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Taken by Fate

By: Shannon Mayer
Narrated by: Summer Roberts,Tyler Donne
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Summary

Plucked out of the Collector’s Pens, auctioned off to a vampire contingent, and sent across the ocean to the Alpha Territories was not exactly how I planned to spend my week.

Actually, scratch that. I had planned the first bit. But I was supposed to be sold to the werewolves so I could save my friend from a fate worse than death. Instead, the bloodsuckers have me and so far? It's not going great. I've been shoved into a corset and made to look like an extra on the cast of Bridgerton, all to take part in the Harvest Games—think The Bachelor set in the 1800s, but the men are all vampires, and then add a decidedly terrifying Squid Games element to the mix.

No problem.

My goal—besides keeping the number of holes in my body to the current norm—is more than surviving. It is escaping the inescapable, finding my way to the werewolf territory, and getting Jordan back.

Cue the political strife.

Armed with nothing more than a super sharp hairpin, my questionable charm, and an irrational amount of optimism, plans to get both me and my bestie out alive are in full swing.

Until the General of the Vampire Army and his molten eyes light me on fire and leave me wondering if escape is what I want after all.

Maybe one extra set of holes wouldn’t be the worst thing ever....

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Shannon's Mind

I love diving into any of their series, this one is no exception. Characters are rich and full of character.

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Vampires, Political Intrigue, & A Spicy Romance?🔥

Audiobook 🎧
Taken by Fate
The Alpha Territories, Book 1
By: Shannon Mayer
Narrated by: Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins


This came out earlier than the ebook so I grabbed it.😊 I struggled, for about 7 chapters, to enjoy the female voice artist while she was playing the main character, thankfully that settled down and I was able to immerse myself into the story completely. The male voice artist was perfectly grumpy and sexily growly.🔥 He did very well with the feminine voices too!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book overall. I didn't find Sienna particularly likeable initially, which is really unfortunate.😔 It was because she's so hell bent on getting to 'Jordan', but we barely know anything about them or their back-story together. This just made her stubbornness and reckless disregard for her own safety, to get to him, feel so extreme.🤷🏻‍♀️ But Sienna did start to grow on me about half way through, so Yay!🎉😁

The Vampire General was more relatable and the author showed us his heart & motivations, fairly quickly. He is tied in knots by his instant, almost mystical attraction to Sienna. He fears his enemies will use his distraction to strike against his loved ones whilst his focus is split.🥺 And with how vile the Crown Prince is, I'm not surprised as he is just waiting to strike.😟

The world building is all in place and ready to be expanded upon even further in future books.😊 I'm a big fan of both Will and Beth. I really liked the Duchess too. A certain Scottish addition has potential for more as well.😉 As the book progressed, by about half way, it's pace picked right up and gained a whole star in my rating. The whole story felt fuller, more urgent and engaging, the intrigue grew, as did the sexual tension.🔥

My hope for book 2 are that all of our 'good guys' survive, and survive well! That Sienna stays on the newer 'nicer person' path and doesn't revert back to her previous persona.🙏🏼 I'd love the General to give in to his urges a little.😉🔥 And for the traitor to the General to get their comeuppance!💥

Falling off of that cliff at the end was brutal!😲 This really didn't feel long enough, I obviously need more Alpha Territories in my life please, asap.🙏🏼⭐️

Debbie, 1970, UK

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makings of a great book, delivery a let down

although I think the concept good, the delivery including the voice, bit if a let down, think I would read rather than listen

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So different, but sooo good 👍 👍

Wow is the first word I want to put here first!!

This book is completely different to Shannon's usual books and it's like a breath of fresh air. It's fast paced and keeps you enthralled until you've read and listened to it!!

I'll admit that I had already listened to the audio, prior to the release of the book and I was hooked!!

I had never come across the two narrators used for this audio and they too were like a breath of fresh air!!

Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne kept me listening from start to end with barely a break from the off!! They brought out the personalities of the characters and had you almost holding your breath in places!!

So of course when the book came out, I just had to listen again as I read the book and, if I thought it was good just listening to the audio, it was mind blowing to the highly unsatisfying end!!

Now why did I say unsatisfying??

Because I just didn't want it to end!!

I was depressed when the audio has finished the first time. In fact I may have pouted and trust me when I say, a woman at my age should NEVER be seen, or known, pouting. I'm far too old for such things lol. But pout i did.

But, then the horrid thing was, I felt even more upset at the end of the book when it came, when reading and listening to it!! I stamped a metaphorical foot!!

What a terrible way to finish and we've now got until February to find out what happens next!! How am I supposed to wait for what's to come next!!

So if you want to listen and read a different and brilliant book by Shannon, this is definitely the one to get!! In fact if you just want a really good audio and book, get this one regardless, you certainly won't regret it.

