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Plot twists, Subterfuge, Resisting Bonds - Taken by Fate by Shannon Mayer

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Shannon Mayer released Taken by Fate (The Alpha Territories Book 1) on October 18, 2022, and is currently number one on Amazon's best-seller list at the time of this posting. Shannon is known for her romance novels that contain difficult choices, unexpected plots, and unfair situations between characters or species. Each story has romance, humor, and unexpected twists.

Shannon focuses on building character profiles with her readers over constructing the environment the characters live and interact within. Taken by Fate opens with the main character, Sienna, hatching a half-baked plan to save her dear friend Jordon from the Werewolves. Sienna explains her environment and the world she is interacting with as she discovers and experiences it.

One twist that Sienna encounters is the Werewolves are not at the collector's when she begins her rescue mission. Werewolves traded their turn to the collection of humans to the Vampires because their last shipment of humans was lost. The complication is that Dominic has been in Sienna's dreams and neither of them wants anything to do with one another. However, fate has other plans for them.

The story centers around Dominic and Sienna's budding relationship in a Vampire society that is filled with subterfuge. Sienna is forced to play a game to the Vampire court to stay alive all while trying to come up with a new plan to save her dear friend. The book narrates from Sienna and Dominic's views. Giving the reader insight into the situation that the characters may not know themselves.

I recommend this book to anyone that likes slow burns, mystery, witty humor, and fated mates that resists the summons. Sienna and Dominic resist the mate bond throughout the book, and just when they are about to give in, another twist occurs. The storyline slowly exposes intrigue, deceit, and political conflict. This leaves the reader wondering who the killer is, who betrayed them, and how they know. Several foreshadowing moments will make you press on and grow an attachment to the characters.

The spicy level is tame by descriptive. May leave you bothered and wanting more or in utter frustration. I don’t recommend this to young adults due to the graphic language used when characters are daydreaming, fantasizing, or attempting.

Beware this does end on a major cliffhanger. The second book Hunted by Fate will be available on February 27, 2023. Claimed by Fate will be available July 3, 2023. I am guessing, from past experience, the second book will end up on a cliffhanger.


Goettsche Partners. (2011). The Alpha Territories (3 book series). Amazon. Retrieved November 24, 2022, from

Mayer, S. (2022). Taken by Fate. Amazon Kindle. Hijinks Ink Publishing . Retrieved November 23, 2022, from


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