Meeting Destiny

Rated 4.28/5 based on 30 reviews
Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other. Soon Lauren is in the middle of a murder investigation and a questionable friendship with the key suspect. Sinister forces are at work and will stop at nothing to destroy Lauren.
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About Nancy Straight

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 Moncks Corner, SC with her husband and two children.

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Review by: Merissa Sheppard on Jan. 26, 2014 :
Right, first things first - I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I stayed up all night to finish it, even turning down an episode of Game of Thrones to carry on reading. I was completely enthralled during the story, completely gutted that it had ended (and boy, what an ending!) and had such a book hangover that I dreamed about the story!

This book is a cross between young adult, paranormal, romance and suspense - all written from the first perspective of Lauren. I loved the explanation given to her of the different roles in life but I won't say anymore as I don't want to spoil it.

The story kicks off from page one and will wrap you up until the end. I loved how it was written and the pace was absolutely right. The characters are in-depth and Max, well, *sigh*, I think he's brilliant, I can't say more than that.

The next two are definitely on my wishlist and I will be looking for more from this author.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
(review of free book)

Review by: Gin's Book Notes on June 24, 2013 :
**Original Review posted on Gins Book Notes .com**

I downloaded this book because it is free but read it because I love the author. Plus I’m a sucker for stories that involve dreams and destiny.

Meeting Destiny is a mix of love story, mystery, suspense, fantasy, and paranormal. The book starts off with amazing action and continues on from there.

It also goes a little deeper as it tackles things like destiny, courage, sacrifice, hope, and love. It leaves you thinking and considering deeper meanings outside of just the plot long after you close the book.

The characters are real and engaging. I found myself wanting a happily ever after for all of them.

Lauren, the main character, is a senior in college and has always had an uncanny gut instinct about people. I love her slightly sarcastic personality and her deep devotion to family and friends. Her actions show us that she is also courageous, humble, and a survivor.

Max, is her Mr. Destiny. You will fall in love with him. He is honest, humble, and respectful. He isn’t perfect but he has morals and I just love that he respected the boundaries of an already established relationship.

I will warn you that the ending is a HUGE cliff hanger. It was 10:30 p.m. when I finished reading the book and at the end I was yelling, “No, no, no”. I had to exercise extreme self-discipline to not buy and start the second book immediately. If you read Meeting Destiny and love it as much as I did you are going to want the next book Destiny’s Revenge.
(review of free book)

Review by: sss mkl on Oct. 01, 2012 :
The book had potential but the author just did not pull it all together. It is a good start but the book needs more work sadly to say :(. I read the whole book thinking it would get better but when it was all said and done I was greatly disappointed. It was just boring.
(review of free book)

Review by: Tiffany on Aug. 11, 2012 :
I received a free copy (before it was free to everyone) of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

This is a great book. It is first and formost a love story. I had thought it was considered aparanormal romance but after reading it I would only classify it as slightly paranormal. It started off a little slow but quickly picked up. I loved the relationship between the two main characters and the plot was unique and interesting. I haven't read a book that has a similar plot. I would recommned this to anyone who wants to read a love story. I will be reading the second book very soon.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jeann W on July 07, 2012 :
Meeting Destiny was totally not what I expected. From reading the description, I prepared for an easy young adult read with a paranormal bite. Instead, what I got was a wonderfully written realistic story about a girl named Lauren who has an extremely keen sense of intuition.

The story reads like half realistic romance and half thriller, there were some parts of it that had me on edge. The start of the story reaches out and draws you in with full-blown action. Lauren is working a restaurant when she feels an acute sense of danger about a man, and quickly acts in getting a child and her friend to safely. The man turns out to be an armed robber, and she gets shot in the leg, and that is where she encounters Max, a paramedic who she has been dreaming about for years.

What followed on from here was the unravelling of Lauren's relationship with her best friend, Seth. She handles this while trying to find out more about Max. What struck me about the writing from the very start was how detail-enriched it was. From the doctor's visit, to the injury, to the events that follow, the writer does not skip a beat or brush over the details. That's why I found it to be very realistic as opposed to paranormal. Lauren's abilities are not paranormal; she just has a very strong intuition which leads her to avoid some very hairy situations.

