Meeting Destiny: Destiny Series, Book 1

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Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other and now her doubt over her long time relationship with her high school sweetheart is not her only secret . . .someone else knows about her keen intuition and sixth sense. A mysterious clairvoyant seeks Lauren out and tells her not only of her life now but what the future may hold. Soon Lauren is in ...
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Overview

Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other and now her doubt over her long time relationship with her high school sweetheart is not her only secret . . .someone else knows about her keen intuition and sixth sense. A mysterious clairvoyant seeks Lauren out and tells her not only of her life now but what the future may hold. Soon Lauren is in the middle of a murder investigation and a questionable friendship with the key suspect. Law enforcement, friends and family are concerned for Lauren but unfortunately they are unaware of the true danger . . .Sinister forces are at work and will stop at nothing to destroy Lauren's abilities.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781468121377
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband and two children.

She enjoyes reading all types of Paranormal and Young Adult literature.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

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    Meeting Destiny is full of action, romance and suspense. I guar

    Meeting Destiny is full of action, romance and suspense. I guarantee it will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more!

    The book starts out with Lauren, the main character, getting shot during an attempted robbery at her job. One of the paramedics who respond to the call is Max. Lauren and Max feel an instant connection, but there are some complications that come in between them.

    I loved, loved, loved the characters in this story. The author did such a great job etching them out and making them seem real. None of them are one dimensional, even the seemingly background characters. The author gives them expression that makes them easy to connect to. And, wow!, she has a way with dialogue. The conversations in the story never felt forced or fake.

    Lauren is tough, smart, sarcastic, caring and loyal. She doesn't take crap from anyone while at the same time always standing up for what she knows is right, even when others may not agree with her. She has a deep concern for her friends and will stand behind them or stand up for them in any situation.

    Seth is your typical boy next door and Lauren's long-time "boyfriend." He is so sweet to Lauren, and she loves him, but not like she knows she should. The author does a great job framing out their relationship and their feelings towards one another.

    I'm completely in love with Max….I don't know what else to say about him. I love that the author didn't make him so perfect that he was not realistic. Max has his faults, but those things just make him all the more loveable. I really like the fact that even though Lauren and Max felt an instant connection they did not hook up right away. Their relationship was given time to develop, and they were given time to get to know each other.

    So, that brings me to the end of the story…and seriously, you'll be running over to Amazon or wherever you buy your books for the next in the series! I'm already looking forward to find out what happens!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

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    Chapter by Chapter's review of Meeting Destiny

    If you’re into emotional roller coasters and stories about love at first sight—then this is the read for you! I really wanted to start reading Meeting Destiny because I did something that most readers do: I judged a book by its cover and personally I find that it was a smart thing to do with this novel. The cover is just beautiful. Give me a minute to get it out of my system, but it’s just plain old gorgeous. I loved that it perfectly portrayed Lauren and that it also gave readers an easy way to imagine her. Also, have you noticed how pretty it is? Since I said it three times now, I’m just going to assume that you looked at the cover and noticed that I am correct: It’s pretty hot. Now back to the review!

    From the start of the novel, I found that the story would be pretty interesting, especially since the novel starts with a crime taking place! I’m not talking about a full blown shoot out/bank robbery, but it does start with a gunman who is threatening to rob the burger joint that our main character Lauren works at. However, after the gunman threatens to shoot a child, Lauren becomes heroic and takes the bullet herself. Totally awesome and it really got the story going. Have I forgotten to mention that because of this shooting, Lauren ends up meeting her “destiny” who comes in the form of Max (and because of that scene I will forever think of the song Glad You Came, because those exact three words are used in the story!).

