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Review of Defining Destiny (& Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!)

24 Feb 2014

Defining Destiny by Deanna Chase


When destiny fails…

Singer-songwriter Lucy Moore thought her life was perfect. At just twenty-one, she’s already met her soul mate and together they’ve landed a recording contract. But when her father dies and the love of her life betrays her in more ways than one, she returns home to pick up the pieces. On the shores of Mendocino, California, Lucy has some decisions to make. Should she start a solo career? Or should she leave it all behind for some semblance of normalcy in the quiet town she grew up in? And what about Seth, the tortured artist who always seems to be there when she needs him?

Seth Keenan has demons of his own. Eighteen months ago, he was involved in a horrific accident that he never talks about. His career as an accomplished oil-paint artist has been abandoned, replaced by the buzz of his tattoo gun. And women—well, he never sticks around for longer than a few hours of pleasure… until he meets Lucy. After one evening of listening to her seductive voice, he’s pulled under. But what about the vow he made to never get close to anyone again?

In a world where everyone has one true soul mate, can these two find love in the arms of each other?

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This book was really enjoyable and actually better than I was expecting which is always nice. Defining Destiny is a New Adult paranormal romance but is very light in the paranormal elements and reads more like a contemporary novel most of the time.

In Lucy's world everyone has one soul mate, a person who you can't help but love no matter what and are inexplicably drawn to. Unfortunately for Lucy her soul mate isn't the most trustworthy guy and after one betrayal too many she leaves him to go back home and think things through.

I absolutely loved Lucy, I liked how she was determined not to settle for a bad relationship just because someone is her soul mate as she doesn't want to end up like her mother. She has a great, fiery personality though she does have a tendency at times to run off without asking questions first.

This book had a love triangle that I thought was really well done. The main focus of Defining Destiny is about Lucy's choice to forgive her soul mate Caden and do what everyone expects by returning to him or to do the near unthinkable and turn her back on her soul mate for good and to be with another guy.

Seth is an amazing guy. He undergone the terrible experience of losing his soul mate in an accident that he blames himself for and now knows that he is destined to be alone for the rest of his life. Lucy and Seth work incredibly well together and other than the fact they aren't soul mates appear to be the perfect couple. I especially loved that throughout the book we got to see Lucy pull Seth from out of his shell as he gradually started to fully live again.

You then also have Caden, the smooth talking rock star who Lucy can't help but being in love with even though he is egotistical, self-absorbed, and has lost sight of their relationship. We see many different sides to him throughout the book and it is often hard to tell if his intentions are good or not.

I liked how this book ended. It was very satisfying, wrapped things up nicely and I was very pleased with Lucy's final choice. Overall this was a fantastic read. Great romance novel with a small magical twist just to give it something special and different. I would definitely recommend Defining Destiny and I am looking forwards to reading more books by Deanna Chase.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinions or rating in any way.*

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About the Author

Deanna is a native Californian, transplanted to the slower paced lifestyle of southeastern Louisiana. When she isn’t writing, she is often goofing off with her husband in New Orleans, playing with her two shih tzu dogs, making glass beads, or out hocking her wares at various bead shows across the country. For more information and updates on newest releases visit her blog at


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