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Being the wild child has worked for Mallory Vandaveer for most of her life. She’s the good time girl, up for anything–and everyone in her small town knows it. But when her sister came home after years of being away, long hidden secrets came out. Turns out, Mallory isn’t who she thought she was. And now everything starts to feel like a lie. In order to figure out who she is she’ll have to set out on a journey to find the one man who holds the answers.Everett Boone is in hiding. Hiding from his past and the press and the demands of a career he put on hold after tragedy struck. When a young woman with secrets of her own blows into town and rents the apartment next to his, he’ll have to face the past he was trying to escape in order to understand his feelings for her.
In Finding You we get to meet the sexy ex-golf pro emotionally wounded Boone and get a better look at exactly who the adorable sassy Mallory is. Mallory is struggling with news of finding out that her dad isn’t who she thought he was. Not that her dad was ever a dad to her, but knowing that there is a man out there she’s never met before who is her real father is something she just can’t let go of. Mallory finds herself moving half way across the country with Cole & Whit just to be closer to a man she’s never met before. What she planned was to figure out a way to get closer to Vince and get to know him. What she didn’t plan on was meeting Boone.Boone has secluded himself from everyone in the world except Vince. Only Vince knows his troubled past and is there to support him, providing him a job in his shop and a place to live above the shop. Boone’s life is far from perfect, but he’s managing day to day and is perfectly happy keeping to himself. He never planned, though, for the intense feelings he’d soon come to feel for Mallory as they are soon thrown into being neighbors.
As Mallory tries to hide who she really is until she feels that Vince would accept her, she finds herself drawn to Boone with a force she just can’t deny. Mallory always felt she was the friends with benefits type of girl, Boone always felt he was the relationship kind of guy. As the two both enter into their “relationship” they both find themselves in unchartered territory.
Elizabeth wrote a story about two people, completely different but yet so much the same who’s pasts just keep coming to the present. Can the two manage to overcome their fears of the past and move on to a future together? And will Mallory allow herself and Vince a chance to get to know each other, as father and daughter – not just as friends? Will Mallory and Boone find their courage and open their hearts to each other.
I loved Finding You – it was sweet and steamy but it also was so different from what I expected. Boone was a refreshing hero and now I will forever be a golf fan … who knew golf guys could be so HOT?? Mallory’s sassy personality was endearing but seeing her let her guard down was something so worth reading to the end for.
You will love all things Finding You. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down! Thanks, Elizabeth, for allowing me to read early to give you an honest review.
Escaping Me, a companion to Finding You
planned out. And, forget about being perfect all the time. Unfortunately, she was Whitney Vandaveer and despite the fact that she moved to the middle of nowhere – she couldn’t.
He always knew he would never be more than nothing. No job, no money, no future. Cole Pritchett had accepted the fact that he would always be the screw up and he was okay with it. Until he met her.
Here’s the thing they quickly found out – sometimes we all need a little help escaping who we think we are.
After being humiliated and heartbroken by her long term boyfriend, Whitney Vandaveer goes to live with her mother for the summer. She hasn’t lived with her mom and sister since she was four and her parents divorced. Being raised by her strict and very much “let’s make sure it looks good” father, she finds the change of living with her ever accepting mom and sister pretty refreshing. Cole Pritchett – aka, Yum, tattooed, pierced, bad boy, came to small town, Illinois to escape life. Coming from a home where his parents each had their own set of major problems, Cole wanted to disappear. Needed a change of scenery that would give him a fresh start.
Cole & Whitney couldn’t be more opposite. She’s city. He’s not even country – he’s backwoods. She’s a sorority girl. He’s a high school graduate just working any job he can. But where they differ, the two compliment each other. She may have been raised to be prim and proper but with Cole’s attention, she sees the benefits of not focusing on what others think and comes to realize maybe she cares way more about the simple lifestyle than the material, stuffy, fake ways she grew up. He, however, sees their differences and feels he’s not good enough. He sees her worth and sees where he comes from.
There is so much I loved about Escaping Me. The growing relationship between Whitney & Mallory, the way Whitney sees her life in new eyes and fights to make changes. I loved, loved, loved the intense and crazy sexual tension between Cole & Whitney that made me want to shake my kindle and say “Just do it already!!” But what I loved the most (aside from the fact that Cole is one insanely hot country boy with a temper that could make any girl’s blood heat up) is the way Cole & Whitney LOVE each other. In a crazy “I will do anything and everything I can to be with this person” kind of love.
Cole Pritchett is backwoods – but so damn sexy. Whitney is city – but so sweet and likable.
Escaping Me tugged at my heart strings and made me smile, laugh and completely swoon. All the perfect elements to a 5-star read for me.
About Elizabeth Lee
If I’m not reading, writing, enjoying drinks with my amazing group of girlfriends or chasing around a sarcastically funny kid, I’m probably watching television shows that were created for teenagers, while my husband teases that I’m too old to watch them.