It has everything you need. A spunky, sassy heroine, trying to find her way to the werewolf territories to find her friend and hopefully rescue him. She refuses to accept the status quo and gives her poor maid such a bad headache, that she's either going to end up with a few ulcers at best or an aneurysm at worst.

A dominant male, fighting the attraction and urges he's feeling toward a woman. But not just any woman, no this one is a lowly human whom he bought. Some one not worthy of such a well known and respected General of the Vampires, who's also the bastard son of the King of the vampires!!

How can such a well renowned vampire, allow some human woman bring him such urges. Urges he tries so hard to ignore and not just because of the aforementioned reasons, but also as an honourable General, he must.....no he will not give into them, into Her!!

Yet while all this is going on, she is part of the Harvest Games, with other human women bought for these games!! But while all the other women are working hard to attract the attention of the noble, (both high and low born) vampire men, Sienna is working hard at finding a way to escape and get across the eastern border, in her search of Jordan!!I

Of course will it all work out??

Will the General win his fight against the pull of Sienna, who incidentally finds she too has this pull toward the General.

Can Sienna find a way to escape the vampires and make it to the werewolf territories, without being caught and killed??

All while the King is dying and the Crown Prince is plotting the murder of his younger brother!!

The only way to find out all the answers is to buy both audio and book and thoroughly immerse yourself in the new world order, brought to you by the extremely talented Shannon Mayer!!

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!

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Not for the faint-hearted

This is a steamy introduction into the new series. The storyline is interesting and gripping, and every so often a new little tidbit is dangled in front of you. It took me a little time to warm to the voice actors, being a Brit & raising an eyebrow at a couple of pronunciations, but they do become endearing and I encourage you to persevere! It’s a great book and I can’t wait for the next!

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A bit different

This is a bit of a departure from Shannon’s usual writing, it takes place in North America after the “falling of the veil”. There a few different lands and Sienna has been captured and sold to the vampire clan. it took me a while to warm to the main characters accent she is English but the narrator has made her sound very upmarket when her background suggests she should be much more Working class. I forgot that pretty quickly though and warmed to the characters.
The General aka Dominic is sexy and incredibly torn in his response to Sienna. It’s a great start and I look forward to more in the series.

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Fabulous new story

I planned on getting caught, I just didn't plan on getting sent to the Vampires.

This is an excellent new series buy a truly talented author. Written with a good pace and strong characters it tells of Sienna who deliberately lets herself be caught in an effort to rescue her brother who had been taken by the Werewolves. The only flaw, The Vampires are buying today!
I especially enjoyed the two narrators for this book as it brought an extra dimension to the story.

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Outstanding

Just WOW! Get ready for a wild ride of intrigue, suspense, romance and chemistry. Oh Lordy the chemistry! The characters are wonderfully complex and diverse, with just the right amount of humour added in to make it even better.

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  • CLL
  • 30-10-22

Just nope!

I normally like Shannon Mayer's imagination, but this thing is a HUGE miss for me. I call it a thing because what it is, is not really very good at being a story...

I assume there is a story in here somewhere....in-between all the "my c**k throbbed at the site of her..." and "my desire to f**k her... "which gave this collection of words a very vulgar feel...These two phrases plus multiple variations of these two phrases were basically 90% of this collection of words. The actual story related content could have been summed up in probably 30 minutes. Very disappointing!

The only redeeming part of this thi g was that the narration wasn't entirely awful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-22

Smut

I am disappointed. I am a Mayer fan but this is awful. Nightmare inducing opening with suggestions of porn to come. It read like a story in an old fashioned “men’s” magazine. I didn’t make it past three chapters before returning it. Just gross. Shannon you’re better than this.

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  • Carol K.
  • 18-10-22

Fabulous start to a new series!

Fifteen years after humans find out monsters are real and we aren't the top of the food chain... Could there be a more interesting premise for a new urban fantasy series? Shannon Mayer creates amazing relatable characters with intricate relationships spanning the spectrum of emotion. At times it can be a roller coaster of feels. She has done some very thoughtful world building and laying the groundwork for future additions to The Alpha Territories. I'm really looking forward to the continuing adventures of Sienna and her friends and enemies.

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  • Laura
  • 23-10-22

Hot!! 🔥🔥🔥

Heart pounding read!

Goddess, this book literally sunk its teeth and never let me go till the very end.
I was lost in this world of vampires and selection vibes. I don’t want to give out any spoilers but this book is addicting!
The narrators Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne are amazing!! I loved how they each portrayed Sienna and Dominic! They truly brought the characters to life!!
The book is both spicy and fast pace. Be sure to have your pearls ready for clutching because you’ll need it!
I absolutely love Dominic, Sienna, and Will.
Dominic and Sienna are both complex characters.
This one will stick with you long after you finish. Such a good book hangover!!
I don’t think there’s another book out there similar to this one and I love how unique it was.

