Review: Far From Destined by Carrie Ann Ryan (Promise Me #3)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.
I've found it! I have finally found my favorite book in the Promise Me quartet! I seriously liked the first two books--Forever Only Once and From That Moment--but this third one stole my heart. Far From Destined is book number three, and Carrie Ann Ryan has definitely raised the bar with this one. With a whole lot of romance and a sprinkling of suspense, Ryan delivers a story that finds its main characters moving on with their respective lives after experiencing traumatizing events that changed them and unexpectedly finding love in the one person they tried to keep their distance from most.
Moving to Boulder, Colorado has allowed Dakota Bristol to truly start over. Her love of baking has helped make the Boulder Bean a successful business for her, providing her the opportunity to raise her six-year-old son, Joshua, on her own. She's even found herself surrounded by a group of near and dear girlfriends who, along with a few surprise additions, have become part of her chosen family. Admittedly, though, Dakota is wary and hesitant when it comes to Macon Brady, one of the four surprise additions to her circle of friends. He's Joshua's favorite person, but something about the caring yet stoic veterinarian gives her pause. He has his own demons, but it appears the man is more than willing to slay Dakota's as well, especially since one in particular is suddenly back...
There's something about a romance that employs the single parent trope that appeals to me particularly when it's done as well as Carrie Ann Ryan has in this third Promise Me novel. It was clear in the previous books that there was this zing of awareness between Macon and Dakota, no matter how much the latter wishes it wasn't something that even existed. The fact that Joshua adored Macon and vice-versa was such an interesting way to bridge that gap, but it never felt like he was a mere instrument in the romance between his mom and this surprising father figure. I love seeing the dynamic within this cast of characters with each new book, and while the fourth book is supposed to be the final one and I can't wait to read Nate and Myra's story (especially after the epilogue here!), I'm eager to see how much this group will continue to grow. Five stars for Far From Destined.
Read my reviews for the Promise Me series:
Forever Only Once (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review
From That Moment (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Far From Destined (book three) - five stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 27 October 2020
Date Read: 26 October 2020
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