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“You sure Evan doesn’t mind me being here?”
“He probably hates that you’re staying the night, but he’ll get over it.” I take a step toward him and pat him on the shoulder, marveling at the solid feel of muscle beneath my palm, beneath the thick fabric of his sweatshirt. Has he gotten taller since the last time I saw him? Broader? He’s so big, standing next to him makes me feel small. “Do you need anything else?” I remove my hand from his shoulder, wishing I could touch him more.
“Nah. I’m gonna change, brush my teeth and go to sleep.” He smiles, looking cute, like a little boy and my heart flutters. When he reaches for the hem of his sweatshirt I step away, watch in silent fascination as he pulls the fabric over his head, taking the T-shirt he’s wearing beneath it upward so I catch a glimpse of his flat, perfect stomach, the little trail of dark hair that starts just under his navel. I’m breathless, my skin is tingling and when he tosses the sweatshirt onto the couch, I start to walk backwards. “Okay well, good night.” I need to get away from him before I do something really stupid. Like jump him.
“Night, Reverie,” he calls after me as I hurry to my bedroom. Glancing over my shoulder, I find him watching me with that penetrating, thoughtful gaze and I turn away, practically tripping over my feet in the hall. I rush into my room, shutting the door quietly before I slump against it, closing my eyes and pressing my forehead against the rough wood.
My feelings for him haven’t stopped. I still want him. I’m still in love with him. So why am I denying myself from being with him? Because I’ve changed and I’m worried he won’t accept me for who I really am? And because my life is so crazy the last thing I need is another complication to muck it all up? Valid reasons, but why would I deprive myself from being with him? He’s the only one who understood me. Who listened to me. Who cared about me. I think he still does.
Cracking open my eyes, I push away from the doorway and shut off the light before I crawl into bed. I lay there in the dark, listening to him move about inside the bathroom, which is right next to my bedroom. He finishes brushing his teeth before he exits the room and I swear I can feel him standing on the other side of my closed door, waiting. Listening for any sign of life coming from within.
I can’t move. I’m frozen, holding my breath, waiting for him to knock on the door, to turn the knob, anything to show that he wants to see me. I want him to both respect my brother’s wishes and defy them. I want him overcome with need yet cautious. I want…everything. All of him.
Disappointment crashes through me when I realize he is definitely obeying Evan’s wishes. He doesn’t sneak into my room, doesn’t attempt to talk to me, nothing. I should be happy. Pleased that he doesn’t want to upset anyone. Instead, I’m sad. Rolling over on my side, I punch the pillow beneath my head and settle in for the night, willing myself to fall asleep. I get to spend pretty much the entire weekend with him. Maybe we can work it out then since we’ll have plenty of time. But for now I’ll have to settle for Nick visiting me… Only in my dreams.
About HER DESTINY
I knew from the moment I first saw him he was the one. The only boy I could ever want. The only boy I could ever love.
They say he’s bad for me.
But I know he’s not.
Until the day he rejects me.
And breaks my heart.
Everything changes in the blink of an eye. My entire life as I’ve known it is…gone. Secrets are revealed. Promises once made are irrevocably broken. There’s no way my family can get back to what we once were.
So when Nicholas Fairfield walks back into my life like he never left it, I’m furious. Thrilled. Irritated. Excited.
Despite my confusion, I want to be with him. I love him. But danger lurks where we least expect it. Someone will do whatever it takes to tear us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.
Because Nick Fairfield? He’s mine.
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Whitney’s 4.5 Star Review
*Note- You should read His Reverie before reading Her Destiny as these do not stand alone
Since the first book in the series ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, I was anxious to see what happens to my darling Nick and Reverie. Her Destiny picks up fairly soon after book one leaves off but has some changes which I thought made this a much stronger story that His Reverie.
We get Rev’s POV as it is happening instead of through letters which helped me connect to her much better. She’s gone through a lot and as her family is falling apart, she can’t help but desperately miss the boy she fell in love with over the summer. Though her life is spiraling, she is much less whiny now that she has been forced to do some quick growing up.
I fell pretty hard for poor Nick because I love those troubled boys. You almost want to classify him as a bad boy but he’s really not at all. He’s a great guy who has had a ton of bad luck and terrible friends. Though there is no evidence, Nick is facing a murder investigation and yet again has lost the one person he loves most in the world. My heart broke for him. The first few chapters of his POV are via email/letters which I didn’t care for as it seems to really detach me from his character. However, this doesn’t last long and soon enough we are getting Nick’s POV in real time as well.
These two characters face a huge uphill battle if they want to be together and I found myself rooting for them the whole time. Even though they’re young, they really are perfect for each other. Rev is the stable and loving force Nick needs in his life and Nick is a strong and protective guy that Rev needs to take care of her.
I’m not going to spoil anything but the climax of the book is done very well and add the perfect amount of drama to the story. The end is beautiful but a little rushed. That combined with my dislike of the first few POV chapters featuring Nick are why I did not give this five stars.
But overall, I highly recommend this series. Monica has an easy flow to her writing and as Rev matured some, I was able to get into the story much more. I hope Evan will be getting a book because that man deserves it for the way he stepped up to take care of his sister.
This is YA but there is sexual tension. I would recommend for mature 16 and up.
About Monica Murphy
I write books. I have the best job ever. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Writer of new adult contemporary romance-ish stuff. Published with Avon and Bantam. Mom and wife. Native Californian.
I’m also known as USA Today bestseller romance author Karen Erickson (http://karenerickson.com).