Destiny

DestinyNash Barron liked his life in his hometown but with his estranged brother back he had not been one to want his big brother back. Now that some time has passed Nash is learning to forgive after all these years with the help of Kelly. As this all happens Nash will find new facts about his life.

Kelly Moss settled into the town Serendipity to be close to her half sister. She will be finding herself getting closer to Nash and sparks will fly between them but she doesn’t want to lose her heart to him.

Destiny is the second book to the series Serendipity from Carly Phillips. From start to finish I liked the book. There were little surprises that revealed secrets of the characters, Nash and Kelly. I was intrigued by the book and found myself flying through the pages.

Nash was a hard man with a grudge but he does lighten up throughout the book. Kelly was hiding her own secrets that embarrassed her for her poor judgment, but in reality she did everything she could. She grew from that experience which hardened her a little, much like Nash. But both did find a way to be together, it helped with the steamy connection that happened between them. I had wondered for a little if his ex wife was going to be a problem but she wasn’t. In fact she had her own love story in the book with the bartender Joe. They were pretty quick to have their own happy ending. Kelly and Nash had a harder time finding that peace that would bring their own happiness.

I went and looked for more books from the author and saw some other books that are part of the series Serendipity with characters Kate and Lissa getting their own novellas. It also looks like there is a series called Serendipity’s Finest which I wouldn’t mind reading. Since she does have a lot of books out from other series I will have plenty of choices to pick from.

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Serendipity

SerendipityFaith Harrington knew coming back to her hometown would be hard but she had to start over. People were not overly friendly to her thanks to what her father had done but she was determined to make it work. She had not expected to encounter Ethan the bad boy that made her feel things still after ten years.

Ethan Barron was the bad boy in his youth and for the last ten years he had felt guilt over that time where he left his brothers on their own. He is back in his hometown hoping to start over with his family. He will be surprised with a half sister and find the one woman he had wanted for the last ten years.

Serendipity is the first book to the series Serendipity by Carly Phillips. I had read the third book of the series and liked it but I wasn’t completely into the story at first. For the first book I easily got into the story of Faith and Ethan.

This was a good intro to the series and about the brothers. You feel for Nash and Dare who were all but abandoned by Ethan when their parents were killed. Then again you feel for the eighteen year old Ethan who was carrying too much guilt and was considered a screw up. Faith had her own demons she had to face but she was able to get out of her situation alive mentally and have the determination to start over. Ethan and Faith were similar in the idea that they both needed a way to start over.

I really liked the addition of Tess. She was a handful for the brothers. I liked how Phillips made her exactly how a teenager with all that she went through would act. She also did a good job with the brothers and how they feel with their older brother, and how the town condemns Faith for what her father had done.

I am reading the second book next with Nash and Kelly. I am intrigued how their relationship will start as I have read the third book and already know the outcome of their story.

Karma

KarmaOfficer Dare Barron has had a crush of Liza McKnight since he was a fifteen years old. He has been seeing her pop up every time she bails out her brother. He will find himself getting closer as he sets out to protect her.

Liza McKnight got used to the police waiting room as she got her brother out on a regular basis. She is very protective of her brother but wants him to get help. She will soon be pulled into more trouble than she can handle and will get her own kind of help with Dare.

Karma is the third book to the series Serendipity from Carly Phillips. I grabbed the book knowing it was the third book but as I was reading it I felt it was a standalone novel. The brothers connections were not lost in the book and you knew pretty much the history between the brothers whether it was in one sentence or one scene.

I could not get into the book in the very beginning but once I got through several more pages I got into the book. The interaction between the brothers was great and makes me want to read their stories. I liked Liza who was the caring one but was finally being taken care of, with the exception of her brother saving her that one time, by Dare. I liked Liza and Dare together. They weren’t instantly in love and it took some time and some trust.

The guilt behind the accidental death back when Dare was fifteen comes into play. Phillips tells the story of the accident well and puts in the guilt on both sides. The character Brian, the brother, is not such a bad guy that is once he comes clean and sobers up which is done with some help.

Karma will not be the last book I will be be reading from Carly Phillips.