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  • Broché: 268 pages
  • Editeur : Bayou Moon Publishing; Édition : 1 (14 mars 2014)
  • Collection : Destiny
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1940299128
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940299129
  • Dimensions du produit: 14 x 1,7 x 21,6 cm
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Soulmates and destiny 4 août 2014
Par Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
*I received a free ARC of Defining Destiny from Xpresso Booktours in exchange of an honest review*

Defining Destiny is a beautiful story, in which actual soul-mates have an almost magical connection. However, being soul-mates does not mean they treat each other right, showing love and respect when they should, and some use that connection as a selfish excuse to get what they want for themselves.

Lucy met her soul-mate Cadan when she was 19, and their magical connection is singing together. Defining Destiny shows their singing as a way to make both them and their audience feel something much stronger than they would on their own. When Cadan and Lucy sing together, their voices merge and make a kind of sensory magic. However, Cadan uses that connection to further his own selfish interests, and he is not only unfaithful to Lucy, he also tries to cheat her out of many things she wants and needs in order to move forward with her own life after the death of her father.

I truly enjoyed that Defining Destiny is all about the fact that magical soul-mates, can also be anything but healthy and magical. Lucy took a long time to realize Cadan was no good for her, and it was really hard for her to stand up for herself. And once she was able to leave Cadan, her problems were far from over. There is a very strong bond between soul-mates, and trying to live alone or with someone else is simply not done.

At the beginning of Defining Destiny, Lucy meets Seth, whose soul-mate died in an accident over a year ago. He is still completely shattered from the loss, and he cannot continue to paint as he used to. The fact that painting was both of their talents only contributed to the difficulties he had to get back to work. Their paintings were also kind of magical, through their connection, they would make a picture that truly meant something really important to someone else, something that had nothing to do with them.

As both Lucy and Seth try to get over the loss of their soul-mates, Defining Destiny show a great deal of character development on both their parts. Lucy has to fight her fights alone, and Seth needs to get back to the world of the living. They are both haunted by their soul-mates, Seth in dreams, and Lucy in real life, as Cadan continues to pursue her.

A different kind of magic, set in a small town where Lucy grew up, Defining Destiny is a strong story about how even when things seem destined to be, we always have free choice. Sometimes our choices are difficult, both to make and to live with, and other times it is easier. However, hiding behind destiny in order to not live life fully is not a good option at all.
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Wanted to like it, but didn't 20 avril 2014
Par Bonny Bon Bon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I won this book through a goodreads first reads giveaway. What made me enter to win this book in the first place was not only that it sounded interesting and something I would normally like but because of the location it is set.
Being from Australia and having 3 little ones I don't have very many opportunities to travel. So saying I have been anywhere is exciting and the fact that I not so long ago travelled to Mendocino really drew me to this book because I could visualize exactly where the book was set and its picturesque scenery, however in spite of all that and the excitement of winning the story was a bit of a let down.

When I first started reading this book and the continual reference to soul mates I wondered if this was the sequel or something because it is never explained. Everyone goes around using the term as though it is normal and is never explained about how you know who your soul mate is or what it means to be a soul mate etc. It is just said that you have a soul mate and its magical etc. I would have liked a little more information on that front because I was under the impression it was a regular NA story, but nobody in real life ever talks like that. After researching I found that this is also is supposed to be a paranormal novel. So it explained the soul mate thing but the entire time I was waiting for werewolves and vampires but nope didn't happen. So perhaps a little world building would have helped alleviate those issues I had.

The term soul mate to me means someone who is so in love with another person that they would do anything for them. It also to me means complete and utter fidelity and even the thought of straying from said soul mate wouldn't even come into you head. So my question is why did Cadan cheat? if they truly were soul mates than how could he physically go and betray and cheat on Lucy?

I have just googled the definition of soul mate and found this:

Soul Mate

A person with whom you have an immediate connection the moment you meet -- a connection so strong that you are drawn to them in a way you have never experienced before. As this connection develops over time, you experience a love so deep, strong and complex, that you begin to doubt that you have ever truly loved anyone prior. Your soulmate understands and connects with you in every way and on every level, which brings a sense of peace, calmness and happiness when you are around them. And when you are not around them, you are all that much more aware of the harshness of life.

^^ That to me spells out Lucy and Seth relationship. The immediate connection, finding love after both there supposed soul mates are no longer around... Again if the whole soul mate thing was explained we may have a better knowledge otherwise who isn't to say that Seth and Lucy aren't infact truly soul mates?

