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Chasing Chaos: A Romantic Women's Fiction Novel (Hollywood Lights Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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"Equal parts heartbreaking and heartening, ENTANGLEMENT shines a light on the interior lives of two flawed and fascinating women." -Camille Pagán, bestselling author of I'M FINE AND NEITHER ARE YOU
"Pryal deftly portrays relationships that are under the magnifying glass, obsessive and dysfunctional, while still capturing the complexity and love of those intense early twenties friendships." -NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Kate Moretti
"Women and men, love and obsession, need and want: When Daphne and Greta are let loose on nineties L.A., the effect is like a charged atomic particle, and no one is free from the fallout." -USA TODAY bestselling author Ann Garvin
"An evocative story of enduring friendship, rivalry, and the ties that bind. A heartfelt, fabulous novel!" -Diane Haeger, award-winning author of PLATINUM DOLL
"Poignant and thoroughly entertaining, LOVE AND ENTROPY is a novella you won't be able to walk away from, and you'll think about long after the last page. Fantastic read!" -Kristy Woodson Harvey, bestselling author of THE PEACHTREE BLUFF Series
"Utterly captivating ... Pryal writes with a rare understanding about the complexity of new adulthood and what it means to be a true friend." -Tina Ann Forkner, award-winning author of WAKING UP JOY
"Pryal pierces L.A.'s film industry veneer to find complex and relatable characters ... pulling the reader right into the fray. The result is as psychologically astute as it is engaging." -Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of THE FAR END OF HAPPY
"As glamorous and mercurial as Hollywood itself, CHASING CHAOS is a novel that glitters." -NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Eileen Goudge
"A poignant and layered narrative about the universal desire for something so elusive--a safe place to fall." -Amy Impellizzeri, award-winning author of LEMONGRASS HOPE
"HOW TO STAY is an intelligent romance. The central tension isn't whether the girl will get the guy, it's whether she will let herself-something all readers can relate to and enjoy." -Brandi Megan Granett, author of TRIPLE LOVE SCORE
"Modern, fresh, and entirely credible, FALLOUT GIRL is a love story wrapped inside a heart-rending struggle for personal freedom." -WASHINGTON POST bestselling author Sonja Yoerg
"A vulnerable, fresh story of the jagged nature of love and life ... once exotic and compelling." -Award-winning author Amy Impellizzeri for BOOKTRIB MAGAZINE
"FALLOUT GIRL is a dangerous, sexy, motorcycle ride of a story, which pulls off the feat of being both humorous and heartbreaking at the same time." -Sandra Block, author of WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT
"A compelling story of friendship, family, and love with a honest look at mental illness that doesn't shy away from the painful realities so often hidden beneath the surface." -Susan Bishop Crispell, author of DREAMING IN CHOCOLATE
"A gut-wrenching journey through darkness to redemption, one that proves that love, and family, can conquer anything. TAKE YOUR CHARMING SOMEWHERE ELSE is her best yet. Do not miss this emotional tour-de-force--or anything Pryal writes." -WASHINGTON POST bestselling author Kelly Harms
About the Author
- ASIN : B07FSD6Q8T
- Publisher : Blue Crow Books (July 22, 2018)
- Publication date : July 22, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 4329 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 259 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0692621008
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #906,226 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This novel focuses on the beautiful, intelligent Daphne, a screenwriter living in L.A., who is at times promiscuous and trying to break up with her boyfriend. Daphne’s dearest friend is Greta (who becomes engaged to Timmy), and they are all friends with a famous Hollywood actor, Sandy. As Daphne and Sandy begin planning Greta’s wedding, Daphne begins spending more time with Marlon, whom is Sandy’s assistant. I am trying not to drop too many names, but these are your major players in the novel. There are also: Miranda (old college buddy of Daphne and Greta), Carrie (works at Greta’s restaurant and Marlon’s cousin/sibling), Dan (Daphne’s ex), and John (previous one night stand). Now that the cast of characters is out of the way, this is an incredible novel! Daphne has obvious guilt and self-blame issues that haunt her, but you quickly learn that Daphne will do back flips for anyone that she truly cares about. Although warned about Daphne’s potential to hurt him, Marlon becomes interested in Daphne, and she definitely becomes interested in him. Their relationship develops very quickly (the book occurs over only a few days), but even with the rapid development of feelings, Pryal’s writing makes their relationship very real and believable. The author paints a picture of Marlon making him seem so handsome, romantic, reliable, romantic, intelligent, and so on that it’s impossible to avoid falling for him as you read! Of course there is conflict and suspense, and you will be going crazy wondering what will happen next and in the end.
So here is what I loved about this novel:
Pryal’s brilliant, yet comfortable style of writing
This novel is different… Not your typical main characters or story line. I haven’t read anything like this novel.
Perfect blend of romance, suspense, emotion…
Leaves you wanting more!
Here is what I did not love about this novel:
I don’t know what Daphne did to Greta and Timmy… And unless the author takes pity on me, I will have to snag a copy of Entanglement to find out!
