Full disclosure – I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book by the author but have voluntarily provided a review. All opinions are my own.
Designed by Destiny is scheduled for a November 15,2022 release
What Happens in Vegas can alter your entire destiny
Bethany Clarke is an aspiring architect struggling to make her way in Chicago. After recently joining one of the city’s most prestigious firms as an intern she feels that she is finally on the right track. But when she catches the eye of the firm’s infamous playboy owner during a company function in Las Vegas her world gets turned on its side. After an initial agreement to pose as the mogul’s pretend fiancé for a day or two to impress (deceive) a major client into awarding their firm a life changing account turns into a “Love Me Tender” wedding, Bethany discovers that whatever happens in Vegas does not always stay there. Thrust back into the social circles that burned her so badly in the past but having a genuine attraction to Nick and wanting to see her commitment through Bethany is reminded just how small a group the Chicago Social elite is. It will take nothing short of a miracle (or a wish answered by a Fairy Godmother) for these two to find their happily ever after.
I was first introduced to the matchmaking team of Faye, Rainy and Ginger in Maya Tyler’s Magicals Series. The kindly yet mischievous godmothers first appeared in “A Fairy Godmother’s Redemption” and even though their primary purpose was a vehicle to bring a happy ending for Seraphina and Drew I immediately fell in love with this concept and wanted to see more of their antics. Apparently I was not the only one as “Designed by Destiny” marks the beginning of Tyler’s newest series focusing on the Godmothers. While the series is centered around the trio, being true to their nature they are usually not the main characters. In this first installment, Faye takes on the role of PR Rep as she assists playboy CEO Nicholas Grey with the shift in his image from being a ladies’ man to being a family man. Tyler also covers Faye’s backstory including her past and how Fairy Godmothers Incorporated came into being. With this being the first in a series and considering possible new readers, Tyler does a great job of balancing the backstory with the main narrative. Overall, the story is fast paced and at times even laugh out loud entertaining as Nick and Bethany awkwardly navigate through everything from a spur of the moment wedding to a jilted lover and an overbearing mother-in-law who could have easily stepped off the screen in a K Drama with her attitude and mannerisms. With this fast paced, clean romance, Maya Tyler has delivered another great read and a strong beginning to what I hope will be a long series of Fairy Godmother antics.
If you like your fantasy with a little drama, a dash of magic and an awkwardly sweet and clean love story Designed by Destiny would be a good title to add to your TBR list.