    As the novel progressed, I started to feel that the story was beginning to pick up a quick pace; the one thing that I did find slightly unrealistic was that a few days after meeting each other, Max and Lauren were suddenly making out and becoming all romantic with each other. I understand that the two are soul mates and all, but real people in the real world… don’t just do that (I’m sure that there are a few people who do, but…you get my point). From what I saw in the novel, the character Seth was such a nuisance and was really clingy towards Lauren. Which could be both a turn on/off. As for the murder mystery that comes with the story, I found that during certain scenes, the story would lose my attention and send my mind wondering about other things (most of them being unexplained events in the novel).

    I would recommend this to fans of romance and soul mate stories as well as mystery. The ending was both captivating and was full of twists that I did not see coming…at all!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

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    Meeting Destiny By: Nancy Straight ISBN: 2940011054235 Publish

    Meeting Destiny
    By: Nancy Straight
    ISBN: 2940011054235
    Published June 27, 2010
    Available Format: Paperback, ebook

    My Rating: ¿¿¿¿¿

    Smashwords' Synopsis: Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other. Soon, Lauren is in the middle of a murder investigation and a questionable friendship with the key suspect. Sinister forces are at work and will stop at nothing to destroy Lauren.

    Meeting Destiny is a terrific (older) young adult paranormal novel. The main character is in her twenties, about to graduate college, so her life is a bit more mature—although there is absolutely nothing R-rated about his book. Still, it's nice not to have to listen to an angsty teenager for a change.

    Lauren is authentic, easy to relate to and very likable, which is good because we are thrown directly into her life from page one! Nancy does a perfect job introducing each of the characters and weaving them all together very nicely. I could pick a person from my own life that would fit almost perfectly into most every role of the story—from the bratty kid to the meddlesome mother (not MY mother, of course!).

    The paranormal aspect of the story is handled brilliantly. Lauren's 'premonitions' are introduced very realistically, as if it is just something that comes naturally rather than something that is suddenly forced upon her. Even her bizarre connection and history with Max is written so that it is very believable and easy to digest. I think that really makes this novel more unique—there really is more of a contemporary fiction edge to it, even though it certainly has the paranormal elements. They don't really take center stage; Lauren's life is the focus. I love that!

    Overall, I definitely recommend this, especially for YA paranormal lovers. I think it will give you a little bit of a breather, while still satisfying that paranormal appetite ¿… I am looking forward to diving into book two of the series ASAP!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

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    Highly Recommended!!! Get it like...RIGHT NOW!!!

    Okay...where should I start. To say I actually enjoyed this book...would be an understatement! I loved this book! Although, it was a paranormal YA book, I would say it’s more a love story. And that’s what I loved about it. I am a hopeless romantic, so...that was definitely not the issue! LOL ;p

    Reading this book was a lot of fun. I loved everything about it. There was no slow beginning or really cheezy moments leading up to the action, you get it right from the start! I just loved how the author added the action, romance, mystery and even humor to the story. It was very nicely balanced...and it definitely made me look forward to reading more and more!!! So, thumbs up for that!

    So, in the story we get to meet Lauren. She was a really different character type from the usual we see in YA books but a very enjoyable character nonetheless! I loved her personality and just loved her generous heart and will to do the right thing and help the innocent! She was very selfless and I loved that part of her personality! We find out that Lauren has a special ability to judge people's intentions and throughout the course of the story, she discovers that she can use this to her advantage and actually help others. What I really liked about Lauren was that no matter how many times she finds herself in the path of danger, she always keeps an open mind and somehow pushes through and solves the problem. In short summary, you could say Lauren is one KICK ASS heroine!! LOL =)

    In the story, Lauren also has this dream where a man comes to her and tells her that he is her destiny, and she must find a way to him. She doesn't understand the dream much less pays attention to it...that is until she meets Max Meyers! Their connection is instant! And can I just say that under the circumstances in which they meet, the connection was intense! At one point you actually feel that powerful draw and just wish you were in her place (but Shhh...don’t tell Lauren I want Max, she might just kill me! ;p) Max, Max, Max.....*sigh* How can I describe him with so few words....well...for starters he’s sexy, strong, cute, sweet, caring, protective, humble, funny and has the most amazing heart melting smile, you’ll ever see on a guy!! YUMMMMY! I know that Seth plays a part in the story too, but I just didn’t feel it with him..srry! If you read the book, you’ll know why Max captured my heart! He is just amazing and swoon worthy....nothing else I can say about it! ;)

