Avery thought that she was a normal woman, until one day one of her closest friends turned on her, which released her powers. Arriving just in time, Avery is saved by Ryse, the man who made her feel like a woman for the first time in her life. But Ryse has some revelations for Avery, she is by no means ordinary, she is a Divine Grace, meant to be the life mate and partner of a Deity, the current Deity Prince being Ryse. Adjusting to life in the Olympian Palace isn't easy at first, but with Ryse there as her rock, and her new friends Nikki and Bren, she soon realises that life without Ryse, and away from the other Olympians, isn't worth thinking about.
Judging this book by its cover: I wasn't sure what to expect before I read Divine Destiny, but now that I have the cover makes a lot of sense, and is clearly tied in with the story line.
As soon as I started reading Divine Destiny it started to pull me in. I'm not sure I was actually expecting the story to pull me in as much as it did, but then again I do seem to be particularly enjoying paranormal stories at the moment, particularly those with strong elements of romance.
There is one scene in which characters engage in sexual activities, but in my opinion it is no worse than when you see characters in pre-watershed soaps on TV in bed together. Though I would still say that this book isn't really suitable for younger readers, there is quite a bit of swearing, and there are some serious issues that the characters have to deal with, particularly Avery who has to deal with the fact that she was raped (before the story started, so it isn't mentioned in detail).
The romance elements in Divine Destiny are particularly strong, though something that I found interesting was that one of the characters explained to Avery that in actual fact, all relationships are built on sexual tension and attraction at some level, because even going into it going slow, you have to like the look of the person in the first place! Saying this, the sexual tension between Avery and Ryse was insane, there were several moments where I just wanted to yell at the pair of them to get on with it and kiss!
Something that kind of annoyed me was the insistence of calling it mating and mates, instead of marriage and a wife. Though that does all tie in with the mythology of the story, it was still kind of objectifying, which was how Avery felt, which I think is probably something to do with why I felt like that.
The last thing I need to say is that Divine Destiny actually surprised me, or at least the ending did, I did not expect that to happen! Safe to say I will be looking out for the next one!
The Divine Chronicles
Publisher: Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, August 17, 2013
Print Length: 229 pages
The gods work in mysterious ways
Avery McClain is normal. Or so she thinks.
Until her life is shattered and she is rescued by a Thracian warrior. He takes her to the Haven, a realm of safety for the magical race of Olympians. There she discovers her life was meant for a higher calling as the mate of an Olympian Prince.
Her choice will change everything.
Ryse Castille has one job: convince Avery to step into her role as a Divine Grace. As with any mission, there are obstacles to overcome. Including the fact he is captivated by her. Of all the gifts the gods have given him, romance was not included. But Avery belongs to him and he will stop at nothing to protect her.
The enemy might be closer than they think.
Can Avery find the courage to embrace her destiny? Or will evil separate them for eternity?
About the Author
From the time she started holding a crayon she began to create magical worlds. Her first book was a series of pictures about a puppy princess. The story changed each time she told it, but there was always a happy ending! Her first written story was about girls who changed into tigers.
Hmmm… Guess some concepts stick around even into adulthood. Now those stories have become a bit more complex!
JoAnna’s tales are spun at her home in East Texas where she lives with her husband, three kids, a couple dogs and a few fish. When not hiding behind the computer screen you can find her camping, boating, and shopping. She is active in community ministry where she hopes to pass on the blessings she’s been given.
Member of the East Texas, North Texas, FFP, & PRO chapters of RWA, Texas Association of Authors.
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