Title: Finding Me (Second Chances, #2.5)
Author: Stephanie Rose
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: May 22, 2016
I’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.
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I 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.”
Finding Me is the story of Bella deciding to put the hurts of the past behind her and finding who she was meant to be. She decided that a change of scenery was just what she needed after living through a humiliating senior year of high school. Her first day of college is the perfect day to start new. When Owen, the star hockey player, uses his southern charm on her she tries her best to resist him but fails miserably. He teaches her the power of unconditional love and how to trust again.
Bella, although she thinks she is weak, is a very strong person. Her father and her first love left her feeling abandoned, and broken. In letting go of the hurt caused by her past, she was able to open herself up to true love that has been there all along.
Owen, where do I begin with him? He is the ultimate. He is so sweet and is not afraid to let Bella know how he feels. Even when she was ready to give up, to allow her past to taint her future, he wouldn’t give up on her. He convinced her that she was worthy of love, that real men stay, they make the women in their lives feel special, loved and protected at all times.
I absolutely loved Bella and Owen’s story. It took me through all the emotions! I found myself laughing, smiling, angry, frustrated, and yes, I went through several tissues while reading. Any book that can evoke so many emotions in me while reading will automatically go on my favorites list. Finding Me has most definitely found an honored spot.
Finding Me is a spinoff of the Second Chances series. It can most definitely be read as a standalone, however I feel that I may have missed out on the wonderfulness that is her step father Lucas. I will most definitely be going back and reading Always You, Lucas and Samantha, Bella’s mom’s story.
A definite 5 star read!!
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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