Shooting for the Stars

Shooting for the Stars

by Sarina Bowen


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ISBN-13: 9781508763475
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Series: Sarina Bowen's Gravity Series , #3
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 334,314
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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Shooting for the Stars (Gravity) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Singofrit More than 1 year ago
Stella and Bear have known each other since childhood, but although Stella has been in love with Bear for years, she has always been off limits to him, being the sister of his best friend. But when tragedy strikes, these two are finally brought together.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
While there was a lot of recap of the previous books, I still enjoyed the story and getting more background on Bear! It was well worth the read!
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This contemporary romance, third in the Gravity series (easily read as a standalone though there is some overlap with book 2 Falling From the Sky) is the story of Stella and Bear. They forged a friendship in early childhood, one that now that they are adults Stella wishes could be more. When they indulge in one night of pleasure, forgetting about everything but examining their sexual attraction to each other, it creates a strain on their friendship. Then Hank, Stella's brother and Bear's best friend is injured, and all bets are off as the two of them must deal with this tragedy. Will it draw them closer together or keep them from admitting how deep their feelings for each other really are? I really enjoyed this story. Told from dual points of view, you get a real sense of both the main characters and what drives their actions (and reactions). Stella is a feisty, no-nonsense go getter type of girl (well, except when it comes to revealing her deep romantic feelings for Bear). She has to fight for acceptance from her parents and her sponsors as she makes her way up the snowboarding charts. Only Bear seems to understand her and her motivations as he too is under over achiever Hank's shadow. Bear is wonderfully portrayed as a friend, comrade and loyal to a fault man. He tries hard not to examine his feelings for Stella, preferring to keep her strictly in the 'friend' box until she overwhelms him with a night of passion that he can't say no to. Bear's feelings of inadequacy stem from a difficult childhood and the knowledge that he will never be good enough for Stella. As the story progresses, Bear must deal with these feelings and learn to view Stella as an adult who knows her own mind and no longer as the kid sister of his best friend. I loved how dedicated Bear was to his friend Hank as he deals with his injury. He's a really good guy and as the story progresses you get the sense that he is finally able to see his own self worth. He and Stella have great chemistry and the romance between them was sexy and believable. 5 stars !
SantanaBlair_TheBookNerd More than 1 year ago
Ah! I'm so excited to talk about this book. This is the newest addition to a great series by one of my favorite authors so without further ado... Shooting For The Stars is a Contemporary Romance standalone read with no cliffhangers so if you haven't read either of the previous stories, no worries. However if you are like me and have read the other two, when you read this one you feel a bit like you are reuniting with old friends. If I'm being honest I kind of felt bad for any guy who had to follow in Hank's shadow (my love for him runs strong) but I was so so (pleasantly) surprised to have Bear steal another piece of my heart in such a special way. What happens when the one person you need the most  is the one person you can't have? After an epic day (for Stella) and a horrendously bad day (for Bear) both of them drop all pretenses of an uncomplicated friendship  and give in to a night full of each other. When the new day comes, it brings along with it the guilt and fear that Bear has betrayed his very best friend and Stella tries to prepare her heart for another break. But then they get a phone call that changes everything for them... and yet it changes nothing.  While Dane and Willow's story was all about the heat...              And Hank and Callie's story was all about the steam...                                                                                Bear and Stella give us a story full of simmer.  I loved the surprise dynamics to Stella's character that I didn't see coming. It definitely gave more explanation to her character and even to the behaviors of those around her. While Stella is typically overprotected and treated delicately she tries her hardest to be seen as an athlete in her own right and not just as Hank's little sister.  The one other person who knows what its like in the shadow of Hank Lazarus is Bear. Best friends since children they have been inseparable. But now as their careers shift on to two very different paths, he feels the hits to his confidence. Bear is on a journey to find his own self worth again... to reclaim his life's passions. But he's still unsure of how to do that when his best friend's little sister is one of those passions.  Like I mentioned before I felt like this was a reunion with old friends. Along with the old came so fresh new faces that gave this story all the right stuff. I swear Sarina Bowen has an amazing ability to write characters that I wish I could hang out with, seriously she never lets me down. I found myself smiling from beginning to end (cringing only slightly as Bear "buddy- ied" Stella into the friendzone repeatedly) and I'll be the first to admit the epilogue got me a little bit teary... in the happiest way of course.  I am giving this book 4.5 Stars and a big recommendation!