Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review: Destiny by Carly Phillips

First line: Nash Barron might be cynical about life and more recently about love, but even he normally enjoyed a good wedding.

From the back cover: Nash Barron might be cynical about life and more recently about love, but even he normally enjoyed a good wedding. Still, the only good thing about his brother's wedding is seeing Kelly Moss again. Nash can't help but admire her confidence and beauty, but he's forced to keep his distance because getting involved with Kelly could destroy his relationship with his newly discovered teenage half sister, Tess...

Kelly doesn't want to upset Tess's life for a fling. Except...the more Kelly gets to know Nash, the more vulnerable she becomes to the kindness hidden beneath his gruff exterior and the less she's able to stay away. But Kelly has other reasons for keeping her distance - like the secret from her past she knows Nash will never forgive...

My thoughts: This is the next installment in Carly Phillips' Serendipity series. I have been a fan of Carly Phillips since reading The Bachelor back when it was a Kelly Rippa book club book. From the moment I picked up the first book in this series, Serendipity, I was instantly in love. The series provides a fun contemporary read set within a family dynamic that I really enjoy.

Destiny is about Nash Barron and his romance with Kelly Moss. Nash has to confront his past and his hatred for his oldest brother. Kelly needs to focus on building a new life. Neither needs the complication of a relationship, but a heart doesn't care what your plans are, they have minds of their own.

In the first novel of the series Serendipity we were introduced to Barron brothers Ethan, Nash, and Dash and I have to say that Nash was my least favorite. So I went into this story a little wary, knowing that I might end up disliking him even more or he would end up growing on me. Nash came across in Serendipity as maybe the harshest brother, very angry and unforgiving of Ethan and decisions Ethan made as an 18 year old kid. Nash sees everything in black and white and struggles to be what he thinks people need him to be. In Destiny, Nash becomes more self-aware. His eyes are opened up to how people perceive him and he doesn't like the reality of it. He makes a real effort to change, realizing that the issues he thought were other people's problems, are really his own and he takes steps to repair relationships within his family.

I love how Carly Phillips doesn't forget the beloved characters from the first story, making them wonderful secondary characters, while still giving Nash and Kelly plenty of attention and cleverly setting up the next book in the series. I cannot wait for Dare's book. I loved the little glimpses that we saw of his cracks and I think that his is going to be a pretty powerful story! 

(I borrowed this book from the library.)

Books in this series: 
  1. Serendipity
  2. Destiny
  3. Karma 
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  1. I have been putting this one off because I didn't like Nash at all in the first book. However next is Dare and I won't be skipping that LOL

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    1. It ends up being a pretty good story.

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