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Meeting Destiny (Destiny #1)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,364 ratings  ·  207 reviews
Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other and now her doubt over her long time relationship with her high school sweetheart is not her only secret…someone else knows about her keen intuition and sixth ...more
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Published June 27th 2010 by Nancy Straight, via Smashwords (first published June 26th 2010)
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Meg ♥
I received this book to review for the Read2Review program in the Paranormal Romance/Fantasy Addicts group. Thanks to the mods and the author for providing this book for us to read.

My feelings for this book are all over the place. The book started off great. From page one we are brought right into the action. Our main character, Lauren, works at a fast food joint, and she has always felt she is able to feel things, and get warnings of danger which can help her prevent bad things from happening.
Diana (Mrs. Barrons)
I would like to start by saying that I am so mad at the ending. I mean, I've read cliffhangers before, but rarely do I finish a book with a huge need to start reading the next one RIGHT NOW! I have a billion other books to read, but I still am ready to drop everything to go get the next book. With that said, on to the review....

The book opens with a bang (no pun intended, read the book for clarification). From the very beginning I was drawn into the story. There were a ton of twists and turns, a
Meeting Destiny is full of action, romance and suspense. I guarantee it will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more!

The book starts out with Lauren, the main character, getting shot during an attempted robbery at her job. One of the paramedics who respond to the call is Max. Lauren and Max feel an instant connection, but there are some complications that come in between them.

I loved, loved, loved the characters in this story. The author did such a great job etching them out and making
Oct 03, 2011 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I’ve ever written. I love the characters in this story. Lauren is a girl that isn’t helpless. She’s courageous, intelligent, and determined to live her life on her own terms. Her strength and independence are what all the other characters gravitate to – to include the man that has loved her, his whole life and the man that has been visiting her dreams for years, claiming to be her destiny. The story is eerily believable, with paranormal events sprinkled in forcing the par ...more
Omigod, that's the end?!?! I need the next book now!!

But, let's start at the beginning. Lauren works at a fast food restaurant. A customer comes into the restaurant and Lauren instantly has a bad feeling about him. The man attempts to rob the place and Lauren ends up taking a bullet to protect a kid. When the paramedics arrive, Lauren realizes that one of them is the man she has been dreaming about, she has even nicknamed him her "destiny." Too bad Lauren already has a boyfriend, and Max has no
Everyone wants to meet their soul mates.
Everyone wants to be with that special person.
What if he/she does appear to you in a dream?
Would you believe that he exists?
What if fate decided to intervene and you did meet, would you leave the person you are with now to be with him/her?

When Lauren turned 18, she has been getting dreams about a man whom he hasn't met yet.
Lauren called him her "destiny".
Silly as she said it might be, she wanted him to be true.
Unexpectedly, Lauren gets shot during an attem
Shelly Crane
A long book, so if you want a sit down and cuddle under a blanket all day kind of read, this is it.

There's a lot that goes on in the book. I LOVE the way her and Max met. Those first 30 pages were the most riveting and sweet of the whole book in my eyes. Except for the last 4 pages. GAH! Nancy! What a cliffhanger. I have to pick up book two now, and I hope, seriously hope, that you don't break my heart, Nancy. Max better hop the first fighter jet out of there! lol

I love Max. He's such a sweethe
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Meeting Destiny was totally not what I expected. From reading the description, I prepared for an easy young adult read with a paranormal bite. Instead, what I got was a wonderfully written realistic story about a girl named Lauren who has an extremely keen sense of intuition.

The story reads like half realistic romance and half thriller, there were some parts of it that had me on edge. The start of the story reaches out and draws you in with full-blown action. Lauren is working a restaurant when
Charlotte Abel
Dec 29, 2011 Charlotte Abel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of PNR, suspense, thrillers
Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight is a paranormal romance that reads like a thriller. Once you start you won't be able to stop.

Even if the romance between Lauren and Max hadn't wrapped itself around my heart and pulled me through the story with breath-taking urgency, the suspense alone would have. At times it was unbearable. I stayed up all night reading and was too tired to write a review (or anything else) the next day. It's a good thing the sequel wasn't available. I would've kept reading un
I cannot express how much I have enjoyed this book! I have read quite a few lately that I have not been able to connect to, so this was a great surprise!

