Chasing Destiny
  • Chasing Destiny
  • Chasing Destiny

Chasing Destiny

4.1 115
by Eric Jerome Dickey
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Billie is as notorious for her beauty as she is for the hot yellow Ducati motorcycle she rides down L.A.'s meanest streets. Tough and talented, she does things her way. Until an unplanned pregnancy spins her life out of control. Her problem: Her lover Keith's divorce decree has been revoked, forcing him to choose between Billie and his dangerously manipulative… See more details below

Overview

Billie is as notorious for her beauty as she is for the hot yellow Ducati motorcycle she rides down L.A.'s meanest streets. Tough and talented, she does things her way. Until an unplanned pregnancy spins her life out of control. Her problem: Her lover Keith's divorce decree has been revoked, forcing him to choose between Billie and his dangerously manipulative wife, Carmen, along with their troubled and deceptive daughter, Destiny, a fifteen-year-old dancing on the edge of womanhood. Horrific things happen when Keith's daughter disappears in the company of low friends in dark places. And in chasing Destiny, Billie, Keith, and Carmen find their lives inextricably linked by a dangerous and seductive pursuit-at any speed, at any cost.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Dickey is a master at writing about women and what they want and how they want it. (Publishers Weekly)
Library Journal
Revenge, deceit, familial loyalty, manipulation, jealousy: Dickey creates a dark Los Angeles world where there is little love and few heroes. The story is told alternatively by two very different women caught up in a tale of sex, speed, and power: Billie, who is known for her expertise and flair on a yellow Ducati motorcycle, and her lover's rebellious 15-year-old child, Destiny. While Olivia Goldsmith once held the title "Queen of revenge novels," Dickey bears his own vengeful crown in a tale full of skillful twists. Kimberly JaJuan handles the gritty and angry story well, moving easily among accents and between genders. Recommended for adult collections only.-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
L.A. free spirit's life takes a dangerous turn when she discovers she is pregnant-just as her lover decides to go back to his wife. Part-time bartender, aspiring singer and celebrated biker babe Billie (aka, Ducati, after the Italian motorcycle) is understandably crushed when Keith tells her, at Starbucks no less, that he is back with his estranged wife Carmen, a controlling harpy who has long been blackmailing him emotionally. Even after convincing him to revoke their impending divorce, so that they might once again live as a family with their teenaged daughter Destiny, Carmen is unsatisfied. Winning back the weak-willed Keith is not enough for the hypocritical lawyer, who had a lover of her own. She knows that Keith still loves Billie, so she is determined to make sure the other woman stays out of Keith's life-by any means necessary. Meanwhile, Carmen's baby-faced daughter is struggling with her own strong emotions. With a habit of sneaking out of her room after dark, Destiny uses a big fight with her mother as a pretext for hooking up with a group of slightly older kids she meets on the street. What happens that night is a gritty descent into a shocking teen underworld of violence, drugs and amateur porn. When Destiny does not come home, it is Billie who finds the traumatized runaway, and drags her back to her parents, if only temporarily. After that, Billie finds herself menaced by somebody bent on harming her and her unborn child, while Destiny goes off on a harrowing mission of revenge. Dickey's latest (Genevieve, 2005, etc.) delves into dark territory, with mixed results. While Billie is the kind of strong, sexy, heroine that Dickey's readers have come to love, it is hard tobelieve that a bright girl like Destiny-even with her family falling apart-could sink so far, so fast. A violent, sometimes farfetched look at the desperate lengths people will go to protect the things that matter most to them.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451219275
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/03/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
264,386
Product dimensions:
5.45(w) x 8.05(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Dickey is a master at writing about women and what they want and how they want it. (Publishers Weekly)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >