03 November 2013

Chasing Nikki by Lacey Weatherford - Book Tour, Book Review

Chasing Nikki
Chasing Nikki Series #1
Lacey Weatherford
Publication Date: February 29th, 2012 
Moonstruck Media

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?

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The death of his father had changed the used-to-be-a-good-boy Chase. Now, he was doing drugs and booze. When Chase’s mom finally had it with him and his bad boy ways, she decided that they should go to her parents’ place and stay there for a while. Chase didn’t like the idea one bit – until he met Nikki. Now, the quarterback football player who lives and breathes a stained reputation had his jaw dropped for Nikki, a sweet cheerleader. The only problem is that: Nikki doesn’t date football players. Her refusal to give him a chance made him want her more. When he knew the reason behind her refusal and her inability to trust a jock like him, his determination grew to win Nikki and prove to her that he was different that he was a changed person. 
Every character in this book has their important roles. I love the moms – both of them care for their children, despite the fact that the two of them lost their husbands. The twins Brittany and Brett served as very good friends to Nikki and Chase. I also adore Chase’s grandparents. They support him at the same time understand the phase that he is going through.
Another thing that I loved in this book is that it is written from a boy’s POV. Indeed, a plus factor. I like seeing the love in his eyes – which made the whole book much intense and more real.
For those people who loves HEA – sorry to tell you, but this book is void with it. The ending isn’t bad. If you pay attention to other reviews, it would recommend you to prepare a box of Kleenex and be prepared for the big blow at the end of the story. The end part was perfect to close a heart-wrenching powerful novel. 
Death changes a person, especially when you lose someone who was very close to you and served as your strength. Some find it hard to move on with life. When you seem to finally get a hold of your life and then another tragedy strike – one that you don’t anticipate and you haven’t prepared –  just as when you have thought you finally have your happy ending is so much painful. Lacey Weatherford offers a novel that is heartbreaking (for some, to the point of shedding tears) that is about losing someone who meant the whole world to you, getting a fresh start, and moving on with life despite all the circumstances that is thrown at your way.


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Finding Chase
Chasing Nikki # 2

Lacey Weatherford

Life hasn’t been easy for Chase Walker. He’s experienced tragedy, and at times he’s not sure he wants to continue living. But he made a vow to go on with his life, and he intends to keep it.

After getting a college scholarship to play football, Chase heads off to school, hoping his time on the field will help to bury the intense emotions that still linger in his heart. Fate doesn’t work that way though, and he soon finds himself having to face all the things he’s carrying inside, or he may miss the one shot he has to learn how to love again.

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Chase loved Nikki and it broke all our hearts when their love story ended on the first book. How can something sooooo perfect just ended like that? It was tragic, it was not supposed to be.  
Now Chase is trying to move on, he's trying very hard... 
Oh, I could put on a good show of moving on when I needed to.  
I was hoping he'd stay out of his past bad habits: drugs and booze. I was scared for him, Nikki was no longer there to look out for him. But I was glad he did stick to his promise and stayed clean. 
But moving on was the hardest thing to do. She was his great love. How can you give your heart to another person when you already gave all of it to someone else - and you never had it back? Chase and Nikki's friends were the best! Although Chase tried to shut himself out, they were always there for him. They helped him got through his grief to finally, his happy ever after. 
But I did wish Chase would have his very happy ending. I'm super glad Ms. Weatherford gave him that - because he deserved it! I somehow did see it coming - the girl. I'm happy its her. :) 
She was fading and I hated it. I was falling in love with someone else. 
If only Chase could pass through the guilt stage: he's not cheating on Nikki. Nikki is dead, and he's alive. She wants him to move on with his life. Happiness is almost a heartbeat away, and he couldn't reach for it still until he was convinced that it was okay. As for the new girl, oh she liked Chase even then. She was just recovering from a heartbreak herself, she didn't want a rebound relationship and she didn't want to be just Nikki's proxy. She wanted him to like her for her.  
Finding Chase is a nice ending to the previous book: Chasing Nikki. Finally, it's a happy ending readers wanted to have. Chase surely deserved it after all that he'd been through.



Lacey Weatherford was born in Ft. Meade Maryland while her father was serving in the military. She has been a life long resident of Arizona, spending most of her time growing up in the small rural town of Clay Springs.

It was while she was attending the small country school in Clay Springs, that she read her first "big" book at the age of eight. It was a Nancy Drew novel and Lacey was instantly hooked. She read every book that she could find in the series and decided that she wanted to write stories too.

Lacey spent a lot of time at the library from that time forward, even volunteering in her later teen years and early twenties. She would don a crazy clown outfit for the Friends of the Library fundraisers in an effort to help get the new town library built.

When she and her husband moved away from the area, Lacey took the opportunity to take some creative writing classes at the local college to help further along her interests. Several years later, they were blessed with the opportunity to move back to Clay Springs with their family. The town had finally succeeded in building their library and Lacey had the opportunity to be President of the Friends of the Library for a very short time, before relocating.

Lacey and her family still live in the White Mountains of Arizona, where she continues to write young adult novels that have a fantasy/fairytale or paranormal bent to them, as well as being sure to include a great romantic storyline!



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