Do you ever feel like you have read a lot, then go to see what you’ve all read and have been shocked by the lack of books? That was me this month. I swear I was a reading machine but when it came to picking a book for this month’s Book Love I was shocked at the lack of options. And sort of shocked at the number of books I read that were less than stellar. Thankfully there were some standouts that I could chose from.
Title: The Destiny of Violet and Luke (The Coincidence #3)
Synopsis: 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 . . . – GoodReads
Why I Loved: I have always enjoyed Sorensen’s book, I will preface that her books are always heavy. The history the characters have gone through are heavy, the characters are often rough (and at the beginning not too many redeeming qualities) and some of the content is rather off-putting. Some of you may be wondering why on earth I love this book or any of Sorensen’s books. I find the characters raw and real, but mostly I find their tales of redemption and finding something beautiful in their dark world a compelling tale.
When we were first introduced to their characters in The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden I wanted a story featuring these two. Both seemed to have a past and Luke was such an interesting character in the other books so I was excited that these two got their own story.
I think Luke could be one of the darkest characters that I have read from Sorensen. His past is heartbreaking and how much it has damaged him takes those broken heart pieces and grinds them up to a fine dust of devastation. But as the story moves you see him grow, take steps to become better and deal with some of his personal demons.
Violet’s story is no less heartbreaking and perhaps in some ways more so. I don’t want to say too much as reading is far more satisfactory but it is gut wrenching.
Despite the heavy content and Luke being a rather large jerk and ‘lose’ their journey is compelling and one of the main reasons I go back for more Sorensen. I just find her writing of their journey so enjoyable!