I think that some issues between Lucy and Jax need to be resolved because it seems that unbeknown to Lucy, Jax has some jealousy issues. This is only book one so perhaps those issues will be brought up and dealt with in the following books but I can only comment on things I saw in this book.
5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Absolutely LOVED this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 21 février 2014
Par Vonfarm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I started this book and could not put it down. I loved the romance and the friendship between the characters. I really liked getting both Lucy and Seth's viewpoint throughout this book. I loved it so much may want to consider getting thigh high boots and hanging out in a Tattoo parlor.
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
I Love Lucy 4 octobre 2014
Par I read way too much - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I realize I may be a minority Reviewer, but this Review simply reflects MY opinion and feelings on the book. I firmly believe, as in a lot of things in life -beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That holds true to books as well. There are times I read a book and it's exactly the feel and world I need at that moment and I fall absolutely in love with it. Only to try to return to the same feeling at a later date and it just can't seem to hold my interest. With all that explanation out of the way, back to the book at hand. Ah, yes, my love/hate.
If you are at all squeamish about spoilers, look away now. If you're not, then I am afraid I will have to include a little to adequately present my thoughts on this book.
There is a small paranormal taste in this story. And that is one of the things that I both loved and hated in this author's world. There are "Soul Mates" who are born to be the other half of each other. These soul mates can be both opposite and same sex. Once together, they have a "magical" gift to share with the world. And yes, these are "Romantic" connections. Some of the gifts described in the story include cooking, farming, painting, and singing. This was a very cool and unique concept. Unfortunately, it was also disconcerting and disappointing. These Soul Mates may not even be in love or happy with one another and still the pull was so strong that it could utterly destroy them. I hated that! The story begins with the heroine, Lucy. You can tell by my title that I really loved this character. She is trapped in the destiny that is her mate, Caden. Caden is horrible! He is not good for her at all. He is self-centered, cruel and a cheater. Lucy is completely absorbed by him. He make all of their decisions with no regard at all for Lucy and her needs and happiness. I won't go into it here, but this really is a parody to real life and some of the dependent women I have seen. At any rate, Our Lucy is so strong! She reaches deep inside to fight the magical pull and leave Caden to regain her sanity and self. She is definitely a kickin' leading lady! She meets Seth who has lost his "Mate" in an accident 18 months before and is a shell of a person from her loss. Seth and Lucy form a sort of friendship with benefits. We're introduced to Lucy's "best friend," Jax. So here comes my hate for this story. Lucy was such a great character. She deserved to be First to someone, folks. I just couldn't stand this! She's not first with Caden, even with the Soul Mate thing, he's only concerned with Caden. She's not first with Seth, cause he "will never have a connection" like he had with Elsa (his soul mate)..no really, he says this. Let's get started on this so-called BFF, Jax. I hated this little piece of work. She gets jealous of Lucy and Seth's "hook-up" and treats Lucy horribly. She won't pick up the phone when Lucy is in a desperate crisis situation. Oh, wait she FINALLY listens to her voicemail and calls Seth when she can't find Lucy. And yeah, yet again Seth tells Jax, "she (Lucy) will never take your place with me." So what does that make her to Seth now..um, let's see THIRD??? Then of course, you meet Lucy's mother. She too places her "Mate" AND Caden above Lucy! OMG! I was just looking for someone, anyone to put her first. But alas, drama happens - Lucy can't trust anyone. Then, the story ends and I won't finish giving away the ENTIRE plot - but I guess it could be construed as a "happy" ending. So yeah, I loved some things - Lucy, the throat clogging emotion the story invoked, the writing was REALLY good. Hey, what can I say? I don't like being anyone's second choice! And when I read a book, I want to "live" it. I just didn't want to live this one.
3 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Touching and believable 1 mars 2014
Par M. Abbott - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
In the world the author created, you only have one soul mate, the person you are meant to spend your life with. Cadan is Lucy’s soul mate and they make beautiful music together that touches the heart of anyone who hears them sing. But in this world, your soul mate isn't necessarily the person who was best for you. Cadan is selfish and doesn't really care about Lucy’s feelings. When he hurts her one time too many, she finally leaves him.

Seth lost his soul mate in a tragic accident. Unable to deal with the guilt he’s feeling, he closes himself off, avoiding commitment and instead has a string of meaningless one night stands.

When Seth see’s Lucy performing at a club, there is an instant attraction between them but Seth is still eaten up with guilt and Lucy still feels a pull for Cadan.

I love a tortured hero, so I adored Seth. I like that Lucy had the courage to initially walk away from a destructive relationship. Their romance is believable and touching and I was rooting for them to end up together. The sex scenes were hot but not overly graphic. I had mixed feeling towards Lucy’s best friend Jax. She was jealous of Lucy and attracted to Seth, I wouldn't want her as my best friend.

I think there is potential for a series involving the side characters.

Although this is a paranormal romance, I recommend it for contemporary romance fans also because the paranormal aspect was just a small part of the story.
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