January 3, 2014

BLOG TOUR EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Forged By Fate (Bound By Hades #1)

I'm excited to be a part of the newest Entangled's Embrace tour, organized by Inkslinger PR. This tour is calling attention to two awesome books - Forged By Fate and Sneaking Candy. Check out an excerpt from Forged By Fate and then enter the tour giveaway at the bottom! Check out the other blogs on the tour for more reviews, excerpts and interviews!

Forged By Fate (Bound By Hades #1), by Reese Monroe
Published December 9, 2013
Entangled Embrace
new adult paranormal romance
To Buy: Amazon * Barnes & Noble

(From Goodreads)
He’s waited more than 900 years to love her…

Being the Gatekeeper to Hades is no small feat, and waiting almost a millennia to meet your mate is damn near impossible. But Theo Bradford’s mark has finally surfaced on his intended. Now all he has to do is find her and convince her to embrace her supernatural heritage.

Young genius, Sadie Nowland, has got life figured out. Graduating college at the age of eighteen and accepting a six-figure job is just what she needs to prove she’s made something of herself. But when a strange tattoo mysteriously appears on her shoulder and Theo starts talking about Mates, it catapults her neatly laid out life into chaos.

Somehow a vicious demon banished to Hades defies Theo’s vanquish and returns, setting his target on Sadie, and she is thrust into the volatile world of Shomrei warriors and a connection to Theo her brain can’t comprehend and her body can’t deny. That primal bond proves more imperative to their survival than either could have ever imagined—and just may be the key to the world’s survival.


Gentle fingers dusted along her forearm, leaving a subtle trail of tingling electricity. They traced the bulging vein on the back of her hand to her palm, pausing ever so slightly, then continued until his fingers twined with hers.

His eyes were closed, and his face tilted skyward. She dropped her attention to where he clung to her hand. Slowly, she clasped her fingers tight, sealing the connection.

He let out a breath. A breeze rustled through the distant trees, sending a scent of pine and woodsy bark through the air. Goose bumps puckered her skin, yet she wasn’t cold. The warm, May air was perfect, even though it was nearing late evening.

“So, what’s our next move?” she whispered, breaking the silence.

He squeezed her hand. “Nothing, for now. We need tonight to recuperate. Refuel.” He drew in a deep breath. “To listen.”


“There’s a lot happening. We need to settle down and listen for The Great One’s guidance.”

“Not sure I really believe in a Great One.”

“Why not?”

“Can’t see him.” She glanced at him, but he still faced the sky.


No judgment. No condemnation. Was this guy for real? Did he have anything imperfect about him?
His eyebrow jutted up, and he latched onto her stare. Shit, had he heard her? She went to loosen her grip on his hand, but he tightened. “No. Don’t,” he said. “I need this.”

That stopped her short.

“You energize me, love.”

“I’m your little electrical plug-in, is that what you’re saying?” She gasped. “Oh, that sounded bad. I meant—” She shook her head. Her mind jumbled at the intensity of the man standing beside her. Staring at her. Wanting her. She could feel it.

And what scared her even more was she wanted him.


Like nothing would be right until she was close to him. Closer than holding hands.

She hated feeling out of control. Manipulated.

“Shhh.” He cupped her face. “Be calm. You’re safe here.”

No, she wasn’t, because she was falling for this guy. While she kind of enjoyed the warm, fuzzy feeling starting to build between them, it kind of ticked her off, too. She hardly knew him. Where was this free will Justin spoke of earlier?

To make matters worse, demons were after her and now probably after Dasha, too, and Sadie had almost died, like, fifteen times earlier today. Nothing was safe around this guy.

Especially her heart.

“I feel your turmoil.” He leaned down, so close his breath tickled her face.

She couldn’t stop her tongue from sliding out to moisten her lips. God she wanted him to kiss her.
That was so not like her, either.

“I can help,” he whispered, leaning even closer. “Do you trust me?”

“Yes.” The answer came out before she could rein it in. How could she trust him? She barely knew him. 

He smiled, and his gaze shifted to her lips. “Allow me a kiss, then.”

She almost said “anything,” but found her control. She inched up to her tiptoes as she nodded. If anyone was doing the kissing, it’d be her.

About the Author

Originally from Minnesota, Reese Monroe currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband of seventeen years and her loveable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Monroe holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master's degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training to run her first marathon.

Reese Monroe is a contributing blogger at the widely popular site New Adult Alley (NAAlley.com) and has been part of the New Adult revolution for years having penned over thirty novels in the exciting new category. Look for her Bound by Hades trilogy coming soon from Entangled Publishing.

Connect with Reese on Twitter (@ReeseMonroe1), through Facebook (Facebook.com/ReeseMonroeWrites) or her website ReeseMonroe.net.


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