Some parts of the book dragged unnecessarily, particularly the start when Lauren was in the hospital after the injury. Nearly halfway through she finally gets out and the relationship progresses with Max, and that's where things turn exciting. She's had a dream about him for years, where he came to her and said he was her Destiny, and she needs to find out how to communicate this to him.

This self-published work is very impressive, with better writing than a lot of published books out there. The characters are very real, complex, and likeable. Their emotions are wrung out, and heart-wrenching at times. The twists and turns that follow are very unexpected, and you're left with a sudden jolt of an ending.

I am really impressed with this book, but think it should not be marketed as more of a contemporary romance/thriller rather than a paranormal YA title. It has more of an adult flavour to it (although nothing explicit) and I think it will definitely appeal to a wide range of readers. Glad this is a series!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: shyd on April 08, 2012 :
Where do I begin? First off let me say Im a sucker for a pretty cover and this one didnt't dissappoint it was so beautiful.I dont't think words can express how much I loved this book. It had everything you could want in a book. This book starts out with us jumping right into the action with the main character Lauren getting shot. Lauren is my kind of herione. She is kick butt and you instantly fall in love with her. She is so courageous and has amazing instincts. Lauren's getting shot sends her to the hospital and we are introducted to Max who is the paramedic taking care of her on the way. Let me say that Max would be the kind of paramedic I would love to have if I needed one. Max is a great leading man for this story he is loyal,protective and not to mention cute. He is the type of guy everyone instantly falls in love with and Lauren does just that. Lauren and Maz continue into a relationship that is so sweet and refreshing. It is always great to see couples that compliment each other and they are really made for each other. The instalove for them feels so much like love as first sight and is amazing. The book continues with us learning more about Lauren and Max's pull towards each other and them getting to learn more about each other. Lauren also learns more about herself along the way and really comes into her own. There are some events that play out then Lauren and Max are heading on a trip together to spend more time together. Now this is the part you have to brace yourself for because OMG the first thoughts I had were HOLY CLIFFHANGER!!!. The cliffhanger in this book is so unexpected that I have to read the next book. Overall this book gives you a thriller and romance all rolled into one and being set in my hometown was an added bonus too.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sarah Smith on March 28, 2012 :
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. I have to say it was not what I was expecting for a paranormal book. I was slightly disappointed that the main characters 'abilities' weren't exploited/explained more. It read more like a straight romance novel (with some ESP) than a paranormal novel. That said the romance was very sweet and had me wanting to read more. I really liked the way the book ended. It had me looking forward to reading more in the series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sheri on March 21, 2012 :
Meeting Destiny is full of action, romance and suspense. I guarantee it will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more!

The book starts out with Lauren, the main character, getting shot during an attempted robbery at her job. One of the paramedics who respond to the call is Max. Lauren and Max feel an instant connection, but there are some complications that come in between them.

I loved, loved, loved the characters in this story. The author did such a great job etching them out and making them seem real. None of them are one dimensional, even the seemingly background characters. The author gives them expression that makes them easy to connect to. And, wow!, she has a way with dialogue. The conversations in the story never felt forced or fake.

Lauren is tough, smart, sarcastic, caring and loyal. She doesn't take crap from anyone while at the same time always standing up for what she knows is right, even when others may not agree with her. She has a deep concern for her friends and will stand behind them or stand up for them in any situation.

Seth is your typical boy next door and Lauren's long-time "boyfriend." He is so sweet to Lauren, and she loves him, but not like she knows she should. The author does a great job framing out their relationship and their feelings towards one another.

I'm completely in love with Max….I don't know what else to say about him. I love that the author didn't make him so perfect that he was not realistic. Max has his faults, but those things just make him all the more loveable. I really like the fact that even though Lauren and Max felt an instant connection they did not hook up right away. Their relationship was given time to develop, and they were given time to get to know each other.

So, that brings me to the end of the story…and seriously, you'll be running over to Amazon or wherever you buy your books for the next in the series! I'm already looking forward to find out what happens!
(review of free book)

Review by: lacat on Feb. 06, 2012 :
This paranormal romance about a young woman coming into her own is fun, suspenseful, and ultimately surprising. I really liked the author's voice and the main characters. The main character is someone who has a strong character, yet seems to have had few challenges in her life. In the course a few months, a great deal happens, but the drama is not dwelt upon, but rather interpreted and understood. The book ends on a bit of an unexpected cliff hanger that seemed out of pace with the rest of the story. However, I'll probably go ahead and read the sequel because I liked the rest of the story so much I read it in one sitting of just a few hours.

