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Cross the Stars (Crossing Stars Duet, Book 1) by [Kimball, Venessa]
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*This is not a stand-alone novel. This is the first book in the New Adult duet, Crossing Stars.*

*Steal the Moon (Crossing Stars Duet, Book2), the final book in the Crossing Stars Duet, release date is TBD

~What would you risk for love? Would you cross the stars? Steal the moon?
Ella’s an American in a foreign land. Raj is Jordanian royalty. Fate has brought them together and their diverse worlds are about to collide.~

A year shy of graduating from Georgetown University, Ella Wallace feels like she's 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 –never expected to meet again. That is until their opposing worlds collide in Jordan. With the Syrian refugee program as their reuniting bond, they must cross the stars and defy their clashing cultures to protect a forbidden love that crosses the ill-fated stars. And their fight for their love could become deadly.

 Prepare yourself for a  journey both geographically and culturally into the turbulent Middle East where Ella and Raj’s clashing fates bring forth a storm of forbidden love, hatred, deceit, scandal, war, suspense, and the timeless battle to defy what is written in the stars.
Reminiscent of the timeless Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet, Raj and Ella's star-crossed passionate fight for the deep love they share will have you reading each twist and turn in this duet with bated breath.  

**This book is intended for readers 18 and older due to explicit content.**

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1168 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Venessa Kimball Books; 1 edition (8 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BICKSHS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #275,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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What begins as an everyday young adults' struggle to balance their daily lives of college, work, & family lives quickly takes on a whole new world as we are transported across the world to experience things we've only heard about from afar. The cultural differences & language being the most obvious are only the tip of the iceberg. We are quickly thrust into this unknown land hoping to make a difference, but before we know it we are on the look out for terrorists, drug lords, & a prince gone wild.
The pull of these characters is completely captivating. Their voices screaming to be heard. The twists adding spice, laughter, & grief. An exciting blend of drama, action, romance, traitors vs. loyalty, responsibility vs. desire, royalty vs. commoners, star crossed lovers, & so much more! What would you do when the expectations set upon you are so far from your hearts desire(s)?
Then there's that ending ... dangling us over a cliff then plummeting to its depths at rocket speed. Ughhh!!! I need to see how Raj & El's story will end NOW!

*This story is for mature audiences due to sexual situations & language*
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By Erani Kole TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 March 2016
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OMG!!! HOW COULD IT END LIKE THAT?????????

*cough* This is the second book I've read with settings in the area of the Middle East (first one was Kite Runner) and this was really interesting! It's two people with their own rich problems, expectations and set responsibilities to uphold the family honor. Doing what you're told vs doing what's best for yourself. Their love was intriguing for me, especially when they didn't even really talk until well after a few chapters. The story built them up for me, showing me their worlds while teasing me with their glances of happening to be in the same place (I know it was you Fate) and- geez, just wow!

I fell in love with this because I have a soft spot for when it comes to volunteering, and El goes to help the Syrian refugees, a serious problem that I've all but heard about on the news this past year. It gave me a bit of guilty pleasure to see her do something for the kids who suffer through war and death. I fell harder and faster with every class she had with the little ones. Add that to her attraction to Raj? *whistles*

Their meeting was a bit fast for me, but I could understand why Raj would feel the way he did, especially after all the coincidences they'd had before finally meeting in Jordan. I love fated love. *sighs* Their relationship was fun and exciting with the secrecy and intensity. It was funny to see how much some of El's cursing aggravated him haha. I also loved her host family! Won't say much about it for spoilers sake, but I LOVED the sense of their culture I got from this, and the clear sense that they're good people. Loved the emphasis on there being good people no matter the race/belief/religion/status, btw.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Day Romeo and Juliet 9 March 2016
By Dawn - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow! I have always loved Shakespeare, and usually feel that remakes don't do him justice; however, this series totally hit the nail on the head! Venessa took two people, who one would think would never become romantically entangled with each other, and they fell in love.

I think Venessa did a fabulous job in building the characters, and allowing us to come to know them individually before their romance lit up like the Fourth of July! I loved getting to know Ella, and her background. I was fascinated to see the privilege she came from, and how she was able to build a life on her own terms, while not allowing herself to fall upon her privileged upbringing.

I loved coming to know Raj as the story evolved, and see how much he cared for his native Jordan, his family, the people in his country as well as the refugees. I loved that he is so determined to help them find a better life.

I think the love scenes had enough spark to be juicy, interesting and fun, without going over the edge and changing the novel into a more erotic novel.

I enjoyed reading the background of Jordan, the descriptions of all of places within the story. I could close my eyes and see the pictures based on the words. I love reading books where the author is skilled enough to balance the boring, but necessary, description with art of using visual language, and ending up with a work that is not boring, but transports the reader the world the author is describing. It was effortless for me to see what the characters were seeing.

I can't wait to see the finale, and see where Ella and Raj's romance takes us. Will they end up as Romeo and Juliet, or will they have their happily ever after? I, for one, cannot wait to find out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, stars, and princes 9 March 2016
By Yaremi R. Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
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This book launched me into another world full of princes and kings. It sent me into a foreign land I've always wanted to visit. The intensity of love between Ella and Prince Raj is uncompromising. It seeps itself out from the words on the book. It is so sad that there is so much violence in this world and it touches so much of this book. On the other hand, I was so enthralled with all the sites described in this book that I have yet to see and yet experienced in words of a book. Thank you Vanessa Kimball for writing such an amazing book! Can't wait to tell my friends and other bloggers about it!
5.0 out of 5 stars I totally love the modern Romeo and Juliet spin in this book 4 August 2016
By Signi Siemens - Published on Amazon.com
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An outstanding read!!! I honestly don't know where to start/the words to use to describe just how "good" this book/story was!! It had me in its grip from the start right to the end!! My heart actually fell when I came to the end and realized it wasn't done! I am anxiously waiting for the next book - Steal The Moon. I totally love the modern Romeo and Juliet spin in this book! This book was like riding a roller coaster - with the ups and downs and the thrills, chills and suspense and so on!!! Venessa Kimball's writing is so vivid and real that my head and heart were equally engaged in story and especially with Ella and Rajaa!! I truly hope that for them love is worth crossing the stars and stealing the moon
for, and they get their HEA!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing!! 9 March 2016
By Barbara Gartman - Published on Amazon.com
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I am left speechless by Cross the Stars!! If I could give it more than 5 stars you better believe that I would do so in a red hot minute!!! It’s a very well thought out and in depth storyline that will have you wanting more. Cross the Stars is intense, hopeful, full of love and passion. However, with all of that being said, you can’t have any of that without a bit of betrayal and deceit. Trust me when I say that Cross the Stars is the entire package!!!! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and by the time I reached the end I wanted so much more. There are characters that you will adore and a couple that you will abhor. I found this book to be very refreshing and not like any others I have read before. I can’t wait to read Steal the Moon when it releases. I very strongly recommend that you purchase and read Cross the Stars immediately!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites! 9 March 2016
By shadowdog513 - Published on Amazon.com
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First things first. I do not do spoilers. Now here we go. I absolutely love this book. I had a hard time getting into it at first. It hit some of my own emotional nerves, so I started it a bit slowly. But soon after I got started, I could not put it down. I stayed up most of the night reading because I didn't want to stop. It pulled me in and kept me. I could relate to the strength it takes to stand up for what you believe is right, not necessarily what is easiest to do. I fell in and only stopped when I had to. It has been a while since I've had a book pull me in so well. I can’t wait for the next one. If I say anymore, I would be braking my no spoilers rule. All I can say is that this book will knock you off your feet. You're just going to have to read it.

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