Title: Handcuffed by Destiny
Series: Crawley Creek #6
Author: Lori King
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Release Date: August 23, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars
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A broken woman… After being kidnapped, tortured and surviving the brutality of human traffickers, Destiny Warren still finds every day a struggle. Every single minute she works to overcome her injuries, both visible and hidden. Despite her overpowering fear, she finds herself drawn to her rescuer, Brandon Bowers.
A man of honor… Bran Bowers was raised by his grandmother with a sense of responsibility and a serious demeanor. He’s spent his life working for everything he has, but Mother Nature and fate seem to be taking turns dealing his cards lately. Between a flash flood that wiped out his home, and a beautiful woman who’s scared to accept his protection, Bran has to roll up his sleeves and take a stand.
A mountain to climb… They say that love conquers all, but can it also overcome the horrors of PTSD? Destiny isn’t sure she can let Bran in, but she can’t seem to let him go. Will Bran walk away knowing he can never know her completely, or is he handcuffed to his own destiny?
**Note from the author: This story reflects on a woman’s victimization at the hands of terrible people. Possible triggers are involved in the storyline and thus should be taken into consideration.
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Bran Bowers is a man whose job is all about protecting people. Destiny Warren has been through a lot and it’s something she would prefer to forget. Bran was there when she needed someone the most. She seems to be hiding but he won’t let her. He just may be the catalyst to bring her back into the world of the living.
This story shows two different sides of people dealing with tragedy. There are those that are victims of violence and those that are victims of war. People handle their tragedies differently – sometimes we need the love of another human being and sometimes we need the unconditional love of an animal. There is one character that will have you rethinking how you look at people. I know it can be hard but we have to stop staring. You don’t realize how uncomfortable and awkward you’re making that person feel. If you don’t like feeling that way then you have to realize that they don’t either. The author never makes light of their situation but she knows when a scene may be getting a little too serious so she adds something in that will lighten the mood and have you laughing.
It took a tragedy for Destiny to make friends with Franki and she’s just one of the people in her life to help her get past that tragic event. Two of my favorite characters are Marilyn and Franki. They can be very sneaky when they have a good cause. I would love to know if they’re based on actual women because I would love to meet them.
Found myself falling in love with the residents of Crawley Creek. They let you into their lives with no excuses. We get to see them overcome their greatest fears and let other people get to know them for who they really are. In this instance, I was glad to see that the ending was left with things up in the air. There’s a mystery that needs to be solved and I want to be there when that happens.
Crawley Creek Series
By: Lori King
In a small town in North Dakota there resides a family of misfits on the Crawley Creek Ranch. Brought together by hardship, and heartache they’ve bonded without blood ties, and seek to help others. Four brothers who’ve walked both sides of the line, and come out stronger for it, but will they survive love, loss, and the law?
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Hawke's Salvation (Book 5)
Lori King is the author of more than twenty five Amazon best-selling romance novels, as well as a full-time wife and mother of three boys. Although she rarely has time to just enjoy feminine pursuits; at heart she is a hopeless romantic. She spends her days dreaming up Alpha men, and her nights telling their stories. An admitted TV and book junkie, she can be found relaxing with a steamy story, or binging in an entire season of some show online. She gives her parents all the credit for her unique sense of humor and acceptance of all forms of love. There are no two loves alike, but you can love more than one with your whole heart.
With the motto: Live, Laugh, and Love like today is your only chance, she will continue to write as long as you continue to read. Thank you for taking the time to indulge in a good Happily Ever After with her.