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.
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.”
WOW!!! Just WOW!!! I can honestly say that Finding Me touched me in ways I haven’t experienced before…maybe because I could totally relate to Bella. I grew up without a father that wasn’t always involved in my life. And, I found my Owen who taught me what love really was and still does every day. I also found a Lucas who became the “Dad” I had always craved. So, as you can imagine this book really spoke to my heart as I’m sure it did to many other readers!
Bella is Samantha’s and Lucas’s daughter, and this is her story, of her finding her place in the world. I adored Bella and Owen. Owen was the perfect guy, loving, loyal, supportive, wrapped up in a sexy package with a sultry, southern accent. He never wavered from Bella even when she tried to push him away because of her trust issues. She could be frustrating when she did that, and I wanted her to quit selling herself short. Although, I could totally understand what made her do that. I was so glad I got see how Sam and Lucas were doing. Lucas is still a sexy Superman!
There isn’t too much angst in their romance, just enough to make the story great. The romance was steamy and very emotional. I could feel myself falling under Owen’s spell just like Bella did. I loved the fact that it was a romance yet it was a journey of a young girl letting go of her past, appreciating what she has, and growing into the woman she was meant to be…a woman who no longer lets her past pain of rejection determine her future. It’s also a story about what makes a family a family, not just blood and DNA, but the love that each person has for the other. I have to add that the epilogue was EPIC, probably the best I’ve read in a while! Another great book by Stephanie Rose!!!! If you want to read Sam and Lucas’s story, Always You, it’s fantastic!!!!
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.