ARC Review: Driven by Fate by Tessa Bailey

Posted February 17, 2015 by Annie in Reviews / 4 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: Driven by Fate by Tessa Bailey
Driven by Fate
by Tessa Bailey

2.5 Stars


Released: Feb 16, 2015
Series: Serve #5
Published by Entangled Brazen
Pages: 300
Format: eARC

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“Unfortunately, with rarely any depth, this author’s writing is only as good as the sex is.~ Under the Covers

DRIVEN BY FATE is the third book that Tessa Bailey had written for the Serve series, but it is technically the fifth book in the series written with Katee Robert. Following along the same lines as the rest of the series, Frankie De Luca enters the dark world of Serve, Manhattan’s hottest place to get down and dirty. The reason for her visit begins with her trying to repay a debt. However when Porter decides to punish her, it spurs her lifelong desire to submit.

Tessa Bailey’s books are often described as “sinful”, “sexy” or just downright “filthy” and I agree with all those things completely. The sex always has the biggest emphasis, especially with this series. However, after reading pretty much all of Bailey’s releases, I’m not finding anything new or refreshing with her writing. She continues to remain in her comfort zone and while it works for a lot of people, it doesn’t necessarily make me want to come back for more.

Porter and Frankie have some hot sex, but I never found myself ever making a connection with the characters. With minimal depth, the story just felt one-dimensional and I’m afraid I may be losing interest not only in this series, but with this writer’s work as a whole. This is a disappointing thing because when Bailey’s books do work for me, they end up being my favorites for awhile. Unfortunately, with rarely any depth, this author’s writing is only as good as the sex is.

*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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Haven’t this yet but I’ve been looking forward to reading it which is why this is so disappointing to hear. Thanks Annie for sharing your thoughts


hmmm sorry to read this :/

Carol H.
Carol H.

Oh come on! I just bought this book – I should have read your review FIRST – and saved myself the disappointment. 🙁

Amy R
Amy R

Yikes, that doesn’t sound very good.