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Chasing Destiny
     

Chasing Destiny

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by Eric Jerome Dickey
 

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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 Her problem: Her lover Keith's divorce decree has been revoked, forcing him to choose between Billie and his dangerously manipulative wife,

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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 Her problem: Her lover Keith's divorce decree has been revoked, forcing him to choose between Billie and his dangerously manipulative wife, Carmen, along with their troubled and deceptive daughter, Destiny, a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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101210741
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/11/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
227,573
File size:
501 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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

Meet the Author

Eric Jerome Dickey is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels as well as a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. Originally from Memphis, Dickey now lives on the road and rests in whatever hotel will have him.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
July 7, 1961
Place of Birth:
Memphis, Tennessee
Education:
B.S., University of Memphis, 1983
Website:
http://www.ericjeromedickey.com

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Chasing Destiny 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down waiting for a sequel. . . wonder what happens to Billie and Raheem. . . .
Guest More than 1 year ago
there was way way way to many details and not enough dialogue which is ridiculous......the ending SUCKED.....he did all that detail at the beginning to just rush the ending and barely explain wat went down with everyone!!!!!
hisdab_4eva More than 1 year ago
I have read this book twice. Its so intense. I don't really like how it ended without further details on the four young girls involved but I love this book to deaht and have recommended to everyone I know
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had a very good storyline....however I found myself nodding off at the elaborate and drawn out descriptions of everything. He needed to get to the point. It took me a month to read this book and I usually finish books in no more than two days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book was good.It had me staying up late trying to get to the bottom of what some one did. The beginning was great its just the ending i wasn't to crazy about!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually can read a book in 2-3 days but this was a little drawn out... Too many minor details such as city streets and highways. He could've given more towards the character destiny. This book should've been named billie. I hated the way it ended.....
Anonymous 6 months ago
Chasing Destiny, is a story about finding love in all the wrong places. Looking for something to belong to and someone to share it with. The cover caught my eye, the story captured my soul. Truly one of my favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book.....I have read this book multiple times!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fav book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Some of the characters situations were just like a normal person life. It's a big step away from the money, sex, drugs, and murder books i read as a young teen. His books set my mind at ease. I felt the ending could have been better, he could've gave us a little more than what he did. But overall it was good to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We need a part two! It was amazing
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TREADO More than 1 year ago
The Deceit My favorite character is Destiny because she’s not your average 15 year old she runs away from her and meets two dudes who then has two more girls in the car who dislikes her and she fights them which causes her to drug her and has her raped when destiny awakes she seeks revenge on everyone who had something to do with it , while Destiny’s out causing trouble her father Keith trying to handle the divorce between destiny’s mom Carmen and Billie who has an unplanned pregnancy Chasing Destiny is an extraordinary and really captivating book to me it really is fulfilled with lots of drama and shocking surprises throughout the book, Revenge , Deceit , and Loyalty makes the climax of this book absolutely amazing !! I would say the novel is a best-seller with all the juicy drama coming from it
Only_Divine More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading a EJD book. I bought it months ago, read a chapter, put it down and then finally finished it in two days. I loved the suspense and drama. But I feel it was too much dialogue! I wanted him to get to the point in many conversations. Other then that I loved how it left you guessing and how all the characters were connected in one way or another. At the end I was left dumb-founded, felt like there needed to be a conclusion. Like if Viviane and Jacob seen the DVD and if Billie tooke Keith back for the upteenth time....??? Part 2 please....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is favorire ejd book by far. It is intense and encapsulates the reader from the very first scene to the last very last word. The details make a story and this novel just keeps giving punch after punch after punch! Ive never felt so in the moment. My only critique is the book cover. Its super tacky and if it wasnt a ejd book I would have never picked it up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first EJD book I read. I really liked this book and it has made me want to read more by EJD and has also made me a fan of his work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But yes a little long winded, and many possibility for part 2 or spinoff
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Highly recommond this book. But inly read if u are ateen because it has a couple sex related scencs
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