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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Romance / Fantasy
  • Language:English
  • Series title:The Selfish Fate Series
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:292
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781737838210
  • Paperback ISBN:9781737838203

Selfish Fate

by Taylor Batts View author's profile page

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IF YOU WERE TOLD HOW YOUR STORY ENDED, HOW COULD YOU CHOOSE? There are a lot of things that Enlilith's family has been keeping from her. Important things. Things like being half human. Things like having a soulmate. Things like that soulmate being her best friend, James. And, really, being stuck with James forever doesn't sound like such a bad thing if, you know, she had a choice. Having never left the Eastern Coastal island where Enlilith lives with her fae family, being 'sheltered' is an understatement. A glimpse at possibility and another future comes in the form of a handsome stranger named Cinaed. Cinaed is the only other half-fae in the world and, if she didn't know any better, it would seem that fate was bringing them together. James has made it clear that whatever relationship he wants with Enlilith isn't romantic. That means she's allowed to fall in love with someone else, right? As Enlilith and Cinaed get closer, James realizes that he is slowly losing the opportunity to pursue an intimate future with Enlilith. So, do you believe in fate?
Reaching maturity doesn't mean much when you haven't aged in years. Enlilith is and has been, by all definition, a fae woman. If that is true, then why is her family making such a big deal of her upcoming birthday, calling it the marker of her maturity? It becomes obvious that a secret has been kept from her for her whole life, a revelation of which must be had before a guest arrives on the island, a guest that will reveal the secret if no one else does first. One human lives on the island with the fae, a young man named James. James is Enlilith's Watcher, a Bond that keeps young fae grounded until they can bind their spirit to the earth. That's what Enlilith has been told her whole life, anyway. Not only is that not true, but Enlilith isn't even fully fae. There is another human on the island: her mother. Enlilith is only half fae which makes turning sixteen, an age that means nothing to fae, seem a bit more complicated. If that wasn't enough, James decides to confess everything at once, telling Enlilith that she's his soulmate. Only, although he understands perfectly, he can't seem to explain to Enlilith exactly what that means. There has never been a guest on the family's secluded island but, for Enlilith's birthday, a man named Cinaed has been invited, the only other half-fae in the world. Instead of complicating circumstances, however, Cinaed offers a companionship to Enlilith and an honesty that her family has failed to provide. Despite having been surrounded by people her whole life, Enlilith never realized, until meeting Cinaed, how alone she really felt. Cinaed has been alone, too, living a long life of solitude, something he never minded until he met Enliltih, a woman who is taking him by storm. Enlilith begs James for clarity, anything to tell her that James being her soulmate means that she can fall in love with only him. That isn't something James can offer her, though. That means that she's free to fall in love with someone else, right? Is it possible for Enlilith to form a new connection and keep the bond she has with James?
About the author
Taylor Batts lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and fur baby. Being born into a military family, Taylor moved a lot but calls Virginia Beach her hometown. 'Selfish Fate' is her debut novel, written in conjunction with 'Evading Rain' and 'Vying Compulsion'. In her free time, Taylor watches video essays critiquing works made by individuals who are objectively more experienced and practiced than herself.

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