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Defining Destiny

(Defining Destiny #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  991 ratings  ·  152 reviews
When destiny fails…

Singer-songwriter Lucy Moore thought her life was perfect. At just twenty-one, she’s already met her soul mate and together they’ve landed a recording contract. But when her father dies and the love of her life betrays her in more ways than one, she returns home to pick up the pieces. On the shores of Mendocino, California, Lucy has some decisions to mak
ebook, 266 pages
Published by Bayou Moon Publishing, LLC (first published February 20th 2014)
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So let me start by saying I really wanted to like Defining destiny . I mean rocker heroes have their own appeal,but I'm a sucker for rock star heroines, ( maybe cuz there so few of them!) so when I saw the summary for this, I was pretty stoked.

Than came the part, where I actually read the book. And while the writing style was pretty decent, I couldn't stand these characters! The hero, the heroine, or their mutual best friend ( who as a side character should have stayed on the side, damnit!). The
Lyndsey O'Halloran
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-adult
I generally tend to really enjoy books set around a musical world as they’re normally really creative and deep which is why I wanted to read this book.

Lucy is a singer in a band with her boyfriend Cadan and they also write the songs they play. She knows that Cadan is her soul mate (I’ll get to that later) and they’re madly in love. But, Cadan cheats on Lucy and she screams and shouts at him and tells him that it’s over. I did respect her for telling Cadan off but that didn’t last very long. She
 ~*~Princess Nhya~*~
This story would have been so much better, and at least a 4 star read for me, without the added & Unneeded element of Soul Mates. Especially if in this version, a soul mate isn't someone you'll end up with. That your soul mate can & most likely will be bad for you & the whole of your life. That they're either selfish, self centered lying a&&holes, or they're dead.
WTActualF is that? The fact that you can have a deeper more whole connection to someone who isn't your soul mate, renders this story
Sorcha O'Dowd
*sobs* SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK <3 Full review will be posted on February 27th for my stop on the 'Defining Destiny' Blog Tour. http://www.oldvictorianquill.wordpres...

Edit : full review

I’m one of those people who just adores it when a unique, but realistic blend of real life and fantasy is mixed in fiction. I’m all for full on fantasy, but in these kind of stories, I need the spiritual side of the story to seem real, which in turn makes the characters feel real to me.

Defining Destiny was an a
Jay In My Room Reading
4 stars

I jumped into conclusions when I first read the synopsis for DEFINING DESTINY . It mentioned the heroine's dad dying and the hero being involved in an accident, I thought, "oh he was involved in the accident that killed her dad!" LOL! Thought it would be a cliche, angst-ridden story... but I chose to review it anyway because I thought I might be proven wrong. You know what, that did happen.

Lucy and Seth sure have their respective hang-ups. She with her dad's death and her boyfriend's betr
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Finding Destiny by Deanna Chase is a 2014 Bayou Moon Publishing, LLC publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This New Adult/ Contemporary Romance captured my attention from the first chapter and kept me deeply invested in the characters and their lives.

Lucy believes she and Caden are they are soul mates. They are famous and successful musical artist, but when Lucy's father died she used her talent to write very personal songs about her father, her pain a
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
When destiny fails...
Singer-songwriter Lucy Moore thought her life was perfect. At just twenty-one, she's already met her soul mate and together they've landed a recording contract. But when her father dies and the love of her life betrays her in more ways than one, she returns home to pick up the pieces. On the shores of Mendocino, California, Lucy has some decisions to make. Should she start a solo career? Or should she leave it all behind for some semblance of normalcy in the quiet town she g
Jennifer Scott
I received a copy of this story through Net Galley. Yay books!

Possible spoilers ahead.

This was an okay story, and would be great if you wanted a quick fluffy romance to read. I tended to skip around in this story. Mainly because a lot of the parts were boring to me and I had to force myself to go back.

And I don't agree 100% about the soul mate thing. That took some getting used to. It made me think that the people who hadn't met their soul mate yet, weren't really doing anything to the fullest.
Heather andrews
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucy has some fire in her, "I glare and step away from him, steadier now. "No matter how it turns out? Seriously? Don't be a jerk. It's not easy to get up in front of a room full of drunken a**holes and sing your heart out." Seth he's full of passion, "Lucy," he gasps. "I want you. I want you pressed up against this wall with me buried inside you when I come." He's fiercely protective, "by now Seth is done with the tattoo he was working on and is standing beside me, a murderous expression on his ...more
Heather Rainwater-Alvarado
I really wanted to like this book, but I started resenting all the toxic people in Lucy’s life. They’re toxic from the first chapter to the very end, and was just so disheartening to read for most of it. I later found out that there is an explanation at the beginning of the story about this being an alternate reality, but since I had the audiobook, this was apparently missing and caused me a lot of confusion with the way she kept going on and on and on about Soulmates. I got the sense that it wa ...more
Liliana Diaconescu
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for the opportunity to read your book. I must say that it's the first time when I felt the need to make notes and will cite a few paragraphs that I found absolutely wonderful and thoroughly touching.

Young, I read about a myth saying people were spheres and the gods, jealous on their perfection, split the spheres and threw them on the earth, ever since we look for the soul mate, the half of the splintered sphere... That is what the introduction to the book made me think about and the bo
Books A-Brewin'
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have recently been finding myself dancing between contemporary and paranormal reads (young adult, new adult or... adult adult). This was an acquired read that I found interesting. I have noticed an influx in musical contemporary romance novels. Rocker romance is being the new fad. I had to check it out and this seemed a good book to dip my toe into that particular pool of popularity.
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult, na-pnr
4.5 stars

This review and others can be found on

This book was really enjoyable and actually better than I was expecting which is always nice. Defining Destiny is a New Adult paranormal romance but is very light in the paranormal elements and reads more like a contemporary novel most of the time.

