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- Publisher: William Morrow Books
- Publication date: 10/15/2013
- Series: Losing It Series , #3
- Source: eARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review/tour
Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong...
Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life . . . or that's what she keeps telling herself.
It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.
Being a huge fan of the previous books of this series, of course I wanted to read this one. Going into it, I was a bit skeptical of how much I would like it though, seeing as I was not a fan of Kelsey in the first book. I wasn't sure if I really wanted to read a whole story about her. Though I did enjoy it, I didn't love it like I did the other ones. I figured out Jackson's secret almost right away, and I just wasn't really feeling Kelsey at all. Also, there was the hot and cold and the push and pull between them far too much. With that being said, it was a good book that I think was well written, and other people who liked Kelsey will most likely love this one.
Kelsey was a hard character to like. It's obvious that she is trying to find herself. She is pretty much just doing whatever she wants, and has some majorly self-destructive behavior. She goes out drinking and partying every night, sleeps with random people, and just really doesn't give a crap about anything. It is clear that she is hiding some dark past that makes her this way, and as it unravels, I just felt... underwhelmed. It's not that I don't think her situation was wrong, because it was very wrong, but I was just expecting something more. (To not dig myself into a ditch, I am in no way saying that what happened to her wasn't a serious thing. I think I have just read some really effed up books.) I want to say that underneath her don't care attitude, she was a different person, but she really wasn't. That's pretty much her. I did like who she started to become through the story though. I just wish that I had been able to feel for her. I never really got any emotional pull from her.
Jackson on the other hand, I really did start to feel him. We don't even get his POV since it is entirely told from Kelsey's POV, but I felt a much stronger connection to him then I did to her. He seemed very mysterious and evasive to Kelsey, but since I had a lot about him figured out early on, I was able to somewhat understand his situation. Not totally since there was still a lot that I didn't know about him, but he was much more interesting and in depth to me. I just couldn't figure out what he saw in Kelsey for the longest time. He truly was a good guy that was stuck in a bit of a bind, but I do think that he should have been more honest about things with her. On the other hand, I get why he wasn't. I know that probably sounds really vague, but I don't want to really give anything away. He was definitely fun and charming, and I loved getting to know him a bit.
This had a whole different tone than the other books. That makes sense since it's a different set of characters, but I think I was expecting more wit and humor. There was some, but really it was more of a tension filled, kind of romance. After a while the almost letting each other in, then shutting them down again got tiring. I am all about good sexual tension, but there gets to be a point where you almost don't even care anymore because they are both being too stubborn. I was almost there. The romance was definitely there, but it didn't have that spark as it did in Losing It and Faking It.
This author is a favorite of mine, and though I didn't have the crazy love for this one as I did her previous ones, I will still read whatever she puts out. This was a good book that I am sure tons of people will love. I think to me it was more the characters than anything. I loved the settings, and the writing was great. It made me want to travel all over Europe and see some of the places that they went to. If I had been able to care for the characters more, this would have gotten more stars from me. Overall, it was a quick enjoyable read for me and I can't wait for more from this author.
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.
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Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.