Title: Finding Me (Second Chances, #2.5)
Author: Stephanie Rose
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: May 22, 2016
SynopsisI'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.
Review by Lisa Kane
Bella is the daughter of Samantha and Lucas from Always You. I adored that book and this one was just as delicious.
Bella is about to start her freshman year in college. She is so over the drama from her senior year in high school. Drama that was so bad that she's going to college four hours from her home in Queens, New York. Her boyfriend Christian left to go away to college but apparently forgot to tell her that he was dumping her for someone else. He quickly became the hot hockey player attracting lots of attention. His new love posted pics of them all over Facebook and he didn't hesitate to comment on them. Seems everyone at Bella's school knew about it well before her. As if having her nose rubbed in it wasn't enough, when Bella confronted him, he blew her off saying he wanted out of their relationship long before this. Needless to say, Bella's last year was a nightmare but this new adventure is just what she needs.
I really didn't know anyone on campus, but that was a major plus to me when choosing schools. The drama of my senior year had drained the life out of me. I reveled in making a new start for myself far enough away from home-a place where I could have a true clean slate.
On her first day she runs into a hot guy named Owen. She's no nun living in a convent, but she finds out he's the school's number one hockey player and there seems to be no end to the line of girls waiting for him to notice them. Owen's earned his nickname of "OT".
"Owen Thompson, and he's the center for the hockey team. When he joined, the team really sucked. But then he started scoring goals at the last minute and forcing games into overtime. OT seemed to stick. Plus, he looks like the type of guy who's always up for overtime."
As far as Bella's concerned, he might as well not exist. Been there, done that. But Owen doesn't give up and he wants to get to know Bella. He makes sure he's where she is so she's forced to notice him. They are in a finance class together and Owen asks Bella for help tutoring him. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Owen is having no trouble in this class, but Bella likes hanging out for their tutoring sessions.
Finally, Owen breaks through her protests against dating him. But just because they are officially seeing each other, that doesn't mean there won't be whole new drama thrown Bella's way. Remember, Owen is quite the catch and there will be lots of scheming, jealous former one night stands of his that want more than one night. Add in some family drama and the ex douchebag stirring up trouble and this story had no problem holding my attention!
I miss you and I love you. And I'll say it as many times and for as many days as I have to-until you believe it.
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ExcerptI 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.”
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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