8.28.2013 | Wednesday

Chasing Nikki

category: Book Reviews

Chasing Nikkititle: Chasing Nikki
author: Lacey Weatherford
series: Chasing Nikki #1
published: 27 February 2012
publisher: Moonstruck Media
genre(s): contemporary, romance
pages: 322
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | BookHype | Goodreads

rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

Chase Walker used to be a good kid-charming, athletic, and with a bright future ahead, but that was before travesty struck his life, sinking him into deep despair. Caught up in a world of drugs and alcohol, he doesn't notice time slipping away until he's arrested for underage drinking one night.

Fed up with watching her son destroy his life, Chase's mom relocates him to live in a small ranching community with his ex-military grandfather. Chase is far from happy about the situation until he meets, Nikki, the cute cheerleader who won't give football players like him the time of day.

Chase enjoys a good challenge though and sets out to claim Nikki for his own. He soon discovers she's more than a pretty face-she's a balm to his troubled spirit also. But when tragedy strikes Nikki's life too, suddenly Chase finds himself put to the ultimate test. Can he trust Nikki, and all that she's taught him? Will it be enough?

my review

My advice?  Make sure you have a block of time before you start this book!  Once I started it, there was no putting it down.  I love to be so swept away by a story that there is no other reality for me while I am there and this definitely happened here.

I love that this book, and the series, is written from the point of view of Chase, our main man.  It was refreshing to read from a guy’s perspective and to see the world through his eyes.  The author made sure his voice came across as it should have, a YA/NA guy.  Lacey’s muse for Chase was a real Chase and it is clear that she really understood him and it came across in the book.

Chase starts the book as a bit of a bad ass, a bit of a jerk.  But we quickly realize just how tortured he really is and you can’t help but feel for him as he struggles through life.  Once he met Nikki, that is when you really fall in love with him as he attempts to impress her and make her his.  He is alternately sweet and adorable and intense and serious.

But there are definitely some deep and intense moments, moments that make your heart break.  And there are times when holding back the tears will be almost impossible.  Lacey didn’t shy away from the intense, the emotional, and the difficult and it made for a deeply emotional read.

About Lacey Weatherford

Lacey Weatherford was born in Ft. Meade Maryland while her father was serving in the military. She has been a life long resident of Arizona, spending most of her time growing up in the small rural town of Clay Springs.

It was while she was attending the small country school in Clay Springs, that she read her first “big” book at the age of eight. It was a Nancy Drew novel and Lacey was instantly hooked. She read every book that she could find in the series and decided that she wanted to write stories too.

Lacey spent a lot of time at the library from that time forward, even volunteering in her later teen years and early twenties. She would don a crazy clown outfit for the Friends of the Library fundraisers in an effort to help get the new town library built.

When she and her husband moved away from the area, Lacey took the opportunity to take some creative writing classes at the local college to help further along her interests. Several years later, they were blessed with the opportunity to move back to Clay Springs with their family. The town had finally succeeded in building their library and Lacey had the opportunity to be President of the Friends of the Library for a very short time, before relocating.

Lacey and her family still live in the White Mountains of Arizona, where she continues to write young adult novels that have a fantasy/fairytale or paranormal bent to them, as well as being sure to include a great romantic storyline!

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