Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Destined to Change Blog Tour

by Lisa M. Harley




Destiny…it’s really an interesting thought isn’t it…destiny.

Loralei Harper’s destiny was determined before her birth. It was very simple. She was expected to graduate from high school, marry Declan Sharp, and have two kids. She would stay at home with them, while her husband worked on the family farm. But the funny thing about destiny is…it can change in the blink of an eye. Now Loralei has to figure out what to do when everything changes.

Declan Sharp, a sweet country boy, grew up with Loralei. Their parents couldn’t have planned their relationship any better. Loralei was the love of his life and their future was bright, but sometimes life gets in the way of your plans.

Jaxon Daniels, a pierced, tattooed, badass with a gentle soul, just wanted to get out of the city and relax in the country for a little while. The last thing he was looking for was right in front of him. With skeletons in his closet, will he be able to hold on to the woman he loves, when the past comes out to play?

Cade Walker, a cocky cowboy, never gave love a second thought. Sex? Now that was a different story. After a drunken night, all of that changes when he feels something for Loralei...with his heart. This good ole boy learns that alls fair in love and war.

What happens when all of these lives cross paths? Whose destiny will change and who will get their happily ever after?

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I'm very excited to share my review of Destined to Change with you! I've had this book on my Goodreads TBR since December 28, 2012! It was an HONOR to advance read this and to be asked to participate in the blog tour. Be sure to check to enter the giveaway details posted after my review! Enjoy :)

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I received an ARC of Destined to Change in exchange for an honest review. I had added this one to my TBR on 12/28/12 so I knew it was something that interested me. The questionned remained how interested would I be. Well I'll tell you what I started this book and right out of the gates I was already doing this.................................. Destiny - 1. The events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future 2. The hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate. Ever thought about your Destiny? I'm sure at one point we all have. Of course I expected this book to be about Lorelei's Destiny but to what extent I didn't know until I started reading. Lorelei was pretty sure her destiny was with her childhood friend & high school sweetheart Declan. The handsome star basketball player, son of her parents best friends, and her best friend. She had it all mapped out she was going to marry that boy, tend to the farm and have two children. Life has a funny way of throwing us a curve ball when you least expect it. This is something Lorelei learned at the age of 16 after celebrating her & Declan's birthday's down at the bonfire with her their friends. Oh yes Declan & Lorelei were born on the same date exactly a year apart. They went to the bonfire with their friends to include both of their BFF's Eric & Emma. Yes, it was a night to be remembered ~ in more ways than one. Sometimes when I'm reading a book I get a feel for what's coming down the pike but I have to say with this book I had no clue what would occur nor how that event would change Lorelei's Destiny. Kudos to the author for this! Especially for an author who is about to release her first book! There was part of the book where I was doing this.......... Well 10 years and twins, Sammy & Mags, we see Lorelei in charge of her family's farm. She is going status quo day to day living but not really LIVING and who should enter the picture? Well her tattooed piereced knight in shining armor Jaxon. Jaxon's Uncle Jake works on the Harper's farm and Jaxon has just come out from California to Missouri to make some changes to his life. The first meeting between these two and I just knew that if I was standing in front of Jaxon I would of totally.. Oh yes nothing better than a "hot" bad boy entering the picture and getting his first look at a sweet country girl! I loved Lorelei and with all that this young lady had been through you could tell she was a strong and loving woman. She loved her parents and her children well those babies were her world. The author obviously has experience with living in farm country as the description of the farm was dead on! I never grew up on a farm but all my family live in Missouri and my cousins grew up on a farm where a John Deere tractor was equivalent to a Harley to those boys alas I regressive I'm supposed to be sharing this book! Well Jaxon didn't exactly fit the "mold" in this good ole' small country town. While reading I was picturing townsfolks reaction towards him to be something like this.................................. It was sweet watching Jaxon & Lorelei getting closer and spending more time together both trying not to get too close to the other but failing miserably. Jaxon didn't feel he was good enough for sweet little Lorelei. He has a past and what that past encompasses isn't revealed until much later in the book. I tried to take some stabs at it myself thinking oh it has to be this but when the past is revealed I so thought this......................................................... As much as Jaxon hates to reveal his past to Lorelei he knew he needed to but the funny thing about or past it has it's way of revealing itself. Unfortunately for Jaxon it did so before he ever got a chance to explain the situation to Lorelei. Again refer to my reaction above and then think about what Lorelei's must have been. Girl I so would've. Well Lorelei ends up meeting Cade a tall "sexy" cowboy with a southern drawl that just melts her in a heartbeat. Oh yes, this was getting good really good! This book was setting itself up for heartbreak galore and I knew emotions would be coming out with all parties involved. You know what my favorite part is this book was told from the different characters POV! LOVE THAT! Well folks the ride JUST began and so did the fun! So I think I should share what this ride entailed, don't you? Well there was some of this............................................ Heck whom I kidding there was a ALOT of that ;) But don't get too comfortable folks cause there are parts of this book where you will want to................................................................ There were times where I would've done this if I was Loralei........... When the going got good, boy did it and it will have you............... But when everything wrapped up I did this............................ I really enjoyed Lisa's first book Dstined to Change! It was a fun sweet read but don't think it's all sweet ;) This was a 4.5-5 star read for me. There were definitely alot of 5 star parts and just enough emotions mixed in there that I read this one quickly! I literally didn't put it down once I started! I loved the reference to "cowboy" which you won't understand until you read it! I did laugh at that part! Sammy & Mags were adorable and I got a kick out of them they really made me laugh. I recommend you mark your calendar for the release date and snatch it up that first date! You won't be sorry! If this isn't already on your TBR mark it now! I'll be anticipating more books from Lisa in the future and can't wait to see if she incorporates characters from this one into another book! I'd love to see that!!!!! So Lisa KUDOS to you what a wonderful first book I enjoyed it immensely and I sincerely thank you for allowing me the opportunity to advance read Destined to Change!

