Series: Lost & Found #2
Publisher: Self Published on July 30, 2013
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There’s optimistic. And there’s Jesse Walker.
If he wasn’t so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get old. Fast.
Falling in love with the broken girl who had at first seemed immune to anything resembling love was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him when he was five.
As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one.
As push comes to shove, they’re forced to make choices neither are eager to make, and Jesse and Rowen have to face what their lives might look like without the other.
Can two people with such tragic pasts and different presents expect a promising future together? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.
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Check out my review of Lost & Found (Lost & Found #1)
“She’d always grumble a little and try to pretend she was all put out I’d risked life and limb to get to her twenty hours sooner than planned, but one smile and shrug from me melted that act. She was a sucker for my smile. It got to her. Every. Single. Time.”
“‘I don’t know what all you art people call your snooz-fest get-togethers. Give me a break, rown. I don’t speak Lame.’ ‘And I don’t speak Idiot,’ I grumbled. Next time Jesse couldn’t pick me up and Garth black showed up in his place, I was hitching a ride back to Willow Springs. Or hoofing it.”
Favorite Character: Jesse Walker.
“Sometimes love was about compromise, and sometimes it was about sacrifice.”
My Musings: I’ve been pining for this book since the moment I read the last sentence of Lost and Found–even when there was no word of whether or not there would be a sequel. So when I read Nicole’s blog post about Near and Far, I had a major freak out. When I was accepted for the blog tour, I nearly died. So when I found out I had no time at all to read this book because of school prep and college visits, I almost cried. But alas, after some rushing with school work and an all nighter, I was able to successfully finish this book in time for the last day of the tour.
Near and Far is a continuation of Lost and Found, following what happens to Jesse and Rowen after Rowen goes off to college. Enter some inner demons, bad pasts, and annoying new characters–well, not annoying so much as I personally didn’t like them because if what the did to my favorite couple–and you have an emotional roller coaster ride.
This novel was written in dual point of view with Jesse and Rowen as the narrators. I really liked this because the two of them are such different characters and have such different thought processes that it would not have been a fleshes out novel if not for having both points of view.
Near and Far deals with the struggles Rowen and Jesse have to deal with that come along with their long distance relationship. In Lost and Found, we got to see Rowen’s inner demons an personal struggles–in Near and Far, we see Jesse’s. This actually was really enlightening because on the surface, Jesse is picture perfect. To see what he was struggling with really made him more relatable and strangely even more perfect in my eyes. Jesse went though a really emotional journey, which transferred over to his and Rowen’s relationship. We definitely see Jesse at his worst.
But alas, the two of them were super cute. I’m not even going to tell you how cute–I’m going to show you:
“We took normal, average, and what was expected…and turned it upside down. We didn’t do anything just because that was what society expected. We held to our own standards and didn’t worry about meeting the expectations of some nameless majority.”
There are many words I could use to describe Jesse Walker:
“I’d do whatever I could to make her happy. To let her live her dreams. To feel fulfilled. To recognize she was so damn special to me, I ached–a deep, throbbing pain–whenever we were apart. She was sacred to me.”
“Jesse’s eyes went soft. ‘Win. lose, on top of the world, or at rock bottom…I’m with you, Rowen Sterling. To the very end.'”
Too perfect for words.
“‘Do you have to see the good in everyone?’ ‘No, I don’t have to. I just choose to.'”
“Just like that, the anxiety was gone, chased away by the all-encompassing acceptance Jesse showed me. He;d accepted me as I’d been last summer, he accepted me for the woman I was today, and I knew he’d accept the woman I was in the future. His acceptance didn’t come with an expiration date.”
Did I mention perfect?
“Not that I needed a reminder, but moments like that, the unequivocal goodness that was Jesse Walker was glaringly obvious.”
Jesse has definitely stole the spot of best book boy in a contemporary romance. I’m still searching for a magical spell to bring him to life–because every girl needs a Jesse Walker in her life.
“Jolene might have made the list after that morning’s shenanigans, but she’d just landed the number one spot on my shit list. Jesse…he’d never been anywhere close to it. I doubted he could do anything to wind up on that list. Just because a scheming little trollop was using his goodness against him didn’t mean I was going to hold him responsible.”
Now in this novel, we see a different side of Rowen. I like to think that Rowen has changed for the best, but kept all the best aspects of her personality. She was snarky to a point that was unrealistic–very amusing. And seeing a jealous Rowen, let me tell you, was the funniest thing I’ve read for a while. But the part I loved most was seeing Rowen’s caring and vulnerable side. I was really nice to see beyond the shell that she puts up, and I’m glad that she found the cowboy who could get though it.
“I’d known it all along. I forgot it along the way sometimes, but Garth wasn’t the hard shell of a man he liked us all to believe he was.”
Now something else I want to briefly touch on–Garth. Now okay, in Lost and Found, I was anti-Garth. However, this novel changed my opinion a bit. And thus, I AM SO EXCITED FOR GARTH’S BOOK. And for those of you who don’t know, his book, Finders Keepers, will be released September 16th. Which is too far away. But anyways. I loved seeing Garth’s and Jesse’s relationship mending. They were still opposite sides of the personality spectrum, but they worked. Garth really showed his soft spots for both Rowen and Jesse in this novel, and I’m proud to say that I now have a soft spot for him. Regardless, Finders Keepers is bound to be one of the best books ever–talk about a boom full of sarcasm and snark!
Now for the new characters: Alex, Jolene, and Jax. One I loved, two I hated. For the one I loved: Alex. Alex is Rowen’s roommate. A little Hispanic girl with a big personality.
“‘Rowen, when a half-naked man like this delicious boy-toy of yours is standing half-naked in the kitchen, someone’s got to not keep their hands to themselves. Men like him weren’t put on this planet so that women could keep their hands to themselves.'”
“‘Good boy,’ she praised, returning her hand to the steering wheel. ‘Any man who can make a girl make the sounds I’ve heard coming from Rowen’s room when you’re in town is a bona fide Sex God. Any guy whose girl is still flushing the next morning is a certified Sex God. And any guy that can keep that look in Rowen’s eyes when he’s away is the fucking king of Sex Gods.'”
Alex was the source of my laughter over a majority of the book. She was snarky. She was slightly vulgar, but in a way that had you cracking up. She was always sprouting out things at the most inopportune moments. But she really cared for her fiends. And I loved her. And for the one I didn’t like: Jax Jones. Now, don’t get me wrong-Jax was a beautifully written character. I just didn’t like the problems he started. He was annoying and he was always trying to stir up trouble. Which is also what Jolene did on the ranch side. Jolene had the crush to end all crushes on Jesse, and of course that ended up with her being crushed because Jesse and Rowen will be together forever and if anyone tries to come between them, I’ll crush them. But anyways. Jolene also rubbed me the wrong way. Simply because she way trying to break up my favorite couple. But that’s reason enough, right?
A few random thoughts: I love Jesse’s family. They’re sweet and encouraging. I love Josie. She’s a really good friend for Rowen. Jolene is a sneaky little bitch. Yup.
Near and Far was by far one of the most heartfelt novels I’ve read. Amazing characters, inner demons, and outer problems weaves into a whirlwind of an emotional book, and it’s one I’ll hold dear to my heart for years to come. And that is NOT and exaggeration.
- 2 Print copies of Near & Far – International
- $50 Gift Card from Amazon.com – International
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