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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Adam W. Jones writes a story of innocent love nestled within a southern lifestyle in Fate Ball. Life is full of opportunities at the age of nineteen. Able Curran has just returned from a trek through Europe when he meets the beautiful seductress, Ava Dubose. Ava is lusciously sweet. Her touch, her kiss, her sexy laugh, her alluring southern accent has Able falling headfirst into the raging sea of love. Able wasn’t prepared for what was happening. Before too long, Ava’s dark side begins to emerge, tainting their blissful love affair. Ava seems nonchalant about rules and boundaries, breaking them with ease, making authority figures playthings to outwit and toy with. Ava is always ready for fun, never embarrassed or fearful at all. However, underneath her perfect appearance is a silent, tortured soul. Ava is imprisoned and her jailer is addiction. As the temptress turns into a tempest, will their fated union prevail, or will it be lost in the tumultuous sea of love?
Fate Ball by Adam W. Jones is an unforgettable romantic tragedy. Mr. Jones elegantly portrays love and calamity, faith and fate, and heartache and despair. How can love be so wonderful and so horrible? Addiction is a powerful foe; few can withstand its deceptive grip. Once injected with its venomous poison, the craving is relentless. However, love has an enduring strength that refuses to let go. The main characters are in a tug of war, pulled back and forth by these magnetic conflicting forces. Hope rises and plummets again and again. Able’s character depicts the true nature of love; it never fails, it is patient, always believes the best, and it can withstand anything. But, the core of his character is his inner strength and resolve. Throughout the years of bliss and misery, he doesn’t become stagnant. He grows and evolves, in spite of love’s betrayal. Jones pens Ava’s character explicitly, revealing the life and nature of an addict. It is not a pretty picture. Moreover, those who love and care for addicts become victims of unbearable suffering.
As we watch Ava’s character spiral out of control, we really never know why. Some things in life are inexplicable, and Ava’s addiction captures the truth of this statement. As for Able, tragedy almost destroys him, but his destiny has a different plan. The Fate Ball bounces into his life; he rebounds through his brokenness, and discovers life and purpose. Adam W. Jones narrative, Fate Ball, magnifies the eternal truth – love never fails.