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Oh heck yeah! Fated: Blood and Redemption is everything I was hoping for and more in the final installment of the Baal’s Heart series. Thank you Bey Deckard, for the hottest, dirtiest pirates, for the intrigue and deception, the swashbuckling adventure, and all the love and hot kinky stuff, as only you can write it!.
The climactic conclusion to the Baal’s Heart trilogy is a twisted, turning ride.
As with all of Deckard’s stories I am never sure which way things will go, and this one did not disappoint.
Fated: Blood and Redemption, the third book in the Baal’s Heart series by Bey Deckard, continues the journey and brings some closure to issues facing the triad of Jon, Tom, and Captain Baltsaros. Aspects of the men’s personalities are examined in greater detail and this book brings to light a few new facets of each character’s psyche, which are extremely intriguing.
Fated is a must read for fans of this series and I promise it is a heart stopping thrill from cover to cover!
If you haven’t yet ventured into this series you are going to want to catch it from the beginning in order to appreciate the true world of Baal’s Heart.
A longtime fan of Michael Ferraiuolo, I was dying to hear what he could do with a story by Bey Deckard. In the end I waited to read Fated till it was released on audio and I’m incredibly thankful I was able to experience it through the magic of Michael Ferraiuolo’s lyrical, expressive voice.
Ferraiuolo has completely gotten into the heads and hearts of these guys:
He nails Jon’s softness, his subtle domination, and his growing maturity. Tom’s gruff but incredibly tender actions and his irrepressible need to give and receive love, come across loud and clear. And the way Ferraiuolo imbues Baltsaros’ voice with growing terror as he grapples with the variety of ways his mind deceives him actually gave me chills.
An intriguing character from the start, Baltsaros’ actions run the gamut possible of the human psyche.
The amazing life this man has led, what propels him to act and react, and how he interacts with others - well let me just say that Bey Deckard does these completely dark, messed up characters better than any author I’ve ever read. He clearly had a blast with this one!
Jon has grown tremendously through this series. Filling in as captain for the Heart, Jon has come a long way from the timid stable boy Baltsaros sought out and kidnapped at the start of Caged. Plagued by visions, dreams, and images planted by a fortune telling old hag, poor Jon is overwhelmed and preoccupied and finds the Captain’s boots are hard ones to fill indeed.
I’ve had a mad crush on Tom since the start of this series, and I was thrilled with how much of Fated really is Tom’s book. We get the story of how Baltsaros comes to seek Tom out, information about his initial abduction, and details of his enslavement. There is the start to finding some closure with Abetha. And best of all, inspired by his lust and the desire to throw a wrench into his mother’s marriage, the flashback to the story of how Tom seduces Baltsaros! Blimey, that is a scene I’ll never forget. Tom’s inner confidence is so charming, and the growing realization of his needs and the depths of his desires - what a thrill to see him work through it all. Best of all, the flashback to the first time Baltsaros binds him and he willingly submits…hell he begs for it. Hottest scene in the book.
Between all the flashback scenes and the opportunities the guys have to be just couples, Baal’s Heart III really explores the intimacies and contrasts between the relationships.
There is so much beauty in this book, and the desperate love the men have for each other is reiterated throughout the story.
While Mr. Deckard has stated Fated: Blood and Redemption is the final installment of the trilogy, the ending he thoughtfully provides allows the possibility of many more stories in the future (hint, hint). Thankfully book 3.5 awaits and, lucky me, it is also narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo.
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What made the experience of listening to Fated: Blood and Redemption the most enjoyable?
Michael Ferraiuolo elevates already extraordinary writing/story to another level with a spot on performance and insightful characterizations.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jon continues as my favorite character as he is the one faced with life-altering challenges to his moral code and who he is as a person.
What about Michael Ferraiuolo’s performance did you like?
Everything. Each character was unique, his portrayals were honest and sensitive, building tension and angst that kept me riveted and engaged.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There were moments for both: tears, laughter, fear, disgust, dismay...
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