Afternoon Delight: Destiny’s Chance by Cara Bristol

Afternoon Delight: Destiny’s Chance by Cara BristolDestiny’s Chance by Cara Bristol

Genres: Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on July 23, 2016
Pages: 110
Format: eARC
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Sometimes I want to try something just a little different and off the beaten path when it comes to my romances.  And this scorching charmer certainly delivered.  It was a blend of paranormal and erotic with the paranormal being body swap/reincarnation and ESP and the kink being a spanking romance.

The story opens with Destiny Grable waking up in the hospital to discover that she survived the car accident that took her best friend.  Her grief is joined by her shock to discover that she is now in her best friend Zoe’s body.  And with this complication comes one she doesn’t know what to do with.  Chance Everett.  All that time she had been crushing on Zoey’s boyfriend and knew he didn’t see Destiny as more than someone to hang out with when Zoey was busy.  Dare she grab this rare opportunity to have something with the man she has dreamed about while he thinks she is Zoey?  And how could she ever tell him the truth since he’d think she was crazy?

Chance broke things off with Zoey and she was planning to move out, but now, he can’t very well kick her out while she is recovering from a car accident and mourning her best friend.  Only, ever since he brought her home from the hospital, Zoey is different.  If he thought it was possible, he would swear she was someone else- Destiny, the woman he thought of way too much especially since he was pretty sure she would run for the hills if she learned about his special brand of kink, wouldn’t she?

This one is not very long and yet it is a fully developed piece that gives the reader an interesting body swap scenario with some hot kink.  I liked both hero and heroine and it was neat watching them begin a relationship while still harboring secrets.  Destiny’s is the bigger secret as she is pretending to be Zoey, but Chance, too, has to decide when and how to come clean about some things.  They were tender and sweet together even while passion smoldered before finally boiling over.  Destiny has some sexual needs that surprise her and draw in Chance as well.

I enjoyed the part both their siblings played to bring them together.  Chance’s brother is a horndog, but he gives good advice and Destiny’s sister goes him a step further acting as a matchmaker with her psychic abilities.

The story is full of sexy passion, but the author didn’t neglect her plot or her characters which is what I’m always looking for when I pick up an erotic romance.  I’ve already been a fan of the author’s cyborg series and now I enjoyed this standalone too.  Definitely want to read more of what she has to write.  I would recommend it for those who enjoy spanking romances with a strong plot.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Cara Bristol

Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently calls Missouri home. She has a husband and two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling the world.
Cara loves to hear from readers. You may post a comment on her Web site/blog, http://carabristol.com, email her at carabristol50 (at) yahoo (dot) com, or friend her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/cara.bristol.3.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Cara Bristol

    Thank you so much for the review. Glad you enjoyed the book!

    • You’re very welcome, Cara. It was unique and I loved that.

  • The concept of this book is a bit strange, but intriguing! I’m glad it was well-developed, despite being short. I looked at the page length at the top and was like o_o Sometimes books are simply too short, and we need more! I’m glad everything was fleshed out well enough though, in this book.

    Great review, Sophia! I’m glad you enjoyed this book. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yes, the body swap and psychic elements made it very different, but the development made it a nice afternoon read when I was looking for some heat.

      Thanks, Alyssa!

  • The body swap/ reincarnation plot line does sound original if a bit weird and creepy as well. I mean the whole being in someone’s body does sound creepy to me. I am not always happy when characters keep secrets although I can understand it. Glad to hear that it was a good one and didn’t feel rushed even with the shorter length. Some authors can pull of the short stories very well. I do enjoy sexier reads as long as the story and characters get enough attention as well, which sounds like it was the case with this one. Great review!

    • Yeah, I agree. I’d flip my lid if I ended up in a body swap situation. Haha! Yes, secrets usually come back to bite you, but I could see how this would have been a tough situation to come clean up front about.

      I agree. It’s always nice to come across a short one that is still strongly developed. I really can’t enjoy a sexy story if it lacks in character and development so it’s nice to come across ones that do.

      Thanks, Lola!