Now for the GIVEAWAY I will be gifting 3 people an e-copy of Destined to Change  all you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post and follow my blog.  I would like for you to tell me WHAT part of the review you liked the best! I will choosing the winners on February 14, 2013 and the winners will receive an e-copy of Destined to Change from me onRELEASE DATE! Be sure to include your e-mail address so that I may contact the winners! Thank you and GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!





45 comments:

  1. Sylvia Chipka - BuonanniFebruary 12, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    The FIVE FINGER SLAP insert....no question.

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    1. LOL!! I love that gif :) I was laughing when I found and I'm still laughing!
      Thank you so much for following me :)

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  2. I loved the dancing dog insert! Lol
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    1. You my dear are one of the luckiest people I know!! You WON one of the copies!!
      Yes the dog is hysterical I love it!! Thanks for following me Nikki :)

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  3. Well seeing as I just love all your reviews Kim, I will tell you the Oh My Gosh picture was fabulous! I must say that above all I just enjoyed learning about a new book that is coming. I will be putting this one on my wish list for sure. Another great review Kim!

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      Thank you so much! I enjoy doing the reviews and I love to add humor irregardless of the book! IT makes me smile big time that people enjoy my reviews! Thank you following me!

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  4. Just got done reading the sample on Amazon definitely was surprised where the story went Lisa...never had a clue. Trying to be good and not one click happy which is really hard but I gotta try my bf got laid off today...fingers crossed I win this if I don't break down and buy it before I find out! Lol..really wanna finish it. Shout out from one Missouri girl to another!!! You are definitely right about the John Deere's too...I live in such a small town they have a drive your tractor to school day..crazy huh?
    andieleah78@gmail.com

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    1. Andie,

      I'm so sorry to hear about your BF's layoff :( That one-click is SOOOO deadly! This was a great book! I was born in St. Charles, Missouri but since my Dad was in the Air Force I only lived there when I was really young :) Went back EVERY summer to see my grandparents and I still tease my cousin about his John Deere, which yes he has! They called me City ;) Make sure you continue to following I have 2 more giveaways I posted today!!

      Thank you for following me!

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  5. You a have a new follower in me I loved your review it was on point and insightful and the best part was the man and women running towards each other and the man runs past her that was funny!!!

    Shandanbrown@yahoo.com

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    1. Shanda,

      YAY!!! I love new followers! Wasn't that gif great I loved how you expect them to come together and he just keeps going! Thank you for following me and make sure you check out the two new giveaways I posted today!

