Erryn reviews Nudging Fate (Enchanted Occasions Book 1) by E.J. Russell. The ebook was released April 26, 2020 and is 210 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Kirt Graves. It was released September 10, 2021 is 6hrs and 34min. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved the Fae out of Water series.
With his heart’s desire at stake, can he resist giving Fate a little nudge?
Half-norn event planner Anders Skuldsson is under strict orders from Asgard not to meddle with Fate. But with Enchanted Occasions’ latest booking – the competition for the hand of Faerie’s one true prince – crashing around his ears, it’s really, really, really difficult to toe that particular line. So…if Andy just happens to pose as a contender for the prince? It’s an emergency, damn it. Besides, it’s only temporary, so Odin can hardly blame him. Right?
If Conall of Odstone hadn’t sworn a blood oath to protect his half-brother, Prince Reyner, he’d murder the idiot himself. Rey was supposed to be here, choosing a mate before being crowned and wed. Instead, he’s disappeared, leaving Con to impersonate him. Again.
But when Con meets Andy, his anger turns to desire…and despair. Even if Andy forgives him for pretending to be someone he’s not, how could a man as appealing and accomplished as Andy – a man who’s eligible for a prince’s hand, for pity’s sake – settle for the court outcast?
As for Andy, his burgeoning feelings for the prince are both unfortunate and hopeless because hello? Half-norn? Faerie prince? Not exactly a match made in Valhalla.
When the Faerie Queen herself hands down an ultimatum, the double deception isn’t their only obstacle. Unless Andy makes the right decision, both their fates could be sealed by…well…. Fate.
Nudging Fate is a 54,000-word paranormal rom-com featuring mistaken identity, royalty in disguise, interfering coworkers, an iron knight with a soft heart, a temperamental goblin chef, and a guaranteed HEA.
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I adore E.J. Russell books. I’ve been on a kick for a bit, plowing through all her recently released audiobooks. I’m truly enjoying myself, and this new book is no exception.
Enchanted Occasions is the premier party planner for the Fae. Andy runs the company, often employing those who cannot pass in the outer world. He’s lucky, he can. Comes in handy when he takes the prince to Portland. Or the man he believes is the prince.
Conall has spent a good portion of his life pretending to be someone else – literally. His half brother is the prince and he’s a slacker. So Con transforms and attends boring meetings and events where the prince’s presence is required. Normally he just goes along with the ruse, but when he meets Andy, everything changes. Suddenly he wants the half-norn for himself, and he’s happy to leave his brother to sort out the whole betrothed thing. If Prince Reyner would actually show up!
Anyway, everything gets chaotic – as it often does in a rom-com – and then everything gets sorted out. I certainly enjoyed the ride and might have caught myself laughing out loud numerous times.
To top off my enjoyment, Kirt Graves narrated the book. I adore him and his narration was perfect. Another great book.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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E.J. Russell–grace, mother of three, recovering actor–writes romance in a rainbow of flavors. Count on high snark, low angst and happy endings.
Eh, not so much.
She’s married to Curmudgeonly Husband, a man who cares even less about sports than she does. Luckily, C.H. also loves to cook, or all three of their children (Lovely Daughter and Darling Sons A and would have survived on nothing but Cheerios, beef jerky, and Satsuma mandarins (the extent of E.J.’s culinary skill set).
E.J. lives in rural Oregon, enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.