Sunday, October 19

***Blog Tour, Review & Teasers*** Chasing the Stars By J.D. Rivera

Title: Chasing the Stars
Author: J.D. Rivera
Genre: Contemporary
Publication Date: October, 2014
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Mackenzie Blanchard’s life wasn’t easy; never had been, never would be. She thought things were looking up when she started yet another new school her senior year. She made friends and was enjoying life the best she could.

One friendship turned into something more, and just when she felt safe, things were ripped apart.
Hayes Morgan had never cared about anyone but himself. He was living the life he wanted, just having fun. He never dreamed that he would fall for the new girl in school.
What started out as a sweet friendship turned into something he never thought possible, until she vanished...
Their paths collide a year after they last saw each other, but they are both harboring secrets. Will they be able to trust and love each other again, or will the secrets rip them apart forever?

My Review
Well its time to get the box of tissues out again…Chasing Stars is a story of perseverance, survival, friendship and love. Miss.Rivera has written a very beautiful story about Mackenzie and Hayes who start a friendship that no one expected and the fell in love to create a beautiful story that is full of triumphs and heartache. I loved the writing style for this book, every chapter is either told from Mackenzie’s point of view Hayes’s point, and it made the story so much more being able to be in the minds of both of these amazing characters.

Mackenzie is 17 years old and living a life of poverty and abuse. She is starting her senior year of high school at yet another new school, in another new town. Her father is an abusive alcoholic that can’t hold a job down and her mother is a passive observer. Mackenzie is subjected to regular beating at the hands of her father and is just counting down the days to graduation and freedom. She plans on going to college and never looking back at her worthless parents.

Her first day of school however brings her face to face the sexiest guy she has ever seen. At first she feels that he is way out of her league, after all she the poor girl who lives in the trailer park and has a drunk for a father. But she can’t seem to get the green eyed, brown perfectly messy haired guy known as Hayes. And then to her surprise they end up being chemistry partners of all things.

Hayes is your typical hotshot jock that goes through girls like most of us do underwear. He never promises them more than sex but that doesn’t stop pretty much every girl from trying to settle him down or being his next conquest. But the moment he lays eyes on Mackenzie something in him shifts. He doesn’t want to just sleep with her and be done with her, he wants to spend time with her and get to know her.

Together of the bonding of star gazing a true friendship in born, but the feelings aren’t only friendly between the two of them they both have deeper feelings for each other but Mackenzie feels that she can’t be with Hayes because he has made it clear that he is not boyfriend material. Hayes however figures after Mackenzie starts dating another guy that he is permanently friend zoned.
But one night it all comes to a head and they declare their love for each other. They fall deeper in love with each other but their relationship can’t get discovered by the outside world because Hayes’s dad is a local judge and with Mackenzie’s dad less than stellar history it could hurt his chance for re-election.

But after a homecoming miscommunication it all comes out. But that doesn’t stop the love they share. What finally does it is the night Mackenzie’s dad beats her again and Hayes’s dad calls the authorities. Mackenzie is sent away with a secret that she hasn’t got to tell Hayes yet and Hayes is left broken hearted not knowing if he will see her again.

Now here is where my review gets they do meet up again over a year later and Mackenzie’s secret comes out. The real question is can Mackenzie really accept that Hayes really did love her and that he still does or will she let her past dictate her happily ever after?

I loved this book and highly recommend it. It’s not and overly hot and steamy read but it will defiantly leave you with a smile and some tear stained tissues. 

★★☆ 4 Gazing Stars ☆★★

 Review By Angela Deforge

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J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows, and little league sports. She loves Diet Mountain Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and reading.

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