Title: Hanging Pawns
Series: Fates #2
Author: Emersyn VallisRelease: September 1, 2014
We all have choices in life… paths to take… roads to follow….
It’s on those journeys that Fate finds us and takes us where we need to be… Without a second glance we can be taken away from things we know… people we love and given a new life...
One that can change us… save us…
What would you do if Fate dropped you at a crossroads?
Would you go back?
“You’re not leaving… if you leave, I can’t help you. Just stay. We will have a press conference. Explain…” I jump in, cutting my mother off.“There is nothing to explain… I didn’t do anything wrong.” My brow furrows at what she is trying to insinuate. She shrugs impassively. “Wow, you don’t even believe me.” I shake my head in disbelief.I look to my father, who is too engrossed in his work to care what we’re discussing.How can he just sit there ignoring us?Her brow raises when she looks at him, then she shakes her head as though she’s thinking the same thing I am.What did I ever do to make you want to pretend as though I don’t exist?“I can promise you one thing… Princess.” Disdain drips from her lips when she says it.I sit straight, my shoulders set back, to show I’m not so easily intimidated by her anymore. Although my stomach knots, telling me otherwise. “If you leave this house again, it will be your last time.” Her head tips to the side to study me. “Or… maybe it won’t…” she muses.It will.“What incentive do I have to stay?” My lips pucker and curl up with indignation.There’s nothing she can do once I’m gone this time.“I would watch your tone.” Her voice drops, making the warning into a threat, before it perks back up. “And don’t make that face, this was your father’s idea.” She nods to him. “Isn’t that right, Dear?” Her teeth clench together as a tight smile forms on her lips.“Yes, she’s right.” He looks up at me for a split second, a strange but all too familiar look in his eyes, then goes back to working.The look, if you’re wondering, is what normal people wear when they are guilty of something. But a man who has no care or concern for anyone but himself couldn’t possibly have anything to be guilty of. Unless in some strange twist of events he is deciding to care after years of overlooking me.That’s highly unlikely though.Twelve…I was twelve when he no longer saw me, when he no longer laughed with me, and when I was left to be raised properly… like her… a woman I could never be like.His wife and my mother…
Hanging Pawns is book two in the Fate Series. You do need to read book one, Adjournment, before you start this one. That being said, if you don’t like being left wanting more from a story and have to wait for the next book to arrive, you may want to wait to read these books until all books are released. I personally love this series and can’t wait to grab the next! To read my five star review of Adjournment click here.
Hanging Pawns is book two but it follows around two different lead characters. Adjournment was Simon and Sidney’s story; Hanging Pawns is Josh and Mea’s. We met both Josh and Mea in Adjournment but don’t really know too much about them. The story takes us back to college where Josh and Mea meet in 2002.
Hanging Pawns is written in Mea’s point of view and starts with us getting to know her and her family. Mea is the outcast of her very wealthy family. Her mother seems like a straight up bitch while her father just basically ignores everything going on. Mea’s sisters are married but really their marriages are for money not for love - just how their mother wants it. Mea doesn’t want to be married for money she wants the real deal; she also can’t agree with anything her mother wants. After an accident that happens, Mea decides it’s time to leave home for good and start a life of her own. Something her father always tells her sticks in her mind, “Time is precious; make sure you always keep track of it” and that is exactly what she is going to do.
While in line registering for college courses, Josh notices Mea. He decides to make his move on her and cuts the line. Pricilla, who we met in Adjournment, is standing behind Mea when Josh makes his move. She is the same nasty bitch that she was in the first book and decides to tell Josh that Mea is basically trash; that he shouldn’t waste his time. Mea is intrigued by Josh when he stands his ground, disregarding Pricilla’s warning about her but she still wants nothing to do with him. Mea bides her time in line to be called to register so they can just go their separate ways. Easy right? No…fate has a nasty way of interfering and Josh just seems so perfect. Makes me wonder what else is going on that we haven’t seen yet.
“Because when I looked at you, I saw my entire world, and it was as though someone turned a light switch. I just wanted to be the one to turn yours on”
I’m not one for spoiler reviews so that’s basically all I am going to give you on story line. I will tell you all of my favorites are back in book two. The triplets! Yes! Simon, Dean and Chase and Oh. My. God. they are even better this round. Molly and Morgan have big roles just like the brothers. I love the interaction between these two families, its freaking hilarious and keeps you interested the whole time. We also get more of the whole Chandler family and what it was like not having Sidney around during the holidays.
This story, just like the last one, is one big freaking puzzle. A couple times I found myself switching back over to Adjournment to see if I was remembering something correctly and then flipping back to Hanging Pawns. Some pieces are put together while others just keep getting more interesting. I’m VERY curious as to where these stories are leading and what these McAllister brothers are up to! Well…to be honest what the hell EVERYONE is up to!
Emersyn Vallis is a first time author with Adjournment being the first book in the Fated Series. Currently residing on the east coast with her husband and three children she is typically mistaken for being quiet and reserved her friends often describe her as a spastic spider monkey and always the first to be there with her quick wit to pull you back up when you’re feeling down. After reading as a hobby for most of her life it wasn’t until she had discovered R. L. Mathewson’s ‘Neighbor from Hell Series’ and Tara Sivec’s ‘Playing with Fire Series’ that she came up with the idea to fuse comedy and suspense together and her passion for writing was born.