I read this for a Good Reads Read-to-Review, but immediately went and bought the sequel. Also posted on GoodReads.com.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Julie Odron on Feb. 06, 2012 :
I was fortunate enough to receive a free copy of Meeting Destiny from the author, Nancy Straight, through Smashwords. And that wouldn't have been possible without the fantastic group Making Connections on Goodreads!


Meeting Destiny is a dazzling story where it is easy to get swept up in the heart-warming romance and spine-tingling suspense. Nancy Straight's characters display real characteristics, making them come to life right before your very eyes. Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster because Meeting Destiny has endless emotions! It's effortlessly easy to become attached to Lauren(and Max, for that matter), as she stays true to herself, rights her wrongs and evolves into herself. Word of advice: Buy all 3 books before you delve into this adventure. You're going to want them at your fingertips when you come to the end!

For a full review, visit my blog at http://readingbythebeach.blogspot.com/20...
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Nicola Black on Feb. 06, 2012 :
Nancy is an amazing, imaginative author. From the first scene she had me, hook, line, and sinker. I was desperate to find out what would happen, if she got with Max, if Seth finally behaved himself, and so many other interesting points that Nancy artlessly put into the book. Meeting Destiny had everything I love about books: romance, action, adventure, suspense; it was all there, satisfying me at every turn. I'm waiting with baited breath to read Destiny's Revenge. Thanks to the author for writing this book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ezinwanyi on Feb. 03, 2012 :
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. I wish the relationship was built up gradually as opposed to Lauren aggressively calling & pursuing. It was so over the top that I felt that Lauren’s actions were more of a compulsion. I hope that book 2 really explains their connection much better than book 1. If that is done, then it can redeem their connection and “love” (I just don’t see real love right now) as a real bond.
Overall, it was an interesting plot and fairly good story telling. I would classify it as YA, for 14 and up, because of a few sexual innuendos. The ending of Book 1 was sad, but it is obvious that the story doesn’t end there. I would read book 2 to get some answers to the questions posed in this introductory book.


*Thank you to the author for sharing a copy of her book with me**
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lovey Dovey Books on Feb. 02, 2012 :
The most memorable trait about the MC, Lauren, was her impeccable instincts. They may have put her in some tricky situations, but more often than not they were helpful. I have to admire Lauren on her courage throughout the story. She stayed true to her path when her family and friends worried about her decisions regarding trusting her instincts. Despite her cool sixth sense and amazing boyfriend, Lauren was quite a forgettable character. Even though we are reading her thoughts she didn’t have much presence.

I noticed how every time Lauren wanted to explain how she knew the things she knew about people she always reverted back to the failed robbery. Everything was linked to that one event. I just got a little crazy having to hear that same moment retold in about 4 different ways.

I understand that Meeting Destiny is the first book of a series so I don’t expect everything to be solved right away. On the other hand, it was mentioned numerous times that Lauren’s goal was to unlock Max when she finally crossed paths with him. She asked and pondered how to do that, but I don’t recall her actively trying to get it done. I feel like what was set up in the beginning of the story wasn’t written in the plot and by the end I was kind of left hanging.

I would recommend Meeting Destiny to readers who like the idea of everyone having that special someone and a specific role in life.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rhee on Jan. 30, 2012 :
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: mandy I Read Indie anderson on Jan. 30, 2012 :
Lauren helps prevent a robbery at a local restaurant and ended up getting shot in the process. While being rushed to the hospital she lays eyes on her paramedic and is shocked when she realizes he is the same guy that has visited her dreams the last 4 years, but he doesn’t seem to recognize her. What does this all mean? And when Lauren meets a stranger on the bus who leaves her with more questions than answers, she is more confused than ever.

Let me just say…I love Max! Besides Lauren he is my fav character in the book. He is adorable and you can tell he really cares for Lauren. I also loved seeing Lauren evolve from a girl who went with the flow of things because it was expected of her to a strong, independent woman. Yay to Straight for giving us an independent woman who is not afraid to go after what she believes is right. And yay to Straight for writing a story that was easy for me to lose myself in.

