Monday, March 3, 2014

Finding Us by Harper Bentley with Giveaway & Review

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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.
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My Review: 4 1/2 stars
This book had me pulling my hair out. I had thought that Jag would do anything to get Ellen back once he realized she left him. One minute, he's complaining about the crazy model, Alessandra, he's contracted to do promotions with and calling her a bitch, the next he's letting her into his apartment knowing that she's part of what led Ellen to leave in the first place. And that's Jag after he won Ellen back! He's so easy to pull things on, and Alessandra has got his number, and his douche bag of an agent keeps setting them up in public together. There are a lot of back and forth things that are said and done with Jag and Ellen, only for her to find what looks to be proof to her that Jag has been doing things he shouldn't. I wanted things to be better for Jag and Ellen, and now that Jag realizes what a crazy, stalker bitch Alessandra is he finally gets it. But it costs him dearly. The writing is fantastic however, and it pulled me in and didn't let go. I was able to connect with the characters, especially Ellen. She's a strong woman to have put up with so much. As for Jag, it's got to be difficult being in the public eye. I get that. I can only hope that in the next book there is a lasting resolution. I think now that Jag has made up his mind about what's going on, who really has his best interests at heart, where he wants things to go and just has to make Ellen believe him. However, this time, the ball is squarely in her court. I really want for them to have a happy ending, but sometimes in life you don't get that. I'm really hoping that's not the case here. I cannot wait for the next book to see what happens to these two people who very obviously love each other, and hope they find a way through together. 

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.
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