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Christmas in Destiny by Toni Blake
Series: Destiny #7
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary
It’s been a few years since the last Destiny story came out and I honestly thought the series was over. But when I heard Christmas in Destiny was being released I knew it was going to be a great installment to add to this wonderfully written series and Toni Blake didn’t disappoint. Blake takes us back to Destiny, Ohio where it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The snow is falling, ginger bread is being made and the hot chocolate keeps flowing.
On Shane’s father’s death bed he told Shane to go to Destiny that something was waiting for him there. As to what it might be, Shane has no idea but takes the trip anyway. But when a blizzard has him wrecking his truck and staying with a complete stranger, his plans to get to Miami are put on hold until his truck is fully fixed. What Shane didn’t plan on was meeting a lovely woman with a big heart and joining in with the community festivities. Every day he is there brings him closer to staying but when someone from his past who he thought he had forgotten comes into the picture again Shane has a choice to make. Will he stay in Destiny or will the new life waiting for him in Miami win?
After Candice let Shane spend the night she is relieved when he leaves the next morning. She might have been attracted to him but he has trouble written all over him and Candice has been there and done that with her ex. The last thing she needs is to have her heart broken again, but when Shane sticks around while having his truck fixed the more she gets to know him the more she likes him. Candice finds out that Shane isn’t all bad and the pull to him is growing stronger. She knows there is a chance he will decide to leave for good but she is hoping to give him more reasons to stay and make Destiny his new home.
I’m sure Candice might have made appearances in the previous books since she is Tessa’s cousin, but while reading I honestly didn’t remember her. I can say I am glad she ended up getting her own story. I really enjoyed her character, she was funny, weary and yet had one of the best hearts in a heroine that I have read in a long time. Shane was the bad boy who was really good. I mean he’s a stranger in this town and I think he must have helped every character in the book with something at some point. Once he put on the Santa suit he totally won my heart.
One thing I love about the Destiny series is how close the community is. Everyone is so nice and helpful it honestly makes me wish that I lived there. Blake really showed in this story how a community can really come together to help their friends. I found it heartwarming and really loved how everyone pulled together so close to Christmas when people are usually running around taking care of their last minute shopping and what not.
While Shane and Candice might be new characters to me I enjoyed them a lot. I felt that they were well developed and very likable. They might seem so different at first but believe it or not these two had stuff in common that just helped them really connect. The romance was sweet and left me grinning.
Of course the previous characters all make an appearance which was one of my favorite parts of this story. It was great catching up with them to see what had changed over the years and it made me realize how much I have missed reading about each and every one of them. The ending had me in tears and was another favorite part of mine because it looks like the Destiny series is coming to an end with how Blake did the epilogue and I have to say it was really fantastic and unexpected. If you love contemporary romances as much as I do and you haven’t yet picked up this series I suggest you do that as soon as possible because you won’t want to miss Christmas in Destiny which I highly recommend to add to your TBR list.