Blog Tour: The Destiny of Violet & Duke by Jessica Sorensen – Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Posted January 13, 2014 by Holly in Blog Tour / 0 Comments

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 . . .

For a brief second, I seriously contemplate pushing the emergency button and stopping the elevator, so I can push her back against the wall and kiss her fiercely before pulling away and leaving her. Regain a little of my control and power over the situation.
But as the elevator continues up and my arms stay at my side, I realize that I can’t go through with it and honestly I have no idea why. She’s messing with my head and I don’t know what else to do besides stare at my reflection in the shiny steel doors for the rest of the elevator ride. When the doors open, I let out a breath of relief, glad we’re coming to the end of this strange, silent journey. As we approach Violet’s dorm room toward the end of the hall, I spot Kayden and Callie standing in front of the door. They’re smiling as they talk to each other and they make it look so easy, so natural, like it’s as simple as breathing. But even breathing is difficult for me sometimes.
Callie says something and Kayden laughs, but when he sees me walking up the hallway with Violet his expression fills with inquisitiveness.
“What’s up?” he asks as we walk up to them. He glances from Violet to me, then his eyebrows arch, his eyes widening a little.
Callie steps out of the way as Violet moves out of my arm and drags her foot as she moves up to the door. “Are you okay?” Callie asks, looking down at Violet’s ankle.
“Yeah,” Violet answers with indifference as she punches in the code to their room with her finger. The lock beeps and she shoves the door open, tossing her book aside as she starts to shut the door behind her. I’m about to call our stubborn challenge a tie, when she pauses with the door still open a crack, her eyes sparkling with life for the very first time, and says, “Thanks, Mr. Stoically Aloof.”
“You’re welcome, Violet with no last name,” I tell her and then she shuts the door.

With Jessica Sorensen’s blog tour stopping by today you know what that means; you get treated to a guest review from my number #1 Jessica Sorensen superfan…my niece Destiny. I have yet to encounter someone that loves Jessica’s books like Destiny does. 
Her Review…
The Destiny of Violet and Luke….it left me with no words, and I mean no words. If you’ve read The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden and the Redemption of Callie & Kayden then you know that Luke hates his home life and is kind of neat freak, some might say he’s OCD, in this book you find out why. Why he hates his home life, why he hates clutter and messes. His childhood…no child should have had to go through what he went through. His mom is a crazy, no make that beyond crazy, and even though he hates everything she did to him, everything he put her through deep down he still cares, and to me I think part of the reason he drinks so much is because of the guilt he feels over his hatred towards his mother. Its heartbreaking reading about childhood and the things he went through, the things he’s still going through. Then there’s Violet, Callie’s roommate who we all thought was this mega bitchy slut, but oh how we were wrong. Sure she is sort of a bitch but it’s more like a defense mechanism. Poor Violet went through pure hell. She lost everything when she was just a little girl and she was let down time and time again. She’s an adrenaline junkie with the fear of actually feeling anything that doesn’t get her blood pumping. She’s fearless to a fault and that’s one of my favorite things about her. My favorite things about this book though, is the passion, the tension, the emotion between Luke and Violet, the way they react to each other is amazing, and heartbreaking. It was the ending though that left me absolutely speechless. I had my suspicions, and you will too, but even then it won’t make a difference when the bomb is dropped. It will leave you speechless and then once you do find your voice it will have you cursing Jessica. I mean I thought the cliffhanger is The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden was unbearable but that has nothing on Violet and Luke’s ending. After reading The Destiny of Violet and Luke I think it’s safe to say that I love them more than I love Callie and Kayden and that’s saying a LOT since Callie and Kayden are my absolute favorite couple out of all the books I’ve read by Jessica!!!!!!!!

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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