Series: Finding Me #2
on May 30, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Political, Romance
It began as a ruse.
Take a girlfriend. Divert the press from the fucked up mess that’s my family until my father is re-elected. Stage a public breakup. Move on.
Only that brilliant plan went straight south the moment I set eyes on Willow Blackwell.
I found her.
My center. My future. A soul mate with the will of a mule and the mouth of a harpy.
I now want things I never wanted before. Permanent kinds of things.
Only Fate—and her ex—have other plans for us.
In some sort of cosmic impossibility, our lives unknowingly intersected years before when tragedy befell both our families. Once the devastating truth is finally revealed, the future I’d found in her will come crashing down around us and for the first time in my life I’m completely helpless.
I may very well lose the only woman I've ever loved to a past neither of us saw coming.
*warning: 18+ only. Contains foul language, explicit sex and a hot alpha (or two, or three). NOTE: This is NOT a standalone. It’s the conclusion to LOST IN BETWEEN, which MUST be read first.
Review: Lost In Between (Book One)
I’m never quiet about what I like in a book. It basically all comes down to two major things. 1. Feels. 2. Angst. I such an angst whore, it’s ridiculous. I want to feel like my heart is being ripped out of my chest and stomped on. I love seeing how the author brings it back together from that level. And then throw in the feels. Romantic, swoony, tender, innocent, all of it. Add them together and I’m a happy, happy camper, so you can imagine that I was ecstatic to be reading Found Underneath.
“There’s no one in here but you.” I grab her hand and place her palm flat, right over my heart. It’s racing. Beating for her. “No one else has ever been in here before. No one will be again.”
I had a bit of a hard time with the first book. I found that there was no a lot, and nothing going on at the same time. I was confused because it would feel some so much was happening, but looking back I couldn’t pick out any details. I thought it was long, drawn out and had some unnecessary parts, but regardless, I still needed book two in my life like I need a million dollars. *Hint* everyone needs a million dollars. Therefore, you need these books! I found it so much easier to dive into book two and become immersed into the story. There were lots of twists and turns and I love how the author didn’t shy away from tough issues. It kept me engaged and neither Willow nor Shaw left my mind for too long. These characters go through a lot and they each grow exponentially as a result. It was such an enjoyable ride and transformation, I definitely recommend!
Character wise, like I already said, I loved the development with all of the characters and their individual stories. Though willow was a bit frustrating at times, I understood her point of view. The best part though was how Shaw absolutely refused to give up on her. Shaw was the real winner here for me, he was simply so incredibly swoony. He’s a classic alpha. But easily sweet and caring as well. He’s domineering but tender with Willow. What’s better than this combination? I don’t think there is anything better.
Years ago when I was at the lowest point in my life I ran across a quote: Sometimes getting lost is how we find ourselves. It stuck with me, all this time, even though I wasn’t sure I could ever be found.
Only now I understand I never was lost. I was simply hiding in plain sight, waiting for someone to take notice, to have the fortitude to fight their way through every obstacle I put up as if their life depended on it.
I was waiting for someone to take my hand.
I was waiting for Shaw Mercer.
These books are indeed long, so prepare yourself. I found the writing to be a bit too flowery for my personal preferences at times and just taking up too many words to get the point across. Again, person opinion. Perhaps though part of the length has to do with the amount of sex scenes. I’m no prude, I love the hot and heavy like everyone else, but sometimes I want to be immersed in the plot as well! I don’t need to read a detailed scene every time the main characters are together. I get it, they like each other. But I don’t need four or five or six or seven sex scenes in a book. I’m the type of person who will skip them to just get on with the story. I would prefer to have half of them cut out, and spend that time moving the pace along instead. Though I will admit, Shaw and Willow could be muy caliente! Very hot.
For a moment, maybe two, I let it all go. Every guard. Every wall. Every reservation. For those few stolen moments, I let him in all the way. I let him see that I don’t want anything between us but real and reckless, no matter if it hurts one, or both of us, in the end. That it’s too late and I’m already madly in love with him. Then, in the next breath, I beg him to handle me with care. To keep me if he thinks he can try, to let me go if he knows he’ll crush me.
He sees it.
He sees me.
I think he has from the day he stared into my wild eyes behind his mirrored aviators.
All in all, an interesting duet. The first story I found to be a little more basic but the second branched out significantly and I found much more enjoyable. If you’re looking for a fake girlfriend story with a few twists also the way, check this duet out! Now, what about Noah? Can I have him?
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.