Monday, January 13, 2014

BLOG TOUR: The Destiny of Violet and Luke by Jessica Sorensen

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 . . .

4.5 Star Review by Jen Skewes

WOW!!!  I am not sure of any other way to describe my feelings at the end of this book.  Znyone who has read Callie and Kayden series probably has the same questions I did about Luke.  Why is he so quiet? What is he hiding and why doesn't he want to go home?   And most importantly, what happened to him as a child to make him who he is today.  Well Oh My God does Jessica Sorensen deliver on this one.  Luke is one damaged man and rightfully so.  Jessica has a talent for writing damaged and broken characters and Luke and Violet are just that.  Damaged and broken from their painful pasts, to the point where they don't know if they can be fixed or even want to be fixed.  Until they meet each other and start to feel things they never wanted to feel.
Luke's childhood was messed up in so many ways, I am not even sure where to begin.  His mother was basically a junkie and made Luke do things for her that will completely shock and disgust you.  He saw things and did things that no child should be subjected to. My heart broke over and over again for him and the pain he endured.  Now he is in college and just trying to escape from his past.  While he isn't one to do drugs because of his mother's past, the bottle has become his friend.  He drinks and sleeps with any woman who is willing just to feel like he is in control. In that moment he is able to escape it all.  But then he meets Violet, for some reason when he is around her he feels things that he does't want to feel.  Things that completely scare him.  He is not sure whether to run from it or embrace it.  But Violet has her own set of baggage.

Violet had a perfect life at one point until it was all taken away from her.  She lost her parents at a very young age and after that went from one foster home to another.  Her foster parents never cared about her or the fact that her parents were murdered.  The minute she acted out they were so quick to to tell her leave and then she would be moved to the next home.  She is now in college trying to actually make something of her life, the best way she can.  She still has a lot of issues and pain to deal with from her past and has become somewhat of an adrenaline junkie since losing her parents.  When she meets Luke there is something about him that makes her feel safe and comfortable.  Luke wants to help her and while she can't understand why, it makes her feel good.  Because no one has ever wanted to help her the way Luke does.  Luke and Violet both have walls up that are so thick no one has ever been able to break them.  They are both carrying around the secrets of their past.  They are both broken and damaged in their own way.  They become friends and eventually give into the feelings that they have both been trying to hide.  They slowly break down each others walls and open up to each other, in ways that neither one of them have ever done before.  But can two people as damaged as they are make it work?  Can they have the happily ever after?

This book took me on one heck of a roller coaster ride.  We get inside the heads of both Violet and Luke.  So we can feel and understand their pain and what they are going through.  Both of their stories are heart breaking and you just want to jump in and give them both a hug and tell them it will be ok.    Luke and violet were so perfect together.  In ways they helped each other and brought out the best in each other.  Luke wanted to try to be a better person, to actually have a relationship with someone and give up that control that he has always held onto.  And that was all because of Violet.  

Their story was sad and emotional and at times depressing, but I loved every minute of it.  But there were also some moments that did make me smile.  I felt so drawn to these two characters.  I need to know what happened to them and that they would be ok in the end.  Jessica Sorensen has done another amazing job and managed to even shock me.  There was one moment where I literally gasped out loud and could not believe what I was reading.  And the end, OH MY GOD!!!  The end just about killed me and left me staring at my Ipad with my mouth hanging open wondering where we go from here.  Fantastic job!!

For a brief second, I seriously contemplate pushing the emergency button and stopping the elevator, so I can push her back against the wall and kiss her fiercely before pulling away and leaving her. Regain a little of my control and power over the situation.
But as the elevator continues up and my arms stay at my side, I realize that I can’t go through with it and honestly I have no idea why. She’s messing with my head and I don’t know what else to do besides stare at my reflection in the shiny steel doors for the rest of the elevator ride. When the doors open, I let out a breath of relief, glad we’re coming to the end of this strange, silent journey. As we approach Violet’s dorm room toward the end of the hall, I spot Kayden and Callie standing in front of the door. They’re smiling as they talk to each other and they make it look so easy, so natural, like it’s as simple as breathing. But even breathing is difficult for me sometimes.
Callie says something and Kayden laughs, but when he sees me walking up the hallway with Violet his expression fills with inquisitiveness.
“What’s up?” he asks as we walk up to them. He glances from Violet to me, then his eyebrows arch, his eyes widening a little.
Callie steps out of the way as Violet moves out of my arm and drags her foot as she moves up to the door. “Are you okay?” Callie asks, looking down at Violet’s ankle.
“Yeah,” Violet answers with indifference as she punches in the code to their room with her finger. The lock beeps and she shoves the door open, tossing her book aside as she starts to shut the door behind her. I’m about to call our stubborn challenge a tie, when she pauses with the door still open a crack, her eyes sparkling with life for the very first time, and says, “Thanks, Mr. Stoically Aloof.”
“You’re welcome, Violet with no last name,” I tell her and then she shuts the door.

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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