Title: Finding Us
Series: Finding #1
Author: Megan Smith
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: March 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads
Jasmine Jennings is running from her past, something she never wants to deal with again. Starting out fresh in a new city, life is finally looking up.
That is until she meets him — Knox Mitchell. She tries to elude him, but he’s everywhere. When she finally gives in, he begins to avoid her.
One tragic night, Knox’s future was ripped away. His body and soul crave revenge from the man who took everything away from him, but when Jasmine crashes into Knox’s muddled life, he’s torn. What is he supposed to do about falling for the girl who was to be part of his plan for retaliation?
When all secrets are revealed can they move forward without the past destroying any hopes of having a future?
I find myself saying this a lot lately; I don’t normally do this BUT:
I have a sales app that tracks my e-book wishlist and lets me know when a book on my list drops to a certain price. I will attempt to do a post about the amazing app (REMIND ME). Somehow I must have seen finding Us advertised and added it to my wishlist, so when I got the price drop alert I automatically one clicked it – I mean it was on my wishlist. Intrigued as I couldnt remember anything about it, I delved in and then couldn’t put it down, but not for the reasons you would expect.
So I don’t normally put a lot of spoilers in my reviews or get too ranty in them either so be warned this little piece will contain lots of both. Saying that I did enjoy the story and to be fair it certainly stuck in my head, probably not for he right reasons but it is stuck there lol. Credit where credit is due, Megan Smith has created a story in Finding Us that you aren’t going to forget.
The characters are well-formed and endearing, having insight into both Knox and Jasmine’s thoughts was a must as the plot played out.
Understandably Knox is set for revenge with Jasmine being a pawn in his plans, however, this son alters as he gets to know her and falls hard for her. It is pretty easy to guess the twists within the narrative as the clues are there from the very beginning. It really, really bothered me that Jasmine looks exactly like Knox’s old girlfriend that he can’t speak about and misses more than life itself. So yeah the identical looks were a huge problem for me, as there is always doubt as to whether Jasmine is simply a replacement for the old girlfriend, Savanna. Something I couldn’t quite get past, add in the fact that Jasmine and Savanna’s lives are intertwined in a (not) surprising way only added to my irritation with the plot delivery.
Was it really necessary to use such trite developments to progress the plot. I don’t write but I think the delivery could have been made more dynamic without resorting to clichés. The whole identical characters is a pet peeve of mine and to my mind more than a little creepy.
Apart from that I actually really liked the characters, the romance was believable aside from the points mentioned and again kudos to Megan Smith for creating a story that is going to be talked about even if it is only in a ranty, spoiler filled way.
One other thing that irritated me beyond measure and again with the creepy, who the hell names their daughter after the dead ex-girlfriend. NO JUST NO.