    Overall, I would say the story is full of some very intense events, twisty moments, and just exceptional scenes that make you wanna scream, “WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!”. I loved how the story played out with its plots and mystery weaving but also with the characters! To say in a moment’s time..the characters really do grow up and learn a lot about themselves! Full of love, action, mystery and even your very own paranormal aspect, Meeting Destiny will leave you breathless. I am very anxious to read the second installment 'Destiny's Revenge' and can’t wait to see what happens with Lauren and Max. I was heart broken at the end of the book....but that is why I am dying to read the next one! I just wanna know “WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!!!”
    Ms. Straight you did a phenomenal job and I loved every part of your book! It was a very fun read and I would classify it as a “very edgy, full of anticipating moments, and a definite page-turner”. I would recommend this book for sure to anyone looking for a great book to pass the time!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

    I absolutely loved this book!! I loved how different it was from

    I absolutely loved this book!! I loved how different it was from any other book I have read. Lauren is strong,courageous and a hero. She meets Max after a robbery gone bad and there's an instant connection between them. Max is loving,strong and very protective oh and let's not forget handsome. Lauren has a lot going on in this book with having dreams of her destiny. Hearing a voice in her head and trying to help a friend get out of murder charges. You find your self on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen next.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    Oh my goodness; this story was so good! The story, the plot itse

    Oh my goodness; this story was so good! The story, the plot itself, was really suspenseful and unpredictable, which I like, and everything that happened just seemed right. I don't have any complaints; but what I will say is that by the end, you definitely will want more, you just will. Good thing the second and third book in this series are already out, as I really grew attached to the story, and the characters, so the rest of the series is on my list to read; most definitely!

    Back to the story; the concept of meeting your destiny, that one person you were destined to be with, even before you were born, was really interesting, and I loved how it was entwined to the story. Lauren was a well developed character. You can see, as she describes herself to be; she's not psychic or clairvoyant; she's just more observant, more insightful about the people around her, and when she gets for example a bad feeling, that one in your gut, you just know something is not right, well she's usually right. I liked that this story was from Lauren's POV as we experience her almost deadly incidents, her intuitiveness, her spunkiness, need of independence and her feelings of love towards her Destiny man. Now...Max...he just seems perfect. Perfect. I thought he was a different type of male lead that I would say is not the bad boy type, but we get a hint of some tragedy that he faced before he met Lauren. He was a wonderful character, and honestly, I cannot wait to read more of him in the next book. This Novel was just wonderful. Wonderful. I hope you have the chance to read this story, as it will take your breath away with great Romance, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat with Suspense. This Novel is definitely worth reading and enjoying; believe me! This is a Novel I recommend! :)

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

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    Unexpected Plot

    I've had Meeting Destiny on my to read shelf for a while now. I finally snagged a copy of the book and I have to say I enjoyed this very much.

    The funny thing is that until about 40% through the book, I kept thinking "Where is the paranormal?" There had been elements throughout, but they didn't come together until Lauren meets Rewsna who tells her more about her powers, but not enough to really be helpful. LOL.

    I found myself wondering where the story was going, yet it didn't solidify in directions I saw coming most of the time, which is quite refreshing.

    Nancy Straight is a talented author, and I happen to love cliff-hanger endings, so this one was right up my alley. :)

    I will be reading the next in the series:
    Destiny's Revenge


    The premise of the Destiny series is compelling, and I want to know more about Lauren and her powers. The idea that we agree, before we are born, to have certain people in our life who fulfil predetermined roles is quite unique in my reading experience. Really great read that felt almost natural considering the subject matter.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

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    First off, I want to comment on the beautiful cover for this boo

    First off, I want to comment on the beautiful cover for this book! I love the way her hair is done with the curls and flowers - so pretty! I just think that the cover makes a really good first impression on the reader.

