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Meeting Destiny: Destiny Series, Book 1 Paperback – December 26, 2011

Book 1 of 3 in the Destiny Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Destiny
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468121375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468121377
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,513,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband and two children. She enjoyes reading all types of Paranormal and Young Adult literature.

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The story is fast paced and very interesting.
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I had all 3 books read in a matter of just a couple days.
I loved Lauren and Max as the main characters.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ezinwanyi on February 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Lauren Davis, a 21 year old college senior, is your typical girl, except she has a special intuition about people, especially bad people. So she is able to steer clear of certain people because she gets a feeling about them.
One day, during her shift at the Tasty Burger, she gets a feeling about a customer. Lauren ends up preventing that customer from robbing the fast food joint, but ends up shot in the leg. When the paramedics arrive on the scene, Lauren realizes that she just crossed paths with her destiny. One of the paramedics, Max Meyer, has been appearing in her dreams for about four years. She doesn't know much about him, but she knows there is electricity about them. Lauren isn't sure what to do, but she feels that Max has to remain close to her as she goes to the hospital. Once she comes out of surgery, it is as though the inner Lauren awakes and she begins to realize her true self. This is when the journey of self-actualization begins and the story takes off.
One of the things that I liked about Lauren is that as a character she started growing up fast. She became more vocal, more decisive and comfortable with her choices. She also becomes taking steps to cultivate her "destiny".
This book was an okay read for me. It was light reading and was a quick read. I had a few issues with it.
First, I found the lack of dialogue with the dad a little weird. I don't even know if he was there at the hospital like her mom. Also, this book didn't contain enough paranormal elements for me to consider it a true paranormal romance. The romance between Lauren and Max was a bit shallow. It felt like Lauren pursued Max because she had to (she was fated to), and not so much because she wanted to.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on December 29, 2011
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Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight is a paranormal romance that reads like a thriller. Once you start you won't be able to stop.

Even if the romance between Lauren and Max hadn't wrapped itself around my heart and pulled me through the story with breath-taking urgency, the suspense alone would have. At times it was unbearable. I stayed up all night reading and was too tired to write a review (or anything else) the next day. It's a good thing the sequel wasn't available. I would've kept reading until my eyes bled.

Anyway ... here I am a couple of weeks later, having read several other books that also need reviewing (I know, I know. I'm a horrible, ungrateful reader). I thought about Max and Lauren for days but I wanted to refresh my memory, so I clicked it open, intending to skim through a couple of chapters for five or ten minutes.

Big mistake.

You can't skim this book. Not even the second time through. I'm forcing myself to stop reading (at 10%) so I can write this.

If you've read my other reviews, you know how important "the story" is to me. I'll forgive typos, bad grammar and excessive narrative description if I connect with the story. And I'll forgive absolutely anything -- no matter how horrendous the writing -- if I experience real emotions with physical reactions: pounding heart, sweaty palms, laughter or tears.

Well, "Meeting Destiny" made me feel all of that and more. (I'm a little in love with Max. Sorry Pete).

But here's the good news: There's NOTHING to forgive. What a delight to find such a well-written, polished, better-than-traditionally-published story. If there were any editing errors at all, I sure as heck didn't find `em. I'd give "Meeting Destiny" ten stars if I could.
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Rhee O on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I honestly want to know if everyone else was reading the same book that I was, because that was horrible. I don't even have words for how bad this was other than the fact that I could actually manage to get over halfway in reading it, and that only was because I couldn't manage to find it in me to stop before I gave it more of a chance than I had.

First off, the only thing that was good was the opening scene because I honestly wanted to know what was happening. It's not often that a book starts off with something downright intriguing like a robbery, so I was sucked in at the opening scene, but after that I wanted to kill someone.

Love at first sight is something that people believe in and others don't, so it's not that's a topic that's never been heard of before, but this book had absolutely nothing to do with love at first sight. No, this was all about destiny and the author completely and utterly failed on multiple levels to manage to keep this from being a somewhat-entertaining novel.

Lauren was the most annoying character I've ever had the displeasure to meet, and everything was irrational and frustrating in her world. Her mom and her 'boyfriend', Seth, were just so irrational when it came to everything, and don't get me started on Max.

Oh, and the fact that Lauren's 'power' allowed her to irrationally stop a robber and a 'murderer' and get a ton of money from people and showered in thanks, that was really so irrational that it's not even funny. The author could have removed the first forty percent of the book, excluding the opening scene, and you wouldn't have missed anything. That's how long it took her to barely even explain what was so special about Lauren, and even then it was impossible and irrational.

Maybe on a rainy day, when there's absolutely nothing else to do and I'm stuck with just this book I'll finish it, but there is no way that I can even attempt to finish reading this novel. It's horrid.
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More About the Author

Nancy Straight is an author of impossible love stories, but doesn't every great love story sound impossible until you experience it?

Nancy grew up in Iowa. She spent ten years traveling the world with the US Marine Corps, and settled in rural South Carolina with her family. She has a undergraduate degree in education and an advanced degree in management, but her true passion lies in surprising readers with her unpredictable plot twists.

Contemporary romance becomes Paranormal Romance when her characters become intertwined with fables based in Greek Mythology in her Touched Series. Readers learn that not even a pesky shape-shifting demon can come between the true love of soul mates in her Destiny Series.

Nancy loves hearing from readers! You can find her on twitter, facebook, or email her on her website. She responds to every message she receives.

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