Destiny United (Shadows of Destiny Book 2)

Rated 4.25/5 based on 8 reviews
Erin Bolton knows her former foster sister is a sorceress and a witch, but she wants nothing to do with that world. The day before her twenty first birthday, a tall, dark, and terrifying vampire, Marcelo, turns Erin's world upside down. He convinces her that he was sent to escort her to the safety of the Underworld, where her sister is waiting. But she wonders, who will keep her safe from him? More

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About Leia Shaw

Leia Shaw is the bestselling author of the paranormal romance series, Shadows of Destiny. Thinking up fae politics, plotting dragon power games, and calculating how fast werewolves can change forms has given her a way to express those dark places in her mind. More recently, she’s branched out into the erotic world and has written a humorous but heartwarming contemporary BDSM romance 31 Flavors of Kink. She is also co-authoring the bestselling Badass Brats series.

Leia lives in New England with her husband and two kids. Though she will go to her grave denying it, her husband insists she would be thrilled if he suddenly sprouted fangs.

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Review by: UTCBookBlog on Jan. 18, 2012 :
3.5 Stars

This was my first book by this author. I really started it without any expectations, and a little scared that I would be lost because I didn't read the first one. But it started off really interesting and definitely caught my attention.

Maybe this has something to do with Marcelo, because, well, he's hot and has that bad boy thing going on. Caring and sexy. He is sent to bring the Queen's sister, her human sister, to the Underworld.

But werewolves are after Erin, so instead of just a quick pick-up and drop-off mission, he ends up protecting her until he can get her to her family safe.

Erin on the other hand was a bit annoying. I was very happy to see that she realized that she WAS the "Too-Stupid-To-Live" heroine in the story! But I get it, she's had a traumatic past. She was abused, and that always is a touchy subject to deal with in novels.

But to my surprise, when Erin turns 21, which just happens to be while they're running from the wolves, she changes. Turns out she's fae. Yes, pointy ears and everything. And her fae people also want her to come be with them. So she has a tough decision to make. Where does she want to be? And with whom?
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alexia Smit on Sep. 14, 2011 :
Wow… just WOW! A book to sink your teeth into - Destiny United is amazing. A vamp hero to swoon over and a fabulous story line. I was hooked from start to finish  I have really enjoyed this series so far. Looking forward to the 3rd book, Destiny Unchained! Leia Shaw is an amazing author and has a great writing style.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Artemis on Aug. 14, 2011 :
I’m not quite sure where to begin with this because quite honestly there were more than a few things that didn’t sit well with me. So, just the highlights.

The tone of the story is too flippant. Marcelo and Erin/Aila seem to be constantly bantering with each other. Marcelo ‘chuckles’ and Erin/Aila calls him Ballsy. Erin has social anxiety and suffers panic attacks because she was raped; therefore, “no grocery stores, no restaurants, and no shopping malls.” I don’t understand why she would have a revolving door of boyfriends to do her bidding. When copulation finally occurs between Aila and Marcelo, this is their post-coital pillow talk:

“Holy fuck,” Aila said, breaking the powerful silence.
Marcel chuckled. “I’ll say.” He pulled her into his arms. “But there was nothing holy about it.” He kissed the top of her head and ran his fingers up and down her bare arm. Goose bumps covered her body. Would she ever be immune to this man?
“So, my god-kissed mate, what do we do now?” he asked.

Last but not the least, the central theme of the story, DESTINY UNITED, never came to fruition. While another, concerning Marcelo, was brought to the forefront and just stopped…right there…nothing more.

What I did enjoy was the undertone of a D/s relationship between Erin/Aila and Marcelo. Marcelo being the very dominating Vamp that he is and Erin the Timid; it was a natural that he would control and protect Erin/Aila as necessary. The dressing room scene was especially entertaining. Watching Erin sprout from the frightened human to the powerful fae was a delight.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Krystal Clark on Aug. 05, 2011 :
I loved this book! This series has Marvelous potential! I cannot wait until the next installment.

This book didn't have as much humor in it as the first one but I would still recommend it in a heart beat!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda on July 12, 2011 :
Awesome book! I stayed up half the night, reading on my computer, because I *had* to know how it ended! I love how Shaw's female leads aren't typical heroines.

This is the second book in the series, and it stands as a great story on its own, but you definitely want to read Destiny Divided first just for the background. Once you read Destiny United, you'll want to read the third book (we have to wait!), so you may as well know the whole story.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lilly Hale on July 10, 2011 :
Destiny United is a great read! The characters are well-drawn, the plot is fast-paced and exciting and the dialogue is witty. The hero, Marcelo, a vampire who is sent to protect the heroine on her journey to the underworld, is to die for. The heroine, Aila, is funny and very likable. She struggles with inner fears at first, but grows into a capable, self-confident woman through the course of the story. The sexual tension between the two is strong and their romance believable and emotional. Ms. Shaw has a wonderful writer’s voice that made reading this book absorbing and very pleasurable. If you like fantasy/paranormal romance, you’ll love this book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kary Rader on July 08, 2011 :
Ms. Shaw's Destiny United is a fun read. Erin/Alia is a young woman with a lonley but mysterious past. She is aware of the supernatural world through her former foster sister who is a witch. What she doesn't know is that she has a place and purpose in the supernatural as well. Marcelo's the vampire assigned to get her to the Underworld in time and in one piece. Let's just say he's got his work cut out for him.

The voice of the character's and Ms. Shaw's sassy humor comes through with strong dialogue.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Katemam on July 06, 2011 :
Leia Shaw's Destiny United is a fabulous read I would recommend to anyone who loves a good "otherworld" story. The main heroine, Erin, is beautiful but lost. Her guardian, Marcello, is extra hunky and falls hard for the insecure but witty girl. When she comes into her powers, Erin quickly becomes a woman of strength and purpose. She allows herself to fall in love and finds her purpose in life. A truly fabulous read that has great action and humor as well as a magical love.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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