Destiny Fulfilled by Laire McKinney
Released: August 7, 2018
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: BHC Press / Windswept
Reviewed by Keyrsten
Only love can save them…Wren O’Hara is waiting for the day she succumbs to mental illness like her mother. When she is attacked by a psychotic client at work, and saved by what must be an angel, she fears the time for insanity has come.
Little does she know, her savior is an immortal warrior druid named Riagan Tenman, and that he will challenge everything she ever thought she knew about reality.
Now Wren must decide if the fantasy unfolding before her is true, or if she has finally lost her mind.
The concept of this book is what drew me to it. Wren is waiting for the day she starts showing signs of mental illness like her mother, and after an incident at work she believes the time has finally come. Riagan is a druid cast to earth who must find love, but how can you find love when you never believed in it in the first place? I went into this book ready for an epic love story and adventure, but it fell a little flat for me. It was hard to get into the book and I feel like I didn’t really get into until the second half of the book.
The romance was lukewarm, and not the all-consuming scorching heat I was expecting. Wren and Riagan felt more like friends than they did lovers, and I mean I believe you should be friends with your partner but there still has to be that passion. Riagan’s shift from “love doesn’t exist” to “I’m in love with Wren” felt a little robotic and the transition wasn’t believable for me. The romance felt like it happened because it was key to the plot, not because they were actually in love with each other.
If you take the “romance” out of the storyline, the plot was really good. It kept me guessing from one moment to the next and drew me into the world that Laire has created. The way thigs played out in the end was pretty darn good, and made dealing with the lukewarm relationship somewhat worth it in the end. The druids were a hoot and a half. I would definitely be down to read more about the druids themselves.
Wren and Riagan as characters were really great. My heart really hurt for Wren and her situation. Riagan was the brooding jerk that we all hate to love. I feel like this book was the courting stage of their relationship, and not necessarily the journey to the big boom that is love. I loved them, I just didn’t love them together.
Rating: 3 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.