ARC Review: Owned by Fate by Tessa Bailey

Posted September 29, 2014 by Annie in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Owned by Fate by Tessa Bailey
Owned By Fate
by Tessa Bailey

3 Stars


Released: Sept 26, 2014
Published by Entangled Brazen
Pages: 200
Format: eARC

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“If you’re looking for a hot read, Bailey never fails to serve readers that.” ~ Under the Covers

OWNED BY FATE is Tessa Bailey’s take on BDSM and it is also the first of a brand new series. It begins with Journalist Caroline Preston who enters a BDSM club called Serve. She goes in with a lot of preconceived notions about the place and has already decided that she hates it before stepping a foot in it. Because of this, I definitely had a hard time liking her from the beginning. She comes across as too judgemental and it didn’t really allow for me to believe that she would let Jonah Briggs, the owner of the club do anything to her. Even as he wrings out orgasms out from her, she remains unrepentant. I also found it a little difficult to believe that the hero could stop his kinky side from coming through in the first encounter with her.

As with all of Bailey’s book, there’s quite a lot of dirty talk. Paired with Jonah’s dominant side and you’ve got a book that has a lot of sex in it, yet I would put it on the lighter side of BDSM. Jonah as a Dom didn’t really work for me. While he was dominant and alpha, I also think there’s a bit more to being a Dom than just that. He didn’t really leap from the pages for me and I found it difficult to get into the romance when Caroline was so unwilling at first and Jonah was so demanding. The dynamic between the two just didn’t resonate which may be why, for me, even the dirty talk didn’t seem that alluring this time around.

I feel like the stories from this author have come to follow a trend. As you know, I’m a great lover of alpha dirty talking heroes, but the heroine is just as important as well. In this case, I don’t think either of them really stood out to me. However, if you’re looking for a hot read, Bailey never fails to serve readers that.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Tessa Bailey

I'm Tessa and I live in the crazy, loud, overcrowded borough of Brooklyn, New York. I love it here. This city is a constant source of inspiration, which is why I've decided to set my most recent books in the Line of Duty Series here.

I moved to New York when I was eighteen, the day after I graduated high school. Threw my suitcase in the back of a Chevrolet Cavalier and drove across the country to find my adventure. I'm still finding it, little by little.

Thank you for being a part of it.


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Thanks for the review, I love Tessa’s books and will be adding this to my TBR pile.


hmmmm sorry that this didn’t get a better review. I usually like her books but may wait on this…..thanks


Definitely was a smoking hot read <3 so much