by Maureen L. Bonatch
Publish Date: November 10, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, suspense, paranormal
Hope only wants to find out if her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with her touch makes her the devil's spawn, or his exterminator. But when the woman who raised her is murdered by something not human, she loses the only family she knew and discovers one she might wish she hadn't.
Drawn back to the hometown she vowed never to return to, her ability is seen as an asset to everyone but Hope, and she doesn't know who to trust. Her family wants her to help them overcome an enemy oppressing the human population, while the man of her dreams is courting her for the Underworld.
Time is running out, and Hope’s choice may be made for her, as she discovers she’s a pawn in a bigger game played by a merciless ruler who doesn't lose.
Destiny Calling is a testament to how important it is to have a good blurb. To be honest, I wasn't really digging this cover. Not one bit. However, I judge a book by its summary, not it's cover, because if the blurb is well done then there's a good chance so is the rest of the book.
Destiny Calling was a little different than what I normally read. It had the fantasy/paranormal elements that are usually present in most of the books I read, but it was also a bit of a mystery and thriller at the same time.
Our MC, Hope, is drawn to her birthplace in Pennsylvania after the death of the only woman who has ever really cared for her. Hope has the ability to give away hope (get it?) at will to people who need a little in their lives. It's almost a compulsion for her. If she doesn't find the source calling to her, she's in a world of pain with migraines that won't leave her alone until she fixes it.
As soon as she arrives at the derelict bar named Last Call, mystery abounds. Who is the man sitting at the end of the bar but is also in her dreams? What happened to her family? Why does she feel drawn to this place?
While I will say that Destiny Calling does take a while to get going, and no one will tell Hope what's going on for no reason (which always irritates me), this was a pretty decent read. It's well-written, with characters I can relate to. I really liked Chase and Destiny, but I won't ruin it and tell you who they are. That's a surprise.
Overall, I would definitely put this on the TBR list of anyone who likes both fantasy and suspense. It's an excellent combination.
About Maureen L. Bonatch
Growing up with four siblings had Maureen familiar with escaping into a good book, or the recesses of her mind. She realized later in life everyone didn’t have characters telling stories in their heads, or weren’t envisioning magic and mayhem within the everyday. This, and long walks in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania spawned a love of writing.
Since her desire to become a Solid Gold Dancer was thwarted when the show was discontinued, Maureen opted to pursue other paths. Attempting to conquer new endeavors proved fruitful with her first novella, while other attempts, such as challenging a fear of heights with parasailing, were unsuccessful.
Therefore she’s chased other interests, though none-the-less-daring, but closer to the ground, such as belly-dancing, becoming a self-proclaimed tequila connoisseur, fulfilling her role as biker babe to her alpha hubby and surviving motherhood to twins (so far).
Penning stories boasting laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world.
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