Review: THE DESTINY OF VIOLET & LUKE by Jessica Sorensen

Luke Price's life has always been about order, control, and acting tough on the outside. For Luke, meaningless relationships are a distraction-a way to tune out the twisted memories of his childhood. He desperately wishes he could forget his past, but it haunts him no matter what he does.

Violet Hayes has had a rough life. When she was young, she was left with no family and the memory of her parents' unsolved murders. She grew up in foster homes, living with irresponsible parents, drugs, and neglect, and trying to fight the painful memories of the night her parents were taken from her. But it's hard to forget when she never got closure-and she can't stop dreaming about what happened that tragic night. To make it through life, she keeps her distance from everyone and never allows herself to feel anything.

Then Violet meets Luke. The two clash instantly, yet they can't seem to stay away from each other. Although they fight it, they both start to open up and feel things they've never felt before. They discover just how similar they are. But they also discover something else: The past always catches up with you...


Luke Price (Kayden's roommate) grew up taking care of his mother. Unfortunately taking care of his mother, by her definition was shooting her arm up with heroin daily. Fast forward to a college-age Luke who is determined to only watch out for and take care of himself. He vows never to take care of another woman again. 

Violet (Callie's roommate) witnessed the violent murder of her parents at a young age and bounced around between foster parents ever since. Now she lives a shell of a life, going to college, dealing drugs, and getting into trouble at every turn.

They both thrive on the thrill of dangerous situations and live unhealthy lifestyles in an effort to avoid their problems. Luke is an alcoholic who chain smokes and recklessly sleeps with random women. While Violet tricks men, gets them drunk, and steals from them on a regular basis. 

When Violet gets injured, Luke surprises the both of them by offering his help and support. Neither is used to having someone with whom they can count on through thick and thin. Each keeps their secrets close to their chests, both afraid that revealing them will cause people to leave and run. 

It's amazing to me how two completely broken characters can come together and heal one another. Yet somehow Violet and Luke do just that. 

"I can barely register what I'm saying, but all I know is that when I'm in his arms, it seems like all the bad is gone."

Being together gives each of them the strength to begin to face their problems head on and begin to trust another person with their true inner self.

This book features tons of angst, a lot of heart and heartache, as well as twists, turns, and another heck of a cliffhanger. 4 stars for The Destiny of Violet and Luke!

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