Posted on September 22, 2016 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in 4.5 stars, Beck Valley Books, Book Tour, Lori M. Jones, Review, suspense / 0 Comments

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.

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“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, best-selling 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 

I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
“Late for Fate” by Lori M Jones tells the story of Jezebel Stone, a klutzy paralegal. She is rarely on time for anything and that includes work. This penchant for always being late led to her meeting a handsome stranger while travelling on the metro. They had a connection or so it seems but then fate stepped in and the train crashed and since then Jezebel’s life became the ultimate train wreck.
This story had everything to keep me entertained. It had drama, romance, and suspense. It reads like your typical soap opera which I know will please fans of nighttime drama. There was scandal, deceit, and blackmail.  In the midst of all of this, there was a message that is pertinent to us as individuals.
This story is a strong reminder of the chaos that can disrupt our lives when we refuse to pay attention to red flags that serve as a warning of the dangers we face. We ignore them and hope that things will go the way that we want them to. Life is all about choices. Every event in our lives occurs as a result of choices made. Not all choices made will lead us down the right path, however, there is always hope. We may not be able to correct the mistakes as a result of those choices, but we can pull the emergency brake, stop and re-think our actions and take a different route. The new route will not be smooth, but in the end, it will work out.
Jezebel found herself caught up in similar circumstances. At first, I was peeved at her actions, but then it dawned on me that there were times when I was no different from her. It was then I realised I could not blame her for choosing to travel that road.   I also realised that it was her desire to see the best in everyone that helped to shape most of her decisions.  How could I be angry at her after that revelation? What I admired most about her is her willingness to accept responsibility for her actions. She knew she made poor choices, but she did not blame anyone but herself. She recognized that it was her choices that led her to the point where she was now at.
The secondary characters were a treat.  I doubt the story would be what it was without them. There were those I liked, those that rubbed me the wrong way and those that I loved to hate.  Kirk was a prime example of a character that rubbed me the wrong way.  At first, I did like him, but as the story progressed that feeling of like slowly turned to dislike.  I am sorry I have to say this, but he was a total jerk.  Then there was his soon to be ex-wife. OMG! She was in a class of her own. Frankly, I thought she stole the story. She is a prime example of the character that I loved to hate. She was the greatest manipulator. Seriously, I thought the name Jezebel would have been more suited for her.

The story was well written. This is my second time reading this author’s work and I loved it on both occasions. My suggestion to you is, go and get a copy of this book. You need to read this book.  You will not be disappointed.

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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