Saturday, February 28, 2015



Finding Destiny by Christa Simpson

Publisher: Black Widow Publishing (2/12/2014)
Series: Destiny, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author via Black Widow Publishing
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Rating: ★★★★

Skylar has rules. Destiny has him breaking every last one of them.

Destiny is looking forward to a bit of solitude in the north to beat away the winter blues. That’s the plan. Destiny likes plans. But plans don’t always work out the way you want them to.

Skylar never expects to find three ladies trudging through the snow, stranded, in the middle of nowhere, during the biggest snow storm of the year. He’s forced to invite Destiny and her friends back to his cabin. Though he tries to ignore what is subtly unravelling between them, he can’t discount their attraction. The way Destiny reads into his thoughts and the way his jealousy rages at the thought of his brother taking her to his bed, he knows he had better stake his claim. But when tragedy strikes, torn from her arms at lightning speed, Skylar’s left to wonder whether he will ever find his destiny.

{ review } .

When given the opportunity to read BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN, Christa also gave review copies of book one, a novella by the name of FINDING DESTINY. I had every intention of reading it first (as I usually try to when it comes to series), but my schedule became erratic and it didn't happen.

So after reading BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN, I dove into Destiny and Skylar's book. They met at the same time as Matty and Felicia, and were getting married in BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN, so I wanted to see how their relationship came to be.

Now, before I delve into the love that is Destiny and Skylar, I want to point out that I was most excited about reading this book so I could kind of see the accident and what happens to Matty through his brother's eyes. Skylar pushes Matty a bit in BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN, and while they look alike, you already know they couldn't be a whole lot more different (...excluding their other brother, that is -- Matty and Skylar could be two peas in a pod when comparing them to Carter).

I wasn't expecting to not like Matty, or even Felicia for that matter. When you read BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN, you get a sense of great chemistry. They get along fabulously and are playful, fun, and quite honestly, a great couple.

But when you see Matty and Felicia when they first meet? When you see them through the eyes of Skylar and Destiny? You see two people who like to have loose, easy fun with the opposite sex. Matty, we know, is a ladies man. Well, Felicia gave as good as she got, too -- and her smart mouth in BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN? Well, girl's got spunk and tells it like it is, even before she can use lines like "You're in a wheelchair!" or "But you can't walk..!".

Had I read FINDING DESTINY first, I don't think I would have liked Matty or Felicia. Well, "not liked" is a bit rough, but they certainly wouldn't have warranted my undying attention in their book.

Skylar and Destiny, though... what a sweet coupling.

Skylar is very much Matty's opposite in terms of being easy and loose. He takes things slow(...-er) with Destiny. I mean, c'mon, you can only take things so slow when you're stranded for two days and you're extremely attracted to the other person. Sure, he doesn't do strings and is male so obviously, he enjoys his sexual encounters... but he goes about them differently than his younger brother. 

Destiny, on the other hand, has trust issues, is a bit on the shyer side, and is a bit cautious.

Skylar doesn't want strings...

...but he wants Destiny.

Their two days together were easy and fun. When the accident happens and they separate, Destiny isn't sure if she should go to him or not.

I loved every single part of FINDING DESTINY (including the writing style and the tense written in -- as opposed to BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN). I loved how easy their relationship was. I loved that they were aware that it was awfully quick to be feeling what they were feeling, but wanted to give it a shot anyway.

I loved that Felicia wasn't naive enough to think that moving to his home town would make for a fabulous relationship, and when he comes and is seemingly distant... well, she puts together the only logical explanation... even if she were wrong.

I cannot tell you enough how much I loved these two.

Like I sad, I went into it for a different view at Matty & Felicia, and came out of it with a completely different feel. Totally team Destiny/Skylar when it comes to those Knight boys.

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