Destiny's Revenge (Destiny Series Book 2)

Rated 5.00/5 based on 9 reviews
There was no reason for Lauren to be in a coma. Her physical injuries had healed, but she had been non-responsive for so long that her doctors told her family and Max to move on. The man she loved was gone, her friends had moved on with their lives, and her family was ripped apart by her accident. The last thing she ever expected was Destiny's Revenge... More

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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. 28, 2014 :
Good grief, I thought my book hangover was bad from the first one but I just know that after I've finished this series, it's going to be AWFUL!

This book starts where Meeting Destiny finished, Lauren wakes up from a coma and realises that her life has changed in a dramatic way, not the least of which is that Max is no longer around. Through twists, turns and emotional upheaval of both good and bad varieties, Lauren makes it out of the nursing home and tries to put her life back in order. I won't say anymore about the story for fear of spoiling it for others before they have read it.

So... how did this book make me feel? There is no easy answer to that as I wanted to keep on reading it, yet was impatient for the ending to see what happened. There is not a single dull moment in the story and your adrenaline will be racing at points. Lauren is simply amazing. She is strong-willed and very determined that she will have a 'normal' life. The thing I simply LOVED about this, is that Nancy Straight is not afraid to make you, the reader, ask questions. She writes in this book that the concept of good and evil, white and black, is instilled in us from childhood. Life is simply not like that. Life is all about balance. If you do not experience the dark then you will not appreciate the light. So some of the conversations in the book with Samael and Dakota were fascinating for their insights and perspectives given.

This series continues to be one of the most unusual that I have read. I am thoroughly enjoying every page and speaking of which, if you'll excuse me. I have Book 3, Destiny's Wrath, to start!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Keren Kiesslinger on Jan. 31, 2012 :
Firstly, my thoughts on the cover. I think this model is so beautiful. Even better when you look at the paperback. She is simply stunning. I am a self-confessed cover-magpie, as regular visitors to my blog know by now. For me, there is something to be said about a remarkable cover as opposed to a cover that fades into the background. The cover for DESTINY'S REVENGE is one that stays with me. The colour is bold and striking. I could not have wished for better. The whole trilogy actually have some of the nicest covers I've ever seen.

I know you're thinking 'Oh just get on with it' so here goes:

Anyone who has read my review of it knows that I had a broken heart at the end of MEETING DESTINY.
I had a book hangover and could not read for a couple of days afterwards because the emotions stayed with me and I could not enjoy another book.
I read, a lot. So anyone who knows me knows that 2 days without reading is like a lifetime! But I was just too emotionally battered and raw. Seriously, if you think I'm being over-dramatic, go and read it for yourself. It will leave you reeling. I went through loss, sadness, hurt, heartbreak, anger. I defy you not to feel the same.

After reading a few others to give myself some distance, I finally managed to pluck up the courage to pick up DESTINY'S REVENGE. I knew I was in for another emotional battering so I mentally prepared myself.
Or so I thought.

I wasn't in fact as prepared as I had hoped. I got 17% through and I am not ashamed to admit, I cried like a baby. I will share with you my status update from Goodreads at the time:

"For all the hurt I felt, all the anger and frustration - I really felt broken at the end of Meeting Destiny. So much so, I delayed reading Destiny's Revenge. But now I've picked it up & am 6 chapters in. Now my heart has been put back. I just pray it doesn't get torn out again. I sometimes cry at the END of a book but this time, i've just started and am in floods."

DESTINY'S REVENGE starts where we left off at the end of MEETING DESTINY. Lauren was in an unexplained coma. Her physical injuries were healed and there was no other reason for her to still be in a coma. The doctors thought it best to move her to a care home where she would receive the best care, in the hopes that one day she would wake up.
It had been 2 and a half years since Lauren had been attacked by the bear whilst camping with her boyfriend Max. For all that time she had been in the coma. Max was by her side day and night for the first year but then he gave up hope that she would ever come out of it.

