Goddess of Fate
Harlequin Nocturne, Jul 1 2015, $5.75
SFPD Detective Luke Mars sleepily wonders why three beautiful women with different hair color are in his bedroom debating what his fate is. The dark and blonde agree on a warrior for Odin’s army; but red wants more for him even as he feels a rush of desire towards her. Then the phone wakes him to a dark empty room; the speaker informs him the shipment is going down at Pier 94.
As he drives and thinks of red, he tries to contact Lieutenant Duncan and Pepper but fails. At the pier, he finds armed men about to kill a homeless man who had the misfortune of sleeping there. His intervention gets him shot. Red aka Aurora tries to save the life of a person she has cherished for years. They have 24 hours to solve his homicide and defy his soldierly Fate via the escape of love.
Placing Scandinavian mythology in a 24 (Bauer-like) modern day San Francisco setting, Alexandra Sokoloff authors a fabulous romantic urban fantasy. The lead couple is a delight especially his struggles with his brain’s logic vs. his heart’s passion, and her heart’s desire battling with her brain’s dutiful diligence; while her fate sisters add depth to the magical mythos.