Title: Craving Constellations
Author: Nicole Jacquelyn
First published August 27, 2013
305 pages, Kindle Edition
Have you ever made a choice to escape your past, only to find yourself back where you started? Brenna knows this feeling all too well.
After leaving her old life behind, she never thought she’d return. But now, five years later, she’s running from her picture-perfect husband straight back to the motorcycle club that raised her…
and the man she never forgot. Brenna left with a secret, and as soon as she returns, she knows the truth will shatter the carefully constructed life she’s built.
Can she face her past and embrace her future, or will she be pulled back into the darkness she tried to leave behind? Find out in Nicole Jacquelyn’s gripping novel, Craving Constellations.
About the Author
Meet Nicole Jacquelyn, a devoted mother of two little girls who is also a full-time college student. Unlike most people, Nicole has not watched television in more than a year, preferring to spend her time doing things that matter to her.
While she may still do things that drive her mother crazy, there is one thing that has never changed – her love for books. When she was just eight years old, Nicole already knew what she wanted to be when she grew up – a mom.
However, by the time she turned twelve, her aspirations had shifted to becoming an author. Despite the slim chances of making it in the writing industry, Nicole remained determined to pursue her dreams.
She even earned a business degree, just to be safe. But nothing could stop her from becoming a writer.
In her senior year of college, with one daughter in first grade and the other in preschool, Nicole finally fulfilled her lifelong dream and wrote a story.
Craving Constellations by Nicole Jacquelyn is a gripping tale of love, loss, and redemption that will leave readers breathless. Published on August 27, 2013, this novel is the first in the Aces series and has since garnered critical acclaim from fans of the romance and contemporary fiction genres.
Jacquelyn’s writing is both eloquent and raw, combining emotional depth with vivid descriptions of the world she has created. The themes of forgiveness, family, and finding oneself are woven throughout the novel, making for a poignant and thought-provoking read.
The plot follows the tumultuous relationship between Addison and Reid, two people from vastly different worlds who are brought together by fate. Addison is a single mother who struggles to make ends meet, while Reid is a wealthy businessman who has never known what it means to want for anything.
Despite their differences, the two cannot help but be drawn to each other, and soon find themselves embroiled in a passionate, but complicated, romance.
One of the strengths of this novel is Jacquelyn’s ability to craft complex, multi-dimensional characters. Addison is a fierce and resilient protagonist, whose struggles with poverty and motherhood are portrayed with sensitivity and nuance.
Reid, too, is a well-rounded character, whose flaws and vulnerabilities make him all the more compelling. The supporting characters, including Addison’s best friend and Reid’s family, are also well-developed and add depth to the story.
The pacing of the novel is well-done, with the tension building steadily throughout. The plot is carefully crafted, with enough twists and turns to keep readers engaged, but not so many that it becomes convoluted.
The setting, a small town in Montana, is vividly portrayed, and adds to the sense of authenticity and realism that permeates the novel.
While there are some minor flaws in the book, such as occasional lapses in dialogue or pacing, these do not detract from the overall quality of the work. In fact, they serve to make the characters and story feel all the more real.
Overall, Craving Constellations is a beautifully written novel that will leave readers captivated from beginning to end. It is recommended for fans of contemporary romance and fiction, and anyone who enjoys a well-crafted, emotionally resonant story.
I would give this novel a score of 4.5 out of 5 stars, based on its compelling characters, engaging plot, and thoughtful themes.