Monday, January 13, 2014

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: The Destiny of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen

The Destiny of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen
Published January 7, 2014 by Forever
Purchase: Amazon / B&N / Kobo / iTunes

About the book:
Luke Price's life has always been about order, control, and acting tough on the outside. For Luke, meaningless relationships are a distraction-a way to tune out the twisted memories of his childhood. He desperately wishes he could forget his past, but it haunts him no matter what he does.
Violet Hayes has had a rough life. When she was young, she was left with no family and the memory of her parents' unsolved murders. She grew up in foster homes, living with irresponsible parents, drugs, and neglect, and trying to fight the painful memories of the night her parents were taken from her. But it's hard to forget when she never got closure-and she can't stop dreaming about what happened that tragic night. To make it through life, she keeps her distance from everyone and never allows herself to feel anything.
Then Violet meets Luke. The two clash instantly, yet they can't seem to stay away from each other. Although they fight it, they both start to open up and feel things they've never felt before. They discover just how similar they are. But they also discover something else: The past always catches up with you . . .

My Thoughts:
This review contains spoilers.  Please read at your own risk!

We met Luke in The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden - he's one of Kayden's best friends and you couldn't help but like him because he was such a good friend to Kayden and Callie. But it was obvious in the first two books that Luke hid a dark past and was struggling internally with a lot of demons.

We also met Violet - Callie's bizarre roommate. We didn't know much about her except she was obviously struggling with demons of her own.

I was really excited to hear Luke was getting his own book so that we could get to know him. And I will say that I still love him, even though this book frustrated the hell out of me. Something I did not realize (but should have known better) when I started the book was that of course there would be a cliffhanger. That's typical Jessica Sorensen style. Yet, I deluded myself into believing it wouldn't be too bad - and it was the worst cliffhanger I can remember ever reading. Because the book got REALLY good at the end - and now I'm left hanging far too long to find out what happens between these two. And that made me want to chuck my Kindle across the room.

That being said - this is a really good story. I got a little annoyed by the constant denial and fighting of their feelings from both Luke and Violet. After awhile I wanted to scream at them to just BE TOGETHER ALREADY. But I understood their hesitation and after learning about both of their pasts - you will understand too. There's no doubt that Sorensen knows how to write intensity & suspense and this book is no exception. But what makes books like this so good is that people like Luke and Violet grow and change and learn to love despite the horror they've been through in their lives. I love stories like that - and I just hope the next book we will see a happy ending for these two. They deserve it.

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

3.5 Suns

For a brief second, I seriously contemplate pushing the emergency button and stopping the elevator, so I can push her back against the wall and kiss her fiercely before pulling away and leaving her. Regain a little of my control and power over the situation.
But as the elevator continues up and my arms stay at my side, I realize that I can’t go through with it and honestly I have no idea why. She’s messing with my head and I don’t know what else to do besides stare at my reflection in the shiny steel doors for the rest of the elevator ride. When the doors open, I let out a breath of relief, glad we’re coming to the end of this strange, silent journey. As we approach Violet’s dorm room toward the end of the hall, I spot Kayden and Callie standing in front of the door. They’re smiling as they talk to each other and they make it look so easy, so natural, like it’s as simple as breathing. But even breathing is difficult for me sometimes.
Callie says something and Kayden laughs, but when he sees me walking up the hallway with Violet his expression fills with inquisitiveness.
“What’s up?” he asks as we walk up to them. He glances from Violet to me, then his eyebrows arch, his eyes widening a little.
Callie steps out of the way as Violet moves out of my arm and drags her foot as she moves up to the door. “Are you okay?” Callie asks, looking down at Violet’s ankle.
“Yeah,” Violet answers with indifference as she punches in the code to their room with her finger. The lock beeps and she shoves the door open, tossing her book aside as she starts to shut the door behind her. I’m about to call our stubborn challenge a tie, when she pauses with the door still open a crack, her eyes sparkling with life for the very first time, and says, “Thanks, Mr. Stoically Aloof.”
“You’re welcome, Violet with no last name,” I tell her and then she shuts the door.

About the Author:
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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