Authors: S.E. Hall & Angela Graham
Genre: New Adult
Date, Mate, Fate: Celebrity Edition
The reality show like no other: Eight men, eight women, one mansion in paradise; their every move caught on camera for the world to see. Among the faces in the house: a mysterious cowboy, a cocky football star, a motocross god, and a broody Alpha calling all the shots.
Thorough compatibility testing says everyone’s soulmate is there. Computers’ abilities are boundless, but can they be trusted with matters of the heart?
Would you recognize “the one” when you saw them?
Rated NC-17 for foul language, heavy drinking, and graphic sex.
*Full-length, stand-alone novel.
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“Welcome to the beautiful island of Mahé in Seychelles! I’m your host, Tom Peters, and you,” says the man in front of us, spreading his arms out wide, “are the handpicked contestants for the premiere season of Date, Mate, Fate: Celebrity Edition.” He pauses for inserted applause. No, really—a crewman standing off-camera holds up a sign that says, “Insert Applause.”
When the clapping has met the appropriate meter level, Tom continues. “Several faces here, I’m sure you’ll recognize; celebrities from an array of arenas, including sports, the big screen, and even the Olympics have been generous enough to take time from their grueling schedules to join us. And each of them was asked to invite a plus one—anyone—of their choosing, whom we also thank for being here.”
I already feel cramped in my own skin, the endless barrage of cameras and crew filming our every move and reaction in full, intimidating effect. And to top it all off, I’ve just been declared a second-class citizen. Bonus.
I don’t join in on the clapping and whistling; the others’ enthusiasm is far from what I’m feeling. Instead, I burrow deeper into Oakley’s side, shielding my face behind his burly arm and clamping down tighter on his hand. I’m so far removed from my comfort zone, consisting of community college and a job at an off-the-beaten-path truck stop in a Podunk town. But it appears I’ve also landed in a certain circle of hell I’m having trouble comprehending—despite the generous one-week notice.
Every once in a while, when you read ALOT, you find a little gem that stand out among the rest. When you open said gem- you don’t really know what you may find but you know that it’s special in a way that no others are. As you make your way through the beautiful inside of this gem- you realize that this is not just any regular gem but this is a diamond. A diamond that has potential to shine because it’s a flawless creation that is one of a kind in a world where so many are just like every other gem. This diamond is the love child of Angela Graham and SE Hall. Their little diamond baby had everything I could ever want from a story.
Love, Lust, Angst, Romance, Doubt, Steam, Emotion, and most of all depth with an amazing storyline.
16 people people (8 men/ 8 women) arrive on the beautiful island of Mahe’ for a celebrity version of Date, Mate, Fate. Each celebrity brought a plus one who some are famous, some not to compete for a grand prize which will be donated to a charity. The goal in this show: Do you really know who your soul mate is if you had to pick them from a group? Who you are the most compatible with in all aspects? It may or may not be who you came with. It may not even be there person you are most attracted to. Would you know your “one” if they were standing right in front of you?
Each time another challenge happens, another couple is chosen by the challenge winners and sent into the Soul Search. This is the true test- are they soul mates? The computer uses the answers that they had answered before coming to test their compatibility and will say whether or not they are indeed true “soul mates.”
Cruz came with his sister Emma and that seems to be the ONLY reason he is there. To protect her.
From first introduction, I knew my soul mate was 100% Cruz McCall. He is everything I look for in a book boyfriend. Smart, whitty, broody, a tad mysterious, smirky, and totally hot. To put the cherry on top- he is a winker. That gets me every.single.time. I swooned so hard over Cruz and then my broody lil a-hole threw this out and my heart almost burst right out of my chest.
“REMEMBER THIS MOMENT-HOW WE FIT TOGETHER AND HOW CRAZY I AM ABOUT YOU. ‘CAUSE AS LONG AS I’VE LIVED AND THROUGH ALL THAT I’VE DONE, I’VE NEVER FELT ANYTHING EVEN CLOSE TO THIS. I WANT YOU MORE, GORGEOUS-MORE TIME, MORE YOU, MORE US” <—- I mean, seriously…gah.. come.to.momma.
Oakley and Harlow are solid coming in. With no doubts that they are in fact each others soul mates, this show is all about charity and they intend to win. Plus they are rekindling their high school romance. Being each other’s first loves- they have no doubt that they can win.
Jasmine, Callie, Miles, Court- I mean these characters just are cool people I want to know in real life. I need them to jump out of this book and live with me. I couldn’t have loved them anymore. Even the characters you HATE you love to hate them. That’s what makes this so interesting. Even in real life, if you bring 16 strangers together- there is bound to be drama.
Challenges continue, lines are crosses, fate steps in, hearts are broken, surprises left and right, and just when you think you know who is who’s soul mates and you have it figured out- YOU DO NOT. I felt like I WAS in this reality show with them or watching it on tv. I was immediately invested in these characters and HOW IN THE WORLD DID THESE AUTHORS WRITE 16 (plus) characters and the writing continue so seamless. I wasn’t reading two authors writing styles or ideas- these ladies worked in unison creating a storyline unlike anything I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t want to.. ever. But as the % got further along and I knew it was going to end- I wanted to unread it so I could go back because I needed to stay with these characters. They were my new friends and this book had stole a piece of me I knew I’d never get back.
Moral of the story- BUY THIS BOOK. You won’t regret it. It’s a stand out story that needs to be heard.
FIVE HUGE STARS. I’D GIVE IT 20 IF I COULD! BEST BOOK I’VE READ IN 2015. ASK ME AT THE END OF THE YEAR- I WILL STILL BE SHOUTING HOW MUCH I LOVED IT.
S.E. Hall is the author of the Amazon Best Selling Evolve Series, Emerge, Embrace, Entangled (novella) and Entice as well as the bestselling stand-alone NA Romance, Pretty Instinct. She has co-written Stirred Up, Packaged and Handled, a collection of erotic short stories with her CP and friend, Author Angela Graham as well as a collaboration titled Conspire, a romantic suspense with friend and author Erin Noelle. She is honored to be a part of the USA Today and NYT Best Selling Devour box set. S.E., which stands for Stephanie Elaine, resides in Arkansas with her husband of 18 years and 3 beautiful daughters of the home, and one married daughter who graced her with two beautiful grandchildren. When not in the stands watching her ladies play softball, she enjoys reading and writing and the occasional trip to the casino. She’s also clutch at Baggo, when it’s warm outside, and definitely the woman to pick on your side for some Flip Cup!
Angela Graham is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of the Harmony series. She resides in Tipp City, Ohio with her three beautiful children. Collaborating with S.E. Hall, she has released three erotic short stories.
Angela knew she found her calling in the world of fiction the moment she began pounding away at the keys for her first short story in 2012. With a baby on her shoulder, she wrote for about a year before deciding to try her hand at an actual novel. It was the best decision she ever made and since then she continues to bring characters to life in her free time.
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