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(The Academy #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  169 reviews
Book 1 of the Academy Series begins with Destiny, a thrilling fantasy story with magical creatures and sizzling romance.
Despondent after a failed career move, Jamie returns to her remote hometown to rekindle old relationships and hopefully rediscover her life’s purpose. While visiting the local coffee shop , she meets the rugged stranger Wren, who works as a park ranger an
Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published April 20th 2021 by Independently Published (first published April 10th 2021)
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Larry H
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour, arc
The first book in D.D. Larsen's Academy series, Destiny , is a sexy, mysterious combination of romance, family secrets, and some magical elements.

At age 18, Jamie fled her small Colorado hometown, feeling stifled and needing to make a fresh start. She cut all ties to her friends, figuring it was easier that way than feeling the pull of home. After college she landed a job with a top biotech company and started to pursue her dreams.

Now, seven years later, her career has fallen apart and her la
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was ok

If I had to sum this book up in one word it would be...frustrating.

I really struggled with this almost from the beginning. At first I was intrigued. What had gone so wrong that Jamie was leaving her dream job?
But once this was explained I struggled to connect or even like Jamie. She’d left her home town, parents, friends and boyfriend of 5 years without a backwards glance. Ignoring all attempts to contact her. I understand (or I tried to) her wanting a fresh start but to ignore lifelong friends
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Books and coffee, two of my favorite things.”

First of all let me start by saying I’ve never related to a sentence more than this one. Books and coffee? All I need in life. Anyway, moving on...

4 stars:

Destiny is a fast paced, action packed shapeshifter romance and I absolutely devoured it! I’ve read all of Larsen’s previous works and really enjoyed them, so I was really excited to hear she was venturing into paranormal romance. This book did not disappoint! Jamie, our main character, has just
Chiara | _ckarys

I’d forgotten how much I love a good shifter romance, but DESTINY was a wonderful reminder!

The story follows Jamie, a young woman who returns to her home town in Colorado after a failed career move and the end of a relationship. Here, as she rekindles old friendships and tries to find order in her life again, she has a fated encounter with Wren, a mysterious, handsome ranger who always seems to be around at exactly the right time. There is more to Wren than meets the eye, however. He seems to b
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The book " Destiny " by Author DD Larsen is the first book of the series Academy.
The book is around 200 pages long And the story is full of fantasy, thriller, and romance.

This story is about Jamie who grew up in the mountain areas, where she lost his elder brother by the attack of a wild animal wolf, and the absence of her brother she never filled in her life even she grows up. A small town belonging left her city at the age of 18 and gave her career a new direction and now she works at a top Bi
Thais • tata.lifepages •
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of D. D. Larsen's work for a while now, I love the way she writes (I've read her Perfect series last year). I was thrilled when I discovered she was releasing a suspenseful fantasy romance!

Destiny is the first book in the academy series and it tells the story of Jamie, who I connected with easily from the start and couldn't help but adore her. She is an independent woman with a rebel heart, who is determined to be in control of her own life.

In a change of heart, she drops her job an


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What a book. I had no idea what to expect but never expected to fall for this story. A mix of fantasy, romance and suspense.
The numerous turns your subjected too is worth it.
Jamie Carter comes back home after leaving a high paying job. Once back! Stuff happens, truth are said and past friendships are back.
I loved the vibe of the story and the ending got me gob smacked. I want to know more I need to know.
The ending came from left field I never imagined tha
D.D. Larsen
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I love this idea and I have had a blast writing this book! Who doesn't live wolves and rugged mystery men? You aren't going to want to miss out on this new PNR series. #wolfwarriors ...more
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
[Rating: 3,5 stars]
Destiny by D. D. Larsen is a story about Jamie who leaves her hometown without any goodbyes for a job in the city at the age of 18. After a failed career move and relationship she returns to her hometown with the hope of rediscovering life’s purpose and reconnecting with old friends. At the local coffee shop she meets the mysterious and rugged park ranger, Wren who is always around when she needs help. Mysterious things are happening in the small town with reports of wolf sigh
Maria Elena | _mkarys
*insert fanning gif here* Is it hot in here or is it just me?

