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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, will release January 2017*

~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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #185,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Erani Kole TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 March 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
*received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars When I first started reading I knew this was going to be good. It is obvious that the author did some ... 9 March 2016
By Ann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was impressed. When I first started reading I knew this was going to be good. It is obvious that the author did some culture research and that is a very interesting part of this story. I found the romance lacking though because although the attraction was there, the love didn’t blossom but seemed rushed. Raj is a great character; Ella is independent but a little rude at times. I didn’t realize that this is a cliffhanger, which just isn’t a preference for me personally.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Day Romeo and Juliet 9 March 2016
By Dawn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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 I Love This 9 March 2016
By Erani Kole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
*received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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.

The story was great and flowed well, the pace was GREAT in pulling me in, wanting more, needing more. MORE MORE MORE! *breathes in* THAT ENDING!!!! Ugh tore my already crying heart to bits, and grr I really hate a particular character. Several, really, but this one especially. Grr!! This thing's just got me so messed up in the best of ways that very few authors accomplish. This thing was very elegant and... idk, humble? It's a sense I got while reading it, feeling more.... reserved, maybe? A rather reserved sense but more meek than 'out there', if I'm making any sense at all. Anyways I liked it, and I liked it even more when El would burst out with her sailor's mouth. lol.

It's a hard recommend for me! This story was so amazing and epic. Her journey to Jordan, learning a different culture, helping those in need, and falling for a man who has more in common with her than either realizes. I really loved that their love was the main thing, and how other things were made just as important as well. Really gave it all depth. If I could give this another star, I would.
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
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of surprises 9 March 2016
By Marilyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Cross the Stars left me sitting on the edge of my sit waiting to know what would be happening next. It is a must read. My heart pounded on every page waiting. The main characters Ella and Rajaa are great, they are complex people and full of life. their families are worlds apart.
I can't wait for Book 2 Author: Venessa Kimball writing as V. Angelika awesome book loved it
Cross the Stars (Crossing Stars #1)

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