The Destiny of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen
Series: The Coincidence #3
Published by Hachette Book Group on 2014-01-07
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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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 . . .
I was really excited to read Luke’s story. I couldn’t wait for The Destiny of Violet and Luke. But I was in no way prepared for all the angst. Man if there’s one thing Jessica Sorensen can do it’s write deep dark angst ridden stories. I’m not saying this isn’t a good book because it is. It’s just so heavy. There are not smiley happy moments. Well not really.
Luke as we all know is Kayden’s best friend. He attends that same college and they are roommates. We never really got to know Luke in the previous two books. I mean he was always there but we just didn’t get a good feel for for him. But you definitely will in this book. I’m not sure if you’ll like him though. He’s broken and depressed and on a path of self destruction. He has no escape except school and he even that doesn’t fix him. He drowns himself in women and booze but mostly booze. Oh and self inflicted pain. Pain by way of fights with animate and inanimate objects. He’s close to no one really except maybe Kayden. But even Kayden doesn’t know everything.
Then we have Violet. Boy what a messed up person she is. Another product of her environment she’s learned to adapt to her surroundings. Her parents murder has left her literally a shell of a person. She cares for no one. She trusts no one. She depends on no one. She does what she has to do to survive and expects nothing in return. She is depressed. She makes bad decisions and has no fear of the repercussions. She doesn’t even really want to live or at least doesn’t care if she does or doesn’t. She’s an adrenaline junkie and will put herself in harms way over and over again just because.
Together theses two seem to work. They fight it too like no other characters I’ve ever read. They fight anything that may make them even remotely happy. It was hard to read. I wanted to reach into my kindle and hug them both. I also wanted to shake them and maybe even smack them upside their heads. It was torture. But not one that would make me stop reading. I needed to know how this would play out. I waited and waited for these two to get their acts together. I waited for them to lean on each other. Maybe even help each other. When they finally do though it’s still not rainbows and unicorns. But then Jessica Sorensen books never really are. She makes us work just as hard as her characters to get that happy ending.
What an ending it is! Definitely a bit of a cliff hanger. I figured it out about 65% in but I’m not sure you will. I’m not saying you aren’t smart enough. I’m just saying something just hit me deep in my brain and I just knew where it was headed. I was also shocked by how things ended for these two. It hurt knowing there were no more pages to read. I’m just that desperate to know what happens next.
Honestly, I’m not sure how things will ultimately play out for these two. I’m not even sure how I want them to play out.
This series continues to kick my emotional butt though and I’m a glutton for punishment as I keep coming back for more of what Jessica can dish out! Love her writing and equally love her characters. Especially Luke.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
But as he breathes heavily, leaning down, his lips inching nearer, I remain stationary. Frozen by fear and want. The contact of his lips only heightens the fear and desire, the two feelings mixing so persuasively that I start to weakly tremble as the walls I worked so hard to put up begin to crack. I try to keep my mouth closed as he works to kiss me, not wanting to give in, not wanting to give any part of me to him, knowing that eventually he won’t want me anymore. But as my body warms below him, I can’t help it and my lips readily part. Seconds later, his tongue slides into my mouth and he groans against my lips. It sends vibrations through my body and I shiver.
“Jesus, this feels so much better than I imagined…” he moans as his fingers tangle through my hair, tugging at the roots and it feels so good. “I need this…God…” There’s an alarming amount of panic in his voice as he breathes heavily. It’s deafeningly quiet around us and I’m about to say something, when his tongue slips back into my mouth more forcefully and his movements fill with desperation.
Book 1 – The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
Callie has grown up keeping her feelings locked away from the outside world, and as her painful past threatens to consume her life, most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.
For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence has been the only way to survive, until one night when Callie and Kayden’s worlds collide.
After that moment, Kayden can’t stop thinking about Callie and when they end up at the same college, he does everything in his power to convince her that it isn’t coincidence – it’s fate.
Book 2 – The Redemption of Callie and Kayden
The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is out. Worse, he’s facing charges for battery. The only way he stands a chance against the charges is if Callie speaks up, something he’ll never ask her to do.
Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But saving him means admitting her secrets aloud. Callie and Kayden are stronger than they think, especially when they’re together. Together they move forward, face their demons, and finally start to heal from their traumatic pasts.