The book starts off with Lauren at work. Her boyfriend,

is saying goodbye and her friend, Melissa is working the register. Lauren notices a strange man walk into the restaurant and all the hair on the back of her neck stands at attention. She quickly gets Melissa to go do some other chore so that she can take care of the strange man. Long st
Obsessed with Cameron

Max Meyer is Lauren's destiny
Eerie coincidence has brought together
Effusive he was of this treasure
Their love started as tiny as ever but ended up bigger and bigger
Iffy was Max when they first met
Nancy Straight had this set
Great was their first date

Dramatic it was
Ethereal in its every cause
Speaks of forever
They were perfect couple
It would have been great but
Nancy has made
Your decision! Seth or Max?

Meeting Destiny is a fine novel. It started out very good from the very beginning. I was a bit dis
Amanda The Book Slayer
Holy Cow! That was really intense, I loved it. I felt like I was riding Drop Zone at Kings Island. I practically spent most summers at Kings Island. Anyone from that area knows what I am talking about. For all of you who haven't been there here are some pictures.

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Passengers free fall down 264-feet. Once released, gravity accelerates the circular 30-foot wide passenger vehicle to a maximum speed of 67 miles-per-hour! It is awesome!

In Meeting Destiny the anticipation built and then Ba
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This book is the first one of a series.

Thanks to Nancy Straight and to the group Making Connections on Goodreads I had the opportunity to receive a free e-copy of this book and I discovered a wonderful story. Now, I want to buy it in paperback.

This book is more new-adult than young-adult but can be read by teens.

What surprises me the most in this book is how the author succeeds to write a novel in which there're everything from a powerful romance to
Shannon Dermott

This story is a romance where nice guys are the heroes and where bad boys need not apply. Still you will fall hard for the hero in this one and the other guys isn’t half bad either. This is a story of love kindled into a flame where sparks fly with passion until the fire burns bright in bountiful romance.

This story took me under its wing and never let me go as I soared through the heavens reading it. I’m an earlier riser. So I thought I would start this book early in
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Feb 09, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: author
Shelves: reviewed
First, I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sorry for my language, but I’m having a WTF moment here. I’ve only had that on a few occasions with book cliffhangers. Okay, cliffhangers are written to get you excited or anxious to read the next book. But only a few come out of nowhere.

Its past midnight and I have work tomorrow, but I had to write this while it was fresh in my mind. This book is well written and well executed.

The main characters are well developed. Fi
Julie(Reading By The Beach)
I was fortunate enough to receive a free copy of Meeting Destiny from the author, Nancy Straight, through Smashwords. And that wouldn't have been possible without the fantastic group Making Connections on Goodreads!

Meeting Destiny is a dazzling story where it is easy to get swept up in the heart-warming romance and spine-tingling suspense. Nancy Straight's characters display real characteristics, making them come to life right before your very eyes. Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster be
Oh my gosh! I just finished "Meeting Destiny" and it is so good! Nancy Straight's debut novel is a wonderful tale. I love the romantic/young adult angle the books takes in addition to a paranormal storyline that blends in perfectly with the characters. Not since "A Discovery of Witches" have I fallen in love with characters in a book. Lauren and Max are such great characters; I cannot wait to continue their story in "Destiny's Revenge"! As for Mrs. Straight, all I can say is Brava! Her writing s ...more
Nikki  Peterson
Feb 04, 2012 Nikki Peterson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance Fans
Recommended to Nikki by: ARR via Making Connections
Lauren has had a reoccuring dream since high school. She dreams of a guy telling her that they are destined to be together and that she must be courageous for them to come together and that they will have many obstacles to over come to truly be together. She meets said guy when she jumps in front of a child to save him from getting killed during a robbery at the burger joint she works at. Max, the guy is the paramedic that arrives and saves her.

