Saturday, January 10, 2015

ARC Review: I Found You (Starting Out #1)

I Found You (Starting Out #1) by Jane Lark

Publisher: Harper Impulse, 2013
360 pages, kindle edition
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemorary
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis (from 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 Review:
While out for a run on a cold Winter’s evening on Manhattan Bridge, Jason spots a young woman standing on the edge, in just a t-shirt, and it seems she is preparing to jump. Rachel is oblivious to her situation and Jason has to convince her that going home with him is the best option. Here starts this wonderful story…..

Most of the novel is just these two characters, their past, present and future. Rachel obviously has issues and Jason has some explaining to do to his girlfriend and family when he takes in this stray girl. Both in their early 20s, Rachel and Jason are unsure of their futures and Jason in particular is struggling with the expectations of him. They have a special bond from the start and seem to bring out the best in each other. This does not come without a price though, as other people are hesitant to see Rachel as anything other than trouble.

This novel grabs you from the very first page. Jason is a genuine good guy and someone we would all love for our daughters! Although Rachel is troubled, and fighting some inner demons, she also has a good heart.

The writing is smooth and at a perfect pace. There are other characters, mostly Jason’s family, but the two main protagonists are what counts. Their interactions are superb and the reader feels as if they are watching them on a big screen. There is a nice balance between wholesome and nasty and while the idea of a young guy just rescuing a random stranger seems a bit unbelievable at first, when the reader learns more about Jason’s manner and personality, it does become more realistic. Rachel, on the other hand, seems very real from the start, as there are so many young women out there who can find themselves lost and alone after making some bad choices.

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