Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: Fighting Fate by Scarlett Finn


Tour: Fighting Fate by Scarlett Finn
Fighting Fate by Scarlett Finn
Publication Date: July 14, 2015 

Ivy Dune knows how to survive.

Even when her paycheck-to-paycheck life is ripped from her by a vicious crimelord without a conscience, Ivy knows she'll do whatever it takes to make it to the other side alive.

Dax Harrow has made a living off of blood and pain...both in the ring and out.

As an enforcer for the most lethal family in California, Dax knows the bounds of loyalty and will do anything to pay back the debt he owes them, no matter the cost. 

When Ivy is placed in Dax's care neither of them are prepared for the fallout. As enemies close in around them, Ivy and Dax must be prepared for the fight of their lives.

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(4 stars)

An infuriating mafia enforcer falling for a woman that doesn't belong to him
A woman with the worst luck ever finding herself relying on the most unlikely man to save her

This is my first Scarlett Finn and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed Fighting Fate. I was lured into reading this by the mafia theme, however truth to be told, there isn't much mafia biz going on. This plot is very much focus on the romance. Although this is not a dark romance, this is definitely grey. Some of the actions by the hero are questionable.

Ivy Dune is one of the unluckiest woman I've read. Not only that she is struggling with living in Vegas, she even managed to piss off the mafia prince, Trystan. She ended up getting captured and train to be his future submissive wife. 

Dax Harrow is the loyal and dedicated enforcer of the family. He is the anti-hero of the story, the most unlikely man that turn up to be the salvation for Ivy. 

In order to train up Ivy for Trystan, Dax was assign to get her ready aka 'fuck her to submission'. They were both thrown together in a situation that both have no control of and later formed an undeniable bond that lead to a point of no return.

To say that I'm angry with Dax in the beginning is an understatement. Not because he was cruel, but because he don't give a rat ass about the heroine demise. There is no compassion at all. Can you imagine that when Trystan attempt to rape a woman, he don't bat an eye and even help to hold down her leg? I can't even.... Gah! Since then, I on his ass, waiting for him to show a trace of humanity behind his tough exterior.

"I don't want to just survive, I want more than that."

"More? There is no more, you breathe in, you breathe out, that's it."

Is great to see the transformation in Dax, learning about his past and his motivation. I appreciate that he still manage to stay true to his character of being a domineering male even after he start having feelings for Ivy. He is the kind of man that doesn't meant what he said. Sometimes he portrayed himself like a chauvinistic pig and talk to her as if she is just a piece of meat. But we know that underneath his tough guy exterior, he had alittle mushy beating heart.

As for Ivy, I like her sarcasm in the midst of her doom future. Every time Dax said something demeaning to her, she will have something to counter back and drive him up the wall. She planned to seduce her way into Dax's cold heart in order to escape her demise, but she didn't plan to fall for this complicated man. 

"If I got any better, babygirl, you'd have died and been sent to paradise."

"If I was in heaven you wouldn't be the one delivering me to ecstasy. I heard you've already paid your room deposit in hell."

What will happened to this unlikely couple? Dax is not suppose to keep the girl for himself. And she is destine to be ruin by the mafia prince who wants to make her pay.

"Babygirl, there's a lot going on here that you don't understand. There's a lot of back room family politics with a bit of betrayal and sabotage mixed in. We're in a fucked up situation."

During the first half, I was dying to see Dax crack his ice cold heart for Ivy. While the second half, I'm dying to see what kind of plan will he come up to keep her for himself. I enjoyed seeing them being in a committed relationship together against the bad guys. 

I would have gladly rated this 5 stars if not because of a little glitch in the plot nearing the end. Anyhow, Scarlett did provide me with a satisfying ending. I just wish I got an epilogue though.

And no matter how infuriating Dax is, I think I totally fall for his no-nonsense manner and zilch romantic notionYeah, emphasize on the zilch.

"You are bound to be at my side. You've gotta accept that I will never let you go free."


For half a minute he said nothing then he got hold of her neck and yanked her along. He didn’t 

speak and she didn’t want to wake Bruno, so she stumbled along without a peep. Relief and gratitude 

filled her when he took her upstairs and not to the basement.

She hit the bedroom door when Dax threw her against it, then he turned the handle and thrust 

her forward onto the bedroom floor. Slamming the door, Dax came to her before she could regain her 

footing and hoisted her up to catapult her over the wooden spindle footboard. She bounced on the 

mattress and tried to stabilise herself enough to get up, except there was no time, Dax was upon her. 

‘Think you could sneak away?’ he growled.

She tried to kick, but his pelvis locked down on hers. ‘Get off me?’ she said, punching out but 

failing to make substantial contact. Dax got hold of her flailing wrists and locked them on the bed, with 

her bent elbows locked against her ribcage. ‘Get off!’ 

‘Oh you don’t want me to yell, Minx. You wake Bruno and you’re going back to the pit.’

‘Let go,’ she snarled through gritted teeth. The glow in his eyes was so intense now that it 

illuminated the humid space between them.

‘You don’t want me to let go.’

‘I want you off of me. Get off!’

‘I give out the orders, did you forget?’

‘I’ll never give in,’ she panted. ‘I’ll never stop fighting.’

‘You want to die? You’ll fight your way into a coffin.’ She kept trying to wriggle and struggle, 

never willing to surrender. He elevated her arms and slammed them down again trying to shock her into 

desisting. ‘Listen!’ Huffing out, she kept on panting but loosened. ‘Be smart. You want to survive. You 

have to survive, nothing else matters.’

‘I don’t know your story, street rat, but it’s not the same as mine,’ she spat. ‘I don’t want to just 

survive. I want more than that.’

‘More? There is no more, you breathe in, you breathe out, that’s it.’ His tone of anger spilled out 

and still in his iron grip he slammed her wrists again.

‘You don’t fight hard enough,’ she said. ‘You’re a hypocrite. You tell me to fight, but it’s you who 

has given up. Why are you here, Dax? Why are you doing this to me?’

His response wasn’t immediate, the lowering of his brows dimmed his glittering eyes. ‘Why?’

‘Yes, why are you doing this to me? You, why are you here? Not them, not why they’re doing 

this. You. Why are you doing this?’


Scarlett Finn

Having known from a young age that writing was her passion Scarlett has spent large portions of her life dreaming up men, and women, and putting them together to see what they get up to. “The characters write the story. I just get it down on paper for them.” Finding her solace in books, reading and writing, have been her eternal companion through all the highs and lows in her life. Now is time to let the characters flourish and to live forever as she shares them with you. Good luck on your adventures.