Meeting Destiny is a brilliant story that kept me in bed most of the day reading. I didn't want to put it down. Loved the path the story took and drank up everything it had to offer. And with an ending you won't see coming that leaves you utterly heartbroken, you will want to go ahead and get book 2 so you can dive right in to it. Kudos Straight for giving me a wonderful new series to obsess over.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: lacat on Jan. 28, 2012 :
This paranormal romance about a young woman coming into her own is fun, suspenseful, and ultimately surprising. I really liked the author's voice and the main characters. The main character is someone who has a strong character, yet seems to have had few challenges in her life. In the course a few months, a great deal happens, but the drama is not dwelt upon, but rather interpreted and understood. The book ends on a bit of an unexpected cliff hanger that seemed out of pace with the rest of the story. However, I'll probably go ahead and read the sequel because I liked the rest of the story so much I read it in one sitting of just a few hours.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lauren Cote on Jan. 27, 2012 :
Wow! The cover catches you from the start! Stunning... Then you start reading and get swept away ... Lauren is a strong character and so selfless. Her confidence in how she reacts to life makes me invest in her character. Enter Max... Swooonnnn (: destiny couldn't be any better than him.
So Lauren has dreamnt of him for so long and when she meets him in such unfortunate circumstances, I was sucked into thier chemistry and rode the ride to the end. My emotions were a roller coaster through out the story and read this in one sitting ( ah hum 2 am ) and went to bed almost crying and thinking I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel to see how the story played out... Nancy Straight is one author who I will definitely follow now
I read many books of this genre and this is right up there at the top ... The price is a bonus also! Take time to give this book a try you will not regret it
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Margaret (Literary Chanteuse) on Jan. 24, 2012 :
I have to say that this cover is beautiful and had me wanting to read it as soon as I saw it! I was hooked from the first page. I was expecting a young adult book but this honestly has a mature flavor to it which I found appealing. It is a unique story and I was really drawn to the heroine. She has a strong presence throughout and with so may twists and unexpected events I could not put it down.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: amber medrano on Jan. 23, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. It pulls you into the story right away and then keeps you interested. I couldn't put it down. The end of the story is so unexpected and I can't wait to read the 2nd book. I would definetly recommend this book and it is a steal at $.99.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Keren Kiesslinger on Jan. 17, 2012 : (no rating)
Firstly, let me address the cover. From the lovely font used for the title to the beautiful model chosen, I love this cover. It's beautiful.
When I was asked if I was interested in reading this, it was obviously the cover that I saw first and it instantly drew me in. I am a cover- magpie as my friends know.
If you were to put me in a bookshop that was split into only two sections, the Gorgeous Covers and the Not So Gorgeous Covers, I would only shop in the Gorgeous section. Shallow? Yes. But I won't make apologies for who I am. This cover spoke to me before the contents of the book did. It said "Come, read me, fall in love" - so that is exactly what I did.

I sit here at my computer, nervous as hell. You won't see that because you read the words only after they are published in this post. But I am so nervous. This book broke my heart into about a gazillion tiny pieces and I am not sure my words or the words of any other, can truly do it justice. All I can do is try.

I knew this before I read this book that it was a Paranormal Romance so obviously I was prepared for romance. But I was not prepared for someone to reach into my chest, pull my heart out and stomp on it a few dozen times before shoving the mangled mess back in. Why do I feel like this? You will have to read it for yourself and find out. I can't share all my thoughts, it would contain far too many spoilers. But what I can share, is this:

MEETING DESTINY is about a girl called Lauren Davis. She is visited in her dreams for years by a man claiming to be her 'Destiny'. But Lauren is in a relationship with Seth, her best friend. Their parents were best friends and bought houses next door to each other. Seth and Lauren grew up together, went to school together, so the next natural step - dating each other.
Lauren believes her dreams are just that, dreams. She's with Seth so how can anyone else be her destiny?

Little does Lauren know that Destiny is about to cross her path.

During a failed robbery attempt at the Tasty Burger where Lauren works, she meets a stranger and experiences a kind of chemistry she has never known. She comes to doubt the relationship between her and Seth. Are they really a good couple? Or are they better off as just friends? This is something you will have to read the book yourself to find out!

The thing about Lauren, she has a keen intuition and sense of people. She can tell if they have good or bad intentions. One could say she has a kind of sixth sense about things. It was this that made the robbery attempt just an attempt.