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  6. I think my favourite part of this was all the pictures. It broke up a wall of text and made it seem more interactive and fun.

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    1. Thank you so much! I like to put something in my reviews that add's humor but also a little hints since I don't care for spoilers! Thanks for following!

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  7. Loved the dancing dog.
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    1. Monica,

      The dancing dog cracked me up too! I couldn't resist! Thank you for following! I have two new giveaways posted today :)

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  8. Can't wait to read about Lorelei, Declan & Jaxon! Thanks for the chance! I love the animated photos in you review!
    Dawnbushemail@yahoo.com

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    1. Dawn,

      Thank you :) You will so love this book! I adored it and believe me it's not what I expected ;) Thanks for following and make sure you check out my two new giveaway's I posted today!

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  9. Fun review thanks! I love the pictures to highlight each point of course your thoughts are what sold me to read the book. Thanks for the chance to win. kgagnon@donofrio.cc

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  10. Absolutely great review! I loved the picture inserts...totally drove your point across with extra giggles. Can't wait to check this book out! Thanks! taraebrowne@gmail.com

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  11. I love the graphics....Great review! I am adding it to my list of books to read! mommyduckie@yahoo.com

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  12. I loved when you spoke about Jaxon and Lorelei getting closer but trying to resist the attraction. Smilee3939@gmail.com

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  13. The gif's as always :p breibetzold@gmail.com

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  14. Great Giveaway..adgali(at)ymail(dot)com

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  15. I love the gifs, they make me giggle! :)

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  16. LOL I loved the beach scene :-) That's hilarious!!

    Thanks for the giveaway :-)

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  17. I loved your review, but I have to admit...You got me hooked on this book at the ''Tattooed piereced knight in shining armor Jaxon''

    I love books with Bad boys in them :P

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    Crossing fingers !!!!

    mikki_dicampo@hotmail.com

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  18. Looks like a great book! My favorite part was the reference of the John Deere and the pics! Thanks for the giveaway!
    neffjennifer@sbcglobal.net

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  19. Looks like a good book to read - it is on my TBR list and I will get to it soon :)

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  20. Wow! What a review!! I love how your review pulled me in front the start.

    cocantu@yahoo.com

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  21. Love the review and the gifs add to it:-)

    Thank you for the chance!

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  22. I so can't wait to read this...love your gifs. stephanierosehorning@gmail.com

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  23. I like that you leaned more to 5 stars but elected to go with 4.5. That is very honest. Plus who could not like all the humorous pics you added for entertainment in the review itself. I love bad boys! I'm looking forward to reading this one. I enjoyed your honest review. Thanks. I also shared this post on google connect and my email is (encoded because I've been receiving a lot of spam lately)

    misty dot trevino at sbc global dot net

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  24. Your reviews always crack me up, love the time you put into every one. I followed you over on kindlehooked as well! As far as this review, of course, loved it! The John Stewart face was perfect tho. I do have this book in my list. Thank you for the giveaway :) my email address is piglets71@hotmail.com

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  25. The best part of your review is this: "Well there was some of this............................................(add in funnies GIF I have ever seen) Heck whom I kidding there was a ALOT of that ;)" That GIF combined with "heck whom I kidding there was a lot of that" made me laugh so hard! Your reviews are always so honest and spoiler free I love them. Thanks for the review and giveaway. Mrs(dot)Graef(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. I LOVED THE DANCING DOG.SHELLEY S. calicolady60@hotmail.com

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  27. I always like a honest review...I think it definitely helps in my decision to buy a book...so thanks....I love how you threw thing the pictures to explain how you felt reading the book...so funny..

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  28. Very good review! I really want to read this one!!!
    TAWillbanks@aol.com

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  29. Love the dancing dog!
    tuttlebunch@yahoo.com

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  30. Kim...Kim...Kim...your reviews are simply the BEST! I love all of the funny inserts you add! Thanks for keeping us all up to date on the best reads!

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  31. Great review and I loved the dancing dog as well!
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  32. Great review, yet another book that is going on the tbr! erinhill01@gmail.com

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  33. I just recently became a fan on fb and added this book to my TBR list because of it! I have to say that I love your blog. My favorite part of this review is the pics. Not just that they are cute and funny, but the fact that you took the time to ensure they coincided with your review! Love it! Great work!

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