PPFF Rating: 4/5 Stars
A poignant read, “honest truth”.
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.
I learned very early, how usable we all are, and how vulnerable you become, when you become attached to someone. Instead of being used, I became the one who uses others.
To be honest, I’m still trying to formulate the right words to express how I feel after reading this book. Chasing Stars starts out to be just like any other book about the privileged kids of Hollywood. Portia, Niki and Tarry are three friends who, even with all their parents’ money and fame, don’t have loving and nurturing family lives so growing up, they end up relying more on one another. Their friendship and loyalty are evident when they make their “very own list of fabulous things to do” before they die which includes “falling in love, walk through a sea of butterflies and getting matching tattoos”.
But the real story begins when Portia McGee, an Oscar-winning actress, comes to Will‘s tattoo shop to get some temporary ink done for a movie role. There’s an obvious sexual tension between them and Portia, being her usual untamed and wild self, tries to seduce Will who is “six feet of pure, defined muscles”. He doesn’t give in (but he is affected) and she feels sad and disappointed when she sees him wearing a “shiny platinum band” on his finger, not that it stops her from flirting with him anyway and then BOOM… they KISS! Hello, fireworks!