Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family's standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.
Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother's ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.
When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he's immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.
Liam's father isn't convinced Laxshmi is "The One" and Laxshmi's mother won't even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one's own fate too great a price for the soulmated?
Liam Whelen is an Irish royal empath looking for his soulmate. This union could grant the couple legendary powers. Liam thinks Lakshimi Kapadia might be the one and he's determined to win her heart.
I liked the plot of the story and the fact that Liam and Lakshimi are both trying to please their parents by doing what is expected of them, but are willing to defy them for love. I loved the exposure of Lakshimi's and Liam's culture.
The characters were great. Lakshimi and Liam really seem perfect for each other. I liked Shiney's outspokenness and Jack being like an older brother to Lakshimi.
Soulmated was an absorbing novel with romance and diversity that would be enjoyable for fans of YA romance!
I really enjoyed the first page – the mystery, the cool powers, the competition, and the uncertainty left hanging in the air.
I mean Liam is obviously going to win the test/contest, but reading this made me curious as to how and what he’s winning, what exactly can he do, and most importantly of all who is he? There’s just enough to tease my curiosity: Liam is an empath and a prince who can most likely read minds, or at least keep people from reading his. I love it when the everything revealed in the first page makes me want more, and Shaila did a great job hooking me. I would most likely buy the book if I found it in a store and would definitely check it out of the library.
Shaila changed the first page to reveal the paranormal elements, which was a keen decision, because, really, as a paranormal reader, that’s what I want. I need to know on page one exactly what I’m dealing with. If I’m going to read a book about empaths, then I really want to know up front that there are some.
This first page does so much so well:
Readership: YA. Liam’s “now come of age” which to my brain means he’s likely 18.
Genre: Mind reading? Definitely paranormal.
Mood: All the sass you could ever need is within Liam’s first spoken line. This opening let me know this book will be full of the sharp teen wit and sarcasm. And then this:
“No, sir, not at all. Although, uh … I’d like to know when it is you’ll begin with me.”
Setting: This was one area I wish were a little less done on page one, because I was still getting my mind around the character and world. I really didn’t care what used to be in the room, and I didn’t know what a signing-over ceremony was–I’m still in the moment of this test:
The manor staff had rearranged the study to hold both the testing and signing-over ceremonies. Gone were the leather club chairs and stained glass lamps normally dotting the large space
“Tell me more” factor: I know that Liam is a Prince and needs to win something, perhaps the crown, but I don’t really know what or why, and I definitely want to find out more!
This first page earns 4 out of 5 North of Normal stars!