I absolutely, without any reservations, recommend this novel to anyone interested in a fantastic representation of women’s fiction/new adult/romance writing. Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s writing is flawless and reel’s you in from the first page. I am trying not to be bias because she is a North Carolina girl, as I once was, but she is a tremendous contribution to the writing community! Chasing Chaos basically checks off all the boxes on the list of a great read, and I cannot wait to read more from this author in the future. Even better, perhaps a sequel? Continue Daphne and Marlon’s story? Pretty please?
Disclaimer: I received this ARC from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.
In Entanglement: A Novel we got a remarkably complete portrait of Daphne and Greta, and discovered why they need each other so much, constructing their own sisterhood family to fill the empty places where family love, trust, and stability should have resided in their hearts.
Pryal brings some surprising concepts right into the heart of her story, to reveal crucial aspects of her characters’ emotional experience. First, there is entropy, the physical law that disorder tends to increase in the universe; in life, it suggests those times when everything seems to reel out of control and go seriously awry! Her prequel Love and Entropy: A Novella flashes back to a particularly disturbing incident that happened that first summer in college when Greta and Daphne knew each other and became inseparable. Second, there is chaos, described by the famous example of the butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil, setting up a minute breeze that gathers force and eventually triggers a hurricane thousands of miles away. In these novels, chaos intrudes when small decisions and actions lead to major consequences down the road, big effects that seemingly could have been avoided. In “Chasing Chaos,” Daphne will be especially haunted by her own actions and her belief that she is responsible for a chain reaction of disaster and tragedy.
The story’s Prologue finds her in a hospital, on the surgical floor, waiting for news.
“It could take hours before she knew whether she’d caused the death of someone close to her.
Whether tonight she’d set in motion the dangerous actions that had put two people in the hospital and one person in an operating room fighting for life.
She couldn’t stand herself. Self-blame nearly suffocated her.”
The rest of the novel flashes back to all that led up to this critical moment.
Greta and Daphne are still living in Los Angeles, where they moved after college, both of them wanting to put lots of geography between them and their families. They had each other, and with their talents and a bit of luck, both found opportunities in L. A. that suited them. Daphne worked in a production company, but was still an aspiring screenwriter, working hard on her scripts every evening. Greta put her knowledge of physics and electronics to use as a lighting designer. No one was more surprised than Greta that this job led to romance with her boss, Timmy. When Greta fell in love, very cautiously at first, the delicate balance of the friends’ mutual support was upset, and Daphne suffered the worst of it. Daphne felt seriously displaced, triggering her deepest wounds, and Greta felt torn between two people who each wanted to rank first in her life. Tempers flared, and one rash action led to another, until a crisis came, endangering Greta’s life. That’s where "Entanglement" left their story.
In "Chasing Chaos," it is five years later, and life is advancing on all fronts. Daphne is now a successful screenwriter, and living more comfortably, it seems, setting her own schedule and choosing her freelance work. She has a boyfriend Dan, with whom she often collaborates, but she is restless and serially unfaithful during their relationship. She decides to break it off with him rather abruptly, and she doubts that she is meant to find real love, or that she even deserves to. Meanwhile, Greta and Timmy have been running their thriving lighting production business and growing closer and stronger in their love. Greta recovered from her brush with death at the home of a friend she met through Daphne, a semi-retired film star of some magnitude, named Sandy. Sandy’s home is a gathering place for his circle of carefully chosen and dependable friends–Greta, Timmy, and Daphne chief among them. So it is natural that, when Timmy proposes marriage (for the umpteenth time?) and Greta startles him by accepting, their wedding should take place at Sandy’s house and Daphne should be in charge of planning it. But she only has five days to do it. Sandy’s handyman, Marlon, who is much more like an adopted son to him, helps Daphne pull off a miracle of last-minute wedding creation. Daphne and Marlon find themselves drawn to each other on all levels–irresistibly fascinated and also caring deeply for each other–and Daphne dares to hope that love and happiness might be available to her too, in spite of everything. But then chaos starts happening all over again… It will take all the resources of friendship to convince her that she is not at the vortex of every storm. But will it be too late?
I read all three installments in the Entanglement Series in rapid succession, and when I was away from them, I found myself actually worrying about its two heroines, Daphne and Greta. What would happen to them? Would they be okay? Katie Rose Guest Pryal has worked that subtle magic by which we begin to care very much for the fictional lives unfolding word by word.
If you read Pryal’s very impressive bio, you can see that she has tremendous experience teaching writing, but here in her first full-length series of novels, she really delivers with beautiful pacing and structure, and smart, memorable dialogue. I can highly recommend all these books, in which the lives of these characters are seasoned by more than enough dramatic action. "Chasing Chaos" is Daphne’s story; she faces the longest road back from a chaotic childhood, and must work hardest to find herself. To understand Greta more fully, I also warmly recommend "Entanglement," where Daphne and Greta find each other.
*Note*: I received an advance electronic copy, in exchange for an honest review.