Friday, September 9, 2011

Destiny Calls by Samantha Wayland

Title:  Destiny Calls
Author: Samantha Wayland
My Rating: A++

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Patrick, Brandon, & Destiny
Release Date: July 2011
ISBN: e-book
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Patrick didn't think it would be a big deal to kiss his best friend Brandon. Hell, they'd done crazier things to avoid a bar fight. He was totally unprepared to be wildly turned on, the kiss opening up new avenues of pleasure he'd never dreamt of-Patrick, after all, was straight, even if Brandon wasn't.

Destiny's never been afraid to ask for what she wants. When she sees Patrick and Brandon together, she knows exactly what she wants-the three of them in bed together, preferably with her in the middle of a hot, naked-man sandwich with her two best friends.

When Brandon finds himself hunted by an unknown enemy, the three friends find themselves fighting for their lives-and their hearts.

My Review:
Honestly, this is one of the hottest, most romantic books that I have ever read. It's no secret that the friends-to-lovers trope is absolutely my favorite and this book is the ultimate friends-to-lovers trope. Destiny, Brandon, and Patrick have all three been friends since they were 15 years old. None of them had a great home life so they became each other's family for the last almost 20 years. Brandon & Patrick are police detectives. Brandon is bisexual and has been in love with Patrick for years, but Patrick is definitely heterosexual. Destiny and Brandon have been on again/off again friends with benefits several times over the last few years. When the book begins, no one is currently sleeping with anyone else between the three of them, although the desires are there. Right now they are all three simply friends.

The book starts with Brandon & Patrick at a gay bar. They are there because one of their friends is playing in the band and someone hits on Brandon who refuses to take "no" for an answer. Patrick & Brandon end up kissing simply as a method to dissuade Brandon's suitor, but the kiss quickly spirals out of control for BOTH Brandon AND Patrick, much to his shock and surprise. Patrick is appalled and turned-on. He goes home in an absolute panic where Destiny is taking care of his dog. She quickly realizes that Patrick is so upset, not necessarily about what happened, but about how turned on he is by it.

Destiny quickly starts to play with the idea of the three of them together- as a triad. She just has to get the guys to talking to each other again and to get them on-board with the plan. This is a first for all three of them, so this book is bursting with sexual tension. OMG, I have NEVER read such hot sex scenes as there are throughout this entire book. And this is a full-length novel, so there are a LOT of sex scenes, but every single one of them is completely unique and incredibly hot.

BUT this is not just a book about sex. There is also a fantastic suspense story line. Someone is targeting and attacking the three of them and the danger draws the three of them even closer together when circumstances might normally have driven them apart because of awkwardness. Along with that suspense is incredible romance. The basic nature of the situation- all new sexual experiences for all of them- means that emotions are very high, but add to that the danger that the three of them are faced with, OMG! So incredibly romantic. So incredibly intense. I started this book and could not put it down. The book was amazing!

Patrick is the typical alpha, take-charge kind of guy. When his guy and girl are in danger, watch out...he goes into fierce protector mode. Both Brandon and him are part of the Boston PD and worry that if their relationship comes out, that it could threaten their jobs, but as they are targeted, that becomes harder and harder to "keep in the closet." This is a whole other source of tension.

Brandon is used to hiding his feelings and emotions. He's been doing it for years. He's a natural peace-maker and a truly calm influence on those around him. He's doing everything he can to protect both Brandon & Destiny from the backlash of their relationship. Both of these guys are amazing and watching their relationship develop is absolutely beautiful. It was absolutely the most gorgeous, heart-warming story line.

Then there is Destiny. Self-assured and totally in love with both of these guys... as friends. She never plans to fall in love. She is deeply scarred from a horrific divorce that her parents put her through. The guys went through it with her as her friend so they completely understand that about her, but that doesn't stop them from wanting more. 

Amazing, amazing book!! So well-written. So well-developed. High emotion. High sexual intensity. This book had absolutely everything including three amazing characters that I fell in love with too. Definitely one of the best books I have read this year!


BookaholicCat said...

WOW! After that great review another book to add to my never ending TBR... courtesy of Christi Snow... :)

Julie said...

This sounds like something I would like! :)

Samantha Wayland said...

Thank you again, Christi, for your amazing review! I'm so delighted that you enjoyed Destiny Calls. :) I can only hope you like everything else I ever do nearly as much - it's a high bar for me to aim for!