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  • Betteroffwithbooks
  • 22-10-22

Amazing

Shannon is such a sneaky little minx for keeping this book under wraps for so long. It was absolutely amazing! Imagine a mixture of Trueblood, Bridgerton and a dash of The Hunger Games with some added spice and you have this twistedly delicious book.

Like most, if not all, of Shannon’s books I loved this one from the first page. From The Stockyards to Blackthorne Castle the world building was beautifully done. I felt like I was there with the characters. Watching things happen real time.

Sienna is easily one of my favorite FMCs that Shannon has written. She’s different and so damn bullheaded that you can’t help but love her. The General, Dominic, is such a grumpy horn dog and I love it. I want my own Dom.

The mystery behind the things happening in this book keep you on your toes. While we get a couple answers we are left with so many more questions. How are we to wait for the next book?

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  • A.D. Waltz
  • 17-11-22

Vampire Slow Burn

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Slow Burn 🔥

Anyone who knows me can attest to how much I love a good vampire book. This was more than GOOD.

Based in a modern setting where the supernatural creatures of the world have come out of hiding after centuries, humans have to offer up members of their own society in a "harvest" in order to keep the peace between species. This particular story follows a group of women who have been sold off to the vampires to participate in a series of testing to prove their worth and a chance at becoming a member of vampire high society.

The delicious tension and slow burn build up made my head want to explode, in the best possible way. This book ends on a cliffhanger so, be warned! I am eagerly awaiting the release of book two in February.

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  • Jessica Shook
  • 12-11-22

Smart, well done, spicy that leaves you wanting more

The FL is not an idiot, and the ML is more than walking abs. The plot is engaging and fun, somewhere between Bridgerton and Hunger Games with a side of a coup.
The spicy scenes are a bit of a blue ball, no payoff in book one… so unfortunately I’ll be buying book 2 tomorrow instead of waiting for my credits to drop. 🥵

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  • Manda
  • 17-11-22

An Entrancing Beginning to a New Series!

There are so many things that I love about Shannon Mayer's books, but her mastery at world building and the depth of character development are at the top of the list. As the first book in a new series, Taken by Fate details a world where the veil between humanity and the paranormal has fallen.

Sienna's best friend has been sold to the shifter lands. She allows herself to be captured by the "collectors" with a plan to rescue Jordan from the shifters and get them both out of the Alpha Territories. Her plan goes terribly wrong when her group is auctioned to the vampire contingent instead of the shifters, and Sienna is purchased by Dominic, the General of the Vampire Army, to be part of the Harvest Games.

The Harvest Games pits the human girls against each other in a Darwinian, yet Bridgertonesque, approach to determining their future roles in the vampire lands. Sienna experiences an unexplainable connection to Dominic, constant danger, and unexpected friendships. Not all the girls will survive, and making it through the games to rescue Jordan is her primary goal.

Sienna's humor, candor, curiosity, and loyalty make her a f-mc that I totally enjoyed. Dominic, the illegitimate son of the king, is a strong, protective, sacrificial hero who puts the welfare of others above his own. A slow burn, enemies to lovers trope containing a few hot scenes, it also has plenty of the m-mc's carnal thoughts make this a steamy read/listen.

The performance by narrators Summer Roberts and Tyler Donne is exceptional and truly brought this story to life! This is an example of an audiobook enhancing the story itself. I'm sure when I read the ebook, Summer and Tyler's voices will be in my head!

This book, entrancing in itself, sets the stage for what promises to be a romantasy series full of political intrigue, danger, and mystery. I can't wait to read or listen to the next book

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  • Jeffrey Alvarado
  • 15-11-22

Crazy New Cutthroat World by Mayer

Crazy & wild new world where True Blood meets The Hunger Games and the Bachelorette in a way. Sienna is fierce as always, with a hint of naïve about many things since the Veil started falling. The series is a bit darker and supposed to be spicier than her other works lately. Unfortunately it amounts to a bunch of angst & a whole lot of sexual tension between Sienna & Dominic. FOR THE LOVE!!!! PLEASEEEEE give us some full on sex scenes in book 2 because I can’t take much more tension in any of Mayer’s’ ongoing series’ right now.

Discovering the characters and power players in a new Mayer series is always an adventure in of itself, and the intricacies of this one had my head spinning for a bit. There’s an enormous amount of mystery around Sienna’s plight, outcome, and her seemingly more than she appears human characteristics.

If you prefer plot over romance, always choose a Mayer novel; I just hope this series can finally give us more of her elusive romances. The story was great; I just might be slightly bitter over the plot twist at the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-22

Meh

The narration was perky, upbeat, English accented. Not in keeping with the story. Found it distracting. Couldn't finish the audio book.

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