Sunday, April 27, 2014

#REVIEW: Defining Destiny by Deanna Chase @writerdeanna

From USA Today bestselling author, Deanna Chase, the first book in the Destiny series.

When destiny fails...

Singer-songwriter Lucy Moore thought her life was perfect. At just twenty-one, she's already met her soul mate and together they've landed a recording contract. But when her father dies and the love of her life betrays her in more ways than one, she returns home to pick up the pieces. On the shores of Mendocino, California, Lucy has some decisions to make. Should she start a solo career? Or should she leave it all behind for some semblance of normalcy in the quiet town she grew up in? And what about Seth, the tortured artist who always seems to be there when she needs him?

Seth Keenan has demons of his own. Eighteen months ago, he was involved in a horrific accident that he never talks about. His career as an accomplished oil-paint artist has been abandoned, replaced by the buzz of his tattoo gun. And women--well, he never sticks around for longer than a few hours of pleasure... until he meets Lucy. After one evening of listening to her seductive voice, he's pulled under. But what about the vow he made to never get close to anyone again?

In a world where everyone has one true soul mate, can these two find love in the arms of each other?

Defining Destiny (Defining Destiny #1) by Deanna Chase
This had a unique premise. Marketed as paranormal romance though I'd say it was definitely more contemporary romance with a mystical element. The author built the story around the premise that fated mates aren't always what's best. Such an intriguing and unexplored concept added dimension to the story.

While the concept was unique, the actual story was just okay. The characters were all pretty solid though I vacillated on my appreciation for their choices, particularly Lucy. Ultimately, she redeemed herself in my eyes but I never came to like her which is important for me. I need to connect with the heroine on some level - you know, woman to woman.

Defining Destiny wrapped up nicely and left me satisfied with the ending.

3 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was provided to us through NetGalley. Many thanks.
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