by Crystal Wilson-Harris

October 2003
ISBN: 1-58314-286-X
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Jakarta Raven, the female protagonist in Crystal Wilson Harris’s Passion’s Destiny is one of the best developed, well defined characters I’ve had the pleasure to get to know through reading. Jakarta is the youngest of four sisters who rely on each other, are very close and who are protective of each other—sometimes too protective, by Jakarta’s way of thinking.

Passion’s Destiny tells the story of Jakarta and Zane Reeves, a prosecuting attorney who apparently in another book, Love’s Destiny, tried to put Jakarta’s older sister, Savannah, in jail for a crime she did not commit. Zane didn’t know that, of course, and was only doing his job. Being who they are, Jakarta and her sisters had raced to Savannah’s rescue when she’d had her problems with Zane and did everything they could to help her. We learn all of this in Passion’s Destiny, which is obviously connected to Love’s Destiny. Though we do eventually learn more details about Zane’s and Jakarta’s past connection, it is a bit confusing in the beginning of the book because the author talks about things we could know nothing about unless we had read Love’s Destiny.

I say all of this to say that Jakarta and Zane continue their relationship after her sister is cleared. Though she is in Detroit and he is in New Orleans, they communicate via telephone and e-mail and find themselves drawn to one another. A product of one of New Orleans’ old, respectable Creole families, Zane is also smart, ambitious, kind and apparently, very handsome. What woman wouldn’t want to get to know him better?

Because she is the youngest and more free-spirited than the others (she doesn’t have a job, doesn’t like to stay in one place too long), Jakarta’s sisters have a tendency to look at her as irresponsible and flighty. So it’s no surprise that they object when she decides to go off to visit Zane after months of communications with him. She goes anyway and of course they find that the attraction is even more potent, so much so that Jakarta decides to move to New Orleans to be with him.

Things hit the fan, however, when Zane decides to run for the U.S. Senate. His political handlers and his family don’t believe that Jakarta fits the bill as the significant other of a future U.S. Senator. After all, she doesn’t have the lineage, and horror of horrors, she actually keeps her hair in locks, instead of relaxing it! But the biggest problem turns out to be a secret from Jakarta’s past that she doesn’t tell Zane about until it is almost too late.

Passion’s Destiny was a good read. Some of the characters were sometimes one dimensional and predictable, but the story was entertaining.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Lisa.

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