Friday, October 9, 2015

[Review] When Destinies Collide




Title: When Destinies Collide

Author: Shirl Rickman

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Published: August 1, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thanks!)

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads



SUMMARY --

FROM THE OUTSIDE, THEY APPEAR TO HAVE IT ALL…
Waking every morning and pasting a smile on her face, Selene Chandler only looks like she has it all: parents who love each other, popularity… but what she actually has, is everyone fooled.
Afraid to let anyone see the real, raw her, Selene’s life is far from perfect, and the well-constructed wall she’s built is so high, no one has ever seen past it except her mother; the one and only person she’s ever felt love from.

A TWIST OF FATE THAT IGNITES A FIRE…
The handsome “golden” boy of Montgomery, Texas, Drake Thomas appears to have the perfect life. The Mayor’s son, Drake is privileged, entitled, and has never faced the consequences of his actions. He’s never had to until one fateful night, his carefully constructed world begins to unravel, and it takes all the strength he didn’t know he had to hold it together.

A CONNECTION THAT CAN’T BE DENIED…
When fate deals Selene a devastating hand, she is forced into a new life, in a new town. Both alluring and beautiful, two strangers lives cross paths in a tangle of feelings impossible for them to ignore.
Desire turns to a longing neither have ever allowed themselves to feel; but will it be enough to tear down their walls and overcome the secrets of their past?

They’re both pretending; but in this life, you can only pretend for so long.

The Review.
"Nothing can stop the fate of your hearts."
When Destinies Collide is an emotional story focusing on two broken people. It is an overwhelming journey through Drake and Selene's lives, watching them go from being at their worst, to building up to their best. The author does a wonderful job portraying the huge and critical character development without making it seem like the story dragged on.

Something I really loved about this book was the fact that though there was some form of "love at first sight," the characters kind of pushed it away due to their pasts... something that a lot of books don't do. The fact that it doesn't rush the romanticism makes the book even more realistic. Broken people don't love easily, nor do they trust -- something critical in a relationship and I find it refreshing to read the realism.

When it comes to books much like this one, I try my hardest to not set expectations because I don't want to be disappointed. Upon starting this book, I really hoped for a strong, emotional book that could make me cry (why, yes... I do like books that make me cry). Once I read the following line, I just KNEW it may just give me what I wanted.
"Closing my eyes, I pray for a strong heart because I never want to feel the heartache I just saw on my mama's face."
I cried multiple times reading this book and made the mistake of finishing it at work (it was so hard to keep myself from tearing up). My heart broke, its pieces put back together. This is the kind of book that tears you apart and makes you not want to do anything but lay in bed staring at the ceiling once you finish it. I loved every second.
"I know I can only love you. It hasn't been easy getting here. You're worth it. All the pain. All the heartache. All the confusion. Every frustration. Every mistake. Every setback. You're worth every moment that has led me to loving you."

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