Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour: 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?
This book kept me reading in be until on a Sunday afternoon and I regret nothing!  I was completely pulled into this second chance love story and read this in one sitting.
Mackenzie has just started at a new high school.  Most students would be nervous about this but she is used to it, her parents don't stay in one place for very long so putting down roots anywhere just isn;t an option.  Mackenzie's father is an alcoholic who drifts from one job to another and is prone to taking out all of his frustrations on her.
Hayes Morgan is in her first class of the day and she definitely takes notice of this gorgeous guy who seems to befriend her on her first day.  This strange coupling seems to confuse all the other students who have never seen the 'man whore' Hayes just being friends with a girl.  As Hayes gets to know Mac more he learns just how awful her home life really is and he becomes very protective of her.  It feels good to have someone looking out for her and it further cements their friendship.
Eventually friendship turns to more and these two face the truth, that they feel more for each other.  I love seeing a guy who is a bit of a douche having that light bulb moment and being completely swept up with a girl who is his 'one.'
When everything seems to be going along nicely, Hayes does something that has huge consequences for them both and Mac in turn discovers something that changes everything.  In the blink of an eye Mac has vanished and Hayes is left absolutely heartbroken.
One year later Hayes walks into a coffee shop and there Mac is.  The girl who haunts his dreams is right there in front of him.  Both of them have changed over the past twelve months and there is a lot to talk about. When all the truth comes out will they find that there has been too much water under the bridge to remain friends?
I loved this sweet second chance love story, especially the last few chapters *swoon*  Perfect weekend read to just escape into a book.
I give this 4 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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