Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chasing Nikki & Finding Chase by Lacey Weatherford

Chasing Nikki by Lacey Weatherford
Release Date: February 29, 2012
Publisher: Moonstruck

Finding Chase by Lacey Weatherford
Release Date: December 5, 2012
Publisher: Moonstruck 

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?  - Goodreads.com

In a word, these two books were heartbreaking.  But at the same time, they were uplifting as well.  I found this two book series quite by accident while looking for another book.  I am so glad that the summaries looked interesting to me and I decided to pick them up out of the blue.  I was so gratified to have read them.  These are the types of books that wring your emotions, make you reach for the tissues, but also laugh and feel so good when it's over.

Chase was an unforgettable character.  Not because he was perfect, quite the opposite.  But because he was flawed, admitted it, and grew throughout the course of both stories in the most deeply gratifying way...that by the time you reach the end of the story, you feel like you know him, you love him, and you want what's best for him.

All of the characters in these stories are real, like your best friend, the people you learn from throughout your life, and those amazing family members that make such an impact on you.  They will all stick with you.

There is one event in these books that thoroughly shocked me and broke my heart.  I was not expecting it in the slightest, and when it happens, I was overcome emotionally.  I felt so very, very bad for Chase.   But watching him grow this event, watching him become who he will be...is amazing.

I dare anyone to read these books and not love Chase, love the characters, laugh, boo hoo, and never want to loan these books out.  Lacey Weatherford really had me by the heartstrings and never let go.  Her writing was raw and passionate and this story was unforgettable.


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