February 27, 2014

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW, & GIVEAWAY ~ Finding Us by Harper Bentley

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SYNOPSIS:

Jag Jensen and Ellen Love had been best friends their whole lives until he turned thirteen and started noticing girls his own age, but that didn’t mean he stopped watching out for eleven-year-old Ellen. By his senior year in high school, baseball had taken the front seat in his life, with a scholarship to college and a pro career looming on the horizon, when sophomore Ellen caught his attention and they struck up their friendship again. Although Ellen wanted more, Jag didn’t want to drag her into what he knew would be a crazy life, but love has a way of deciding one’s future, and eventually they became a couple. Ellen followed him to California as he began his pro career, but his wild and hectic lifestyle screwed everything up. </ strong>
Now Jag is lost, realizing he’s never been without his best friend in his life. Learning to live without Ellen doesn’t settle well with him, so while trying to remain at the top of his career, he also wants to get his girl back, which proves to be more difficult than he thought it’d be. Will Ellen give him another chance or does that sort of thing only happen in the sappy romance novels she always used to read? Jag hopes she’s willing to try again as he puts his heart on the line for the woman he knows will always be his forever and a day.

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I went into reading the True Love series pretty blindly. A lot of times I like not knowing what to expect so I didn’t even read the blurbs for Discovering Us and Finding Us. I was extremely fortunate though, to have waited to get Finding Us in my hands before starting Discovering Us because if I was forced to wait to find out what happened with this story after the blubbering, emotional wreck I was upon finishing Discovering Us I most likely would have really hurt someone. 

When I opened Finding Us I was very pleasantly surprised to find it is from Jagger’s point of view. If you know me at all, you know that I am a sucker for a strong male point of view. Jagger’s extremely realistic, exceedingly masculine perspective was fascinating, amusing, and enlightening. Often times I find that when a story is written from the male viewpoint it still seems very feminine and paints a little too perfect of a picture of the hero. Jagger messes up sometimes, he makes mistakes, he admits his faults, he doesn’t apologize for thinking and acting like a guy at times even when it’s something that El or the reader would not necessarily like to hear, and his thoughts and feelings are genuine and seem to be representative of his gender. Not to mention his personality is strong, confident, and very alpha male making his story positively captivating.

This continuation of El’s story was not only highly anticipated after the emotionally draining and consuming ending to the first book, but it also served as a balm to soothe any hurt feelings or hostility toward Jag we were left with after his surprising and disappointing actions left us reeling. His explanation was definitely needed and finally understanding where he was coming from helped to forgive his part in the dramatic and disastrous turn of events and to be able to move forward.

I read both Discovering Us and Finding Us within 24 hours. I absolutely could not get enough of this story and could not put it down. I, once again, was in love with the level of emotion I experienced during the course of this story. I was shocked and dismayed, disgusted and fed-up, and fulfilled and euphoric. Finding Us is another emotional rollercoaster that is simply irresistible and extremely addicting. I am left feeling much the same at the end of this second book as I was at the end of the first but this time I don’t have the third book to comfort me. I will be very impatiently awaiting the final installment of Jag and El’s tempestuous story while I suffer through and attempt to overcome my very serious case of book hangover.
“You don’t die from a broken heart. You just wish you did.”
5 FMR stars
Review by - Michelle T



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AUTHOR BIO:

Harper Bentley has taught high school English for 21 years. Although she’s managed to maintain her sanity regardless of her career choice, jumping into the world of publishing her own books goes to show that she might be closer to the ledge than was previously thought.
After traveling the nation in her younger years as a military brat, having lived in Alaska, Washington State and California, she now resides in Oklahoma with her teenage daughter, two dogs and one cat, happily writing stories that she hopes her readers will enjoy.

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