Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ARC Review: Accepting Fate (Destiny Book #2)

Accepting Fate (Destiny Book #2) by Deanna Chase

Publisher: Bayou Moon Press, 2014
240 pages, kindle edition
source: Netgalley
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Links: Goodreads | 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
When two souls are fated...

A year ago, Jax Russo left school to escape to her safe haven, her hometown of Mendocino, CA. After overcoming depression and healing old wounds, she’s finally ready to move on. But when her brother’s arrested for a shocking crime, she finds herself caught between her family and her brother’s accuser—the man she’s been in love with since she was fifteen years old.

Firefighter Derek Alexander never wanted to be a hero. He does his job for one reason and one reason only—to make up for that terrible night nine years ago. His demons haunt him, but so do dreams of Jax, the girl he knows he’s fated to be with. But in a world of magical soul mates, sometimes even love and forgiveness isn’t enough.

My Review:
This is the second novel in the Destiny series and it is centered on Jax and Derek. In the beginning of the series the read is told beforehand this series is set in an alternate reality where everyone had one true soul mate. This Soul mate is not always the person you fall in love with but however, but in most cases souls mates build a life together. This is what Derek wants to avoid, despite the fact he is pretty sure his family friend and the girl he has been in love with forever, Jax is his soul mate. But sadly Derek and Jax share an awful tragedy and in the result Derek has shut her out of his life. But the pull toward Jax is becoming too strong to ignore. 

For Jax she has always loved Derek but he will not let her get too close to him. She knows they shared loss and pain is part of it, but she has such low confidence and shyness, she believes Derek doesn’t find her attractive. Nothing could be further from the truth…but the reasons Derek tries to keep their relationship platonic has more to do with own personal issues.

This story deals with real life issues such as terrible loss, addiction and the affect that has on ones family and friends. Derek’s reaction to copping with his family problems are in stark, contrast to Jax and her way of handling things. Thankfully Derek learns to take a page from Jax’s book when things go very awry for her family and she needs a strong person to lean on. But what about the soul mate status Derek is determined to ignore it.

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