Destiny is the first book in the paranormal romance series, The Academy. I enjoyed this book so much! Since the first pages, I could picture the setting and events as if I were watching a movie. Indeed, if this were a movie it would be one of those beautiful and addicting romances I could see myself finding on TV and ending up completely obsessed two hours later.

The protagonist is Jamie, who returns to her hometown after running away
Apr 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs, smutty
I received an ARC of this book for free from BookSirens.
A big thank you to them and the author.

This was my first shifters read, but that doesn't mean it's not for me and that I won't give another shifters book a chance. My issue with this book is that I didn't care much for the storyline which was supposed to be exciting and keep me on the edge of my seat, perhaps because I didn't pick the right time to read it (I'm a mood reader all the way, which is something to remember when reading my review
Vanessa (ve_xo)
Apr 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it

🐺 Destiny, a paranormal romance is the first book in The Academy Series.

The story follows Jamie who returns back at her hometown after a ruined career and a ruined relationship.
She meets Wren a mysterious rugged man and only then she discovers what has been hidden from her all along, her DESTINY!!! 🤯

This is such a fast paced and beautifully written book. I love the “mystery man” thing, it keeps me on edge!!!🙈
The characters are so nice, especially Jamie, I love her development through the
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ficton, mystery
Destiny is a fast read with shape shifting wolves, romance and a Prophecy. Jamie has a tough decision. Should she stay with her exboss/boyfriend Liam and have a normal life or should she go with Wren who she has an electric attraction? The book ends with a cliff hanger and I cannot wait to read book 2. I can see this book as a movie.
Tati Alvarez
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it

This book is a super quick read, I was able to finish it in one sitting! Definitely a great book to read as a palette cleanser, especially if you want to binge it.

Jamie is a young, twenty-five year old woman. She is a successful business woman who left her small hometown in order to explore the world, but Jamie realizes that the world isn’t everything she had hoped for. So to get back in touch with herself, she decides to head home to find herself again.

Of course when you leave your home
J.J. Marshall
May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
DESTINY by D.D. Larsen throws us into a contemporary world mixed with paranormal romance. This book was so good and definitely had Nicholas Sparks feels to it! I absolutely loved it ❤
Annas Book Nook
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've not read many paranormal stories, but really enjoyed this, Destiney made me want to read more of them.

Jamie go back home after getting dumped by her boyfriend and feeling like a failure in her job. She feels home calling to her.

Once back she meets the gorgeous mysterious Wren who she has a  immediate attraction too.

She has the past to sort out as well as her ex wanting to reconcile too all the while feeling deep strong feelings to the forest where she keeps seeing wolves.

Such a fast pac
Apr 23, 2021 rated it liked it
I really loved the overall idea of the story at first but there were parts that felt unnecessary.

There is a ton going on, a ton. To the point that it takes the heroines focus in so many directions I as the reader lost focus.

I’m not a fan of the ex-boyfriend/best friend storyline. My guess is it’s a set up for another book but there was more than I thought was needed.

My biggest hang up is the sort of love-triangle angle. Ugh, it makes me not like the heroine and again I don’t think it was necess
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
DESTINY is the first book in The Academy series, and we start off with Jamie leaving her job and life in the city to return to the town she left so abruptly several years earlier. You find out about her feeling trapped and the circumstances behind that, as well as about the situation with her job and boss. Upon her return to town, she tries to mend fences with her ex-boyfriend and ex-best-friend, and there is also Wren to contend with.

