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Cross the Stars (Crossing Stars Duet, Book 1) by [Kimball, Venessa]
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*Cross the Stars is the first book in the Crossing Stars Duet - One woman's coming of age journey into the  geographical and cultural Middle East, the resilience of humankind amidst turbulent civil unrest, the parallel unrest of two lovers’ clashing fates, and the diversity these lovers - one a Jordanian prince - must challenge with every breath to keep their love alive in this saga riddled with forbidden love, hatred, deceit, scandal, war, suspense, and the timeless battle to defy what is written in the stars.  This star-crossed lovers story is reminiscent of the timeless Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet with a modern societial climate and contemporary twists.

~What would you risk for love? Would you cross the stars? Steal the moon?~

She is American. A commoner, an outsider. Min barra. He is Jordanian royalty. A prince, already promised to another. And their worlds are about to collide.

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 and their very lives.

**This book is rated 18+ for explicit sexual situations and language.

About the Author

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. Novels Published by Venessa Kimball: YA/ Teen Urban Fantasy/ Sci-Fi series the Piercing the Fold series Piercing the Fold: Book 1 Surfacing the Rim: Book 2 Ascending the Veil: Book 3 Transcending the Legacy: Book 4 Piercing the Fold: the Complete Urban Fantasy Collection YA/Teen Contemporary Fiction Series the Evan series Dismantling Evan: Book 1 Saving Gavin: a Novelette, vol 1 Resurrecting Gavin: a Novelette, vol 2 Reviving Evan: a Novella 1.5 Novels Published by Venessa Kimball Writing as V. Angelika: Cross the Stars (Crossing Stars Duet #1) Steal the Moon (Crossing Stars Duet #2)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Venessa Kimball Books; 1 edition (March 8 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BICKSHS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I picked up this book hoping for a passionate, forbidden romance that burned up the pages from chapter 1 set in a world of conflict and danger. And while I got the danger and political conflict, it took me a while to get the romance.

In fact, the romance doesn't begin until the 50% mark, much, much later than I anticipated and wanted. However, I still pressed forward because I was intrigued by the setting and the growth of the characters.

The first half of the book focuses on setting Ella and Raj up as individual characters. It does a great job of setting up the conflict and hurdles they have to face in the second half of the novel. It's a very long exposition--in fact almost too long--but I really enjoyed the world it is set in so I didn't mind too much.

The romance itself is a little too "love at first sight" for me though I understand its purpose in that delivery (the idea of fate). I just wanted it to be established more, not some quick ignition that burns immediately.

I'm really curious to see how everything plays out so I will be picking up the second book when it comes out.
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This was my first time reading anything by Venessa Kimball and I must that I thoroughly enjoyed this sweet story .This story caught my attend right from the very beginning right to the very end and left me wanting more. This is very intensity love story and it about Ella and Rajaa who just happens to the prince of Jordan ,and he's the second oldest son of the King. Ella is the daughter of a politician who was raised as a debutante most that relate to of the expectations that parents put on their children to do better ,I really loved how Ella walked away from it all the money and what they expected of her.She did it all on her own to fine her own path in life. Rajaa has no claims on the thorne unless it's given to him by his father .He's more of a ruler or heir then is oldest brother ever has been. He's a person who cares for the people and he won't give in to anybody and he understands what is required of him. But when he spots Ella he knows that she could be his whole world ,and he then realizes that she's the one that he really wants. Venessa Kimball has given us amazing character that were so well written and play off which other so smoothly and the storyline is also flows smoothly and it will carry you away on a magic carpet .I could go on and tell you so much more about this touching story ,but that would spoil it for you. I highly recommend that you read this touching story ,because you won't be disappointed.
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*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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0916dec) 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 ... March 8 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
HASH(0xa0916e40) out of 5 stars Modern Day Romeo and Juliet March 8 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
HASH(0xa07cb138) out of 5 stars I Love This March 8 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
HASH(0xa07cb654) out of 5 stars Love, stars, and princes March 8 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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0916f00) out of 5 stars IT IS AN AMAZING MUST READ!!! Cross the Stars is romantic, sexy, suspenseful, and diverse!!! March 8 2016
By Mo RR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Cross the Stars is a beautiful story rich with culture, romance, and political intrigue. This is an adult modern retelling on Romeo and Juliet, and I loved that the author took and gender swapped the roles. This is not super obvious but if you stop and think about how Juliet was the one who was betrothed and had such a prominent family it fits Raj. Not that Romeo didn’t have a prominent family it was just not to the same degree, aka seeing Ella come into play. The amount of detail in the culture, language and setting used in writing this book really drew me in and enriched my reading experience. This book is very powerful, and could be controversial, depending on someones personal views on the middle east. However, I felt that it was handled with great tact and respect, and personally I loved it!

Ella has always done what her family wants but when her grandmother dies she decides that she is tired of letting others make decisions for her. She wants to chase her dreams and not just let money buy her everything. She doesn’t want to marry who she is expected to, and have her parents pay her way through life. She is struggling but has managed to make it at Georgetown on her own. She soon decides to do a summer overseas in Jordan helping refugees learn English.

Rajaa is a prince from Jordan. He sees Ella one night in the D.C. before going back to Jordan at a party. She instantly held him captive and he is intrigued by her. Rajaa heads back to Jordan where he must deal with his sick father, his brothers political ambitions, and his own desires to help his people. He has a Center that he has been funding to help his people and sees this as a real opportunity to change the future.

Rajaa soon realizes that Ella is at the center, and he cannot believe it. His brother Zaid is very manipulative and wants Rajaa to be the Royal he sees for the future. Zaid will do and say things to try to get Rajaa to do what he wants.

Will Ella and Rajaa find a way to be together in a world that would not permit such a thing? Can Rajaa and Ella find a way to make their own choices and not hurt their families? What will be the consequences of a relationship that is forbidden? You have to read this amazing book to find out!

Cross the Stars is just the beginning and the ending definitely left me wanting the next book now!!! This book is romantic, sexy, suspenseful, and diverse. It really is an amazing book if you love contemporary-romance but want something new and fresh. I am giving this book 5 out of 5 Stars and I can’t wait to get my hands on Steal the Moon!