July 25, 2013

Review: Destined to Change

Destined to Change (Destined, #1)

Title: Destined to Change
Author: Lisa M. Harley
My Rating: 4 conch
Source: Purchased
By At: Amazon

Summary from Goodreads:
Destiny…it’s really an interesting thought isn’t it…destiny.

Loralei Harper’s destiny was determined before her birth. It was very simple. She was expected to graduate from high school, marry Declan Sharp, and have two kids. She would stay at home with them, while her husband worked on the family farm. But the funny thing about destiny is…it can change in the blink of an eye. Now Loralei has to figure out what to do when everything changes.

Declan Sharp, a sweet country boy, grew up with Loralei. Their parents couldn’t have planned their relationship any better. Loralei was the love of his life and their future was bright, but sometimes life gets in the way of your plans.

Jaxon Daniels, a pierced, tattooed, badass with a gentle soul, just wanted to get out of the city and relax in the country for a little while. The last thing he was looking for was right in front of him. With skeletons in his closet, will he be able to hold on to the woman he loves, when the past comes out to play?

Cade Walker, a cocky cowboy, never gave love a second thought. Sex? Now that was a different story. After a drunken night, all of that changes when he feels something for Loralei...with his heart. This good ole boy learns that alls fair in love and war.

What happens when all of these lives cross paths? Whose destiny will change and who will get their happily ever after?

The Review: Loralei Harper believes her life is all planned out, until a tragic accident changes her destiny forever. I was surprised at the event that occurred in the beginning of the story, especially since one of the characters in the book blurb is killed off. But, that also grabbed my attention. I think Lisa did a great job capturing the emotional state a woman like Loralei would be in. She dedicated her life to her kids and never gave her heart a chance to heal. But when Jaxon arrives, that changes everything. I liked Jaxon and I liked picturing someone like him working as a farm hand. Although, it drove me crazy how so much of the drama could have been avoided if he and Loralei would have just finished a sentence or completed a thought. But then again, that’s what kept me reading! I’m still not sure about Cade.  He was depicted very well as a playboy cowboy with little concern for any type of romantic connection, but then he falls hard for Loralei. Not that she’s not worthy, I just think I would have liked to see a little more growth in that relationship. The crazy passion was there, but the emotional connection didn’t seem to be. The next book will follow his story and I’m curious to see how his time with Loralei changes him for the better.

The Good: Tons of romantic drama that will draw you in.

The Issue: Too many POV changes. There were several instances where I read the same exact scene twice but from different narrators. I’m okay with changing it up, but the whole scene doesn’t need to be recapped. This wasn’t so prevalent in the second half of the book.

The Rating: 4 conch. A dramatic romance that will have you laughing, yelling, and crying all at the same time.

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