Author: H.K. Abrahams
Release date: December 23, 2014
(Sub)genres: Contemporary Romance
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
A woman, a man, two paths that meet.
A love story, some letters, an unsettling truth.
Will they be able to overcome what destiny will throw on their path?
One of the things I love about reading is discovering – for me – new authors. H.K. Abrahams is such an author. Challenging Destiny is her first and only book to this date and I very much hope she’ll continue writing. I’ve enjoyed reading this book.
“The war between my heart and my brain couldn’t keep going on like that. It was eating me up and I knew I wouldn’t be able to move on until I decided what to do. I needed to make up my mind. And what better day than Valentine’s Day to seal your love fate…”
Although living in Paris, since she was a little girl Chloe dreamed about moving to New York and meeting her knight in shining armor. After having finished school, much to her surprise an American publishing company has offered her a job so she will be relocating to the Big Apple. And while she’s ecstatic to see her dreams come true, she knows she’s going to miss her parents, her big sister and her best friend. On the flight to New York she meets the attractive Adam, and while starting her life in the city, slowly she and Adam are getting to know each other.
“He reminded me of someone, his face almost familiar, but I quickly changed my mind, knowing that I couldn’t have forgotten such a face. I wasn’t feeling at ease and I could feel the heat rising in my cheeks. Great Chloe, just the right moment to feel shy and insecure!”
After breaking up with his longtime girlfriend, Adam has buried himself in his work. Growing up with the dysfunctional relationship of his parents, he didn’t have the best example, but he knows his relation wasn’t leading anywhere. After some interference from a friend, Adam finally takes a long overdue vacation, bringing him to Paris. The moment he lays his eyes on Chloe in a bookshop, he feels a connection to her, a connection he can’t ignore.
“I was completely lost in her eyes, not knowing where I was or why I was there. The only thing I knew was that I was feeling a connection to that stranger and it was stronger than anything I had felt before.”
When Chloe leaves the airport she doesn’t expect to hear from Adam again, but to her surprise he reaches out. Not knowing anybody in New York – besides her roommate and colleagues – Adam starts to show Chloe around and slowly they give into their feelings for each other. The relationship feels sweet and real, until Chloe isn’t sure what to believe anymore. All Adam can do is to give her full disclosure.
Challenging Destiny is written in a dual POV, giving the story of both Chloe and Adam. I fully understand Chloe’s feelings; all alone in a big city, not sure what to believe, what’s true. I’m glad she didn’t forgive Adam right away. Like she says, in a romance book the events sounds romantic, but in real life it’s just creepy. Challenging Destiny is H.K. Abrahams’ first book, and for a debut book it’s very well written, I will definitely read future books by the author.
“We weren’t equal, our situation wasn’t fair and that’s why I feel like we need…” “To start all over again,” I finished for her, understanding every single word that had left her lips. “Exactly,” she said, surprised that I was getting it so easily. We looked at each other for a few moments and I knew what I needed to do.”
I’ve enjoyed reading the story of Adam and Chloe, I give this book 4 stars.