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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Destiny's Mountain by Nancy Lennea

Destiny's Mountain by Nancy Lennea
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (237 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

In a quirky college town surrounded by the mountains of New Hampshire, new art history professor Jacob Oliver hikes a trail on a crisp September morning. He contemplates his life. Divorced, and forced out of his job with the Boston Police due to a horrific accident, he spots a naked woman beneath a majestic waterfall. Escaping, he falls and re-injures his knee. Destiny Blake heard a noise. Someone is on her mountain. She finds a handsome man sitting in the mud. Love blooms and lust consumes them after she helps him to the safety of her cabin. Soon assumptions tear them apart, leaving her vulnerable to the unwanted attentions of other men. When Jacob decides he cannot live without her, he must save her from a madman who chases her up her mountain through the cold, snowy darkness of a November night. Ghostly voices push Jacob onward, while another spirit’s voice urges Destiny to fight back. Pain, hypothermia, and death threaten as the sun rises. Can Destiny and Jacob make it off Destiny’s Mountain…alive?

Protecting their hearts and egos, Jacob and Destiny create a lot of misery for themselves at a very crucial time in both their lives.

To Destiny, Jacob Oliver is beautiful, a perfect specimen of masculinity that oozes sensuality. His educated, citified voice rouses a need deep inside her. She scolds herself for such thoughts. He is an older man who teaches art history at the college in town and, more than that, he is injured and needs her help.

Jacob Oliver, once a Boston policeman with a cheating wife, retired and moved to Parmentor, New Hampshire as his divorce is finalized. He wants a new life in a quiet place. He hikes to strengthen his leg that was seriously injured in the line of duty. Hiking alone on the mountain, he sees Destiny nude, playing in the pool at the foot of a waterfall—a life changing event. When Destiny comes to his aid after a bad fall, she has clothes on but his body recognizes her as the one it WANTS.

Their primal need to mate brings on earth-shattering love making before they know much about each other. Their assumptions about each other cause devastating hurt and danger. However, the “voice” nudges them along in the right direction.

The secondary characters create suspense and mystery as they influence Jacob and Destiny’s lives. Marcus Benton, the college football player and Pete Thayer, the fireman both want Destiny and seem to stalk her. Josie and Tilly, Destiny’s friends add a special texture to the story. They are woven into the plot that is filled with foreshadowing and subtle clues.
Occasionally a POV change or an aside slows the story but there is so much to find out that one keeps reading and turning pages. Nancy Lennea’s fabulous description of Destiny’s mountain in the fall when it is dressed in its autumn finery makes the mountain a magical place; but the winter description makes one shiver with cold and fear. Ms. Lennea weaves the descriptions into the action, creating scenes that make the reader feel a part of what is happening.

Destiny's Mountain entertains with adrenaline-pumping chase scenes, magnificent description, and breath-stopping love scenes. Good reading!