Marked (Servants of Fate #1) by Sarah Fine

markedBlurb: In a broken landscape carved by environmental collapse, Boston paramedic Cacia Ferry risks life and limb on the front lines of a fragile and dangerous city. What most don’t know—including her sexy new partner, Eli Margolis—is that while Cacy works to save lives, she has another job ferrying the dead to the Afterlife. Once humans are “Marked” by Fate, the powerful Ferrys are called to escort the vulnerable souls to either eternal bliss or unending fire and pain.

Unaware of Cacy’s other life, Eli finds himself as mesmerized by his fierce and beautiful partner as he is mistrustful of the influential Ferry clan led by the Charon—who happens to be Cacy’s father. Cacy, in turn, can no longer deny her intense attraction to the mysterious ex-Ranger with a haunted past. But just as their relationship heats up, an apparent hit takes the Charon before his time. Shaken to the core, Cacy pursues the rogue element who has seized the reins of Fate, only to discover that Eli has a devastating secret of his own. Not knowing whom to trust, what will Cacy have to sacrifice to protect Eli—and to make sure humanity’s future is secure?



Favorite Quotes

She folded her arms over her chest. “I have trouble thinking when I’m not wearing pants.” Eli laughed, a deep, husky sound, and took a few steps back. “I guess we have that in common. I also have trouble thinking when you’re not wearing pants.”

But this morning, when she’d seen him standing in the pew, looking so out of place and yet so perfect, it was like warm honey had been poured over her soul.
The delicate burden of her head on his shoulder made him feel weak and strong at the same time, like he would do anything for her, like he could be anything she needed, even if it meant just being her friend. But it also made him feel vulnerable, because she could hurt him now—really hurt him—and she didn’t even know it.

5 stars

First off, the cover is gorgeous no? And this book was free to me because I have an app called Kindle for Samsung that allows me to get a free book every month! This was my September choice.

Second off, this book had a depth I was not expecting!  I expected the sexy times but the journey there was oh so suspenseful and the plot was a great one.  The story could have stood on its own merits with no romance and I would have loved it.  I love when all aspects of a book come together in a perfect storm.  The whole contradiction of saving lives but then ferrying the death was so intriguing to me.  I love a good contrast.

This author wrote Cacy with a great combination of grit and insecurity.  She was confident in her role as a paramedic, but struggled with her role in her family business.  She closeness with her father was endearing and as a previous daddy’s girl, I could relate to that very well.  Her relationship with Eli becomes both steamy and deep fairly quickly, the suspense of their attraction combined with a constant give and take was a wonderful bit of anticipation for me.  You could see where it was going but then it would stall a bit, making me want to throw the book when they didn’t quite get there as fast as I would have liked.

But the wait was well worth it.  I think many people would like this story.  I’d say give it a try.

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