by Adrianne Byrd

January 2003
ISBN: 1-58314-292-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

My Destiny by Adianne Byrd takes the reader on a wild ride full of fun, love, and a really cute guy! Destiny Brockman has been friends with her neighbor Miles Stafford for over ten years; even though she thinks he is a playboy and he thinks she is too straight laced for her own good; they have managed to discover some common ground. When the two of them finally realize they are in love, sparks fly and the fun begins.

When I picked up this book I was pleasantly surprised by both the plot and the characters. Destiny, focused on her career, wakes up on day and discovers she is unhappy with her job, her fiancée, and her life. I sympathized with Destiny and her problems; in fact I got a little too involved in the story as I found myself thinking look at that great guy who you think is just your friend. Miles isn’t looking for love in fact he isn’t looking for anything more than a good time. This fact was a little disturbing in the beginning for me as a reader. However, as the plot developed and more was revealed I found myself liking Miles more and more. Destiny and Miles prove one adage right - it is better to be friends first and then lovers.

Over all I found this story to be a refreshing break from the serial plots that seem to plague romance. The fact that the book spanned almost fifteen years was both an adventure and a little disconcerting. I often found myself going backwards in the novel asking “how long has it been?” However, I enjoyed the interaction between Destiny and Miles and the other characters in the book. The secondary characters provide all of the comic relief, especially Miles and Destiny’s mothers who are secretly working together on a plan! You will have to read the book to find out what that plan entails but let me assure you it is entertaining. Unfortunately, I did find the “magical” aspect of the book to be slightly out of place and think that story would have been just as entertaining without it. The curse that plagues Miles is slightly ridiculous and detracts from the story line. Nevertheless, the good in this book outweighs the bad and I found this book to be a pleasurable read for a lazy afternoon.

Reviewed in April 2003 by Jen.

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