D.C. paralegal Jezebel Stone’s tardiness often gets her in trouble, but this time, it leads to meeting her dream man. Her choice of metro seats places her on track for finding love again. But when their ride ends in a fiery crash, their separation sends her on a mission of reuniting with him and finishing their fateful trip.
But instead, it entangles Jezebel in the twisted lives of those determined to destroy each other. This prickly path also holds the potential of leading Jezebel to an unlikely place of joy. Finding joy seems impossible when life is literally exploding all around her.
LATE FOR FATE won Best First Chapter from WRITERS’ TYPE
“Jones is a gifted author with a talent for sharp, fast-paced prose that keeps the pages turning. Late for Fate moves at a thrilling pace. It’s studded with sharp-edged, witty dialogue and quirky characters that stuck with me long after reading. Jones’ knack for creating stories that feel familiar but are unique in voice and plot make every read (including Late for Fate!) a great one. – Kathleen Shoop, bestselling author of the Letter Series and After the Fog
“Ms. Jones has perfectly captured how one moment in time can change a life for both good and bad. Excellent story with well-written characters and a terrific (sometimes terrifying) theme. A great read. Highly recommended.” – Amazon Review
“Lori has shown an extremely deft touch. I enjoyed the entire reading experience in second attempt at authoring. I enjoyed the characters, the quick pacing, the brushes with fate, the witty banter and the slick manner in which Lori handles the alternating points of view.” – James J. Robinson,Jr.
“Scene-stealing Nicole had me laughing out loud. From the opener, I was hooked.” – Carolyn Menke
My review: “Late for Fate” is a fast-paced, romantic, and wild ride! Lori M. Jones’ latest novel was a page-turner from the start full of plenty of action and twists and turns. Jezebel is hoping to meet a nice guy, and her Magic 8-Ball tells her that she will. As she boards the Metro on her way home from work, she meets the handsome Kirk and they immediately start into polite chit-chat. Suddenly the Metro crashes, everything is chaos, but she is saved by a mysterious stranger and luckily only has some minor injuries. A few weeks later she gets a call from Kirk wanting to get together and to make sure that she is o.k. Jezebel meets Kirk and although she is confused and hesitant about his marital status of being separated, she struggles to resist her attraction to him. In the mean time, the law firm where she works is in the middle of sexual discrimination and harassment suit involving a high profile attorney and his secretary. Jezebel has no idea how intertangled her professional and love life have become, and she has no idea the lies and the deceit that she has been exposed to.
So, I really enjoyed this novel and read it from beginning to end in one sitting. It’s suspenseful, well-written, and provides many surprises that you will never see coming. I liked Jezebel although at times I was frustrated by how clueless she was regarding Kirk. My feelings for Kirk flip-flopped back and forth between liking him, loving him, and hating him! Nicole was a horrible person but a very well-written character. After reading I sat and reflected on what a crappy person that she was and how much her and Kirk deserved to spend the rest of their lives being miserable for everything they did to each other and to other people. But I always see it as a tribute to the author’s writing when characters frustrate me this much I can’t say a lot more about the story without giving spoilers but this was a fantastic read and I think anyone that loves romance mixed with suspense will enjoy this novel. Personally, I think this novel deserves a sequel so that we can learn more about what happens with Jezebel, but of course, that’s up to the author!
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book
About the Author
Lori M. Jones is an award-winning author of women’s & children’s fiction. Her first children’s book, RILEY’S HEART MACHINE, was released in 2012 through Guardian Angel Publishing and her second children’s book, CONFETTI THE CROC, in 2014. Her debut novel, RENAISSANCE OF THE HEART, was released by Soul Mate Publishing in 2014 and recently was awarded the SILVER medal by READERS’ FAVORITES in women’s fiction. Her second novel, LATE FOR FATE, is forthcoming June 1st through Wild Rose Press.
Lori is a mother of two young daughters. Her youngest daughter’s heart defect was the inspiration behind Riley’s Heart Machine. Lori is currently on the national Board of Directors for the Children’s Heart Foundation and the president of Pennsylvania Chapter. She was awarded the Community Quarterback Award by the Philadelphia Eagles for her work with the Children’s Heart Foundation. Lori travels to schools and libraries delivering assemblies on writing stories from the heart. She is also on the writing team at North Way Christian Community Church. When Lori is not writing or spreading awareness for Congenital Heart Defects, she can be found cheering on her beloved Pittsburgh sports teams and participating in 5Ks.
Lori holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a paralegal certificate from Duquesne University. She is a former Washington D.C. paralegal and now resides in her hometown of Pittsburgh with her family.
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