Throughout this book, you don't really learn how or why Lauren has this gift. But that's okay because it is jam packed with so much action that you don't mind not knowing. You just hope to be explained to a little more in book two.

There were so many ups and downs in this book for me. It was like Nancy put me on a roller coaster wearing a blindfold. I didn't know where the twists and turns might be, I just had to hope that it would all turn out right in the end. In the beginning, it was like the ascent of the roller coaster, it was going along at a decent pace, things were nice. In the middle, there were the loop-the-loops and things that made your tummy funny. But then the end, that was most akin to being left at the height of a huge precipice - hanging there for a few minutes - then being dropped into a black hole.

I laughed, I cried, my heart stopped once or twice along the way. I fell head over heels in love with Max Meyer. No, I'm not telling you who he is.
Lauren had her ups and downs. She was happy, she was sad. Every time she felt an emotion, I was dragged right into feeling just the same.

The biggest emotion I felt was at the end. I was so in love and happy that I could not see the end coming.
I can't and won't give you any hint as to what happens, all I can say is, I am welling up now remembering it.
My heart was shattered into too many pieces for me to be able to find them all and put them back together.
I can only hope that book two - DESTINY's REVENGE, can help heal a broken heart.

In all honesty, I went through a range of emotions after I put MEETING DESTINY down. I felt sad and couldn't stop crying. Then when the tears finally dried, I was seething with anger. After that anger subsided, I felt more understanding and acceptance. But boy it was a rough ride.

I'm sorry if you came here hoping for a review that tells you more of what is going on in the book. I just don't feel that I can tell you without ruining it for you. It's a journey each person must experience for themselves and I encourage you to go and buy this book to do just that.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I am now off to take a short break before book 2 so that I can pace myself for when book 3 comes out the end of January.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Adams on Jan. 16, 2012 :
Meeting Destiny is the story of Lauren and her journey to meeting her ‘destiny’ who happens to be the very swoon worthy and gorgeous, Max.
The road to true love doesn’t run smooth but after a few incidents with her ex-boyfriend, Seth, things seem to be going well.
Lauren is always finding herself in dangerous situations, which of course, is all part of her path in life.

At first, I wasn’t sure if this novel was actually a paranormal or contemporary romance but it turned out to be a nice mixture of both. I enjoyed the book but found that I wasn’t caught hook, line and sinker until I hit about 40% after that I couldn’t put the book down and read the rest of it in one sitting.
I really loved this book and there were some twists and turns that I definitely did not see coming!! Anyone who is looking for a really great story line should read this book!
The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars was because I felt it really kicked off at about 40%. If it had been that way from the first page, I would have given 5 stars and then some. Nancy Straight has done an excellent job of writing her debut novel!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Adams on Jan. 16, 2012 :
Meeting Destiny is the story of Lauren and her journey to meeting her ‘destiny’ who happens to be the very swoon worthy and gorgeous, Max.
The road to true love doesn’t run smooth but after a few incidents with her ex-boyfriend, Seth, things seem to be going well.
Lauren is always finding herself in dangerous situations, which of course, is all part of her path in life.

