Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A Bolder Version of Me by Cindy Ray Hale {Review}

A Bolder Version of Me (Book Three of the Destiny Clark Saga) by Cindy Ray Hale
Kindle Edition, 114 pages
Published July 3rd 2019 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.

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When Destiny and Isaac go public with their relationship, the bullies come out to play. 

Destiny Clark has enjoyed keeping her complicated relationship with Isaac Robinson a secret. But Isaac is excited to declare his feelings for Destiny to the world and convinces her to go public at Homecoming. When the fated day finally comes, and they boldly step into the light as a couple, it’s just as Destiny had feared. Their secret romance has turned into a disaster rivaling scenes from Romeo and Juliet. Bullies emerge from all sides and Destiny and Isaac find themselves in serious trouble.

Although, Destiny has worked hard to be bolder, she’s beginning to discover that standing up for herself comes with a price. As their whirlwind begins to spiral out of control, Destiny fears they won’t be able to hold on much longer. Can their love withstand the blows from their enemies or will the foundation they’ve built together crack and crumble?

A Bolder Version of Me is the third book in a nine-book rewrite of a contemporary sweet romance series called The Destiny Trilogy. In this series you can expect flirting, blushing, and kisses in the woods, but you won’t find any swearing, nudity, or sex. 

My Review: 4 Stars

I absolutely adored this series and I've loved the added details with the rewrite. This contemporary Romeo and Juliet, with a dash of Les Mis, really stole my heart, but I have to say--as a parent of kids the ages of these characters, I would freak out on my kids if they pulled some of this stuff, ha ha.

Destiny is a good girl, but is really coming into her own now. She's the minority in her school and endures a lot of bullying, even from adults, yet she's strong, powerful, and committed. I love her naivety, as she navigates the pathway to her first love. As for Isaac, he's one of those guys who turns out to be pretty amazing, despite his father. He's every girl's dream, yet it's Destiny who intrigues him. The coming-of-age elements are strong with these characters, as they explore new territory and emotions. The volatile feelings are also heavy, as this couple has to deal with oppression on almost every side.

This installment is a little heavier on the religion, since Destiny and Isaac belong to different ones and things need to be sorted out, but there is still enough romance to make this forbidden, secret love swoony. As always, it ended abruptly, but I know things will continue on with the next book.

Content: mild romance; moderate religion; mild violence/peril

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