Two souls. One Fate.
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?
I was lucky enough to meet Shaila Patel this past summer and won her book Soulmated in a drawing while there. I’m so glad that I had the chance to add this book to my shelf.
I love anything remotely close to Great Britain, so Ireland is on that list. There are so many connections (i.e. Gaelic and castles and royalty and oh my the accents) to Scotland it’s a duh moment. If you know me for any period of time, throw around some Gaelic and I’m butter. So I loved Liam Whelan.
He was adorable and huggable, and he had hair that made you want to run your fingers through it. He had patience with Lucky, especially with the weird situation and relationship they were entering. Liam went through a lot when his dad announced he had a soulmate. Moving from town to town, trying to figure out if the girls he met were the one for him, took a toll on him. His relationship with his dad was strained, and he didn’t want to move them again only to be disappointed – another town without the girl of his dreams. If you don’t love his plight, then you didn’t read the same book. He didn’t want to string girls along, but he also wanted to find a connection. He couldn’t find one without testing the field. It left him with a lot of guilt and convinced the search would never end.
Liam and Lucky complimented each other. Both wanted out. Lucky wanted to dance; she didn’t want be a doctor or graduate a year early from high school. There’s no way this book could be a standalone because I have so many questions about the path that Lucky will take. All the secrets she kept from her mother, Liam being one of them, didn’t come to the surface yet. Patel is Indian-American like Lucky, and I loved this diverse read and seeing how her mother saw school versus marriage. Anyone whose parents’ had any type of expectations will empathize with Lucky. She was strong in her own way, but she grew a lot from the beginning of the book. I predict a lot to take place in terms of Lucky telling her mother the truth about the path she wants to take and the boy she loves. I can’t wait to see how it plays out.
The next book in the Joining of the Souls series, Fighting Fate, is one of my most anticipated reads. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves Ireland and fantasy. The romance is wonderful, the diversity is perfect, and the cliffhanger will leave you clicking the add to cart button for book two.