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“You sure Evan doesn’t mind me being here?”
“He probably hates that you’re staying the night, but he’ll get over it.” I take a step toward him and pat him on the shoulder, marveling at the solid feel of muscle beneath my palm, beneath the thick fabric of his sweatshirt. Has he gotten taller since the last time I saw him? Broader? He’s so big, standing next to him makes me feel small. “Do you need anything else?” I remove my hand from his shoulder, wishing I could touch him more.
“Nah. I’m gonna change, brush my teeth and go to sleep.” He smiles, looking cute, like a little boy and my heart flutters. When he reaches for the hem of his sweatshirt I step away, watch in silent fascination as he pulls the fabric over his head, taking the T-shirt he’s wearing beneath it upward so I catch a glimpse of his flat, perfect stomach, the little trail of dark hair that starts just under his navel.
I’m breathless, my skin is tingling and when he tosses the sweatshirt onto the couch, I start to walk backwards. “Okay well, good night.” I need to get away from him before I do something really stupid.
Like jump him.
“Night, Reverie,” he calls after me as I hurry to my bedroom. Glancing over my shoulder, I find him watching me with that penetrating, thoughtful gaze and I turn away, practically tripping over my feet in the hall. I rush into my room, shutting the door quietly before I slump against it, closing my eyes and pressing my forehead against the rough wood.
My feelings for him haven’t stopped. I still want him. I’m still in love with him. So why am I denying myself from being with him? Because I’ve changed and I’m worried he won’t accept me for who I really am? And because my life is so crazy the last thing I need is another complication to muck it all up?
Valid reasons, but why would I deprive myself from being with him? He’s the only one who understood me. Who listened to me. Who cared about me.
I think he still does.
Cracking open my eyes, I push away from the doorway and shut off the light before I crawl into bed. I lay there in the dark, listening to him move about inside the bathroom, which is right next to my bedroom. He finishes brushing his teeth before he exits the room and I swear I can feel him standing on the other side of my closed door, waiting. Listening for any sign of life coming from within.
I can’t move. I’m frozen, holding my breath, waiting for him to knock on the door, to turn the knob, anything to show that he wants to see me. I want him to both respect my brother’s wishes and defy them. I want him overcome with need yet cautious. I want…everything.
All of him.
Disappointment crashes through me when I realize he is definitely obeying Evan’s wishes. He doesn’t sneak into my room, doesn’t attempt to talk to me, nothing. I should be happy. Pleased that he doesn’t want to upset anyone.
Instead, I’m sad.
Rolling over on my side, I punch the pillow beneath my head and settle in for the night, willing myself to fall asleep. I get to spend pretty much the entire weekend with him. Maybe we can work it out then since we’ll have plenty of time. But for now I’ll have to settle for Nick visiting me…
Only in my dreams.
I knew from the moment I first saw him he was the one. The only boy I could ever want.
The only boy I could ever love.
They say he’s bad for me.
But I know he’s not.
Until the day he rejects me.
And breaks my heart.
Everything changes in the blink of an eye. My entire life as I’ve known it is…gone. Secrets are revealed. Promises once made are irrevocably broken. There’s no way my family can get back to what we once were.
So when Nicholas Fairfield walks back into my life like he never left it, I’m furious. Thrilled. Irritated. Excited.
Despite my confusion, I want to be with him. I love him. But danger lurks where we least expect it. Someone will do whatever it takes to tear us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.
Because Nick Fairfield? He’s mine.
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
~~ 4.5 Stars ~~
Her Destiny is the conclusion to Reverie and Nick’s story. I thought this book was the perfect ending. All the questions that were left unanswered in book 1 were definitely answered in this book. This story was told in dual POV again and I loved that because we got to know what both characters were thinking and feeling. Again I loved how the author switched between POV’s and how some were merely a journal entry by that character. I thought the length of this book was perfect. It didn’t drag anything out and we weren’t left waiting for answers until the very end. Things unfolded nicely throughout the whole book. Monica Murphy does a great job with the pace and flow of this story and created enough drama and angst to keep you intrigued all the way through.
I loved watching Reverie grow in this book. In His Reverie (book 1), she was quite naive and seemed almost childlike, were as in this one she seemed more her age and actually wasn’t as naive in this book. She was actually forced to grow up quickly in this book, due to what happened with her parents. One thing I do wish we would’ve gotten an answer on was what happened in the long run with her parents. We get a half answer in regards to that part of the storyline. I liked that we got to see more of Evan in this book. I was also glad to see him step up to the plate and take care of his sister. I wasn’t so sure that was going to happen when we first met him in book 1. I still absolutely LOVED Nick. He is so sweet, but I felt so bad for him…he always seemed to get blamed for things he didn’t do. I loved how protective he was of Reverie. It was also great to see that he wasn’t willing to let her go. They really are a great couple. I was also glad that the author made Nick work to get Reverie back after what he did at the end of book 1. She made Reverie stronger and not so willing to just take Nick back.
If you are looking for a Mature YA love story were opposites attract, then this is the series for you. I would definitely recommend this book. It was a sweet love story without an over amount of drama and angst. She also added a little bit of suspense to this story.
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