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Hanging Pawns (The Fate Series Book 2) by [Vallis, Emersyn]
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We all have choices in life… paths to take… roads to follow….
It’s on those journeys that fate finds us and takes us where we need to be… Without a second glance we can be taken away from things we know… "people we love" and given a new life...
One that can change us… save us…
What would you do if fate dropped you at a crossroads? Would you go back? Or would you run like hell the other way?

*Author's Note: This book is told from a different point of view and is said to be more like a prequel to Adjournment. This book will also answer a lot of questions you were left with from Adjournment. Sidney and Simon's story continues in Sacrifice and End Game.

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Hanging Pawns by Emersyn Vallis is the second book in the Fate series and it is from an entirely different point of view to Adjournment. Its focus is on new characters, Mea and Josh who happens to be a friend of the the McAllister triplets and the Chandler twins who live next door whilst they are in college in California. Mea has left her miserable family life behind, (she has the mother from hell) to make a fresh start and meets Josh while queuing to enrol. She's missed out on a dorm room and needs somewhere to live; it just so happens that there is space with Molly and Morgan Chandler, so problem solved.
The tone of Hanging Pawns is more positive than the the first book despite the mystery surrounding Mea and the time she spends with Josh is pure romance. Josh is head-over-heels in love with Mea - “I have loved you since I tricked you into letting me ahead of you in line, and I will love you until I can trick you into letting me die first, because I don’t want to live a second without you.”
Who could resist such a declaration! They totally work as a couple and after the near constant angst of Adjournment, this book is a breath of fresh air. It is also a much shorter volume and that seems just right. There is an authors note on Amazon, that says: "This book is said to be more like a prequel to Adjournment. This book will also answer a lot of questions you were left with from Adjournment". I cannot agree because for me, Adjournment did exact;y what a first volume should do; it introduced characters, set the scene for the series and gave the reader much to think about before diving into the remaining books.
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By Nardia TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2016
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I received this book for an honest review on behalf of a kiss down under book blog.

Ahhh, the relief I'm feeling right now.......I finally have some answers that were driving me crazy after reading the first book. Don't get me wrong there are still questions that I'm dying to find the answers to, but I'm glad I can move on with the some relief I have received so far.

In this book with have the story of Mea and Josh and while we are on their journey there are roads within the story that is tying together Sidney & Simon's story, but also gives you are greater understanding of each character.It's a bit like a prequel to the first book.

I really enjoyed this book and I'm loving how this author has me hanging for more.
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Favorite Quotes:

“I’ve never heard a man speak that way to a woman. Well, not to one like her. I thought men flocked to women like her, falling at their feet in hopes of getting a peek up the whore’s skirt.”

“This isn’t a car, this is scrap metal held together with wire and chewing gum.”

“Everyone has a story to tell, they just need to find the right person to tell it to.”

“Because when I looked at you, I saw my entire world and it was as though someone turned on a light switch. I just wanted to be the one to turn yours on.”

“I have loved you since I tricked you into letting me ahead of you in line, and I will love you until I can trick you into letting me die first, because I don’t want to live a second without you.”

“Morgan, my love. When you marry me it will because you asked me… or because you were medicated,”

My Review:

This is one of those special and happy occasions when the sequel outshines the debut. I am thrilled to report that Book 2 Hanging Pawns, is a vast improvement in the readability and quality of Ms. Vallis’s writing. The characters are far more likable, witty, and interesting as we are not seeing them through Sidney’s untrusting filter, but through Mea’s. I adore Mea and Josh as a couple, and also relished the dynamic between the other two couples. The mystery and intrigue continues to deepen Hanging Pawns with more clues and secrets being exposed. I couldn’t put this book down and enjoyed the clever dialog, bickering, and humorous banter, as well as all the twists and intersecting and overlapping of life spaces, and look forward to unraveling more surprises in the 2 remaining hefty tomes.
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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 June 2015
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I am adoring this Fate series by Emersyn Vallis, this another great story that has a lot to do with book 1, Adjournment, but thus is Mea Andrews and Josh Anderson's story.

We were given a glimpse of them towards the end of Adjournment, but this tells the how thry met story.

Mea has run awsy from her evil overbearing mother to attend college, while putting in her oapers she meets Josh Anderson, he is gorgeous, hot and under the glaze of every female at university. Mea doesn't want anything to do with Josh, he us just another one of the beautiful people that tend to be mean, just like the girls behind her at registration.

