Title: Cross the Stars
Author: Venessa Kimball writing as V. Angelika
(Crossing Stars, #1)
Publication date: March 8th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
What would you risk for love? Would you cross the stars? Steal the moon?
A year shy of graduating from Georgetown University, Ella Wallace feels like she is losing direction. Having carved her own path through life, rejecting her family’s elitist influences, the last thing she wants is to waste time and prove her parents right. A happenstance summer-long program abroad offers the perfect opportunity to immerse herself in volunteer work, finding richness in family and purpose she has never experienced before.
Prince Rajaa bin Ammaar is returning home to Jordan from Georgetown University. His intent is to spearhead a refugee program meant to bring peace to his country. Amidst threats of civil war and revolt, Raj stands for his convictions, even when they challenge his family and the very culture he is preordained to uphold.
A chance encounter at a crowded party in D.C. brought Ella and Raj together for one fleeting moment – two people never thought to meet again. But it’s not until their diverse worlds collide in Jordan that they realize the power of their connection. With the refugee program as their reuniting bond, they must cross the stars and defy their clashing cultures to protect their forbidden love.
With the culturally rich Jordanian backdrop, Cross the Stars will take you on a journey into the geographical and cultural Middle East, the resilience of people amidst turbulent civil unrest, the parallel unrest of two lovers’ clashing fates, and the diversity they must challenge with every breath to keep their love alive.
Well…. let’s just say that this book wasn’t all I expected it to be.
I really liked the synopsis so I decided to give it a chance, because it seemed interesting and something I haven’t read before. SO I thought “what the heck” and I gave it a shot. But for one it took a bit to get into it. The beginning starts off slow and there really isn’t anything that drew me to keep reading, but I did and it did get a little better after a few chapters.
I like the details that go into the refugees, the Centre and all the work that happens, but how can this even be a romance when they never really have any conversation. It’s basically insta love, which I despise. Their eyes connected and that is it? I mean…COME ON!!! The sex scenes were great though, if only I could have actually felt their connection. Which I didn’t.
Also I don’t like Ella. She is such a brat. She may not be living off her parents and is trying to find a deeper meaning for her life but she is so whiny and I find all the cursing unnecessary. It just made me despise her more. I kind of wish I was the main character in this book because Raj deserves better than that. Just sayin…
So all in all it was a good story, had A LOT of potential and I could have enjoyed it more, but the faults out way the positives so I am unsure at this time if I will even attempt the next book. This one did end in a cliffhanger though, so I might have to just to find out what happens…so yeah…it’s up in the air right now. But hopefully some of you will read it and maybe you’ll like it more than me!
in 2016 Venessa will journey into the New Adult and Adult genre of fiction, writing under the pseudonym V. Angelika. The first of her adult geared books will be Cross the Stars (Adult Contemporary Romance/Suspense).
When Venessa is not writing, she is keeping active with her husband and three children; chauffeuring said children to extracurricular activities, catching a movie with her hubby, and staying up way too late reading.You can find Venessa Kimball socially at the following: