Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Review: I Found You by Jane Lark

I Found You
by Jane Lark

Series: Starting Out #1
Genre: NA, contemporary, romance
Published December 5th 2013 by Harper Impulse
Source: Author via Xpresso Tours

Blurb (Goodreads):
Tomorrow is for regrets. Tonight is for being together. 

On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her. 

His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks. 

But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them.

My Thoughts:

I received I Found You via Xpresso Tours as a review opportunity. I didn't expect anything from this book but there's something about it that calls me to read it.

Unlike the usual love stories, Rachel and Jason met at Manhattan Bridge...while Rachel is having a suicide attempt. Jason, being the good Samaritan he is, he talked--persuaded, more likely--her out of it. He even offered his apartment for her to stay for a while. He has nothing to do with her. She's not his liability and her fiancée might flip out--but he helped her, comforted her, and let her stay until she have somewhere to go.

I liked the book the minute I started it. Jason's perspective wasn't hard to be delve into and I feel comfort the moment I read his. From the first chapter, I already saw him as one of the fictional characters readers wished were alive. He's very thoughtful and caring, respectful, and kind man. The kind of man you could talk to for hours without really noticing the time but enjoying it instead. Rachel, on the other hand, was a different girl. I saw her through Jason's perspective and learn more about her in her perspective (yup, the book was told in two POVs). She's a girl with dark past, but despite her nightmares in life, she's the girl who's easy to be with, fun, funny, energetic, and full of life. She didn't think she has ever received or gave love before, but she's more than capable of giving it than the ones who think they're perfect. I liked how the characters were described in the book. I somehow may not relate to them, but I fully understood them.

It could be somewhat tragic, but I liked how their relationship started and grew. They started off as complete stranger (the kind of stranger you want to watch your back for), friends, and lovers. I was even challenged on how will it end with the fiancée--and whole small town people--in the scene. The story became more dramatic in the middle up to the near ending. It was dramatic that I feel like it became too much. The conflicts popped everywhere as well as the story went on and I'm not sure if I can handle it anymore. I liked that Rachel and Jason remained strong together but there were moments that I think they were more involved in their physical love. I hoped the physical love was less and saw more genuineness in it. Not that they're not genuine with their love...I just wished there was less physical love, you know what I mean.

I think I Found You has a nice plot. I liked how it started and some thrill from it. However, as the story went on from the middle, the scenes pissed me off because of the conflicts, the way everyone acted, and some things or scenes I wished happened more and happened less. Jane Lark did a good job in giving this book a satisfying ending, though, and closure to all the problems and conflicts the two main characters had.

Sweet, thoughtful, dramatic, and tragic, I Found You is a good romance book I'm sure [romantic] readers would enjoy.

Warning: This book contains foul languages and sexual references. Intended for older readers.

*Thank you so much Jane Lark and Xpresso Tour for the review opp!


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