Title: SOULMATED (Joining of Souls #1)
Author: Shaila Patel
Pub. Date: January 24, 2017
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family’s standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.
Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother’s ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.
When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.
Liam’s father isn’t convinced Laxshmi is “The One” and Laxshmi’s mother won’t even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one’s own fate too great a price for the soulmated?
The book starts off really interesting with a boy named Liam taking a test along with his cousin, William, to see who will lead the royal empath house of O’connor. Liam, a prince, is appointed. He wins by having strong empath skills. He and his family are looking for something and his father has a vision of Alaska. His fathers visions are frequently changing, so they have been on a wild goose chase searching for an extremely long time.
This book has different POV’s. One being Liam, and the other being Laxshmi. Laxshmi deals with the pressures of her super strict mother on a daily basis. She has to either excel in her studies or she will have to be part of an arranged marriage.
Luck would have it Liam and his family move to the same neighborhood as Laxshmi in North Carolina and is only a couple of houses down. Liam is there searching for his soulmate. So he can have a chance of being an elder one day in his community. Even though Liam has absolutely no interest in politics.
Liam and Laxshmi or “Lucky” as Liam calls her, develop a relationship.
The characters are so likable. The storyline is extremely enthralling. I also really LOVE the diversity in this book! Shaila Patel is a wonderful author. The descriptions are so complex, detailed, and amazing. This is not a book to miss!
As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever- after, Shaila’s younger self would finish reading Cinderella and fling her copy across the room because it didn’t mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. She enjoys traveling, craft beer, and teas, and loves reading books—especially in cozy window seats. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or connecting with other readers online at: http://www.shailapatelauthor.com
(1) winner will receive a Perfectly Posh, Posh To Meet You Set ($20 value), US Only.
(10) winners will receive a SOULMATED Swag Pack, US Only.
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