    Meeting Destiny is a great book that deals with deep questions like fate, destiny, soul mates, life purpose, courage, and more. Despite the super sappy romance that happens in the story, there is much more than meets the eye. I really liked how the author approaches the subject of destiny and how every thing in life can be pivotal. It's a really interesting concept and I thought the ideas and the way she presented them throughout the novel were great. The plot was fast-paced and well written. The characters were realistic, even though they acted a lot like teens when they were in their early 20s (which is actually pretty normal). Besides the abundance of sappy first love gushing, the storyline flowed really well and the book was a fun read. Fans of YA and paranormal romance will definitely love this book.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

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    All I can think about at this moment is the shocking ending and

    All I can think about at this moment is the shocking ending and that I need to get a hold of the second book now! Nancy Straight wove an incredible paranormal love story about a girl and a boy whose paths cross and are meant to be intertwined. The suspense found throughout the story, the thrilling murder investigation, and the well rounded and relatable characters and their intense love story kept me trapped in the pages of this book!

    Lauren, in a moment of pure courageousness (or if you asked her mother pure selfishness), finds herself hurt and looking into the eyes of the man she's been dreaming about for years. Max is the paramedic that saves her life, moments after she risks it for a little boy. Max is her destiny. It sounded silly to me at first, I mean for her to know she is supposed to be with him. But, it works, very well. Max is Lauren's night in shining armor, and it is obvious even after the short amount of time they are together that they are meant to be together. They have a fast paced romance that made me fall in love with their tale.

    There are quite a few secondary characters that are worth a second look, Nancy does a great job perfectly molding each character from her talent with words. Amanda, a reporter, is probably the one (besides Lauren and Max of course) that I was impressed with most. There's more in the background of her story that I'd like to know, and Nancy could probably write a book on her life as well. Then there's Seth. Seth is Lauren's best friend, and he thinks that Lauren should be his, and she was, until Max enters the picture. From the very beginning I didn't like Seth. He's not a bad character or anything I just found him sickeningly attached to Lauren, giving the initial events in the novel I guess it makes sense, but he's no Max. When Seth finds the one he's supposed to be with I blew a sigh of relief.

    There is a bit of insta-love instilled in this book. Max and Lauren's relationship is short but strong, and one thing I noticed a few times was that their arguments (which to me they argued quite frequently) seemed to self resolve. I don't know how to explain it, but it seemed like one minute Max would be fuming about something and then all of a sudden it was over.

    The author blends in the perfect amount of paranormal aspects into this story to make the events seem real and believable.

    The stunning relationship that evolves in Meeting Destiny between Lauren and Max is magical. They are a great couple. I can't wait to read more of their story and the events that unfold in the series. The story is fast moving and full of the mystery and suspense that keeps me coming back for more. Fans of Nicole Williams' Eternal Eden series, Lauren Kate's Fallen series, and My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares are sure to love this one! Book 2, Destiny's Revenge, will definitely be a great read, one I will have to check out!

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

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    The most memorable trait about the MC, Lauren, was her impeccabl

    The most memorable trait about the MC, Lauren, was her impeccable instincts. They may have put her in some tricky situations, but more often than not they were helpful. I have to admire Lauren on her courage throughout the story. She stayed true to her path when her family and friends worried about her decisions regarding trusting her instincts. Despite her cool sixth sense and amazing boyfriend, Lauren was quite a forgettable character. Even though we are reading her thoughts she didn't have much presence.

    I noticed how every time Lauren wanted to explain how she knew the things she knew about people she always reverted back to the failed robbery. Everything was linked to that one event. I just got a little crazy having to hear that same moment retold in about 4 different ways.

