Monday, September 22, 2014

The Probability of Violet & Luke - Review

The Probability of Violet & Luke (The Coincidence, # 4)

By: Jessica Sorensen

Published: May 15, 2014

200 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Source: Personal Kindle Library ($1.99)

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Goodreads description--Luke Price and Violet Hayes haven’t seen each other in a couple of months, not since they discovered Luke’s mother’s connection to Violet’s parent’s murders. But when Luke gets into some gambling trouble with the wrong people, destiny decides to throw the two of them together and they head out to Vegas to try and settle Luke’s debt.

As Violet spends time with Luke, she becomes torn on whether she should be with him. She definitely can’t deny that her life is better when she’s with Luke and she starts to wonder if going back to Preston was a mistake.

Things seem to be going well as Violet opens up more to Luke, but then she gets a call from the detective, not only to give an update on Mira Price and the case, but to give information about some threatening texts she’s been getting. The information is not only shocking, but makes Violet question what kind of people her parents really where and whether she’ll be able to trust anyone ever again.

I might just enjoy Luke and Violet’s story better than Callie and Kayden's. And I’m so thankful that Jessica Sorensen decided to write Luke and Violet’s story. At the end of The Destiny of Violet and Luke we found out that Luke’s mother was instrumental in the murder of Violet’s parents. Violet doesn’t think she can deal with that and flees back to Preston, her last foster father and a drug dealer. Preston has hit Violet in the past on top of forcing her to sell his drugs to repay him for letting her live with him. He holds the fact that she has no other family over her head, and Violet lets him. I was a bit frustrated in the beginning with how far Violet was willing to let Preston push her all for the sake of not being alone. That’s one of my biggest frustration with Jessica Sorensen’s characters. Often times, they’re so “woe is me” that it takes entirely too much to bring them to the point where they take control of their own destinies.

Even though I was further along in the book than I expected to be when Luke and Violet actually spend any significant amount of time together, it didn’t feel like it took that long for them to get to that point. Luke is hurt and angry that she left him like she did, but he knows that she’s pretty much it for him. He wants her back. And he’s willing to go so far as to turn his own mother into the police just to prove that Violet means more to him than anything else. I was afraid Violet would fight their relationship harder than she did and was gratified with that turned out to not be the case.

Violet and Luke still need help heading in the right direction. Violet still struggles with using adrenaline rushes as a coping mechanism. Luke still struggles with alcohol and nicotine addiction and is headed down the path of gambling addiction as well. I am excited to see where these characters are headed, especially with the newest break in the case of Violet’s parents’ murders.

The Probability of Violet and Luke gets 3.5 Stars from me. It was a quick, easy read. And I got sucked in quickly, even though the overall story didn’t blow me away. And as a small side note, I appreciated the references to “probability” which really made the title make sense. I will also say that there were some grammar/typo/spelling mistakes. I found a few. Another editing pass might be needed. Have you read The Probability of Violet and Luke? What did you think? Let me know!

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