Title: Chasing Each Other (Chasing, #2)
Author: J.D. Rivera
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: July 7, 2014
I was always the life of the party, the happy one. Until Preston killed my soul. When he came into my life, he destroyed me. I was a shell of my former self, pretending to be fine while wishing I wouldn't wake up the next day. I never dreamed my best friend would come back into my life...and bring Brad Nicholson with her. I never dreamed the homicide detective with the cocky attitude could show me my worth again. He could show me that my life could be amazing every day. Until the day he found out about my past with Preston. Then, I was sure he'd see the real Miranda and ditch me for good.Brad
From a young age, I made a decision. I knew what I wanted to do with my life and from that point on, my work molded me. Everything became routine. Casual. Until Mackenzie walked into my life, bringing her best friend, Miranda, with her. From the first moment I saw Miranda, I knew she could be someone special. I didn’t have time for relationships, but she was different. She was a piece of the puzzle that could be missing. But she was broken, I could see that. And all I wanted to do was turn her into the girl I knew she really was beneath her perfectly placed mask.
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Chasing Each Other Review by Juls
Chasing Each Other is Brad and Miranda's story. We got to meet both in Chasing the Stars. Brad is Mackenzie's brother and Miranda is Mackenzie's best friend. When I first met Brad, I knew I would love him. No...it's not because he's a detective...well okay...maybe that has a little to do with it! Brad is all work and no play; he's so serious all the time. I think that his seriousness just makes him that. much. hotter!
Miranda struggles everyday with a past that she is trying to overcome. When she was dating her ex-boyfriend, Preston, she found herself in an relationship that was bringing her down. She never thought that she would become an addict in an abusive relationship. I felt so bad for Miranda and the way she never thought she deserved anything good in her life. She never believed that anyone would love her or want her for more than sex if they knew about her past.
Brad can tell Miranda is hard on herself and doesn't believe that she is worthy of anyone. He see's the light has left her eyes, so he wants to do anything he can to bring the light back. At first he struggles with the age difference between them, but over time he realizes he doesn't care anymore and is willing to do anything he has to in order to show Miranda he wants more and that she deserves it.
"I'm saying, I've spent my life chasing you without knowing it. And I think you've done the same. We've been chasing each other to get to this moment. That's a lifetime of work and I'm not throwing it away."
I really enjoyed reading about Brad and Miranda. Brad was great as always and I loved that he was there for Miranda to show her that in life, there is always a second chance at happiness and love. I laughed, I cried, and I loved that I also got to read more about Hayes and Mackenzie's story as well. If you liked book 1, you will definitely love book 2!
About The Author
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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Chasing the Stars review by Juls
Chasing the Stars is a story that may be hard for some people to read but definitely worth it in the end. It was difficult to read about Mackenzie's situation, but I loved seeing that she was able to over come the hurdles that she was constantly having to deal with. Mackenzie didn't live the life of a normal high school student. She was constantly moving from city to city, so she never really had any close friends. Her parents also were not the best parents to have and unfortunately, she was always having to deal with them as well. On Mackenzie's first day of her senior year of high school, she became good friends with Miranda, and got the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, the football quarterback, the guy that all girls wanted and most guys wanted to be...Hayes.
Hayes is the player of the school. Everyone knows that he isn't one to settle with just one girl. He's never been the relationship type, but when he first meets Mackenzie, things start to change. He knows that she's better then just a one night stand. Their relationships starts out as friends, but by Hayes being friends with Mac, and not using her the way he uses most of the girls in school, unwanted attention is drawn towards her.
The relationship between Hayes and Mac was cute. I loved that Hayes was there for Mackenzie when she needed him while they were friends. I loved seeing Hayes change from the player with no remorse to someone with such a caring heart. Hayes' personality was really playful when it came to Mac, which I enjoyed as well. When their relationship finally changed from friends to more, he made it perfectly clear what he wanted....
"I want this, Mackenzie. I want you, but I'm not sharing you with anyone and you're not sharing me."
I really enjoyed Chasing the Stars. There were moments I cried, there were moments I laughed, and there were moments I swooned! I also loved the way it ended. Throughout this story, I felt that we were able to see the characters go from high school kids dealing with life's unexpected challenges to responsible adults overcoming the odds. I am looking forward to reading more in Miranda and Brad's story!