In Lucy's world everyone has one soul mate, a person who you cant help but love no matter what and are inexplicably drawn to. Unfortunately for Lucy her soul mate i
So torn about this book.

I knew something was afoot when the author included a little letter to the reader about alternate reality where everyone has a soul mate.

What she neglected to tell us is that the soul mates we meet in this one are dicks... or dead.

And I'm really not sure what the significance of the soul mate thread that was woven throughout the story really meant. In this alternate reality it's possible (apparently) to fall in love and even have relationships/children with someone who is
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
As I recently became one of Deanna Chase's new review member in exchange for an honest review. Of course, I was stoked to be given the honor to do such a thing. Although I do love the rocker types, I was actually skeptical of starting it at first. The last few I have read have been major let downs. But I must say she did a good job on this book. I fell in complete crushing over Seth. If only I met my real life size guy like him... sigh...The main problem I had with it was it was a bit too rushed ...more
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of Defining Destiny from Xpresso Booktours in exchange of an honest review*

Full review will be posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews on February 25th for my stop on the Blogtour.

Refreshing and cute story, set in a different world than ours, with fun characters who have to make some tough decisions.
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
3 1/2 Stars

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Paula (Poll) Conway
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This did get annoying a lot of the time as the soul mate is referred to repetitively , which just seemed immature really I just didn't get it .
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really like this story and first read of Deanna chase
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute, easy read. Review to come...maybe.
Mary Dean
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was so good! And it was a unique love story. This story is set in a modern world but there are soul mates. It's not just an idea, it's a fact. Each person has their one true soul mate. But this story isn't about finding that soul mate. It's about finding that soul mate and choosing to find love on your own. Lucy is betrayed by her soul mate. Seth lost his in a tragedy. They meet while both of them are hurting. Their one night stand turns into so much more. More than either of them wer ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This novel is quite superficial and flawed. Apart from the fact that it would have been a lot better if the characters had been older, the main fault is that it states as a presupposition from the beginning that the world in which this story takes place believes unshakeably in the idea that you will only ever have one soul mate in life. Setting that as an axiom from the start is a "get out of jail free" ticket so that the author can just duck out of exploring all sorts of areas that could easily ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
This is a struggle of a story. I liked it but there is the whole soul mate issue. Should you always end up with your soul mate? It’s a tough question tackled in this story. I really liked the whole idea that mates share the same magical talent. What a cool idea! I haven’t read that one before. The characters are lively. Lucy is a sexy singer with a soulful voice. She and her bestie get into quite a few situations. Seth is a tattoo artist and has a shop with his friend. He Has a sexy smile that w ...more
Patricia carlisle
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this story, being someone's soulmate, means when together, the magic happens. The creative bond is always there. Does it mean that you're destined to be their forever? What if one betrays that trust? Lucy realized, even though a person may be a soulmate, being with someone, is a choice of the heart not bound by fate.
I enjoyed listening to this story. Deanna Chase develops Lucy from a young woman that doesn't have control over her life and career, to a strong, confident woman who finally take
Stephanie Joubert
This was really not a bad book. I must say I was fascinated by the "alternate reality" and "soulmate" tie but was actually let down by the book. there may be a special connection between the "soulmates" but that does not mean their lives are perfect and they will love that person forever. if so why bother ? that is not any different from our reality. Lucy and Seth's story is sweet and heartfelt but the love triangle with Caleb is a turn off. also Lucy and jax's envy of each other is pretty petty ...more
Linda  Johnston
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lucy was a singer with her mate but she found out he was cheating on her and running over her making decision not caring how she feels. Her father dies and she tells them that she wasn't coming back. She wrote songs and told everybody he wrote them. When she gets home she meets Seth and there is something that makes them connect. He had lost his mate but when they got together it was like fireworks. Even thought Caden was her mate Seth and her was more connected. She finally was happy
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get into this story. Part of it was the underlying theme of "mates" which was never explained. Lucy and Cadan are mates, as are Seth and his past love, but it's never really explained why this is of such import to the story. Does being a person's mate mean they are never allowed to love someone else? Is it part of a paranormal world? I wanted answers to these questions and never got them, which meant the book never really "finished" in my mind, and I w ...more
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Read 5/24/2020

What I love about this story is how the mystical aspect is not front and center. It's as natural as eye color. I truly appreciate this not being another story about a girl who discovers her immense powers and for as clumsy as she is, she can really kick ass and fight like a ninja. I do love those stories, too, but this was so refreshing! However, I couldn't relate with this story. Maybe I'm getting too old for younger female leading characters? It was entertaining and a fast read.
Michelle Palmer
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This started out as a strange read for me but ended up getting into the story. Lucy Moore is a singer/songwriter who had been singing with her soul mate until she caught him cheating and found out all the lies he was doing behind her back. She goes home to her Dad's house and meets Seth, self confirmed womanizer. They hit it off and the struggle for both of them losing their soul mate make for an interesting story.
The story was ok, the whole paranormal soulmate premise just didn't work for me. In my opinion it just didn't fit in with the story. It almost seemed like it was put into the story as a last resort.
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Deanna is a native Californian, transplanted to the slower paced lifestyle of southeastern Louisiana. When she isn't writing, she is often goofing off with her husband in New Orleans, playing with her two shih tzu dogs, making glass beads, or out hocking her wares at various bead shows across the country. For more information and updates on newest releases visit her blog at ...more

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