Review: Chasing Destiny by Megan Erickson

About the Book

Cover Chasing DestinySome live on memories…

Almost dying during a pack uprising has a way of shaking things up. I’m no longer Mr. Laid Back now that there’s an itch under my skin I can’t scratch.

On a volunteer mission that goes beyond the walls of our compound, we enter the territory of a pack long thought dead, and find ourselves on the business end of their spears.

What I’m not prepared for is what I find within their walls—The one shifter I never thought I’d see alive, the one I’d mourned twice, the one I’d always loved. He is alive, and if I have anything to do with it, he’ll stay that way. But he’s got secrets, and exposing them could lead us to an enemy worse than the bloodthirsty undead shifters wanting to kill us all…

The Finer Details

Narrative Arc: Series

Series Detail: Silver Tip Pack, book 2

Series Arc: new relationship

Publication Date: July 21, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Editor(s): Edie Danford and Keyanna Butler
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Length: Novel, 224 e-book pages
POV: 1st person, two characters
Tense: Past
Pairings: Male/Male
Identities: Gay
Genre(s): Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic, Paranormal

Supernatural Elements: Werewolves

Tropes and Tags: reunion/second chance romance
Ending: HEA

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Rating

Rating 5 Stars

5 Stars

Rating Info

Ratings stick closely to the GoodReads standards. Occasionally I’ll make note of half-star ratings and will typically round up on GoodReads reviews and other sites where I may cross-post.

Stars Goodreads  What this means to me
5 AMAZING This totally knocked my socks off, and I might end up a crazed fan (from a respectable distance).
4 Really Liked This was truly enjoyable, and I’d recommend it.
3 Liked It was good, and I’m glad I read it, but I may have had some issues.
2 It was okay I finished it & kept hoping for improvement. I definitely had issues.
1 Didn't like I read the whole thing but....
1 DNF Didn't like I read past 50% (at least) before giving up.
0 DNF No Rating I couldn't even make it to 50%, but I still feel the need to share my thoughts.

 

Review

Whew. I’m still trying to breathe after this.

Lordy. To say this story exceeded my expectations is an understatement.

Nash and Bay. Bay, particularly. I neeeeeded this book.

But then Nash snuck up on me. I mean, I knew there was a story there. Right? But I just didn’t see it coming. He hit me out of nowhere with a past that’s all sorts of painful and grizzly. I think he’s more of a cat with nine lives, and he’s been through a few already.

Dude needs some PEACE.

And I think he’s found it. In Bay. And the Silvertip Pack.

Book one was a winner, but I had a few minor little gripes.

Book two is solid on every side. Nary a niggle. Other than maybe it oughta come with an oxygen mask and a seat-belt. We need to talk to Amazon about that.

And how on earth have I been around all these years and not known that I need werewolves in my life? I mean, this ain’t my first rodeo, but saying I NEED them? More of them? Also, some undead were-zombie things that squick me out to ramp up all the danger and mayhem?

So yeah.

Megan Erickson is definitely not a one-trick pony. Not that I ever thought she was because come on…the In Focus series is sublime, Cyberlove is masterful. This Silver Tip business had me mildly wary, but NO MORE. I’m all in.

Because just when I thought I had a lock on where everything was going, Bay and Nash and all the challenges that are thrown in their way sent me for a loop-de-loop with some gorgeously crafted surprises around every bend.

This is the kind of story that had me holding my breath, bug-eyed, heart clenching, peeking through the fingers over my eyes, gritting my teeth, unable to sleep until just One. More. Chapter. was done. These are the kinds of emotional stories I crave. To have them packaged in the dystopian wilds where humans are extinct, and were-ZOMBIES are a THING is the icing on the cake.

Even though parts are horrific — that being Nash’s past and the pain and suffering of those around him — this story is one of hope, redemption, coming home and claiming the love that’s yours. Embracing it because as bad as the past may have been, in this world of chaos, the future is uncertain. But that love, that family — or pack, as it were — is everything that makes them stronger.

Imma ’bout to make myself cry. Did I cry reading the book? You betcha.

Do I recommend it? Abso-freaking-lutely.

But, a warning if I may, this book does not serve well as a standalone or a first taste into this incredible world Megan has built. There’s too much back story ya gotta know. Even having read the first book, it took me a quick minute to grasp these were-species and who could do what and who was part of the Silver Tips and some of the other packs. Plus, not only is book hot-as-hell with the story of Dare and Reece, it serves as a delicious appetizer to the life-n-times of Bay and Nash.


About the Author

Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better. She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing. She is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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