Review: Finding Me by Stephanie Rose (Second Chances #2.5)


Note: This ARC was provided by Between the Sheets Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Finding Me is a spin-off novel that is part of the Second Chances series from author Stephanie Rose. I had no clue that this book was part of a series. Had I known, I would have read the first two books because I'm kind of a stickler for stuff like that. However, this works quite well as a standalone and while my curiosity regarding the female main character's parents, Lucas and Samantha Hunter, was more than piqued, their story is more or less separate from their daughter's, albeit it plays a big role in who she is and in a choice that she makes here in this book. This was my first Stephanie Rose read but her past titles and this one in particular came highly recommended by one of my friends who also happens to be a fellow blogger (Mara over at The Mercurial Reader) and I do believe I've found myself yet another author to keep my eye on. There's an ease to her storytelling and while the main characters have their challenges and issues to deal with, I never felt as if the angst was stifling. Instead, I empathized and cheered them on to a happy ending, all the while enjoying every single bit of this easy, breezy new adult (NA) romance and coming of age story.

It's her freshman year in college and eighteen-year-old Isabella Christensen is living away from her parents and younger brother for the first time in her life. She's ready to put her best foot forward with her schoolwork while opening herself to meeting new friends and experiencing college life. What she isn't quite ready for is Owen Thompson, the star player for their school's hockey team and a junior renowned for both his skills on and off the ice. Owen isn't your typical jock. His southern charm and amiable personality make it difficult for Bella to convince herself that he's someone who isn't worth knowing. The beginnings of a friendship are already there and tutoring him in their accounting class allows them to spend time getting to know one another. But Owen wants to be more than Bella's friend, and if she's honest with herself, Bella knows that the draw isn't one-sided at all. With Owen having the reputation that he does with women and Bella already being abandoned by men who claimed to love her, will she ever take a chance to find out just how well she and Owen fit together or has Bella been burned one time too many?

If ever there was a perfect title for the story a book shares with its reader, it's this one. Finding Me is about Bella Christensen's journey to finding herself and where she belongs in the world. She isn't some woe-is-me female who bemoans her lot in life. If anything, she recognizes just how fortunate she is to be blessed to have a mother she can openly talk to and who loves her conditionally and a stepfather who more than stepped up in the fatherhood department and has claimed Bella as his own ever since she entered his life. Bella is intelligent, beautiful, and has very little to complain about, so she makes for an interesting character. Yes, she has issues when it comes to the abandonment of her biological father and the manner in which her ex-boyfriend ended their relationship, but she's resilient and embraces the young woman that she is and realizes that what she went through with those two led her to something better--her stepfather Lucas Hunter and Owen Thompson, men who love her beyond measure. Finding Me is about discovering the person you are and that you don't need to get lost in order to find your place in this world. Five stars. ♥

Release Date: 26 May 2016

Date Read: 26 May 2016

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