“Sometimes it’s not whether or not you survive, but HOW you survive. I guess that might be the thing that makes you the person you are... How you survive.”
When Miami music writer Destiny Michaels learned her childhood friend, the always cool and collected Brian Jace, was moving from their hometown of Phoenix to Miami, she wanted to do cartwheels across Ocean Drive.
Brian has always been able to counter Destiny’s annoying tendency to overthink things, and he’s the only person she knows with a love for music that’s as intense as hers. However, when he arrives she quickly realizes there’s been a major shift in their formally platonic relationship. And no matter how scared she is about taking things to the next level, their feelings only intensify.
But just as she begins to believe that real love can exist outside of sappy romantic comedies, Destiny is forced to question everything she thinks she knows about life, including her new feelings for Brian.
She soon discovers that while we can’t control some things that happen to us, the power of unconditional love, once accepted, can make life better than okay.
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About the Author
Jacinta Howard is a writer and avid music lover who resides in the Atlanta area with daughter and husband. A longtime entertainment and lifestyle journalist, she finds her happy place deep in the pages of a great novel, on the beach listening to good music and hanging with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a captivating read with depth and realism; a true romance that's based on love and healing.
Destiny is fiercely independent and devoted to the music world. She is working hard to build a career as a writer in a world that no longer wants print materials. Brian is her brother's best friend and she has known him for years. A chance trip to New Orleans where they find themselves at the same time allows Brian to follow his heart and show Destiny that he wants to be more than friends. As this new relationship grows, the unthinkable happens to Destiny and she now has to find a way back to herself. Brian is amazing as the compassionate, patient and devoted boyfriend. He has loved her for years but how long can he keep this up? Will Destiny ever get past her trauma and let him in? Or will he have to find a way to move on without her? I have to be honest, I didn't see this one coming when I started the book (I won't give it away) but WOW, what a compelling story. You feel everything Destiny is going through and struggling to overcome. I may have wanted her to move faster but that's not how life works. Brian is just fabulous. Together their a great pair if Destiny can get past her issues.
This is a sweet and realistic love story This is a sweet and realistic love story, a story of overdue love. Brian Jace is in love with his best friend, Destiny Michaels. He has been secretly in love with her for as long as he can remember. The story starts off predictably with him making small moves to reveal his true feelings for her and getting her to feel them out as a couple without pushing and scaring her away. Destiny has been burned in the past. She is now guarded, protective of her heart and emotions. Afraid of the unknown. Just when she decides maybe they both can make a go at a relationship together, she’s met with tragedy. Now the aftermath has to be faced. We begin the journey with Destiny. With her spirit shattered, she learns to cope and we wait to see how she continues to move ahead in spite of. Brian is there, he’s always there, and he’s that force that anyone going through anything needs in their corner. Love is patient, love is kind and so is Brian. Can Destiny allow him in? Can she admit that there isn’t anyone more deserving to be in her life but Brian? The author is brilliant with describing that white noise: the part of the book where conversation isn’t taking place but you are in tune with the story. She gives the characters dimension; she brings them to life in a unique way. To the outside world, Destiny can appear selfish, but the reader understands and allows her to be. And when Destiny’s heart breaks, the reader’s heart breaks, as well. It is difficult not to cry with and for her. You pray Brian is just a little more patient so that he is present during her breakthrough. -Reviewed by Sophie
APB Perspective Review: Better than Okay was such a great read. The characters were well written and I just felt drawn into the whole story because of how believable the characters were. Throughout it, I was rooting for Destiny and Brian as if they were my friends, and I was experiencing their emotions, especially Destiny's, as it connected with my experiences in life. Great book!