Publication date: February 20th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
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 by Deanna Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was really good! I went in to it just thinking it was a normal New Adult book, but I got a nice surprise! I should have known that anything by Deanna Chase would have some sort of Fantasy/Paranormal element to it, but I was thinking this was straight romance. However, Chase adds just enough of a magical twist to the storyline to make it stand apart, and enhance the story in a cool way.
In Defining Destiny every person in the world has their one true soul mate. They are drawn to that person, even though they can fall in love with other people. However, once two soul mates are together, they have some sort of talent that is enhanced by the other. For our two main characters these talents are really cool. Lucy is a famous singer - half of a singing duo with her soul mate Cadan. Whenever they sing together the effect on the audience is amazing. They can make them feel sadness, happiness, hope, love, despair, all with just how their voices blend together. Apart, Lucy and Cadan are still great singers, but they don't have that same effect on an audience. The other main character, Seth, has recently lost his soul mate, Elsa, in a tragic car accident. Their talent when they were together was painting. Every painting that they painted together was meant for someone out in the world to find, and then that painting would mean something incredibly special to them. Now that Elsa is gone, Seth is no longer painting, and has pretty much given up on being happy.
But one day, Lucy walks into his life. Cadan betrays her in the worst way imaginable to her, so she runs back to her hometown to regroup. While it's not unheard of to walk away from one's soul mate, it is extremely rare, so I really admired Lucy for taking that step. Then something amazing happens. Seth and Lucy are immediately attracted to each other, but after spending a short amount of time together, they realize that they could fall in love. Also, this is not unheard of, just rare. But, most of the people around them keep warning them not to get too serious because the odds are that Lucy will eventually return to Cadan - that she won't be able to resist the soul mate pull. Plus, Cadan is relentless in pursuing her to get her back, so it's kind of a double edged sword. But Lucy is conflicted because even though Seth is not her soul mate, he treats her with more kindness, respect and love than Cadan ever did. And Lucy has brought Seth back to life. He is able to paint again, and has begun to deal with his grief and guilt surrounding Elsa's death. The question is, when Lucy is forced to go back to her old life with Cadan, will her and Seth's new found love be able to overpower her bone deep soul mate connection with Cadan.
I enjoyed this book from page one to the end. I read it in one day, and didn't want to put it down for a minute. I loved the whole thing, and I thought the soul mate angle was original and really added something cool to the story. Plus, Deanna Chase is a great writer and really knows how to make dialogue flow and seem natural, and really brings her characters to life. I loved it, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes this genre.
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Deanna is a native Californian, transplanted to the slower paced lifestyle of southeastern Louisiana. When she isn’t writing, she is often goofing off with her husband in New Orleans, playing with her two shih tzu dogs, making glass beads, or out hocking her wares at various bead shows across the country. For more information and updates on newest releases visit her blog at www.deannachase.com.
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