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In Phillips’ second contemporary romance with light suspense elements set in the upstate New York town of Serendipity and focused on the Barron brothers, paralegal Kelly Moss starts rebuilding her own life now that her young half-sister, Tess, is comfortably settled. Annie, Kelly’s current employer’s daughter, soon becomes Kelly’s good friend. But when Kelly learns that Nash Barron, to whom she is incredibly attracted, is Annie’s overprotective ex-husband, Kelly does her best to protect her heart while sharing responsibility for Tess during Faith and Ethan Barron’s honeymoon. Meanwhile, past scandals, shadowy threats, and Nash’s own difficulties combine to provide a rocky road for romance. Phillips offers a more in-depth look at the Barron family issues than Serendipity (2011) provided as Kelly and the brothers work together for Tess’ sake while coming to understand, if not totally accept, one another’s choices. --Lynne Welch

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Destiny just became my favorite book I've read this year. I loved seeing Nash change as his and Kelly's story progressed. As much as I loved Serendipity, I loved Destiny even more! In my opinion, The Serendipity series is the best series ever by Carly Phillips. ~ Liza's Blog
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Carly Phillips is one of the best storytellers there is. I have loved each of her series, and they get better and better. However my absolute favorite series of hers is Serendipity. GRADE A. The Book Reading Gals -
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Reviewer Top Pick - Carly Phillips' books are like a bar of chocolate - when you get to the last bite/page you can't help but want more. Luckily there is still one more story in this trilogy. NIGHT OWL REVIEWS
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Product Details

  • Series: Serendipity (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425245748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425245743
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Both Nash Barron and Kelly Moss are cynical when it comes to love. Experience has taught each of them to guard their heart. Kelly's mother had a long ago affair with Nash's father, an affair that resulted in Kelly's now 13 year old sister Tess. With Tess running with the wrong crowd and getting into trouble, Kelly had no choice but to come to Nash and his brothers for help with her. A situation which puts Nash and Kelly in constant contact with each other and before long they act on the attraction between them. Neither wants to fall in love but that doesn't stop it from happening. With Nash's stubborn refusal to give into the emotion between them and the secret that Kelly is keeping, can they find a happily ever after together?

Destiny Rocks!! I have to admit, I so loved the first book in this series, Serendipity, that I was almost afraid to read this story. Would it be as good? Would I be disappointed? I am happy to say that from the first book to the second story, Carly Phillips knocks it out of the park. She 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, leaving me marking days on the calendar for more. Readers can't go wrong picking up this story and will quickly find themselves enthralled!

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In Serendipity, New York, Nash Barron attends the wedding of his older brother Ethan to Faith (see Serendipity). He knows he remains angry with his sibling for dumping him and their younger brother Dare into the foster care system ten years ago. Dare the cop forgave Ethan but Nash has not. He is also upset with Kelly Moss who brought her teenage half-sister Tess to Serendipity to live with the youngster's older half-brothers. Part of his ire with Kelly is his attraction to her, which she ignores and he must ignore for Tess' sake. Finally Nash cannot comprehend why his wife left him as he muses why loved ones leave him.

Kelly wants Nash, frown and all, but refuses to act on her feelings as Tess's needs come first. Still she would not mind some fun with the perpetual frowner though she also fears her scandal will see the light of day leading to his loathing her.

The second Serendipity contemporary romance is an engaging tale starring a fully developed lead pair and a strong support cast mostly the extended family. The straight-lined plot follows the expected course, but the hot-blooded relationship between the two degrees of separation is a fun tale as Nash and Kelly feel like Destiny's darlings (not).

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I loved Destiny!! It was a fun read with a number of plot twists that I wasn't expecting. Nash is the middle Barron brother and he struggled the most with accepting Ethan's return. Nash is a lawyer who tends to see things in black and white, needs to be in control, and values honesty. I really enjoyed getting his POV and learning more about his past. He has judged Ethan and Faith pretty harshly, which has resulted in a strained relationship with his half-sister, Tess. It was great to see him open up and try to build a better relationship with Tess.

Kelly is sassy, fun, loyal, and intelligent. She moved to Serendipity to be closer to Tess, but also to get away from a relationship that ended badly in New York. After how she was introduced in Serendipity, I really liked learning more about her. Kelly and Nash are great together! She is definitely a great support system when Nash gets some new information that forces him to reconsider his past.

I loved the secondary story lines! They were interesting while also being related to the events that directly impact Nash, Kelly, and their family.

Destiny picks up right where Serendipity ends. You could probably read Destiny as a stand alone book, but it continues story lines from Serendipity. I would definitely recommend reading this series! I can't wait to start on Karma!
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Yes, this story has explicit sex scenes, however it's between two people who are in love, and NOT two people who only met 2 hours ago.
Family, siblings, disputes, growing up, facing hard truths, mending fences falling in love, breaking up, resolutions. The stuff that mucks up and makes up everyday life.
I highly recommend this book and this author!
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My Review:

So far, I am really enjoying this series. It provides a fun contemporary read set within a family dynamic that I really enjoy. The first book featured Ethan, the oldest brother of the family and the pariah for abandoning the younger two, Nash and Dare, when their parents died suddenly when all three were teenagers. Nash is the middle brother and, like in most family dynamics, the most willing to hold a grudge. I liked the development of the relationship between Nash and Ethan in this book. Actually, that is probably my favorite thing about this book. I love how their relationship is evolving and becoming more rather than just confrontational. I love that this motley crew of a family is starting to grow back together, even though it is incredibly painful for them to get there.

Adding to that pain are Kelly and Tess. Tess is the half-sister, and teenage rebel, to the three Barron brothers. Kelly is her half sister on the other side of the family. Kelly is NOT a blood relation to the Barron boys, even though the family dynamic here is a little convoluted. Kelly & Nash are incredibly drawn to each other, even though they realize that a romance may not be the best thing for their troubled half sister. (You know, the family dynamic didn't seem as weird when I was reading the book as it does now, typing up this review...LOL!) Yes, it's a little odd, but it's a romance novel. You are expected to suspend disbelief a little bit.

I also really liked Nash's personal evolution in this book. Nash is a lawyer and he sees things in black or white. He is pretty staid in his beliefs and not very forgiving when someone does something that he doesn't agree with. When his solid world falls apart, he has to re-examine himself and how he reacts to other people.
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