Meeting Destiny

Rated 4.28/5 based on 29 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.

About the Series: Destiny
How many lifetimes are enough with your soul mate? Discover the answer in this paranormal romance where two lovers find themselves lifetime after lifetime.

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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: Ginny Gallagher 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. 1, 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 7 months after purchase)
Review by: Jeann W on July 7, 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 6 months after purchase)
Review by: shyd on April 8, 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 85 days 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 64 days 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. 6, 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 14 days after purchase)
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