*New Adult Romance*
**Minor explicit scenes and language**
Forgiving your brother's murderer may be noble, but falling in love with him borders on betrayal.
When Paige Zukowski enrolls at Granton University in honor of her dead brother, she has no idea fate will land her on the same campus with the very guy who killed him. But Logan Xander isn't quite the murderer she's always believed him to be.
A day hasn't passed since the tragedy that Logan doesn't wish he could go back and undo everything. It doesn't take Paige long to realize he's suffered as much as she has. Forgiving him for ruining her life might not be so impossible after all. But when she actually starts to like him and realizes he likes her in return, their true anguish begins.
Fighting Fate by Linda Kage - Review
“The only way she’d been able to dig her way out of the agony had been to focus on Trace’s lost dreams, to decide she’d live them for him and become what he’d always wanted to be.”
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started reading this book, but it pulled me in from the beginning & I didn’t want to let go. This story is about loss, trying to deal with the loss, pain, heartache, discovering that what you thought was true, isn’t & forgiveness. Paige Zukowski lost her older brother, Trace, 3 years ago at the hands of Logan Xander. She hates him for this & the pain/suffering her & her family has gone through. Logan and Trace were star basketball players on rival school teams their senior year in high school. The night that Trace died, changed so many lives and Paige is left pretty much alone. She decides after graduating high school, that she will live Trace’s lost dreams and attend Granton University, one of the colleges her brother was accepted to. Never did she expect to come face to face with Logan, her brother’s murderer, in one of her first classes at Granton. She’s under the misperception that he got off “scott-free”. He didn’t have to serve time and he’s also the son of a rich lawyer who oversaw the case. But this young man has been tormented and guilt ridden also by the night that not only changed his life, but others. When he realizes that the nice looking girl in his class is none other than Trace’s younger sister, he does everything he can to steer clear of her. He’s afraid that she’ll tell everyone what he did. And it seems that every time you turned, these two were running into each other.
This coming to terms and finding out a little bit more of what actually happened that fateful night has Paige thinking a little bit more than hatred for Logan. I felt the torment & anguish these two were feeling for each other. Logan doesn’t want to cause Paige anymore pain than he already has and Paige begins to see that Logan has suffered during the last three years as well. He’s not the spoiled young man who has gone on with his life that she originally thought.
There are so many layers that are peeled away as you read through the chapters. Each one hurt a little bit, but after you took a breath you felt a little better. I’m so glad I got to read about this journey for Paige and Logan getting to find some peace, healing and forgiveness within themselves. The other characters in this book definitely added to the story; Kayla, Paige’s best friend from back home and Trace’s girlfriend at the time of his death; Tess & Bailey, Paige’s suitemates at Granton; her roommate, Mariah & Einstein (Anthony), the 16 year old genius at Granton whom everyone sees as a freak, but Paige befriends him one night when she comes upon him being bullied and teased by other students.
This was a well-written, emotional ride for me and I found myself saying a lot….”just a few more pages” and I'll stop reading, but I couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading more from this author. I highly recommend reading this book.
Reviewed by Jessie L.