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Book review: Destiny by Louise Bagshawe

Orphan Kate Fox is determined to make her mark in the world. Life hasn't been easy and when she attracts the attention of media mogul Marcus Broder- sophisticated, powerful and wealthy beyond measure- it seems as though all of Kate's dreams have come true.
But marriage to Marcus isn't everything she imagined. A closet filled with designer clothes, and nothing to do with her time but shop, lunch and be beautiful, does not bring happiness. Before long, Kate wants out of her marriage, a career of her own and a chance at love. But Marcus has other ideas, and he will stop at nothing in his attempts to destroy her. 
I am a little disappointed with myself for taking this long to read one of Louise Bagshawe's books as I thought it was really good. On the plus side I now have her whole back collection to catch up with!
Kate Fox is orphaned at a young age; her mother had always pushed her to better herself even if that meant marrying into money rather than earning it herself. So in the early part of the book, Kate is on a mission to bag a very rich man and secure her future. Marcus Broder is the ideal candidate and Kate pursues him all the way to the altar. Now she has all the money, clothes and luxury she could ever dream of but Kate is not happy. Being Mrs Broder is not as fulfilling as Kate had imagined it would be and she makes the huge decision to divorce Marcus. Marcus is usually the one doing the divorcing so he becomes hell  bent on destroying any future that his ex-wife is looking for.
Kate secures a job at her friend Emily's magazine and is enjoying earning her own money again. I really liked this side of Kate as she was so much happier and fulfilled making her own way in the world. Eventually Kate is left owning the magazine and when Marcus sets out to destroy it she doesn't know who to turn to. Help arrives in the form of business man David Abrams; he can see Kate's potential and offers her a deal. Kate wants to take his offer but she is massively attracted to this man and is aware that he feels the same way. She doesn't want to be seen as a gold-digger again but how else can she stop Marcus?
Destiny oozes glamour, power, sex and ruthlessness. Louise Bagshawe certainly knows how to inject sexual tension into a book and there is plenty with Kate and Marcus and then Kate and David. The plot is fast paced and I enjoyed the fact that we see two different sides to Kate as she learns that marrying for money will only make her unhappy.
I think that Destiny would be a perfect holiday book as it offers pure escapism. If you have read any of Louise Bagshawe's other books then let me know of any that you would recommend.

Many thanks to Headline for sending me a copy of this book to review, it is out now!

Dot Scribbles Rating 4/5

3 comments:

Book Chick City said...

I love reading Louise Bagshawe's books when I'm on holiday or somewhere fun in the sun! They are just such good summer reads. I would recommend "Sparkles" and "Glamour" :D

Dot said...

Book Chick City- Thanks for the recommendation, just got a copy of Glamour so shall give it a go soon!

One More Page said...

I really enjoyed this one and look forward to reading more of Louise's books too!

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