Review: Destiny by Carly Phillips

Jan 12, 2012 | Book Reviews | 0 comments

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Review: Destiny by Carly PhillipsDestiny by Carly Phillips
Series: Serendipity #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley on January 3, 2012
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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From New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips comes her second novel set in Serendipity, the quaint upstate New York town where love, fate, and fortune are intertwined…

Nash Barron may be cynical about love, yet even he likes a good wedding. But the only good thing about his brother’s wedding is Kelly Moss. Nash can’t help but admire her confidence and beauty, but he’s forced to keep his distance because getting involved with Kelly could destroy his relationship with his newly discovered half sister, Tess…

Kelly came to Serendipity to give Tess–her half sibling as well, thanks to an illicit affair–a second chance at life. She learned long ago not to rely on anyone but herself. Besides, she doesn’t want to upset Tess’s life by pushing for a fling with Nash. Except the more she gets to know him, the more vulnerable she becomes to the kindness beneath his gruff exterior, and the less she’s able to stay away. But she has other reasons for keeping her distance. Like the secret from her past she knows Nash will never forgive…



Destiny, the second book in the Serendipity Series, is about Nash Barron and his romance with Kelly Moss. In the first novel of the series Serendipity we were introduced to the Barron brothers Ethan, Nash, and Dash and I have to say that Nash was my least favorite out of them. So I went into this story a little wary, knowing that I would end up hating him even more or he would end up growing on me.

What Worked

Nash begins to have feelings for his half sister Tess’s half sister Kelly Moss. Confusing? Yea l was at first but since Kelly and Nash are not blood related in any way I relaxed with their romance.

The development of Kelly and Nash’s paths and how they came to be the adults they were now. Kelly being a strong independent Paralegal and Nash being the jaded lawyer.

The romance between them ranged from steamy to hot. Kelly really gave uptight Nash a challenge, which I enjoyed.

Both Nash and Kelly had to tackling issues within themselves as well as issues with their relationship. I appreciated how they had to deal with their own issues before they could be successful with their relationship. Especially Nash.

Could Have Been Better

The characters didn’t resonate with me. Even though Nate ended up growing on me, and both he and Kelly were good characters I just didn’t connect with them as much as I wanted.

I wish there was an even more complex, dynamic plot to enhance the story.


Destiny was a nice contemporary romance that showcased the relatable trails and tribulations a family and romantic relationship go through. Adult Romance readers looking for a contemporary romance should give Destiny a shot.

3 Stars


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