This is a fabulous love story of two people that a
This book is very well written, in my opinion is has been nicely edited. I really liked Max, he was likable and I loved how he wasn't perfect. Yes, he looks like a freaking model but he has his flaws. Same with the main character, she has certain powers and has to make a lot of decisions and she makes mistakes too. I really liked that in this book.
I don't consider it paranormal, it's just slightly paranormal. It's more about romance then paranormal. It's good though and I really want to read th
Not bad for a book free on the kindle! I normally don't expect much from books free on the kindle, but I was surprised by this. There's elements of suspense, paranormal, and romance. It's so obvious what's going to happen though, but I like the whole "I have a vibe" thing. It's definitely interesting, and I felt really sad at one point when one of the character (view spoiler). There's not that many twists or unpredictable parts to this novel - but it's just ... different.
Literary  Chanteuse
I have to say that this cover is beautiful and had me wanting to read it as soon as I saw it! I was hooked from the first page. I was expecting a young adult book but this honestly has a mature flavor to it which I found appealing. It is a unique story and I was really drawn to the heroine. She has a strong presence throughout and with so many twists and unexpected events I could not put it down.
Kristy Ford
This was a great story. It definately makes you think about your decisions that you make and the influences around you. I was intrigued by the names of the influences and that people can serve more than one position in your life. The ending definately made me want to jump straight into book 2.
What a gripping story. I do not know rather to be stunned or elated. This was a very captivating book. Usually you can get a feel for the events and endings in books. But this book, had me totally blinded the whole way. Amazing really. So glad I do not have to wait for the next book!
Kayla Hough
absolutely loved this book! your hooked by the first chapter!i couldn't put the book down, I read it in a day!
Laura YA indie princess
AWESOME just downloaded book #2!!!!
Review originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog

WOW!! Just wow. Nancy Straight wasted no time drawing me into a captivating story. I am at a loss for words for how truly amazing Meeting Destiny is.

Since Lauren was eighteen she has been having vivid dreams about a guy who she refers to as "Destiny." She accepts him as only a dream until one day when she meets the stranger who has been talking to her at night for the past four years. The circumstances around the meeting aren't what one would call i
Imagine that, before you were born, your soul was destined for a certain course and was set along that path by other souls that it came into contact with. Your soul mate, that terrifying moment with an attacker, the temptress that steals your friend's husband...all of it was predestined and would come about at some point in time. A lot of people don't believe in fate at all, but I like to believe that, to an extent, things happen for a reason greater than what we can see and understand at the ti ...more
Kristin  Aragon
I love books revolving around fate and destiny, so when I was asked to be a part of the blog tour for a book called Meeting Destiny, how could I refuse? After actually reading the book, I know I couldn't have made a better decision...I was destined to read Ms. Straight's to speak.

Lauren is a young lady who works in a diner and is month's away from graduating from college. She's comfortable in her present life with a boyfriend she's known all her life and a great best friend. Who knew
Keren Hughes
Firstly, let me address the cover. From the lovely font used for the title to the beautiful model chosen, I love this cover. It's beautiful.
When I was asked if I was interested in reading this, it was obviously the cover that I saw first and it instantly drew me in. I am a cover- magpie as my friends know.
If you were to put me in a bookshop that was split into only two sections, the Gorgeous Covers and the Not So Gorgeous Covers, I would only shop in the Gorgeous section. Shallow? Yes. But I wo
I got this as a freebie from Amazon for Kindle.

Let me first say that the "Protectors", "Instigators", "Anarchists", "Tempters", and "Mates" thing is pretty fucking cool. I was so excited about it. But not long after we learn about it, we don't hear about it again. I would have liked to experience a bit more of what that was all about.

I have two serious complaints: the romance and the ending.

The romance felt too slow and hesitant for most of the book before they're suddenly pronouncing their undy
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Nancy was born in Sioux City Iowa, left the cold of the Midwest in 1991 and only returns to see family in the summer time. She spent ten years traveling the world as a US Marine and settled in rural SC with her husband and two children.

She has written eight novels (3 x Paranormal Romance, 4 x Mythological Romance and 1 x Suspenseful Romance). Nancy enjoys reading all types of Paranormal and Young
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“That was until two nights later when we kissed, and it felt like gravity had let go, and you were a magnet holding me in place. I promised myself I wouldn’t say anything to scare you off, but you need to know that even though I didn’t want to wait three months to see you, I would have waited three years if I had to.” 13 likes
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