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HER DESTINY is a young adult Contemporary Romance and the sequel to HIS REVERIE.
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I knew from the moment I first saw him he was the one. The only boy I could ever want.
The only boy I could ever love.
They say he’s bad for me.
But I know he’s not.
Until the day he rejects me.
And breaks my heart.
Everything changes in the blink of an eye. My entire life as I’ve known it is…gone. Secrets are revealed. Promises once made are irrevocably broken. There’s no way my family can get back to what we once were.
So when Nicholas Fairfield walks back into my life like he never left it, I’m furious. Thrilled.
Despite my confusion, I want to be with him. I love him. But danger lurks where we least expect it. Someone will do whatever it takes to tear us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.
Because Nick Fairfield? He’s mine.
“He probably hates that you’re staying the night, but he’ll get over it.” I take a step toward him and pat him on the shoulder, marveling at the solid feel of muscle beneath my palm, beneath the thick fabric of his sweatshirt. Has he gotten taller since the last time I saw him? Broader? He’s so big, standing next to him makes me feel small. “Do you need anything else?” I remove my hand from his shoulder, wishing I could touch him more.
“Nah. I’m gonna change, brush my teeth and go to sleep.” He smiles, looking cute, like a little boy and my heart flutters. When he reaches for the hem of his sweatshirt I step away, watch in silent fascination as he pulls the fabric over his head, taking the T-shirt he’s wearing beneath it upward so I catch a glimpse of his flat, perfect stomach, the little trail of dark hair that starts just under his navel.
I’m breathless, my skin is tingling and when he tosses the sweatshirt onto the couch, I start to walk backwards. “Okay well, good night.” I need to get away from him before I do something really stupid.
Like jump him.
“Night, Reverie,” he calls after me as I hurry to my bedroom. Glancing over my shoulder, I find him watching me with that penetrating, thoughtful gaze and I turn away, practically tripping over my feet in the hall. I rush into my room, shutting the door quietly before I slump against it, closing my eyes and pressing my forehead against the rough wood.
My feelings for him haven’t stopped. I still want him. I’m still in love with him. So why am I denying myself from being with him? Because I’ve changed and I’m worried he won’t accept me for who I really am? And because my life is so crazy the last thing I need is another complication to muck it all up?
Valid reasons, but why would I deprive myself from being with him? He’s the only one who understood me. Who listened to me. Who cared about me.
I think he still does.
Cracking open my eyes, I push away from the doorway and shut off the light before I crawl into bed. I lay there in the dark, listening to him move about inside the bathroom, which is right next to my bedroom. He finishes brushing his teeth before he exits the room and I swear I can feel him standing on the other side of my closed door, waiting. Listening for any sign of life coming from within.
I can’t move. I’m frozen, holding my breath, waiting for him to knock on the door, to turn the knob, anything to show that he wants to see me. I want him to both respect my brother’s wishes and defy them. I want him overcome with need yet cautious. I want…everything.
All of him.
Disappointment crashes through me when I realize he is definitely obeying Evan’s wishes. He doesn’t sneak into my room, doesn’t attempt to talk to me, nothing. I should be happy. Pleased that he doesn’t want to upset anyone.
Instead, I’m sad.
Rolling over on my side, I punch the pillow beneath my head and settle in for the night, willing myself to fall asleep. I get to spend pretty much the entire weekend with him. Maybe we can work it out then since we’ll have plenty of time. But for now I’ll have to settle for Nick visiting me…
Only in my dreams.
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I was super excited to continue Nick and Rev's story. His Reverie ended on such a cliffhanger that it was almost illegal, and I NEEDED this book to find out what would happen to two of my favorite characters.
Once again, I loved how this book was written, through both Nick and Rev's POV, diary entries and (unsent) love letters. My heart broke for Nick because he was such a sweet guy who only ever had Rev's best interests at heart, even though his actions were hurtful to her. Rev did a full 180 in this story. No longer the sweet, naïve, innocent little girl whom I met in Book 1. She rebelled against all the turmoil in her life, in the worst possible way, but I knew she'd find her way back to her true self. Having said that, even when the real Rev returned there were some major changes in her. She was tough and determined, and I wasn't the only one who liked that about her.
I loved that she and Evan formed more of a bond during the mess her parents had created, and he too had changed from being a spoilt douche bag. He was more protective and responsible, and I actually liked him this time around.
Nick was everything he was in the first book and so much more. I heart Nick so much, but I also liked that Rev gave him a hard time when he came to see her. Although my heart was breaking for him, because he was so genuine in his want to make things right with her, from her POV I could understand why she felt she couldn't trust him not to break her heart again. Her life had literally been turned upside down, and the last thing she needed was for him to walk out of her life, again.
Of course there was still Krista's death hanging over everyone's heads. The question was, who was responsible? I was happy that Rev was able to save Nick, but that still left a killer on the loose. I had a sneaky suspicion who it was, especially after Nick's run in at the police station, but I never expected Krista's death to have gone down the way it did. It was quite sick and the culprit had clearly lost his mind. Desperation and anger are a lethal match.
This story was exciting and suspenseful, with a bit of romance thrown into the mix. I loved every second of it.
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I write books. I have the best job ever. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Writer of new adult contemporary romance-ish stuff. Published with Avon and Bantam. Mom and wife. Native Californian.
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