Title: SOULMATED (Joining of Souls #1)
Author: Shaila Patel
Pub. Date: January 24, 2017
Format: Paperback, eBook
Stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Disclaimer: I received an e-arc (Electronic Advance Reader Copy) of this book from Month9Books at no cost to me, in exchange for an honest review.
Note: I would like to thank Month9Books and author Shaila Patel for sending me the book and allowing me to be a part of this tour!
Two souls. One Fate.
Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.
Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.
When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.
Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?
This book absolutely blew me away! I could not stop reading! I am not normally big on books that have a strong romance overtone, but this one managed to suck me in completely! It has a little bit of everything, adventure, supernatural, romance, suspense, action, and travel. Not to mention drama and intrigue!
I found myself trying to prefect the characters voices in my head, especially Liam broguish Irish accent. The settings were so well described that I felt transported to the places being described. The characters, likewise were very realistically written, to the point that I began to compare them to real life people I know. I wish there had been a bit more character development, but I look forward to finding that in the next book!
I will not give any spoilers, but I will say that the end left me spitting and spluttering demanding to know what happens next!
About the author:
As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever- after, Shaila’s younger self would finish reading Cinderella and fling her copy across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. She enjoys traveling, craft beer, and teas, and loves reading books—especially in cozy window seats. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or connecting with other readers online at: www.shailapatelauthor.com
(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.
(10) winners will receive a SOULMATED Swag Pack, US Only.
I am recommending this book for grades 9 and up! Also, of course for anyone who loves YA romance, YA paranormal, of YA in general!
As always, happy reading!