At this point I must make a little jump forward. I am too scared that I will a) reveal too much and b) start crying all over again.

So... fast forward to Max being home.

The man I love - I mean Lauren loves, Max is home from war. [no explanation, read the book & see what I mean] He goes to visit his grandfather, Joe who happens to be in the same care home as Lauren. [Lauren doesn't know that Max and Joe are related. Joe doesn't know she's Max's girlfriend. Max doesn't know that Lauren is out of the coma] He and Lauren have a wonderful, emotional reunion.

*Insert me crying like a baby here*

So now the pair are happily reunited, they can get on with a normal life. Right? Couldn't be more wrong!

I can't and won't tell you of the journey that awaits them. I don't like to overdo the details. All you need to know is this is one heck of a ride. From beginning to end, I was hooked. The only time I put it down was to go to bed last night (very grudgingly) and to take my son to school/collect him from school today. I really could not put it down. Too much was happening.

From the reunion of the two lovers, to the arrival of a very unwelcome [spoiler removed] called Samael. The journey is one of tension, emotion, happiness, sadness, a whole barrage of feelings that just slam into you one after the other. If I wasn't biting my nails, I was laughing or crying, I was sitting on the edge of my seat - praying for a good outcome for Lauren, Max and all they hold dear.

For me, this book was like a drug. I was the junkie and this was my fix. There are not enough words in the English language to describe how much this book stole my heart. Nancy Straight did it again.
I wasn't sure how the sequel would match up to the first book but it was just as emotional, just as gut-wrenching.

I will share with you the status update I wrote upon finishing...

"Whilst the last book ended on a note of sadness, loss, anger & broke my heart - this book ended in shock and anticipation. What is it that makes Nancy not end these books on a happier note? I can't wait to read Destinys Wrath. I can only hope as it ends the much beloved trilogy, that it ends happily. it's not a fairytale but we all dream of happily ever after!"

I can honestly say, though my heart doesn't hurt as much at the end of this book, I am still approaching DESTINY'S WRATH with some trepidation. I never know what is coming next in these books. One of the things I love so much about Nancy Straight is, you never know what's coming. Nothing about these books is in the slightest bit predictable. You might think you know where it's headed but let me tell you, you are SO wrong!

What more can I say? Only that I love Nancy's style of writing and I wish I were half as talented as her. It is truly amazing how an author can be responsible for so many emotions within my head, heart and soul!
I know this book, this trilogy, will stay with me and I will be telling people about them for many years to come.

I have been lucky enough to receive an email from Nancy today saying that she is sending me books 2 & 3 in paperback. (I already have book 1). This means that I will have a SIGNED trilogy for keeps AND another to give away!! I am so excited. Beyond excited really. So stay tuned for details. When they arrive, I will be sure to let you know!

Thank you Nancy for allowing me the chance to read & review your beautiful books. I hope what you told me is true and that you will continue to write many wonderful books!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cassie Pruyne on Dec. 28, 2011 :
There are only so many words that can describe a book that is so amazing you cannot get it out of your head...so I am just going to be simple and say this book rocked, even more so than the first. The characters are amazing, the idea of the story is incredible, and I can’t get enough of it. Nancy Straight has come up with an authentic twist to the paranormal concept and I commend her for it. I loved that in this book we were able to get Max's perspective on what was going on in his head. Lauren and Max's relationship was mind blowing. There were a few sensual scenes in this book, but I loved how the author was able to keep it sweet and romantic without going into strong detail and making it explicit. Overall, the book is great. Read Meeting Destiny first, in order to the full of effect of everything going on. I assure you that if you love a good paranormal romance, this is the series for you. I cannot wait for the next book in the series and I'm positive it will just as amazing as the first two. Well done Nancy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cassie Pruyne on Dec. 28, 2011 : (no rating)
There are only so many words that can describe a book that is so amazing you cannot get it out of your head...so I am just going to be simple and say this book rocked, even more so than the first. The characters are amazing, the idea of the story is incredible, and I can’t get enough of it. Nancy Straight has come up with an authentic twist to the paranormal concept and I commend her for it. I loved that in this book we were able to get Max's perspective on what was going on in his head. Lauren and Max's relationship was mind blowing. There were a few sensual scenes in this book, but I loved how the author was able to keep it sweet and romantic without going into strong detail and making it explicit. Overall, the book is great. Read Meeting Destiny first, in order to the full of effect of everything going on. I assure you that if you love a good paranormal romance, this is the series for you. I cannot wait for the next book in the series and I'm positive it will just as amazing as the first two. Well done Nancy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nita B on Dec. 13, 2011 :
Meeting Destiny was an interesting tale of a young woman coming of age and recognizing her gift of clarivoyance.

