Vision of Destiny by S. Moose

Synopsis
Falling apart. Barely breathing. How can I go on without you?
Karly Erikson’s fairy tale ending comes to an abrupt halt as she slowly adjusts to life without being in the arms of the man she loves.
Nicholas Hayes makes a decision, which changes his entire life. Living with the decision he’s made, every day is a struggle. His heart only knows one love-Karly Erikson.
When Karly returns to Wilmington, the choices she makes will put what’s left of her heart on the line. Is she ready to fight for what’s truly hers?
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Vision of Destiny is a continuation of the story that began in Vision of Love.  When “Love” ended, Nicholas had broken up with Karly to get back together with Emma’s mother, Jamie.  It was obvious to everyone, both characters and readers, that something strange was going on there, but no one was doing any explaining.  That was because Jamie had asked Nicholas not to, and he agreed.  This did not endear me Nicholas AT ALL.  As much as he claims to love Karly, and insists how Karly has changed him and his perceptions of love and forever, he “picked” Jamie and her feelings over Karly and hers.  Jamie continues to be a weak spot for him.  The best way to explain the dynamic between Nicholas and Jamie is toxic.  In “Love”, we learned that Jamie didn’t want to have a child, and left Nicholas and Emma right after Emma’s birth.  Nicholas followed Jamie and they developed an odd arrangement, living together, sleeping in the same bed, and slaking each other’s sexual needs, all under the guise of being together as a family for Emma’s benefit.  Eventually Jamie decides she wants to be a model and leaves them again.  This is when Nicholas and Emma return to North Carolina, and they meet Karly.  At the very least, Karly deserved to know why he took Jamie back.  Respect Jamie’s request and keep it from everyone else, fine (though again, that seems an odd request), but he should have insisted that he be able to tell Karly.  He didn’t, and that is where he lost me.  Karly is devastated and brutalized by feelings of abandonment, and feeling like she was only a placeholder until Jamie decided to take her family back.  The nightmares of her past at her father’s hands, which had ceased with Nicholas’s presence in her life, now come back, but with Nicholas as their star.  Given Nicholas’s lack of respect for her and the love they supposedly share, it’s no wonder.
Without giving any spoilers (because a good portion of the book passes before you find out exactly what’s going on), Jamie was, and continues to be, all about Jamie.  The reader can gather what is going on with her before the situation is actually spelled out for us, but you still have the feeling that something is fishy.  Despite the way she presents herself to Nicholas, she is a master at manipulating him, whether through simple statements meant to draw pity, or tears and arguments.  The situation Nicholas and Jamie have put themselves in in “Destiny” is, again, supposedly for Emma’s benefit.  I don’t think either of these people would know what was good for Emma if they got hit over the head with it.  I think removing Karly from Emma’s life and suddenly thrusting Jamie back into it, in a role she hasn’t played in some time, and, quite honestly, never played as well or as honestly as Karly did, was more harmful to Emma.  Why no one else in Nicholas’s family stepped in and called bullshit was mind-boggling to me.  Supporting a loved one and their choices is one thing, but at no time did anyone voice their concerns over what this drastic change would do to Emma, and they were all present to see the damage Jamie was capable of when she left Nicholas and Emma the first time.  But I think if I am to learn anything from this book, it is that life is messy and complicated, and things are very rarely black and white.
The author does a really good job at making the reader feel things, both good and bad.  I did have to put the book down in places out of frustration, but it was frustration with the actions of the characters, not with her writing style.  She provokes strong emotions within the reader (like wanting to knock some sense into Nicholas, and just knock Jamie period) and it takes talent and skill to grab readers enough to generate these kinds of visceral reactions.  I give this book 3 fangs, and recommend it to readers of the first book, but also recommend the series to fans of New Adult.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1066737844?book_show_action=false

http://www.amazon.com/review/R17X473TNWUVK8/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00NZGCO6O

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Do you know that feeling when a knife is in your heart, twisting and turning? Do you know what it’s like to have a car run you over a million times? That’s how I’m feeling. Rage builds in me and, instead of screaming and yelling, I sit in front of Larry, numb and frozen.

