"Fated Love" is the eighth book in the 'Massey, TX' series by April Zyon. While this book can be read as a standalone, it's best to read the other books in order to best understand the secondary characters.
Brandy Carver makes a living designing and making clothes for real women. She's moved back home because she is being stalked by a man she only went on one date with. Anthony “Crank” Romero, a former Marine, now works as a farmer. Anthony is a bit of a ladies' man, that is, until he meets Brandy and she steals his heart.
The beginning of the story leaves you wanting to know more. At the end of the first chapter, I could not wait to finish the book. The author did a good job of drawing the reader into her world. The world she created was very realistic. The story was fast-paced all the way through, and the main characters and the secondary characters were interesting and vivid. I loved that both Anthony and Brandy were not perfect, but they fit together very well.
The point of view was third person and stayed with Brandy all the way through the story. At times, I wished I could hear things from Anthony’s perspective. The main conflict of the story is Anthony keeping Brandy safe from her stalker. The characters each fit their role in the story. The dialogue between the characters was genuine and distinctive. The characters' voices matched not only the setting but fit their overall personalities. The ending was a bit predictable, but the author takes the reader on a wonderful journey. I hope we get to see these characters again in the future.
Brandy Carver was living her dream of making clothing for real, every day women. When she gains the wrong kind of attention from a man that doesn’t have “no” in his vocabulary there’s only one choice—getting home to where she’s safest, and where she can finally breathe once more.
Anthony “Crank” Romero, former Marine turned gentleman farmer, is willing to admit he’s a bit of a ladies man. The truth is he’s only ever been looking for the right woman. Finding her when she’s got trouble on her tail wasn’t his plan, but he’s not about to argue when he’s tasked with keeping her safe.
Discovering Brandy’s interests in the bedroom makes Crank realize they are perfect for each other. Knowing he can’t let her go, not when she’s his perfect other half, he’ll do whatever is necessary to ensure that they have a chance at their fated love.