Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Chasing the Stars by J.D. Rivera


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?

Reviewed by Karen Lee

 Mackenzie is starting her senior year of high school in yet another school. Her and her parents move a lot, usually after her dad loses his job and they can’t pay their bills. Also getting out of bed and feeling sore is unfortunately, not a new thing either. Her father takes out his frustrations of unemployment on liquor bottles and her, usually with his fists.
 Sitting in class on the first day of school, she is befriended by a sweet girl, Miranda. She fills Mackenzie in on the senior class and helps to ease the nervousness that comes with being the new kid. A hot guy comes in talking to his friends and sits in front of them. Mackenzie notices how gorgeous the guy is and then Miranda fills her in on Hayes, the hottie in the next row. He is a heartbreaker, sleeping with girls and on to the next, never with the same girl twice. He chats with her, maybe even flirting alittle, but Mackenzie doesn’t need that drama in her life. She plans on keeping Hayes a friend, but that is it.
When Hayes and Mackenzie start spending more time together, their relationship begins to change. The man-whore has reformed and only hangs out with Mackenzie these days. But when pressures from the outside world start affecting their relationship, will they be strong enough to stay together? When you make decisions in the heat of the moment, keeping the truth from the one you love can they ever forgive you and can you forgive yourself?

Great story and I loved Hayes by the end. I understand Mackenzie’s side of things but was so frustrated with the running away. Great characters and HEA, so I am thrilled with the ending. 4.5 stars





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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