Title: Cross the Stars
Series: Crossing Stars Duet #1
Author: Venessa Kimball writing as V. Angelika
Genre: New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 8, 2016
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.
Goodreads Reviewer - “This is a Fantastic story that I couldn't put down.”
Goodreads Reviewer - “This book draws you in and makes you want to know what happens next.”
Goodreads Reviewer - “I was taken on a trip of romance, excitement, adventure and love.”
Cross The Stars is a beautiful modern fairy tale about the girl getting the prince. Reminiscent of tales like The Little Mermaid, where the heroine shirks her privileged life in favor of becoming her own person, the story feels comfortingly familiar as you sit down to read it.
Ella is not a character many can relate to in regards to her upbringing, but you will sympathize with her and want to see her happy. She's determined, strong, and very likable.
Prince Raj is very Aladdin-esque in appearance, attractive but at times he is questionable in his actions. I liked him, and thought that the two characters played off of each other very well.
The story had a very good pace, and there were some very heart-wrenching moments that made even a tough girl like me sigh and gasp. This was a romantic adventure, exploring the heart and dragging the reader into the story. I can't wait for the next installment!
Having always been passionate about the written word, Venessa Kimball embarked on writing what would become her debut novel, Piercing the Fold: a young adult urban fantasy series in 2010, with a 2012 release with Crushing Hearts Black Butterfly Publishing. She has also written the Teen contemporary romance series, the Evan series. Venessa also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name V. Angelika. 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.