Series: Destiny

HEART OF A BAD BOY by Sugar Jamison

HEART OF A BAD BOY by Sugar Jamison
Heart of a Bad Boy
by Sugar Jamison

Series: Destiny #3
Published by Swerve Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher



Heart of a Bad Boy is the third book in the Destiny series and I have to say this is the one I have been waiting for from the very beginning. Sugar Jamison was a new author to me when I started this series and if possible each book just got better and better and she put the King men on the map in the romance world. Of course each book in this series could be read as a standalone but the stories all end up taking place around the same time which really had me wanting to devour this series right away.


When they were younger in Destiny, Nevada the King boys were once considered trash. They were the sons of the town drunk and when their father finally left they went to live with their Aunt Lolly who raised them, while it wasn’t always easy she did her best to keep them out of trouble. Now years later they return to their hometown very successful men mainly for the purpose that their Aunt is in the hospital, but they have no idea that each of them are going to fall in love and have big choices to make while they are back.


When Levi King returns to Destiny his first stop is to see his childhood best friend, Shelly. She is the only one that ever kept in touch with gifts, letters, and phone calls and while they haven’t been face to face since Levi left town, other than his brothers and Lolly. she was the only constant thing in his life. Levi gets the shock of his life when he sees Shelly for the first time, for one he didn’t expect her to be such a knock out.


Shelly has always been Levi’s friend and in love with him for as long as she can remember, but she knows nothing will ever come from it, but the more time they spend together the more her feelings grow for Levi. It also helps that Levi has her trying new things and opening up, but in the end will Shelly be enough for Levi or will he leave her behind yet again?


I really loved Heart of a Bad Boy and thought this was the perfect title for this story. The characters had such a great friendship I wasn’t sure how their relationship would happen but it was done in such a slow manner that it was believable. I loved the reaction that Levi had when seeing Shelly for the first time, it was a typical male response yet he tried to hide it. At first Shelly came off a little on the prudish side but the more I read the more it was just lack of experience and I was glad Levi was the one to show her all things she was missing out on.

Heart of a Bad Boy
was cute, steamy and left me wanting more of the King Brothers. I am hoping this isn’t the last installment in the Destiny series because there were some secondary characters that caught my attention who deserve a HEA.



Christmas in Destiny
by Toni Blake

Series: Destiny #7
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher


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.

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