Friday, March 21, 2014

Destiny's Detour by Mari Brown

Title:  Destiny's Detour
Author:  Mari Brown
Published:  January 31st 2014
Length:  267pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  NA romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★


Heading off to her first year of college, Destiny is ready to take on the world. On the college dance team with her best friend, Amy, all Destiny wants is to have fun, enjoy her college years, and spend time with her older brother, David.

Troy is captain of the football team, sexy, sweet and her brother's best friend. Practically a member of the family, Troy has always been off limits...until now.

One night together changes everything...

A childhood crush turns into more and Destiny has no choice but to grow up sooner than she planned. Will life’s unexpected detours derail her forever? Is there a happily ever after in the cards for Destiny and Troy?

Only time will tell.

My Review:

This was definitely a very unique take on college romance. It’s an aspect that one rarely thinks about unless they, or someone that they know, are in the situation. The story has a very in-your-face take on the subject while writing in a mellow way that really highlights the real love between the characters, be they a couple or friends and family. Brown is also a very descriptive and illustrative author. She wove a brilliant tale that was easy to picture and immerse yourself in. I noticed that every once in a while the writing was a bit forced, like the author was afraid to use too many contractions. It stood out greatly against the premise that the story was being told by the main character, an 18 year old college freshman. You go from being in her head to saying ‘people don’t talk or think like that.’ It was just enough to pop you out of the flow of the story.

I really appreciated the fact that, although quite mature, the main characters were developed to suit their intended age. Neither were wise beyond their years, and they definitely got into their fair share of scrapes, but they handled everything with the support of their family. And that I loved. The supporting cast in this novel was their families. It added a sense of unity to the story. Also, Brown illustrated how people can come together to overcome bumps in the road to make it seem smooth. I found myself thinking how easy these characters had it, but thinking back it was anything but they just used their support system to come through it on top.

This is honestly a sweet HEA type of story. It took twists that I would have never expected but kept my attention throughout. It’s definitely a feel good story with a kick.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

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About the author:

I have always loved reading and writing. When I was in the fifth grade I became a published writer (okay so it was the school newspaper). I spent the better part of my teen years writing stories for my friends. Sometime between ages of 16 and 35 life happened and I stopped writing but I never stopped reading. It was only after my grandfather passed away in early 2012 that I decided to go for my dreams and write a novel and self-publish it.

I write under the pen name Mari Brown, which is just a play on my real name. I am happily married to my own alpha/ former bad boy male, we have been together for 18 years. We have a 17 year old daughter and two sons ages 15 and 14. We have 3 dogs and 2 cats. There is never a dull moment around my house. We live on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Alabama.

In addition to writing I am also co-owner of Keepin’ It Real Book Blog, where I share my love of reading other Indie Authors.

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