Book Reviews

Fate Lends a Leg by Jax Cordoba at Harmony Ink Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Young Adult / Romance
Reviewed by Jamie Deacon on 21-October-2012

Book Blurb

Teenage Olympic running hopeful Calvin Granger arrives in his new town angry about changing schools—again—and sad about leaving his boyfriend behind. Then he meets skittish cyclist Bill Moilet, and soon strange dreams and thoughts of Bill distract Calvin from his misery… until Calvin breaks his leg and his Olympic ambitions crumble. Cal’s injury does have one upside: it brings him closer to Bill, who offers to help him out while he’s recovering. But whenever they start to get too close, Bill clams up or disappears. To add to Cal’s frustration, living with a full-leg cast proves to be a miserable experience. When Bill finally begins to open up to Cal, the strange dreams become more vivid—dreams, Cal learns, that they share. Can the boys decipher what their subconscious minds are trying to tell them, or is history doomed to repeat itself?



Young Adult Age Range: 14 to 18 years old


Book Review

Some things are just meant to be. Sometimes the universe has plans for us, and will help us achieve them if only we are willing to recognize the signs. So it is for the heroes in Jax Cordoba’s quirky debut novel. Seventeen-year-old Cal Granger might be furious at having to switch schools yet again, while eighteen-year-old Bill Moilet has been hurt badly and is wary of placing his trust in a stranger, but still fate seems determined to unite them.

Belonging to a military family, Cal is used to living life on the move. Of course, that doesn’t make it any easier, and this time the transfer is particularly painful as it means leaving his boyfriend behind. However, Cal’s anger is forgotten the moment he sets eyes on Bill. He has the irresistible impulse to seek the other boy out, to get to know him. The trouble is, Bill is obviously reluctant to let him anywhere near, running scared whenever Cal strays too close. Yet, there is no ignoring the pull Cal feels towards him, and he refuses to give up until Bill breaks down and confesses the reason behind his mistrust.

When a series of coincidences brings them together and their initial attraction begins to grow into something more, both experience a powerful sense of rightness, almost of déjà vu. No matter how many obstacles attempt to stand in their way, events continually conspire to ensure their paths cross. Then there are the dreams—dreams it turns out that they share, and which are clearly trying to tell them something. Can they really have been lovers in a past life who were cruelly torn apart? More importantly, do they have the strength to overcome the challenges facing them in the present and prevent history from repeating itself?

Though this is essentially a teen romance, the concept of a cosmic force being at work in the lives of the heroes puts an original twist on it. What I also found incredibly refreshing was how accepted Cal and Bill’s sexuality is among their classmates. These boys certainly encounter their fair share of problems when it comes to their developing relationship, but having to suffer bullying or ridicule for being gay isn’t one of them.

If you’re a believer in destiny, enjoy a spicier flavor to your young adult fiction, and are searching for a romance with a difference, this novel may well be for you.      




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 211 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-September-2012
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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