Finding It (Losing It #3)
By Cora Carmack
Expected Publication October 15th, 2013
William Morrow Paperback
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Received from William Morrow (via Edelweiss) in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank you!)
About the Book:
Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong…
Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.
It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.
So, I don’t normally do this but I was curious. This is one of those stories that had me wondering: what is everyone rating this book on Goodreads? Because I’m thinking that this third book in the Losing It series is so different from the other books that it might polarize Cora Carmack fans. Some fans are going to hold on tight to the love and scream their devotion from the rafters. Some might cry foul and run for the hills. Me?
Story / Tempo
I think this is just what Ms. Carmack’s writing style is, or is evolving into. Her couples are each unique in their own way and each is deserving of their own unique story. It’s like people; there are just some people you aren’t going to immediately click with. I think that was it with me. It doesn’t mean that these people aren’t good peeps… err good books. It just means me and them won’t be besties.
Kind of like how our story started. Kelsey has been traveling around Europe by herself for the last few weeks. She’s befriended people she can party with but hasn’t made any connections that can count close to a friendship. We catch up with her on one of her nights out with a hostel mate as they head to a bar in an eastern European country. It’s during an awfully embarrassing situation involving a boy who’s command of the English language only consists of the words “beautiful”, “American”, and “drink”, his teeth, and Kelsey’s lower lip. Kelsey isn’t exactly sober but she’s sober enough to know when the hot guy across the room is laughing at her.
No surprise, Kelsey runs into this “gentleman” a few more times and he wants nothing more than to help Kelsey find whatever she’s looking for in Europe, maybe travel with her for a bit. I totally saw that coming, as well as the “mystery” as to why our “hero”, Hunt, wants nothing more than to accompany Kelsey on her adventure and maybe show her some new adventures, something other than getting drunk off her butt. I think it was this predictability that disappointed me. It was almost as if the story could have ended sooner than it did, at least for me.
Kelsey, if you remember from Ms. Carmack’s first book, Losing It, has issues. Those issues come front and center and are, unfortunately, the foundation on what Kelsey has built her life upon. So her life has been crumbling around her for some time now and she finally has to deal with it. What drove me nuts is that she knew what she had to do all along but she pretended like she didn’t. She faked it like she could make it. UGH! I wanted her to start telling off people to their faces instead of just spending their money and hoping they noticed she was up to something.
So why the heck did I keep reading a book with a character that drove me nuts? Because Ms. Cormack has consistently written characters who entertain me to no end with their quick wit and quirky phrases. Kelsey had no shortage of either and I snickered and giggled out loud quite bit.
Hunt, or Jackson Hunt as we learn later, is really a sweet guy in a crappy position who really just wants to help Kelsey in any way he can. He really was the best part of the story and if there’s a novella ever written from his point of view, I’ll definitely read it!!! I want to know what he was thinking from the very beginning 😉
The reason why I rated this a three and a half star review (which is my rating for a good book, plus some) and not a two star review is because the book is inherently good, maybe even great. I know what a good book is and I know good writing. Finding It has good writing and a good story. I just wasn’t personally bowled over by this entry in the Losing It series. You might just like it, though….
About the Author:
I’m Cora Carmack, a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. I’ve done a multitude of things in my life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). I enjoy placing my characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestseller… and a nerd (mostly the nerd part).
Other books in the series: