Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Release date: August 2nd, 2015
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
This is Shirl Rickman’s debut novel, and I have to say she is off to one helluva start. When Destinies Collide pulled me in from the very beginning, holding me captive until the last word. Romantic, witty, and gut-wrenching at times, it was like a roller-coaster of feelings, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Selene Chandler and Drake Thomas have a lot in common: they are all too familiar with the feeling of loss and grief. They both have perfected acting one way, while feeling the complete opposite inside. They are guarded, putting up a wall they are sure no one could tear down- they are also both wrong.
From the moment they enter each others lives, there is a connection between them that can’t be explained, and an attraction that can’t be denied, though they sure do try. Their friendship starts off with bickering/pushing each others buttons, then slowly transforms into one guaranteed to make you grin like an idiot. I may or may not have been asked several times what was causing the smile on my face. Then they start to have feelings and actions that are a little more than friendly ones- and I couldn’t help but wish I could encourage them to just go for it.
And I have to say, Drake is just too adorable! He may put up a hard outer shell, but his soft side is one to swoon over.
I have to admit I’m the type of reader that tries to guess what is going to happen next as I’m reading. And not to brag, but about ninety percent of the time, I’m right. Well, When Destinies Collide certainly knocked down my average. This book has twist and turns that give you some ‘Oh my gosh’ moments. You can tell this was well planned out, and the end result is amazing.
Shirl is such a talented writer, and her descriptions made me feel like I was right there with them- seeing what they saw, feeling what they felt, and even tasting the lemonade that they drank. It was such a pleasure to be shown what the characters were experiencing, instead of being told.
When Destinies Collide is a story of loss, love and forgiveness; and I highly recommend it!
For more information on Shirl, and this book, check out her Facebook.
Find it on Amazon!
To enter, make sure you like my Facebook page and leave a comment on the post regarding this giveaway! Simple and easy! Good luck! 🙂