Fighting Destiny is the first book in The Fae Chronicles by Amelia Hutchins. Syn works for a branch of supernatural heroes called the Guild. She finds out, in a rather twisted way, that she is to be put on an assignment where she has to work for the Dark Prince Ryder. To say their relationship is complex is the understatement of the year. Syn has a deep burning hate for Fae and is disgusted to be put in the position to work for the Dark Prince. Ryder has his own agenda and is bossy and lived up to everything Syn expected from him. He is sexy, alluring, able to muck up your mind in a heartbeat, and extremely dominating. He hates that he is attracted to something beneath him. Syn is a lowly witch and not willing to submit to his demands. She drives him nuts. Charged with solving the deaths of Fae and Witches alike, Syn has to work hand in hand with the Dark Prince. The problem is, somehow along the way, the tables turn and she can’t seem to keep resisting and neither can he.
Hands down, I loved this book. We got off to a shaky start Ryder and I, but the ride smoothed out along the way. Some of the content at the start of the book did not go over so well with me, but when it was all laid out in the master plan and why Ryder did what he did made sense to me and I could understand the necessity of it all. I loved Syn. I loved that she had a secretive life and a big twist in her past. I felt for her through her pain with Adrian and the horrors that she survived and thankfully she didn’t give in to the victim mentality and kicked her past’s ass to become a survivor.
Ryder was OMG hot. No joke. He had this aura of dominance around him and that secretive bad boy charm going on. Not to mention he could melt panties with a thought and make women want to have his babies without batting one of his luscious lashes.
He comes off as such a dick, but he has a sweeter side. We don’t get to see much of it, which only makes it that much sweeter when we do, but lord that man has a way with his words. C’mon now, taking someone out for making Syn cry? Who doesn’t want a man that can protect as well as cherish. And the sex. The sex and even the almost sex between Syn and Ryder was smoking hot. So good. Just so freaking good.
This book had a host of side characters that I loved too. Adam was charming and that perfect guy friend that is there for you when you need him. He was protective of Syn, but only because they had a history and it was genuine friendly, almost brotherly, love. There was no hidden agendas with either of them which was a nice change.
I need to read the next book in this series. It left us with not so much of a cliffhanger, but more like an, “oh shit, what is going on!” Ending. I can’t believe I took so long to get to this on my TBR list. If my review wasn’t enough to tell you how much I liked this book and you haven’t figured out that yes I do recommend it, then listen to this: Read this book.