Friday, October 18, 2013

Review - Chasing Stars by L. Duarte

As a pampered Los Angeles teen, Portia McGee once created a bucket list with her best friends Tarry and Niki. Though falling in love topped their list, it was the last thing she could ever imagine doing. Through the rejection of her parents, Portia learned early in life that love is elusive.

Now a famous and frivolous A-list actress, Portia has a Hollywood pedigree sealed in gold by a celebrity actress mother and New York mogul father. When Portia’s latest role requires an elaborate temporary tattoo, she meets Will, a gifted tattoo artist with a tortured past. The attraction is electric and immediate, but Will refuses to take the encounter to the next level—a decision Portia associates with the ring he so clearly wears on his wedding finger. Those old, familiar feelings of rejection take hold, and Portia now realizes that she must face the past in order to forge a new future. As their deep bond ignites in Portia an unexpected spirituality, can she finally free herself to once again chase the stars of her early days? Both richly glamorous and rich in meaning, Chasing Stars is a sparkling celebration of how faith and love can conquer even the most challenging of circumstances to uplift the human soul.

Chasing Stars is the debut work of romantic fiction by L. Duarte that charts the improbable, rousing romance between two star-crossed lovers, and the journey both must take to open their hearts to renewed hope and lasting love. At once soulful and playful, it’s certain to transport anyone who still, deep down, has faith in the abiding power of second chances.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Chasing Stars is intended for mature readers, containing sexual content and strong language.

~ Kelli's Review ~

Sometimes, if we are lucky enough, we come across a great book that hits you like a punch to the gut. Well, today was my lucky day! Chasing Stars blindsided me with a round-house kick to my heart and put an unrelenting choke-hold on my soul. Every word, from the first to the last, reached through my kindle screen with some crazy voodoo, Harry Potter-esque magical shit and branded me. 
Ms. Duarte is either a witch or a damn genius. I’m betting on a little of both. The way she writes is pure magic. I still can’t believe this is her debut novel! Where have you been, woman, and when can I get more of you?!
 I shit you not; this is one of the best books I have ever read! Alright, time to put my inner fan girl on the back burner so she can simmer down a bit. A few amazing characters are in need of some attention now.

Her name just screams “self-righteous rich bitch” don’t you think? Yeah, I did too. I was positive I was going to loathe her and that she would be some whiny brat who thought the world would stop spinning if something didn’t go her way. NOPE. I was wrong and I’ll be the first to admit it.
She was born with a golden spoon in her mouth.  Yeah, she could probably wipe her ass with my paychecks, but all the money in the world couldn’t fill the voids in her life. The media paints her as a shallow actress who treats men the same way she would a new Prada purse; use it until the next new style comes out. Which, that part is true I suppose. She doesn’t do relationships, doesn’t do feelings. She knows the effect she has on men and enjoys every minute of it. She knows that all she has to do is throw them her signature smile and her sex-me eyes and they’ll be eating out of the palm of her hand (among other desirable areas). 
Every now and then she will be confronted with a challenge, which brings me to my next character. Get ready to swoon, ladies!

Oh, Will. He is a walking work of art, let me tell you! His body was sculpted by Greek Gods I just know it!
Anyways… I had an insta-love with him, no doubt about that. He’s an artist, a very, very talented one at that. He’s a tattoo artist and he loves it, but his true happiness comes from a paintbrush. When he paints, he digs deep into his soul and rips out a piece of him to splatter onto each and every canvas. 
He grew up completely different from Portia. While her life was full of unicorns and rainbows, his was filled with dark, dirty demons that still continue to haunt him. She would never understand. So when she walks into his shop to get a temporary tattoo for a new movie she’s shooting, he doesn’t buy into her bullshit. He’s been dealt a shitty hand in the game of life and is finally in a good place. The last thing he needs is some high maintenance spoiled brat to come into his life and turn his world upside down. 
But, the world works in mysterious ways. Some people are brought together for a reason when you least expect it and this story is a perfect example of that. Chasing Stars is a beautiful story that teaches you to look deeper, love harder, and to surrender yourself completely even if you don’t feel like you have the strength to do so. Sometimes a second chance may be your only chance, and if you’re lucky enough to be given one, don’t waste it. 

“Lights will guide you home. And ignite your bones. And I will try to fix you.” -Coldplay

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