Whilst I enjoyed the story, I can't say as I was enthralled b
❦ Shelby | LiteraryFaery ❦
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Paranormal romance has always been a top fave genre for me, but I rarely connect with stories that focus on wolves. Destiny proved to be a remarkable exception to this! This book gripped me from the first page and I found myself binging it so I could uncover all the mysteries plaguing Jamie her and sleepy hometown.

Larsen’s writing style struck me as extremely compelling. Although the narrator is in the dark about her town’s secrets, the reader can start to puzzle things out from all the clever l
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read. The FMC is a little hard to like in the beginning as I’m not one who likes a female lead that is constantly reminding us that she doesn’t like to be told what to do and whines about wanting a “normal” life and “choices.” The MMC is likable, mysterious but also a little weak - Jamie kinda steamrolls him. It is a fast read, and I enjoyed the twists and I’ll continue on with the series because I know this author is capable of bringing the story together.

I’m looking forward to some
L.J. Kerry
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Any werewolf book that gets me to finish in 2 days gets a five star review. Usually I find werewolf books boring but this had enough mystery and romance that it was one I couldn't put down. It was more romance based and read more like a prequel to Jamie's f*'d up life otherthan a werewolf/shape shifter book so that is probably why I enjoyed it as much as I did. There was spice and it was a very enjoyable read.

Towards the end when it finally started to read like a Fantasy, it did get quite info-
abdulia ortiz-perez
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received this free book for honest review.

4.5 stars ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐🌠

What a beautiful wonderful amazing read.

When you think you right, well let me just say that you might be wrong. This had me all over the place. My heart beatting so fast! I couldn't believe what I was reading. If had me in shock. Every page, every chapter was a page turner. I couldn't believe my eyes what I was reading. I highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. It will surprise you in every way.

What a great read! This ha
Evelyn Dotson
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A new series that has wolf shifters…Is this a story of fated mates, or a prophecy that is complicated? Jamie grew up in a small mountain town where her older brother was killed by animals. Although much older she still felt the loss. She was with the same guy for five years, broke up with him and moved away for seven years to the city~ Now, after her boss rejected her, she felt the urgent need to go home, where she had kept in touch with no one~ She sees her ex, her old best friend, and meets a ...more
Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of Destiny and it was amazing!

I’ve read the author’s previous books, Perfect and Imperfect, and this book is so much better than those. I did not expect it to be this good! After that cliffhanger, I need to read the next book ASAP!
Oct 07, 2021 rated it liked it
This is book 1 in a new fantasy, paranormal series, The Academy. The author has created a good world/setting for the story but I didn't like some of the characters. 25 year old Jamie is returning to her home town after a bad day at work. She hopes to find old friends to connect with. A very fast read. I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. ...more
Debbie Eyre
May 30, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to a paranormal world of dark magic, shapeshifters, and deep, supernatural connections were we find Jamie as she returns to her hometown. It’s a well written, exciting story with some excellent world building and characters who have some fantastic chemistry. There’s intrigue, a little mystery , danger and twists and turns to keep you hooked and I can’t wait to read more.
Shawna Jimenez more.books.forever
I love a good small town shifter story. I also love a good alpha and a mystery man and this story has all the above. The instant off the charts attraction between Jamie and Wren is fire! I thought the story was great and I really cant wait to dive deeper into what is going on. With danger lurking around every corner Jamie doesn’t know which way to go. This is a quick read that has you wanting more. I cant wait for the next book
Min (abookworld___)
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Perfect blend of supernatural romance with mystery and action! That ending makes me crave for more, highly recommend to check out D.D Larsen works if you are someone who enjoy reading romance and mystery!
Apr 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
Had to force myself to finish reading this because I have yet to DNF a ARC.🥴😑 The storyline was so chaotic and dry. We were told many things but i never really felt any connection to anyone or anything. We don't find out anything till about 60% in, the author tried so hard for a love triangle and it was so forced, also the whole fated mates thing also felt forced i never felt any sort of chemistry between the MC's. It was just unfinished/random plot point with no real direction after random plot ...more
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