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Publisher: Harper Impulse on December 5, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Tomorrow is for regrets. Tonight is for being together.
On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her.
His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Rachel’s life has been far from ideal, but she’s managed to survive a neglectful, alcoholic mother and life as a runaway, seeking sanctuary in any man who shows her attention — even if that man happens to be married. But surviving isn’t living, and with no hope left, she’s tired of trying. Standing at the edge of a bridge on a cold night, she’s ready for the end. But what she gets is a second chance.
Jason’s pursuit of his dreams has taken him from nowhere, Oregon to the entirely different world of New York. The city is different, the people are different, and the pace is different, but it doesn’t change him. Which is why, when he sees a desperate girl ready to fall from a bridge to her death, he offers her hope. He just doesn’t realize they’ll both be falling.
A story like this is bound to have drama, but with so much going on, there wasn’t enough room in the book to work it all out completely. It kept things on edge, and it all seemed to fit, but in the end, much of it seemed rather glossed over instead of fully confronted and resolved.
It’s rare to find a story in which the male lead is both believable and absolutely good. That’s not to say Jason was without flaws, but he’s incredibly open-hearted, with the best intentions and a remarkable devotion to Rachel. He’s kind, patient, and protective of Rachel, even when he doesn’t know her whole story, and as more of her past comes to light, his compassion only grows.
Rachel, too, is well-written. She’s been through hell, but she’s not entirely broken, and despite the past written for her, she’s not that damaged cliche we so often read about. Her immediate trust in Jason is not only believable, but endearing, and as more of her life is revealed, you can’t help but feel for her.
I Found You is an emotional and incredibly sweet love story between two people who couldn’t be more different, and who couldn’t need each other more. Rachel and Jason’s chemistry is as intense as their love for each other, but the real story is in their characters’ growth as they navigate their friendship, the remnants of Rachel’s past, and a relationship that’s clearly meant to be.