ARC Review & Giveaway: Chasing Each Other-J.D. Rivera


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Title: Chasing Each Other (Chasing, #2)

Author: J.D. Rivera

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: July 7, 2014

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Miranda
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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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author and with participation in this tour.

+++Contains what may be considered triggers to some: abuse (verbal and physical) drugs, suicidal thoughts, and violence.

Chasing Each Other is equal parts steamy and heartbreaking. It’s a raw, bittersweet, romance. Miranda has been through hell and back and only through learning to love herself is she able to find her forever.

PROS:

  • Miranda is that first burst of sunshine after a thunderstorm. She’s beautiful, playful, and has a glow about her that is instantly attractive. Miranda’s past rushes over her like a dark cloud, consuming and crippling. It beats her down and sucks away her happiness. The sadness in her eyes is enough to make anyone feel for her. Miranda has serious regrets that drive her to severe depression and fear. Destroyed by an abusive, toxic relationship, Miranda doesn’t know how to see herself as anything but dirty, unworthy, and useless. Every mistake weighs on her and the vile insults of her past echo like a particularly sadistic chant. Every time Miranda saw herself as less than the wonderful person she is, my heart broke a little more. To think that someone can rob you so fiercely of all your confidence and make you believe their abuse is justified is agony.
  • Miranda’s pain is a paper cut consistently dipped in lemon juice. A sharp and sudden sting that lingers and burns into her brain. Every ounce of heartache and self-deprecation is there in full, sweeping over the story. I fought the urge to break down and cry for her many times. Her hurt is so deep and brutal. The memories alone are graphic and sickening.
  • Brad is a breath of fresh air. He’s mature, goal-oriented, and has a heart of gold. Occasionally, he’s overwhelmed by emotion and doubt, he lashes out and can be kind of a dismissive jerk but her always turns it back around. Brad is a hero, a homicide detective who works himself to the bone to fight the bad guys and bring justice. He’s crazy sexy and flirty. His sections, the way he thinks about Miranda. Be still my heart. Totally swoonworthy. And just a tad bit naughty.
  • Together, Brad and Miranda are fire and ice. One moment hot, the next cold but always entertaining. They fight and misunderstand, their morals and pasts get in the way of their heart but the chemistry is out of this world, perfect. When they’re together, it’s natural, easy, there’s this warm glow of contentment that can’t be denied.
  • Characters from Chasing the Stars are back and it’s sort of blissful to see how far Hayes and Mackenzie have come. Carson is much better this time around, still an incorrigible flirt but charming and lovable. Each secondary character was memorable and played a part in the story.

CONS:

  • The main source of drama was easily resolved and I expected more of an aftershock that never came.
  • A clear reiteration of Miranda’s past would have made it even more potent. The memories are few, no matter how detailed the imagery, a deeper look at Miranda’s emotional state during her year of sobriety would have helped to see truly how far she’s come.

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 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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