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Now implanted beneath the thumbnails of every infant where glowing numbers count down to the moment they will meet their soul mate Fate is now a calculation But loving someone isn’t When Shannon Wurther the youngest detective in Southern Cali rep bi pan mcs mlm relationshipReview also on my blogSoulmates I mean the blurb could have ended there and I would already be hooked Even if what I actually like most about the soulmates trope is the identifying marks part that kind of works best in fics when I know and love the characters But no matter Soulmates I was excitedOur main characters the pov switches between them all the time it’s nice are an art thief and a police detective Combine this with the soulmates trope and you’re expecting some nice angst before the guys even get together right? Well that’s not the case The sparks start flying right away and they’re actually pretty uick to start a relationship Honestly though? It’s a good thing I loved that It gave us an opportunity to observe how they will take care of said relationship As soon as I realised this is what I got myself into I was even excitedThey actually make a pretty good job of getting their relationship to work Sure they’re not big on communicating at least at first and it’s even addressed in the narrative and apparently in this world soulmates have two modes of interacting physical emotional but they do their best They share all the important things with each other It’s all very reasonable and adult likeSo Anna what’s the deal? Why is your rating so low?Yes the premise is good Great even The problems start when you look at the writing I see two which are deeply connected 1 the totally purple prose and 2 the lackluster characters You wouldn’t necessarily think those have anything to do with each other and yet The thing is the style sure is pretty full of sweet enchanting metaphors but it’s all empty It’s so shiny it takes your attention away from the fact that the characters have absolutely no depth And that’s because they are constantly being described but none of those beautiful descriptions have anything to do with how they act Aiden especially is being portrayed time and time again as this dangerous young man all knives and sharp edges But in reality all we get is him walking his cat on a pink leash and sharing food with homeless people It’s kind of even worse with Shannon because we’re given some hints about his tragic ? past but never actually learn anythingSo yeah In the end even though I actually like purple prose and it was very sparkling here I was bored to death and couldn’t wait to get to the last line I’m really sorry about that I was honestly excited about this book I mean Soulmates

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Fortitude Smashed The Camellia Clock Cycle #1Fornia finds himself face to face with Aiden Maar the reckless art thief Shannon’s precinct has been chasing for months they are both stunned Their Camellia Clocks have timed out and the men are left with a choice love one another or defy fate This was literally a soulmate AU except it had original characters and wasn't in an existing fandom So not an AU at all but you get me I have the tendency to not read the synopsis of books if I already know I'll read them because it spoils the first parts of the book However here it was kind of necessary to understand the soulmate thing I was sad to see that the science the techniue behind it and how it worked weren't elaborated on It would have been interesting to see what it could have been if it went to the sci fi side of things Because if we can determine when you'll meet your soulmate there should be other cool things we can do too no? But this is mainly only? a romance a hate to love in a universe in which soulmates exist It's very character driven and whilst it liked both perspectives it did seem to lack something for me Maybe worldbuilding maybe plot Also of an explanation of how soulmates work for aromantic andor asexual people and in regards to sexual and romantic attraction and gender And in polycules There was some mention of triads and uartets which I appreciated but what about V structures or elaborate constellations in which not everyone is romantically or sexually involved with all others? Those are only minor things probably but I'm immediately curious about the ins and outs of worlds and systems like this And if it doesn't feel like they click they're less believable in a way The book is definitely enjoyable and I loved Aiden I loved the mental illness rep How this wasn't a love cures story but a story of loss love hope support fight struggle and growth It was hopeful and I'm grateful for the happy endingI would have liked to see the copthief dynamic played out but on the other hand this way they didn't deal with dangerous power dynamics that could be unhealthy Apart from that it was pretty fun but not much The plot was definitely an issue because it didn't actually feel like there was one? But it was a good way to pass the time this evening TW off page sexual assault depression anxiety panic attacks non graphic mainly off page sex fatal car crash physical violence ableist language suicidal idolation called out ableismI was very glad to see a list of trigger warnings with chapter numbers at the start of the book

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read doc Ó Fortitude Smashed The Camellia Clock Cycle #1 ¸ Kindle Edition ↠ ❮Reading❯ ➽ Fortitude Smashed The Camellia Clock Cycle #1 ➶ Author Taylor Brooke – Horticulturetrader.co.uk After scientists stumbled across an anomalous human hormone present during momAfter scientists stumbled across an anomalous human hormone present during moments of emotional intimacy further research created the ability to harness the direction of living energy and pinpoint when two lines will merge Personalized chips are Fortitude Smashed is the first and only book I have ever read for review that I re read and took notes in the margins of with a pen and a highlighter That I loved so much I wanted to wallow in on every level I would be allowed to That’s been sitting on my nightstand for months just so I can keep savoring tiny momentsI read the book in one go; I fell in love with Aiden and with Shannon I fell in love with them falling in love The beauty of the conceit of fated people learning to be together in Brooke’s hands is this These men are both ready and not are willing and unwilling and prickly but open Their Rose Road gives them the space to struggle as we do but with the safety of understanding that this is meant In this