ARC Review: Driven by Fate by Tessa Bailey

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ARC Review: Driven by Fate by Tessa Bailey
Driven by Fate
Book Info

Released: Feb 16, 2015
Genre: BDSM, Erotic Romance
Series: Serve #5
Pages: 300

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“Unfortunately, with rarely any depth, this author’s writing is only as good as the sex is.~ Under the Covers

DRIVEN BY FATE is the third book that Tessa Bailey had written for the Serve series, but it is technically the fifth book in the series written with Katee Robert. Following along the same lines as the rest of the series, Frankie De Luca enters the dark world of Serve, Manhattan’s hottest place to get down and dirty. The reason for her visit begins with her trying to repay a debt. However when Porter decides to punish her, it spurs her lifelong desire to submit.

Tessa Bailey’s books are often described as “sinful”, “sexy” or just downright “filthy” and I agree with all those things completely. The sex always has the biggest emphasis, especially with this series. However, after reading pretty much all of Bailey’s releases, I’m not finding anything new or refreshing with her writing. She continues to remain in her comfort zone and while it works for a lot of people, it doesn’t necessarily make me want to come back for more.

Porter and Frankie have some hot sex, but I never found myself ever making a connection with the characters. With minimal depth, the story just felt one-dimensional and I’m afraid I may be losing interest not only in this series, but with this writer’s work as a whole. This is a disappointing thing because when Bailey’s books do work for me, they end up being my favorites for awhile. Unfortunately, with rarely any depth, this author’s writing is only as good as the sex is.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Tessa Bailey

New York Times Bestselling author Tessa Bailey can solve all problems except for her own, so she focuses those efforts on stubborn, fictional blue collar men and loyal, lovable heroines. She lives on Long Island avoiding the sun and social interactions, then wonders why no one has called. Dubbed the “Michelangelo of dirty talk,” by Entertainment Weekly, Tessa writes with spice, spirit, swoon and a guaranteed happily ever after. Catch her on TikTok at @authortessabailey or check out for a complete list of books.


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  1. Haven’t this yet but I’ve been looking forward to reading it which is why this is so disappointing to hear. Thanks Annie for sharing your thoughts

  2. Oh come on! I just bought this book – I should have read your review FIRST – and saved myself the disappointment. 🙁

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