go grab another comb after I dropped my fourth one, I felt his gaze follow me across the room to Stella’s station. The few times I stopped cutting to meet his eyes, the heated promise written all over his face almost did me in. I almost just said ‘fuck it’ and climbed on his lap to have a go regardless of the people watching our every move.
I finish the last buzz of my clippers around his right ear and move to brush all the stray hair off. “All done,” I say softly and unclip his cape.
He stands, shoving his phone in the back pocket of his jeans, and walks over to stand in front of me. I continue to pretend I’m busy with the cape I just removed, brushing stray hairs off here and there, when his hand comes up, his finger and thumb hitting my chin, and my face is lifted until I have no choice but to look in his eyes.
“Do not tease me, Dani. It’s not a game you want to play if you don’t intend to follow through.”
“I-I wasn’t… I wouldn’t,” I stammer.“You did, and I have no doubt you’ll have the brilliant idea to do it again. The next time you allude to those dirty thoughts I know you have about me, don’t think for a second that I won’t drag you to the closest bed to show you just how fucking dirty they’ll get.” He leans close, his scent hitting my nostrils, and I involuntarily inhale deeply, earning me a rumbled chuckle. “What you don’t know, Dani—because contrary to what you think, you don’t know me well enough to assume what having me would really be like. But I promise you this: every little thought that you have had that causes you to moan my name while scissoring those perfect legs back and forth, praying for completion—it would be so much hotter than you could ever imagine.” He gives me a soft, sweet kiss against my temple that has fire racing from that spot all over my body until it ends in the awareness that I’m pretty sure I just came in my pants.
Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed 'Estrogen Ocean', much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero--the super alpha kind!
Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn't take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.
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