Monday, February 3, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Destiny's Detour by Mari Brown

Title: Destiny's Detour
Author: Mari Brown
Genre: New Adult
Publish Date: January 31, 2014
Review Source:  ARC provided for review

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Heading off to her first year of college, Destiny is ready to take on the world. On the college dance team with her best friend, Amy, all Destiny wants is to have fun, enjoy her college years, and spend time with her older brother, David.

Troy is captain of the football team, sexy, sweet and her brother's best friend. Practically a member of the family, Troy has always been off limits...until now.

One night together changes everything...

A childhood crush turns into more and Destiny has no choice but to grow up sooner than she planned. Will life’s unexpected detours derail her forever? Is there a happily ever after in the cards for Destiny and Troy?

Only time will tell.

(4.5 Bars)

You can't help but chuckle at the beginning of this book.  Destiny wakes up after one of her first parties as a soon to be college student with her brother's best friend Troy.  She is immediately thinking ok what am I going to do and then I can do this, nothing changes, we still can be friends.  Troy on the other hand realizes the uh oh moment, says her brother David is going to kill him if he finds out and then decides to himself that it really is not a bad thing because he wants Destiny anyway.  

I enjoyed this book a great deal.  Even though it is a new adult book, it contains a lot of really good romance and even a few somewhat steamy scenes.  You can feel the love radiating off of this couple.  Throw in the fun loving best friend, over protective brother, and a set of parents who are supportive and understanding and you have a strong family foundation.  The story line flowed smoothly, stayed on point and kept me wanting to keep reading.

You can't help but to laugh at the witty comments that Destiny and Amy toss out after Buffy throws her snide comments and threats at her.  Destiny shows that she is not afraid of confrontation and will hold her own ground.  Buffy is determined that she will get Troy who in her mind is really hers.  Troy on the other hand has a different opinion.  

I loved the family dynamics in this story.  Destiny's brother and father both hold really great and funny positions in the story.  You can feel the bond that she shares with her mom.  Would I recommend this book....absolutely.   My hope is that Mrs. Brown will give us another story to keep us up with this groups as they grow and their lives change.

 I wake up the next morning as Troy is brushing my neck with sweet kisses.
“Good morning, beautiful girl”
        I smile at him and say, “Morning, sexy.”
He leans over and gives me a firm kiss on the lips.
“What time is it?” I ask.
        He turns to his alarm clock. “Eleven in the morning”
        I groan and bury myself deeper into his side. “I want more sleep”
        He chuckles because he knows how much I hate getting up. Thankfully, even with all the drinking I did last night, I am not hung over. I just feel tired. Troy and I have had very little sleep with all sex we’ve been having. I turn my head my when I realize I hear noises downstairs.
        “Who is making all that noise down there?” I ask. “I don’t know, but I think we have a houseful of guests. Everyone must have crashed here last night.”
        “Great. I have to get out of your room without anyone realizing I spent the night in here.
        “Destiny, are you embarrassed?”
        “No, I just don’t want to shock my brother with the news just yet.”
        Troy laughs. “I think it’s going to surprise him no matter how we tell him, Sweetie. I don’t think he is going to flip out on us or anything like that, but it’s still going to shock him”
        “I know. I’m still in shock myself. I love to hate you; we have been fighting for as long as I can remember. I am not supposed to be your girlfriend,” I say with a huge grin on my face.
        He rolls his eyes at me. “Whatever.”
        I begin looking around the room for my underwear. I finally find them and slip them on. He throws a T-shirt at me. His shirt comes down far enough to cover everything I need it to. He puts on his boxers and a pair of jeans that are slung low on his hips and show off his perfect abs.
        He pulls me to him, kisses me, and says, “Let’s just go down together and see what happens.”
I agree. It really is silly to be freaking out over this. We are all adults, right?
        I start out of the room first, but stop short when someone appears in front me. Troy runs into my back. He puts an arm around my waist to steady me as we come face to face with David.
        “Shit,” Troy whispers behind me. Oh, this is not good

I have always loved reading and writing.  When I was in the fifth grade I became a published writer (okay so it was the school newspaper).  I spent the better part of my teen years writing stories for my friends.   Sometime between ages of 16 and 35 life happened and I stopped writing but I never stopped reading. It was only after my grandfather passed away in early 2012 that I decided to go for my dreams and write a novel and self-publish it.
I write under the pen name Mari Brown, which is just a play on my real name.  I am happily married to my own alpha/ former bad boy male, we have been together for 18 years.  We have a 17 year old daughter and two sons ages 15 and 14.  We have 3 dogs and 2 cats.  There is never a dull moment around my house.  We live on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Alabama.
In addition to writing I am also co-owner of Keepin’ It Real Book Blog, where I share my love of reading other Indie Authors.


1 comment:

  1. <3 <3 Thank you so much for Reading and Reviewing my debut novel.