At first, I wasn’t sure if this novel was actually a paranormal or contemporary romance but it turned out to be a nice mixture of both. I enjoyed the book but found that I wasn’t caught hook, line and sinker until I hit about 40% after that I couldn’t put the book down and read the rest of it in one sitting.
I really loved this book and there were some twists and turns that I definitely did not see coming!! Anyone who is looking for a really great story line should read this book!
The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars was because I felt it really kicked off at about 40%. If it had been that way from the first page, I would have given 5 stars and then some. Nancy Straight has done an excellent job of writing her debut novel!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Cassie Pruyne on Dec. 28, 2011 :
Ahhh! I love this book! I mean really love it. The characters were phenomenal. I love love loved Lauren. She is the type of character that I look for immediately in every book I read. She is strong, independent, sensitive, and she doesn't beat around the bush. I really enjoyed a part where she told Max that he was a huge person in her life, but not the only person. I mean really, how many books have you read lately that the character was able to function without seeing or thinking of their significant other. But their relationship was super great and strong on the same note. Lauren took care of herself and those around her without complaining of her circumstances at all. Once I started this book, I could not stop. It was intense at times, and incredibly sweet and emotional at others. I will be reading the second book ASAP. Kudos to you Nancy Straight. You have hooked me. Fabulous book and I suggest this it to everyone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cassie Pruyne on Dec. 28, 2011 :
Ahhh! I love this book! I mean really love it. The characters were phenomenal. I love love loved Lauren. She is the type of character that I look for immediately in every book I read. She is strong, independent, sensitive, and she doesn't beat around the bush. I really enjoyed a part where she told Max that he was a huge person in her life, but not the only person. I mean really, how many books have you read lately that the character was able to function without seeing or thinking of their significant other. But their relationship was super great and strong on the same note. Lauren took care of herself and those around her without complaining of her circumstances at all. Once I started this book, I could not stop. It was intense at times, and incredibly sweet and emotional at others. I will be reading the second book ASAP. Kudos to you Nancy Straight. You have hooked me. Fabulous book and I suggest this it to everyone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nita B on Dec. 13, 2011 :
When I first started reading this story I couldn’t figure out whether it was YA, Paranormal, Fantasy, or Romance. It actually ended up being an interesting and well written amalgamation of all four genres.

Lauren is a college student who is strangely clairvoyant. She gets impressions about people and is aware of events before they happen. Working in a fast food restaurant, Lauren encounters one of these events that alters the course of her destiny. Placing herself in harm’s way, Lauren saves the lives of restaurant patrons, her co-workers and a small child. She is shot in the leg near her femoral artery and on her way to the hospital meets Max, one of her paramedics. She is immediately drawn by Max’s sea foam green eyes and recognizes him as the man of her dreams, literally. She has been having dreams about Max for several years and he has been leaving her cryptic messages that she did not understand at the time. Their first meeting begins a roller coaster sequence of events. Lauren seemed to be a walking quagmire magnet. Her Spidey Sense lead her into some interesting situations. However through these situations she learned to trust herself and her gift.

Ms. Straight has done an excellent job telling a compelling tale. The characters were diverse and the story is interesting, witty, and compelling. I am eager to read the continuation of the story in Destiny's Revenge.

Well done Ms. Straight!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sandy on Nov. 03, 2011 :
I loved it! Great story that was hard to put down. The ending was twisted and I will not give it away but I thought oh no! The book made me think about what type of person I am as the main characters has some life changing event occur to her and she starts to analzye her reason for existing and why the other people in her life are there. Great first book Nancy and ready for book #2.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sandy on Nov. 03, 2011 :
I loved it! Great story that was hard to put down. The ending was twisted and I will not give it away but I thought oh no! The book made me think about what type of person I am as the main characters has some life changing event occur to her and she starts to analzye her reason for existing and why the other people in her life are there. Great first book Nancy and ready for book #2.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Charles Young on Oct. 28, 2011 :
Oh my gosh! I just finished "Meeting Destiny" and it is so good! Nancy Straight's debut novel is a wonderful tale. I love the romantic/young adult angle the books takes in addition to a paranormal storyline that blends in perfectly with the characters. Not since "A Discovery of Witches" have I fallen in love with characters in a book. Lauren and Max are such great characters; I cannot wait to continue their story in "Destiny's Revenge"! As for Mrs. Straight, all I can say is Brava! Her writing style is wonderful and maintains an adult, yet youthful dialogue among her characters. It is refreshing to read a story in the young adult paranormal genre that does not use teenagers (who usually have too much free time on their hands) as the main characters. Self-published, Mrs. Straight's work is clear and concise; the editing is better than some best-sellers I have read as of late. Her Destiny trilogy is a must read and I highly recommend it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Melissa Balentine on Oct. 28, 2011 :
Nancy did a wonderful job with this book. I loved everything about it - the characters, plot and her writing style. She caught my attention at page 1 and kept it until the end. I can not wait to read Destiny's Revenge. Thanks Nancy for a wonderful read!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: celesse keitges on Oct. 24, 2011 :
It is very hard for me to find a book that can hold my attention long before it finds its way back to the bookself with all my other half read books.... but this book held my attention through the whole thing. I read it everytime I had two seconds... even at my dress fitting... lol. Its a great book that covers many intrests and can hold your attention. Its highly recommended... (even if the author is my aunt... =)... ) great read...
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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