January 28, 2016

Title: The Destiny of Violet & Luke
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: The Coincidence
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central)
Published: January 7, 2014
Genre: new adult contemporary romance, with sensitive subjects

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 . . .

4 stars I have been dying to meet Luke since I met him in the first 2 installments. I knew he was quiet and had a lot going on, I just had no idea how much. If you love reads that are raw and gritty, and honestly a little depressing this is a book (and series) you’ll want to pick up. While I liked Luke and Violet together this installment didn’t blow me away like Jessica Sorensen’s novels typically do. I still really, really loved it, but it was not a 5 star home run for me.

Why? Well I can tell you that the damaged characters certainly were there, but there was something that felt a little cliche about the two of them. The abuse just didn’t ring totally true for me. Maybe it’s my practical side, but it just didn’t jive or flow. Both Luke and Violet’s pasts were too over the top for me. I won’t spoil exactly what they went through because part of what makes this story is the slow reveal.

The other part that was hard for me to swallow was the massive coincidence at the end. There was just no way it could have worked out like that. I did see the foreshadowing so I could feel it coming, and while it was big I just didn’t buy it. Now, for the sake of the story it makes everything end on a massive cliff hanger. These two have a ton to work out to get their HEA, and it’s clear it’s going to be tough because 3 of the books in this series are theirs.

What did I love? Luke. Oh man…he is hot and cocky and sad and damaged and just wants to love and be loved even though he doesn’t know it at first. *takes a breath* Yes, I love Luke and all his baggage.  His interaction with Violet is full of chemistry and curiosity from the start, on both sides. It started slowly but gained momentum and was fragile even though it was moving ahead.

Rec this? Yes! While it wasn’t my favorite Jessica Sorensen book, it was still fantastic and part of a great series. If you love sad, yet healing journeys this is a great add for your TBR.

Happy reading!


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