way we are privileged to witness Aiden and Shannon as they go through a particular journey of personal growth that only this situation this Rose Road this circumstance could bringIn Fortitude Smashed Brooke built a family of secondary characters that I both adored and was incredibly irritated by at times — in short she gave these men family and friends that were fleshed out humans not just foils or plot devices to move particular aspects of the story around A great cast of secondary characters is hard to pull off and Brooke does it I love the gendersexualityidentity representation we see thus far in this series — I’m excited to see what comes in the next few as I’ve seen the author address uestions related to this in blog tour interviews and on her twitter I’d like to articulate my feelings on this well but my friend Annie at From Top To Bottom Reviews has done a better job of capturing it here in her reviewI read this book the first time fully knowing there was even to the story under the layers Brooke created but unable to stop because I was so caught up in the story The point of this being if you don’t feel like you want to do any literary analysis to enjoy the shit out of a beautiful book you don’t This book I promise will be a lovely experience regardlessThat saidthe first time I read Fortitude Smashed I knew it was special I knew I loved it a few pages in but it was on page 26 when Aiden first speaks to the Empty Man that I knew that what Brooke is crafting in this series is literature“Aiden thought the heart of the world like fate was buried in the sea and despite his hunger he would never find it” 26Fortitude Smashed is filled with some really heart stopping prose I mean the kind of phrase turning that makes you stop and re read just to enjoy the sheer poetry of it None of Brooke’s words or images function as still art alone Rather she deploys every image with precision“Spread out on the bed with a blush creeping from his chest to his face Aiden was still a cluster of knives Shannon’s willingness to bleed defied every shred of control he had left” 135The second time I read this book I had a pen a highlighter and lots of uiet I savored it I really let myself look at how Brooke used images names words flowers to tell us about Aiden whose name conseuently means “little fire” or “ardent” and Shannon whose name means “wise river” or “possessor of wisdom” I’ll just let you sit in that lovely tidbit for a moment take it with you when you read the book and it’ll just add a lovely layerBrooke’s use of metaphor and imagery particularly in reference to the two pieces of art Fortitude Smashed and Catalyst as well as the Empty Man Aiden meets on the beach at the beginning and near the end of the novel are brilliantly situated used and executed We begin the book with Aiden and Shannon meeting just as Aiden is attempting to steal Fortitude Smashed a piece of art made of flowers and flower parts lilies dandelion and baby’s breath all of which represent particular things For example lilies represent restored innocence after death Aiden later tells Shannon he wanted to steal it because it reminded him of himself When Shannon goes to buy it for him after they’ve fallen in love he actually sees it for the first time and in it“a containment of life in death in one pieceThe lily’s stem was snapped from the rest of the petals which gave the flower a sense of detachment It was nature’s grenade in the midst of detonating a slow motion explosion” 147It is in this moment that Shannon really understands — this was who Aiden was in the moment they met This is how Aiden understood and saw himselfAs fate would have it Shannon is unable to buy Fortitude Smashed — instead he buys another piece which we don’t get to see until the end of the book Catalyst which is made of ivy and dandelion calla lily and tulip flowers that represent youth rebirth perfect love fidelity affectionate attachment What I loved so deeply about this is that Brook doesn’t tell us any of this — she doesn’t give the reader the meanings She’s given the reader gifts inside her prose Aiden and Shannon’s struggle to understand walk and love one another as their Rose Roads is done gorgeously with care and depth and understanding And underneath it all Brooke infuses her language and images with depth and symbolism that make the story all that much richerBefore I finish with my high high praise for an #ownvoices story about mental illness I want to go back to the Empty Man and how he functions as a catalyst at the beginning of the story when Aiden is really struggling with the idea that his Rose Road is a cop; when he’s struggling with his self worth and his demons; when we’re learning that despite his hard exterior Aiden is terrified of not finding his heart How deeply he wants that Rose Road and love“‘Someone told me I would eat the heart of the world one day’ Aiden said’I’ve always loved the world but I never thought I’d find the heart of it the best of it the center of it I did though I found it” he added uickly ‘Or it found me I’m not sure which’‘I don’t know either but you’ve completely consumed it’Aiden offered a shy smile one of his gentle rarities and he kissed Shannon again” 315To summarize there thank you Taylor for this really heart wrenching human gorgeous love storyAnd now the part I really really want people to leave with This is an #ownvoices story in regards to mental health rep with both Brooke author and Aiden having mental illness Personally as someone who also not only struggles with but survives with mental illness Aiden’s story and representation meant the world to me Shannon doesn’t cure Aiden Fate love romance sex — none of it “fixes” Aiden –– because there’s nothing to be fixed Aiden is beautifully imperfect he’s human he has a mental illness but he isn’t his mental illness People living with depression or bipolar with dysthmia or cyclothemia me or any other number of MI — our MI’s don’t define us Stories where love “cures” or “fixes” characters with MI really bother me because that’s not how life works My husband loves and supports me his presence has helped save my life but at the end of the day I save my life I make it through each day I am the center of my survival and recovery Brooke writes a love story with healing with hope and where the characters are ultimately the primary agents of change and wellness in their own lives which they then bring to each other and their love I can see this theme in Daisy’s story; I can see this agency in Chelsea’s story — I look forward to what Brooke will do with them in future books in this series with utter trust in her skill