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Review: The Destiny of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen

The Destiny of Violet & LukeTitle: The Destiny of Violet & Luke

Author: Jessica Sorensen

GenreNA Contemporary

SeriesThe Coincidence (Book #3)

Publication DateJanuary 7, 2014

FormateBook, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 1455576522 (Forever/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455576524 (Forever/Hachette)

Reviewed byBridget

Synopsis:

Luke Price’s life has always been about order, control, and acting tough on the outside. For Luke, meaningless relationships are a distraction-a way to tune out the twisted memories of his childhood. He desperately wishes he could forget his past, but it haunts him no matter what he does.

Violet Hayes has had a rough life. When she was young, she was left with no family and the memory of her parents’ unsolved murders. She grew up in foster homes, living with irresponsible parents, drugs, and neglect, and trying to fight the painful memories of the night her parents were taken from her. But it’s hard to forget when she never got closure-and she can’t stop dreaming about what happened that tragic night. To make it through life, she keeps her distance from everyone and never allows herself to feel anything.

Then Violet meets Luke. The two clash instantly, yet they can’t seem to stay away from each other. Although they fight it, they both start to open up and feel things they’ve never felt before. They discover just how similar they are. But they also discover something else: The past always catches up with you . . .

Quick & Dirty: A very enjoyable read and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a steamy new adult romance.

Opening Sentence: I hate running, but it always seems like I’m doing it.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Violet Hayes doesn’t let people into her life. At the age of six her parents were brutally murdered while she was hiding in the other room. The murderer’s were never caught and Violet has had to live with the memories of that horrible night her whole life. She went from one foster family to the next and suffice to say she did not have a good childhood. She is now in college and working really hard to make things better for herself. But she knows that she is still messed up and she doesn’t let people close to her because in the end everyone always lets her down. Then she meets Luke and he seems almost as aloof as she is. He is gorgeous and for the first time in her life Violet actually wants to get to know someone better.

Luke Price has to have control over everything in his life. He grew up without a father and his mother always made him do horrible things like shoot her up with heroine when he was only eight years old. His childhood memories still haunt him to this day and to drown them out he uses alcohol and meaningless sex. When he meets Violet he is drawn to her in a way that is completely new to him. He finds himself opening up to someone for the first time and it is both scary and thrilling at the same time. But the past always has a way of catching up to you and both Luke and Violet have a past full of heartache and pain.

Violet is a girl you don’t want to mess with. Sure she is built small, but she has an attitude full of fire and determination. She keeps her distance from everyone to protect herself from ever getting hurt again. There have been very few people in her life that have shown her kindness and she hates feeling like she owes anyone anything, so she likes it that way. She puts on a tough front but underneath it all she is a very vulnerable girl that doesn’t know what she wants. I loved Violet and found that I really respected her. She went through things that no one should ever have to and has come out broken yet strong at the same time. Being inside her head was insightful and I really enjoyed it.

Luke is just one of those guys that you can’t help but love. He is obviously messed up, but there is still hope that he can redeem himself. Not only is he totally sexy, but he is also a really sweet guy, at least when it comes to Violet he is. He is full of confidence and has always known what he wanted, but when he meets Violet all of his control and plans go out the window. It was interesting to watch him break out of his shell that he has in place for so long, and see him start to truly feel for the first time. He was such a dynamic character and I loved reading his story.

This was a great book full of sexy times, angst, and heartache. My favorite part about it was the characters. They are people that seem completely unlikable because of their attitudes, but I honestly loved them both so much. Sorensen did a great job making me care about the characters, which in turn drew out my emotions. Violet and Luke’s relationship was full of drama and sexual tension which was very entertaining. The only thing that I didn’t really love about this story was the ending. I totally knew what was coming and I was a little disappointed that it ended where it did. There is another book and I am very glad because I can’t wait to read more of Violet and Luke’s story. This is a part of the Coincidence series, but this is the only one I have read from the series, and it is just fine as a standalone. This has been my favorite book by Sorensen so far. Overall, this was a very enjoyable read and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a steamy new adult romance.

Notable Scene:

Taking my new teddy bear and the flashlight I keep in my nightstand drawer, I tiptoe down the stairs. I pause at the bottom, staring at the window in the living room where I can see showers of red and silver sparks glittering sky. It’s so pretty and I stop at the bottom of the stairs to get a good look at them. When the colors fade, I turn for the basement door and open it. A lot of the kids I know are afraid of the basement, but mine’s not that bad. My dad even let me paint my favorite flowers on the walls and I get to keep all my toys down here, too.

I don’t flip on the light, instead I use my flashlight because I’m not supposed to be out of bed this late at night, but the moon and fireworks shower light through the window. Once I get the flashlight turned on, I skip down the stairs to where my toys are stacked in boxes around the room. There’s also a chair in the dragon or something else with claws. My hand shakes a little as I stand up and turn back toward the room. When I step into it, I feel the wind hit my cheeks. I shine the light around and notice one of the windows is open. I don’t understand why. I didn’t open it and I don’t think it was open when I came down here. What if it was a monster?

I sweep the flashlight around the room at all my toys as I start back toward the corner. Then the light lands on something tall… I hear voices. Ones that don’t sound like they belong to a monster, but just people. But that’s what they end up being.

Terrible, horrible monsters.

The Coincidence Series:

1. The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden

2. The Redemption of Callie & Kayden

3. The Destiny of Violet & Luke

4. The Probability of Violet & Luke (May 2014)

5. The Resolution of Callie & Kayden (September 30, 2014)

6. The Certainty of Violet & Luke (2015)

7. Seth and Greyson (2015)

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FTC Advisory: Forever/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of The Destiny of Violet & Luke. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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