The Destiny of Violet & Luke: Luke Price and Violet Hayes
Luke Price's life has always been about order, control, and acting tough on the outside. For Luke, meaningless relationships are a distraction-a way to tune out the twisted memories of his childhood. He desperately wishes he could forget his past, but it haunts him no matter what he does.
Violet Hayes has had a rough life. When she was young, she was left with no family and the memory of her parents' unsolved murders. She grew up in foster homes, living with irresponsible parents, drugs, and neglect, and trying to fight the painful memories of the night her parents were taken from her. But it's hard to forget when she never got closure-and she can't stop dreaming about what happened that tragic night. To make it through life, she keeps her distance from everyone and never allows herself to feel anything.
Then Violet meets Luke. The two clash instantly, yet they can't seem to stay away from each other. Although they fight it, they both start to open up and feel things they've never felt before. They discover just how similar they are. But they also discover something else: The past always catches up with you . . .
The Destiny of Violet & Luke is the third book in the Coincidence Series. Luke is Kaydens friend from way back and Violet is Calies roommate but the two have never met. Until Violet kicks Luke in the head while jumping out the window. I loved that’s how they met with a good kick to the head. However, from there I had a hard time connecting with either Violet or Luke for most of the book. It took me until about 50% of the way through to get into it. Once I got into it, I was into but it took me a while to get there; which is surprising to me as I adore Jessica Sorensen and have loved pretty much everything I have read by her. Luke wallowed in alcohol and screwed pretty much anything that moved and Violet is super closed off. As a reader it was hard to get close to her which I guess is part of the point. Violet is super traumatized from finding her parents and a lifetime in foster care getting passed from family to family all who couldn’t deal with her baggage. Luke is also traumatized from his childhood with his mother who used to make him administer her “medicine” since he was six. He is super in control of everything he controls his emotions by basically getting drunk every day. It’s his way to deal. It isn’t until things start getting real with Violet that his drinking starts to calm. He’s never felt anything about anyone the way he’s feeling about Violet. She intrigues him like no other. Violet cares about no one, it’s safer that way but Luke has helped her and asked for nothing in return. She’s never experienced that before and it draws her in. Violet and Luke have a lot of emotional baggage to get through and they have a good start on getting through it together when it all implodes! Like epically implodes! For some it will be a jaw dropping holy ish kind of moment. Despite this not being my favorite Sorensen book I am looking forward to the second book and seeing where this goes.