    I understand that Meeting Destiny is the first book of a series so I don't expect everything to be solved right away. On the other hand, it was mentioned numerous times that Lauren's goal was to unlock Max when she finally crossed paths with him. She asked and pondered how to do that, but I don't recall her actively trying to get it done. I feel like what was set up in the beginning of the story wasn't written in the plot and by the end I was kind of left hanging.

    I would recommend Meeting Destiny to readers who like the idea of everyone having that special someone and a specific role in life.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    Recommended a good read

    This was a well written book. The cover on this book is fantastic. I was always told that there is someone perfect for everyone, whether that be fate, luck or destiny it happened to Lauren and Max. I think I ran the gambit of most emotions while reading this book. I was saddened by the ending, but I must read book 2 for answers to some questions.But ultimately I enjoyed this book immensely.

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

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    What a Great Surprise!

    This book was a lot different that I expected and it was a very pleasant surprise to say the least.

    The written description of the book had me thinking this was going to be more of a young adult romance read with some paranormal elements thrown in. I originally put this back on the "Maybe I will read it" list and went to read another book. I really don't read young adult books, most of them do not catch or hold my attention and I did not expect much from this one either.

    I finished another book I was reviewing and then looked for something to read and picked this up again. I was on the second page when the action started rolling and it did not stop until the very end. I read it in one sitting, something I do not do unless the book is really good, and this one was really good.

    Lauren Davis works for the local burger shop. Her long-time friend, Seth, drops by to get a salad and check on her ride home. Then a man comes in that makes Lauren pay attention, he didn't look right, like he was there for no good. And he was, he was robbing the shop. She had made excuses to get everyone out of the way and tried to get him tended to and out the door but a kid comes back to demand a toy and the robber swings to shoot him. Lauren puts herself in front of the bullet and she meets the man of her dreams, the man she has called her Destiny, Max Meyer.

    There is a lot of back and forth with Max not wanting to interfere in her life, and misunderstandings with her friend Seth, her mother, Seth's mother, and others. It sometimes seems like everyone is trying to run Lauren's life, including a woman on a bus who talks to Lauren by telepathy and says she's watching her, and to stick to her path.

    Lauren seems to be a trouble magnet. The police begin to be on a first name basis with her. Things happen around and to her and she always seems to be able to pick up on what's going on before it happens. And always, Max is there to hold her and help her think things through even though she sometimes fights that.

    This book has a lot of very good story lines going through it. I actually cared about Lauren, I really liked Max. I sometimes wanted to smack Seth and sometimes I wanted to hug him.

    And Nancy Straight has two more Destiny books out, which is good because where she left this one had me so flustered, wanting more, I'm ready to go get the next book right now and spend the rest of the night reading it. Yes, it's that good.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

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    a wonderful read, I couldn't put down

    Lauren helps prevent a robbery at a local restaurant and ended up getting shot in the process. While being rushed to the hospital she lays eyes on her paramedic and is shocked when she realizes he is the same guy that has visited her dreams the last 4 years, but he doesn’t seem to recognize her. What does this all mean? And when Lauren meets a stranger on the bus who leaves her with more questions than answers, she is more confused than ever.

    Let me just say…I love Max! Besides Lauren he is my fav character in the book. He is adorable and you can tell he really cares for Lauren. I also loved seeing Lauren evolve from a girl who went with the flow of things because it was expected of her to a strong, independent woman. Yay to Straight for giving us an independent woman who is not afraid to go after what she believes is right. And yay to Straight for writing a story that was easy for me to lose myself in.

    Meeting Destiny is a brilliant story that kept me in bed most of the day reading. I didn't want to put it down. Loved the path the story took and drank up everything it had to offer. And with an ending you won't see coming that leaves you utterly heartbroken, you will want to go ahead and get book 2 so you can dive right in to it. Kudos Straight for giving me a wonderful new series to obsess over.

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