01 March 2014

Finding Us by Harper Bentley - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

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Jag Jensen and Ellen Love had been best friends their whole lives until he turned thirteen and started noticing girls his own age, but that didn’t mean he stopped watching out for eleven-year-old Ellen. By his senior year in high school, baseball had taken the front seat in his life, with a scholarship to college and a pro career looming on the horizon, when sophomore Ellen caught his attention and they struck up their friendship again. Although Ellen wanted more, Jag didn’t want to drag her into what he knew would be a crazy life, but love has a way of deciding one’s future, and eventually they became a couple. Ellen followed him to California as he began his pro career, but his wild and hectic lifestyle screwed everything up.

Now Jag is lost, realizing he’s never been without his best friend in his life. Learning to live without Ellen doesn’t settle well with him, so while trying to remain at the top of his career, he also wants to get his girl back, which proves to be more difficult than he thought it’d be. Will Ellen give him another chance or does that sort of thing only happen in the sappy romance novels she always used to read? Jag hopes she’s willing to try again as he puts his heart on the line for the woman he knows will always be his forever and a day.

my review -
Discovering US:
It’s Ellen Love’s POV and it tells her version of their LOVE STORY, from she was five, on how it all started, down to the point where he broke her heart.

She had loved him since she was five, and he was seven. He was her first everything.

Jag and Ellen were perfect for each other. They had spent their childhood together, being friends and despite the fact they have drifted apart in his teens, they have reunited after five years and continued as if those years didn’t happen at all.

He was her first love – she wanted to give it all to him. It was adorable that JAG was willing to wait for her. After all, he had waited a long time already, what’s a few more. So for years, they didn’t sleep together. Touch some bases but never get that far. How Jag sustained, I can never tell. But his control, his willingness to wait was really admirable. It was noble of him. Although nobility doesn’t really keep his bed warm at night (;.

She followed him when he was drafted with the Dodgers, she transferred college and left everything behind her. Maybe this is where it all started, when she decided to leave everything she was accustomed to having for him. Suddenly, her life revolved around him. When life gets tough, and when no support system present around her, she started to spiral down.

Their relationship starts to weigh heavily on her, no thanks to his jerk agent, and a lingerie supermodel. They seem to do everything to keep them both apart, which breaks my heart. How can something THAT solid, THAT long, and THAT tough kind of relationship suddenly breaks apart?

I wish he stood up for her, he told Alessandra to just get the hell out, or give her the heads up, I wish I can get into his freakin mind. The DUAL POV would sound perfect at that point of the novel. Nevertheless, this was a great book to start off the series. The ending had me craving for the next, good thing it’s available!

★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★


Finding US:
Finally Jag’s POV!

One thing is for sure though: MAKE UP SEX IS REALLY HOT!

I had wanted to get inside Jag’s brain the moment he renewed their friendship after five years. This guy had been nothing but amazing – a little gullible, and sometimes clueless, but amazing nonetheless. You know why? Because despite all those sexy, and beautiful model surrounding him – he was able to keep his d**k on his pants. Great, huh?

He waited all these time for Ellen, why waste her trust?

After putting down the first book, I immediately opened the second book. Trust me, you needed to read the first one, although this book offered Jag’s version of their story. The ending made me stop breathing – was it really happening? Were they saying, what I thought they were saying?

Oh yes, they are. California, girls, practices, and insecurities apparently don’t mix. Ellen might have been constantly being reassured by Jag – but hey, this girl is just human. She is bound to experience insecurities no matter how unfounded they may be. Jag was a guy, he’s got some underwear model running after him, and Ellen thought she was just a normal-looking human being. So, I really didn’t have the heart to hate her. Although, there was a point where I wished, she would just have to think soooo hard before making any decisions or rush to any conclusions.

Here’s Jag with his heart broken, trying his best to woo Ellen with the help of his friends: Russ, Amanda and Baxter. But a truck-full of Irises wouldn’t just buy you a forgiveness, a lot of semi-stalking, and groveling would PROBABLY do the trick. He tries to juggle it all – wooing the girl of his dreams, and his career.

And just when everything gets to be perfect again, a deranged underwear model came into the scene once again just to ruin it all. Gaaahd, I wished Jag would have put this girl in her proper place. I’d smack her, maybe shove some senses up to her a**. Being a gentleman sure didn’t help him – because he was losing Ellen all over again – will this be for real, this time?

Once again, I certainly can’t find my breathe as I await for the last installment in this trilogy! But I certainly hope Ellen and Jag will both get their HEA. There is no better lover, boyfriend or husband than your best friend. They have been through hell and back, they have been together for ages, so I’m crossing my fingers, pinning for this two as I patiently wait for the next book. 

★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★

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the author -

Harper Bentley has taught high school English for 21 years. Although she’s managed to maintain her sanity regardless of her career choice, jumping into the world of publishing her own books goes to show that she might be closer to the ledge than was previously thought.

After traveling the nation in her younger years as a military brat, having lived in Alaska, Washington State and California, she now resides in Oklahoma with her teenage daughter, two dogs and one cat, happily writing stories that she hopes her readers will enjoy.


other book in the series -

★True Love Trilogy Reading Order &Purchase Link★
Discovering Us Cover  


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