Destiny's Revenge picks up the saga after Lauren's awakening from a two year coma. She wakes to a very different reality where family and friendshave seemingly moved on without her. Seth is with Amanda and Max has enlisted as a Corpsman in the Navy. She also discovers that she has awakened with a gift from her captor, the Beast. She now has the gift of sight which could be used to destroy him. Together with Max and assisted by Rewsna they work to foil the plans of the Beast and lead to his distruction.

I actually enjoyed this book more than I did Meeting Destiny. I felt for Max and Lauren because they had so much adversity in their fledgling relationship that it just didn't seem as if they would make it. It was interesting reading the interplay between them. Lauren's strength of character as a heroine was amazing. She knew what her gift was and she decided to use it to help others, no matter the cost to herself, and even at times, her relationship with Max. The pace was faster and Lauren's "powers" are more advanced in this book. Ms. Straight once again did an exemplary job conveying and unique and engaging story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Susan Firtik on Nov. 15, 2011 :
Awaking from a coma is bad enough... but having been IN that coma for 2+ years? Not so good. Her love has abandanoned her (or so it seems?), family has moved on, fearing the worst but never totally leaving her side. What's a girl to do?

The continuing journey of Lauren, Max and their friends... or ARE they friends? Adding to the controversy and intrigue, Lauren and Max must can now only trust themselves. After Max is taken over by a familiar demon, and they successfully get him OUT of Max... They want to live ordinary lives - together. Is it possible?

Once again, Nancy Straight takes us on a splendid ride! Every turn a surprise. Making us re-think what we thought we knew! Excellent writing and characters. Can't wait for Book #3!!
Hurry Nancy
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sandy on Nov. 15, 2011 :
Great read. Just when you think that things will calm down, something else gets thrown into the mix and you are in for another joy ride. Lauren's life will never be the same and she has come to accept it but the cast of characters in this second book just goes to show how twisted Lauren's life has become. Max thinks he can be the prince in shinning armor and rescue Lauren and be her everything but in the real world it doesn't quite work out to be that way. In fact, I don't think Lauren would like it that way either. Love the drama and love the conflicting cast of characters. What will happen next? Will Max stand by Lauren? An exorcism ? I guess we shall see.

Nancy's style of writing has a way of surprising the reader when you least expect it. I found while reading her books that sometimes the character actions are not explained until later which is a great touch. Sometimes while reading I am thinking "what are you doing? are you insane?" These occur at times when the drama is unexpected and I enjoy these little surprises.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: celesse keitges on Nov. 04, 2011 : (no rating)
Awesome book... it really was a great part two. Don't even try to figure out what is going to happen when you read this. The books has many twists and turns. I would recommend this book to mnany different people because it covers many intrests. I can't wait until part 3. =)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Charles Young on Nov. 02, 2011 :
What can I say? This is a wonderful addition to the Destiny Series. Nancy Straight does it again. The characters draw you in from the beginning and keep you engrossed in their tale until the final page (at which point you are wishing for more). One cannot help feel for Lauren and Max and their struggle to lead normal, happy lives. As their adventure continues from the pages of Meeting Destiny, the reader is once again cheering their love on as they struggle against new enemies and evil. I cannot wait for the next book in this series; I know it will be as good, if not better, than its predecessors.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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