Under the watchful eye of Josh, Mea is quickly taken by his friendship with no strings, and his holy hotness doesn't do bad things either.... Soon enough she is out if the dorms and living next to Josh and the McAlister triplets Simon, Chase and Dean and in the same house as the Chandler twins, Morgan and Molly. The girls take to Mea straight away and soon she becomes family enjoying Christmas with their family.

Not understanding the carry on and the Chandler family banter she leans on Josh more and more.... But when Mrs Chandler finds out Mea is not who she says she is will she still be welcome and will Josh still want her?

I really enjoyed Hanging Pawns more than Adjournment I think, even though it was a quick read it gave some more details into the messed up life that Sydney Chandler and what Josh and Mea's roles are.

Very much looking forward to book 3 in what is becoming a great series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fall in Love with Mea and Josh 4 July 2016
By Cassandra's Reviews - Published on
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Hanging Pawns by Emersyn Vallis book 2 Fate series

Loving this series!

I received an ARC for an honest review.

I enjoyed the first book in this series and loved this book too and Emersyn Vallis does not disappoint.

The characters fill this book with laughter, family, friendship and love. I really love a book that can encompass all of this.

We meet Mea is a girl who grew up poor and did not have much like most people who had more. We also meet Josh who has more then Mea but he falls for her.

This book is beautifully written and I love that Mea and josh don't skip into bed immediately too. They take their time and go the old fashioned route.

Will Mea and Josh get their happy ever after?

I recommend you read this series, read the first book then this book and you will love it.
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the sweetest men ever created. A book that makes you believe in fate. 26 July 2016
By Amy - Published on
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“Everyone has a story to tell, they just need to find the right person to tell it to,”

Hanging Pawns is book 2 in the Fate series by Emersyn Vallis and although I was expecting to jump right back into Sydney and Simon’s story this one was actually a prequel of sorts. This book focuses on Mea and Josh who you find out in the first book that they are married however they keep their marriage secret from the public. Josh might very well be one of the sweetest men ever created. The moment he meets Mea he just knows that she is the one and is willing to wait for her to realize it. However, he is going to have his work cut out for him because she is not looking to fall in love. Josh is always there for Mea ready to help her with something as simple as a scraped knee to a broken heart. His bashful nature to his playful nature he really has it all.

“Oh Darlin’, we’re going to have to work on your one-liners…that was terrible. And you-you’re laughing at your own joke? I can’t believe I am still talking to you.”

Quickly after Mea meets Josh she realizes she needs somewhere to stay and luck for her Josh knows the perfect house complete with two of the most hilarious twins around. Morgan and Molly immediately welcome Mea into their home and lives making her finally feel like she has family for the first time. This story wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t get to experience the constant rivalry between the McAllister’s and the Chandlers. Although shocking at first Mea quickly accepts their brand of crazy and happily joins in.

“To family, friends, and finding people who we can’t imagine not having in our lives.”

Don’t worry although this happens prior to the last book you will still get your Sidney and Simon fix. There is more that you will learn about their separation in this book that will shed light onto some of the mystery that surrounds them. While Mea learns more about Simon she also learns more about herself and realizing that sometimes what you’ve always wanted is right in front of you. This really is a sweet story and a quick read that I highly recommend. I can’t wait to start the next in the series.

“I love you and not because of this, but because you are my best friend and my family. I don’t want to be a day without you.”
3.0 out of 5 stars A good, sweet story, but not what I was expecting 16 July 2016
By Jecca Reads-a-Lot - Published on
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Well, unlike the first book in the series, this book did not end in a cliffhanger. However, I was quite confused by this book. I had assumed, given said cliffhanger, that this book would be a continuation of Simon and Sidney's story. I was wrong. This book is about a completely different couple--Mea and Josh.

I want to say, I did enjoy Mea and Josh's story. It was sweet. Especially Josh. He was adorable. But I was completely thrown off in the beginning, not knowing who I was reading about and confused as to when and where this was taking place. I don't like to begin a book with that much confusion; it makes it hard to get into, particularly if you are expecting something different and the blurb doesn't give you any indication that it isn't what you might have been expecting. In fact, the blurb basically tells you nothing. This is the main reason for my 3 rather than 4 stars. Also, the editing could use some work.

Another thing I ran across in this book that was one of my complaints with the first book was the loose ends. Mea is a sweet girl, running from an unhappy past. We know her mother was verbally abusive and controlling, but it's never said whether she was physically abusive. Is that why she tells her to go to her father's office when she's angry with her? We don't know. Also, my adorable Josh--Who is his mother? Why does he seem intent on keeping that to himself? And why is it never revealed? Or even brought up again? It doesn't fit their trusting, honest love story.

