by Tasha Ivey

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Some are destined for greatness . . . others for pure unadulterated misery.

After catching her boyfriend with another woman, Laura struggles with beginning again, knowing deep down that she is destined to be unhappily out of love for her entire life. Needing some time to recoup and formulate a game plan, she decides to visit her notoriously wise grandmother. But once there, a curveball in the form of a deliciously attractive stranger has her falling again.

Brooks is another story altogether. He is quite content with his life until his father forces him into a business decision that will ruin the rest of his life. As if his relationship with his father isn’t tumultuous enough, his new fiancé is making every waking moment a living hell and loving every manipulative minute of it.

When Laura stumbles upon her mother’s old journal, she opens a door into a long forgotten past. A past that somehow leads both Laura and Brooks into unfamiliar territory and changes everything they ever knew about fate.

Destiny is ever-changing, after all.


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He puts the old tire in the trunk, and we begin packing my things back in. As the last few things are crammed in and nothing more could possibly fit, I remember “the box.” I don’t recall putting it back in there, which means that he did. Twice now, this very ruggedly attractive man has seen my “granny panties.” I feel the burning in my cheeks again as a disturbed look sweeps across my face.

“I don’t think this last one is going to fit in there,” he says, holding out another box.

I turn and blindly reach for the box while I attempt to shut the trunk—realizing too late that it’s the box that he’s holding. I gasp and immediately fumble for it, my unwieldy hands knocking it from his grasp just as a fierce gust of wind comes in off the ocean.

Suddenly, several pairs of the panties take flight—blowing into the highway, into the yard, and one is even proudly displaying itself on a road sign. To further my humiliation, the man immediately chases them down until they are all safely back in the box, and he jogs back to my car and places it in my backseat, acting as if he thought nothing of it.

Meanwhile, I stand here with my mouth hanging wide open, absolutely mortified.

This can’t be happening . . .

“Looks like I’d better get back to my work now, if you don’t mind,” he says while picking up his tools.

“What do I owe you for helping me out?” I am unable to even look in his direction.

“Nothing at all,” he says laughing quietly, a hint of a soft smile playing at the corners of his mouth. “Really, I owe you.”

I look up, my eyes finally meeting his. “How so?”

“I needed a good laugh today,” he chuckles, winking at me before he turns to walk away.

I feel my face flush, yet again. “Oh. Well, thanks.”

He turns his head around, nods at me with a smile, and continues to walk back toward the house. I can hear him snickering the whole way.


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About Tasha Ivey

Tasha Rae Ivey

Tasha Ivey is a literature fanatic, whose love for the written word fostered her development into the writer she has become. A lover of an extremely erratic mixture of literature, she has been influenced by authors from Jane Austen and E.M. Forster to Charlaine Harris and Alyson Noel. But her biggest influence and literary hero? Nicholas Sparks. Aside from writing, since she doesn’t have anything other than a shriveled up prune on the left side of her brain, she prefers to spend her time being creative in other ways like painting, cake decorating, and various types of crafts. That is, if the constant voices streaming through her head allow her to stop making up stories for a while. Lucky for her, she has a huge supportive family, including her amazing husband and two kids, who doesn’t complain too much when she hangs out with her characters more than she does with them. She is currently working on her second novel, Every Breath, which is due to release this year, and she also plans to start a sequel to her first novel, Destiny Ever-changing, this summer.

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