“I can’t do this, Larry. I’m fucking human, you know? I have feelings!”

He brings me into his arms and tries to calm me down. “I know and that’s what I told him.”

I can’t give Nicholas what he needs, even though it’s what I truly want. I refuse to break up his marriage and be the one that he uses to escape from Jamie. If something is up and he’s doing this because she’s manipulating him, then that’s a different story and I’ll beg him to leave her. I don’t know the whole story and I’m not sure if I even will get the story. A little voice in my head keeps screaming at me to fight for the man I love. But I don’t know if that’s the right answer.

“I’m gonna go lie down. Thanks for the coffee,” I mutter.

Back in my room, in my safety area, I place the steaming cup of coffee on my nightstand and lie down, facing the balcony.

Tearing away from the sun rising, I force my mind back to sleep. It’s been the longest few nights without Nicholas. I don’t know where to go or what to do. I can’t forget him. Every time I close my eyes, I see his eyes, his smile; I see everything. My chest fills with ache. Sitting here crying over him while everyone else is living kills me. The fight in me is slowly going away. Unable to stand the silence I open my music app on my phone and play a song I haven’t heard in a few weeks – our song. It plays over and over again so I can remember our dance and how I felt when he was holding me. Everything feels heavy and miserable. I scream into my pillow and pray that I can be taken away. I don’t care if we weren’t together for a long time. When it comes to love, there’s no measurement in time. It’s how love makes you feel and it made me feel whole. I’d give anything to feel that way again.

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As a high school senior, Karly goes through a horrific event and loses both her parents.  All alone, she perseveres her way through college in the hopes of becoming a teacher.  After graduation, she moves to to a new town and is introduced to divorced dad Nicholas and his daughter, Emma.  While Karly works as their nanny, she and Nicholas explore their feelings for each other.  Can they both overcome their pasts and move forward together?

Things seemed to move really quickly in this book.  From Karly’s initial move to the end of the book was about five months.  A *lot* happened between her and Nicholas during that time.  I am all for a whirlwind romance, but I didn’t come away feeling like that was the case here.  From the start, they both tried to resist their feelings, thinking it was too soon, etc., even to the point of Nicholas being an ass toward Karly.  I’ll be honest, if a guy had treated me the way Nicholas treated Karly in a couple places, all he would have seen of me after that was my back as I walked away.  Karly is really inexperienced, having had only two boyfriends prior to meeting Nicholas (both of whom had their own issues, which you will come to discover).  So to get to the point she did with him so quickly was hard for me.  There was also something relating to Karly and Emma that I thought happened *way* too soon.
There were places where it was hard to discern how much time had passed, which made things confusing in a couple of places.  And there were a couple of spots where characters were at one location in a paragraph, and then were somewhere completely different in the next paragraph with no explanation.
I can’t even call what happens at about 94% in a twist – this was a slam-on-the-brakes, up on two wheels blind curve.  This is the crux of the cliffhanger ending.  I am not a fan of cliffhangers, but will read book two because I need to know what the character’s reasons were for the drastic turnaround.
Some of the things that I am quirky about may not bother other readers.  At the basis of it all is love story about second chances, finding that special someone and fighting to be with them.  I would recommend this book to fans of the New Adult genre, and give it 3 fangs.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1066736106?book_show_action=false

http://www.amazon.com/review/R39J2JLBW7RFW1/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00JOLCK3Q

MeetTheAuthor


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, S.Moose, lives in Webster, NY.
A 2011 St. John Fisher graduate, S.Moose loves to read and write. When she isn’t in her room in front of her computer or a book, she is with her family and friends.
S. Moose is a romantic at heart and loves anything with a happily ever after.






 

 

 

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