You do get to experience more of the twins and the McAlister boys in this book. It's from their college years (since this story happens in the past), but it gives the reader some more insight (if very vague in some instances) into who they are and the roles they may or may not be playing in the whole Simon-Sidney ordeal.

At the end of this book, I'm left wondering: Is the next book going to be about Simon and Sidney or someone else, like one of the twins maybe? Do Mea and Josh play a role in the future of Simon and Sidney, or did we get their story simply because it was sweet, they were mentioned in the first book, and their story gave us some twins/triplets background? Were Simon and Sidney even the main focus of this series, as I thought based on the way the first book ended, or is the series a bunch of stories about how all of them find HEA love? I just don't know.

That's how I felt throughout this entire book: I just don't know.

I do plan to read the other 2 books in the series. Hopefully, my questions will be answered and I'll feel a sense of closure by the end. Hopefully...

**I was gifted a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing story - a true romance 11 June 2016
By JB's Book Obesssion Blog - Published on
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Mea and Josh are an unlikely couple from the start. She wants no ties and prefers to hide in the shadows, while Josh has a bigger than life persona. From the moment Josh meets Mea he can’t help but want to bring her out of her shell to show her the light and fun side of life.

My Review: 5 Stars

This is the second book in the Fated series and I absolutely loved it I breezed through reading it in a day. Adjournment took me a few days much longer and a lot going on. This story flow really well and goes back in time to introduce us the Mea and Josh and how they become a couple and part of the motley crew from friends from the previous book.

Mea’s home life was anything but ideal, coming from wealth you would think she had it all. But its quite the opposite. Mea’s family is cold, her mother uncaring and her father too weak to stop her from making Mea’s life miserable. Her sisters are cruel and shun her at every turn.

Josh brings a whole new world into Mea’s life, he makes her realize that life can be fun. She doesn’t have to be alone. His sweetness and love for Mea drew me in from the moment he skipped in line in front of her at the college in an effort to get her to talk to him.

We also get the McAllister triplets and their pranks against the not so innocent Morgan and Molly Chandler twins. I was also interested in poor Simon nursing his broken heart after leaving his one true love Sidney behind. Morgan and Molly and the guys take Mea into their fold of friends and chaos without question. I loved the fun they all seem to have.

The story is not without heartbreak when Mea is confronted by the harshness of her family’s rejection. But Josh and her new found family of Morgan, Molly and the triplets help to get her through the devastation.

This was truly my favorite of the series so far, it answers some of my questions from the first book that had left me a little confused. This author doesn’t write as much sexual heat in her books as I usually like but this series doesn’t need it. The heat that is there is well written. I look forward to seeing how these guys and gals end up.
4.0 out of 5 stars ... story and it is quick and is just a good romance story 23 May 2016
By elizabeth horbaczek - Published on
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This book was given to me for an honest review
4 stars

This is Josh's and Mae's story and it is quick and is just a good romance story. I read this in about an hour and I truly loved it. I love Morgan and Molly, Chase, Dean, and Simon. They .make this story enjoyable and you have a lot of laughs in this book. I love seeing the fun side of romance and the little arguments that really aren't arguments. It always puts a smile on my face. You also have the drama here and there and some of the things didn't feel completed in this story, even with Josh and Mae. That's where I felt a little left down on. But in all I loved how there were secrets, but really there weren't, I enjoyed the romance between Josh and Mae. Always liked the love at first site thing, but with that it still seemed a little off, so I'm thinking there might be more coming for all of them in the next books.

Mae, she broke away from her family. I think she is very strong and that she needed to. She needed to find herself, and I think she did in this book. She became this beautiful, independent woman that she could be proud of. Being timid at first drew me into her character, but when she became stronger in the story she was even more of the woman I knew she would end up being. Josh was this perfect gentleman from the beginning. He gave Mae everything she needed to grow and didn't push himself on her too quickly. He treated her like a princess and that what he got in the end. I loved everything about this couple and how they didn't just jump into something they both weren't ready for.

This series so far has been really good. I love all the characters. I also love this author. I like how she stages the chapters, with a quote first. It makes you see the chapter so much clearer and for that when I'm reading it I look for what it links up with in the chapter. Its a great way to encourage the reader to see things they may have missed in the story without knowing. I cant wait to read the next book in this series, it could only get better.

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