Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight
Release Date: June 26, 2010
Age: YA/ College Age Characters
Genre: Romance, Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Paranormal
Source: Supa Gurl Blog Tours
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Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other and now her doubt over her long time relationship with her high school sweetheart is not her only secret…someone else knows about her keen intuition and sixth sense.A mysterious clairvoyant seeks Lauren out and tells her not only of her life now but what the future may hold. Soon Lauren is in the middle of a murder investigation and a questionable friendship with the key suspect. Law enforcement, friends and family are concerned for Lauren but unfortunately they are unaware of the true danger…Sinister forces are at work and will stop at nothing to destroy Lauren’s abilities.All I can think about at this moment is the shocking ending and that I need to get a hold of the second book now! Nancy Straight wove an incredible paranormal love story about a girl and a boy whose paths cross and are meant to be intertwined. The suspense found throughout the story, the thrilling murder investigation, and the well rounded and relatable characters and their intense love story kept me trapped in the pages of this book!
Lauren, in a moment of pure courageousness (or if you asked her mother pure selfishness), finds herself hurt and looking into the eyes of the man she's been dreaming about for years. Max is the paramedic that saves her life, moments after she risks it for a little boy. Max is her destiny. It sounded silly to me at first, I mean for her to know she is supposed to be with him. But, it works, very well. Max is Lauren's knight in shining armor, and it is obvious even after the short amount of time they are together that they are meant to be together. They have a fast paced romance that made me fall in love with their tale.
There are quite a few secondary characters that are worth a second look, Nancy does a great job perfectly molding each character from her talent with words. Amanda, a reporter, is probably the one (besides Lauren and Max of course) that I was impressed with most. There's more in the background of her story that I'd like to know, and Nancy could probably write a book on her life as well. Then there's Seth. Seth is Lauren's best friend, and he thinks that Lauren should be his, and she was, until Max enters the picture. From the very beginning I didn't like Seth. He's not a bad character or anything I just found him sickeningly attached to Lauren, giving the initial events in the novel I guess it makes sense, but he's no Max. When Seth finds the one he's supposed to be with I blew a sigh of relief.
There is a bit of insta-love instilled in this book. Max and Lauren's relationship is short but strong, and one thing I noticed a few times was that their arguments (which to me they argued quite frequently) seemed to self resolve. I don't know how to explain it, but it seemed like one minute Max would be fuming about something and then all of a sudden it was over.
The author blends in the perfect amount of paranormal aspects into this story to make the events seem real and believable.
The stunning relationship that evolves in Meeting Destiny between Lauren and Max is magical. They are a great couple. I can't wait to read more of their story and the events that unfold in the series. The story is fast moving and full of the mystery and suspense that keeps me coming back for more. Fans of Nicole Williams' Eternal Eden series, Lauren Kate's Fallen series, and My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares are sure to love this one! Book 2, Destiny's Revenge, will definitely be a great read, one I will have to check out!
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About the Author
Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband, two children and three dogs. She enjoys RVing with her family, writing Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy and reading all types of Paranormal and Young Adult literature.