Title: Finding Me (Second Chances, #2.5)
Author: Stephanie Rose
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: May 22, 2016
I’ve always been lost . . .
Abandoned by a father who didn’t want me. Cherished by a stepfather, though I wasn’t his. Shattered by a boy who swore he loved me.
But I belonged nowhere, to no one.
Then I met Owen, the sweet-talking hockey player who made me love him. He gave me the courage to trust in someone besides myself. He showed me a love I longed for.
When an unwanted ghost comes knocking on my door, my heartbreaking history threatens to repeat itself. But where do I turn if I lose everyone? And how do I find where I belong, when I’m still Finding Me?
Finding Me is a spinoff from the Second Chances series and can be read as a standalone.
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I couldn’t quite make eye contact with Ethan since the last time I came back to the apartment with Owen before Thanksgiving break. We caught Ethan naked in the hallway—on a date and thinking they had the place to themselves for a night. I was no prude, but seeing junk not belonging to my boyfriend turned me three shades of red. I hadn’t even seen Owen’s, but I . . . felt it . . . a lot. On my leg, against my stomach, sometimes rubbing my back if he was holding me from behind. Why I was so bashful I couldn’t say, especially since I didn’t have a cherry to pop. But it was only one guy and only one time, shortly before he shredded my heart and then stomped all over it. Even though I couldn’t make my virginity grow back, I wasn’t quite ready to go there again. However, not being ready for sex had absolutely nothing to do with wanting it. Our time together always ended with a scorching kiss and groping against the nearest wall. Owen’s Southern gentility was probably wearing thin these past few weeks.
“Owen? The movie starts in a half hour!” I called as I strolled down the hallway.
“Hey, City. Give me a minute, practice ran late.” Owen had just stepped out of the shower and was dripping freaking wet. The V on his hips disappeared into a towel cinched around his tapered waist. Water traveled from the stray tangled locks at his neck and trickled down over his ripped chest and his abs before disappearing into the bunched up material at his waist. I licked my parched lips and tried to remember how to speak. How many damn abs did he have? Six? Eight? I was gaping at a wet, half naked Owen while the corner of the bastard’s mouth turned up in a smirk. I didn’t have the faculties to scowl back. My tongue didn’t want to work unless it was tracing the water trails across Owen’s body.
“Keep looking at me like that, baby. We won’t be going anywhere tonight.”
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
~ 4.5 “Sky Full of Stars” Stars ~
I absolutely love Stephanie Rose’s books. I have read every one of them and I will continue to read anything she writes.
Her stories always have that feel good feeling and leave me with a HUGE smile on my face in the end. She doesn’t create stories that are overloaded with excess drama, which I love. Her stories do tend to lean towards the insta-love kind, but they work. I think it has to do with the fact that she keeps the story moving and the timeline moves along, so you don’t feel like everything happens in a day or two. (I hope that makes sense)
I was looking so forward to reading Finding Me. This is part of her Second Chances series, but can be read as a standalone. I would recommend reading Always You (Book 1) first just so you can get the feeling of the characters in this book. Finding Me is the story about Bella (Sam and Lucas’s daughter from book 1) I fell in love with Bella as the five year old little girl we were introduced to and I still feel the same way after we see her as an 18 year old college student.
We learn a lot about Bella and her feelings in this book. She was a broken girl who had some trust and abandonment issues. Her biological father Marc left when she was 5 years old and hasn’t had any contact with her since. Then her high school boyfriend cheats on her and does it publicly, making her senior year at school awful. So Bella has decided to move away to college to start fresh where no one knows her background. This is where she meet her saving grace….Owen 🙂 Owen was a fantastic Hero in this story. He made me swoon almost every time he talked.
I thought Finding Me was a really sweet love story. The storyline was engaging and held my attention all the way through. I felt that this story was very well written. I really liked that there wasn’t an over abundance of drama. Don’t get me wrong there was some drama, but it was usually short lived and not dragged out throughout the whole book.
I will say that there was one part of this story that I really didn’t like…it was a bit to cliche for me and something that was very predictable for this genre of book. I truly felt that part could’ve been left out and this book would’ve been just as good or even better in my mind. Plus I didn’t feel this part of the story was ever really finished. I wanted to know what happened with Amber and Richie. We did get some closure with Richie but not what I was hoping for. Maybe there was more to that storyline in my own head and that’s why it felt unfinished to me. I still really enjoyed this story, but this is why I didn’t give it 5 stars.
What I loved the most about this book was the message Stephanie was trying to get across.
“ Sometimes our parents aren’t the ones we’re assigned, sometimes God gives them to us in other ways. Biology doesn’t make a father, love does.”….Stephanie Rose
You’ll understand more of why I loved that quote from Stephanie after you read this book.
I LOVED that we got to see more of Lucas and Sam and got to know Joey as well. I’m actually hoping after reading the epilogue, that we might get a book for Joey as well. I think his story would be fun. I want to see if he turns out like his dad Lucas.
I would recommend this book to everyone, especially those who love a great college love story.
About The Author
Stephanie Rose was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and still lives there with her superhero-obsessed husband and son.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a day job in marketing, but she always has a story in her head. Her books are full of swoon-worthy men and feisty heroines.
This lifelong New Yorker lives for Starbucks, book boyfriends, and 80s rock. Her voice is often mistaken for a Mob Wives trailer.
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