Title: Finding You
Author: Elizabeth Lee
Series: Escaping #2
Release Date: October 16, 2014
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.
They’ll both have to dig deep inside themselves to discover whether or not they’re capable of being enough for one another. Finding the person you’re meant to love isn’t the problem. Sometimes the hardest person to find is yourself.
Finding You is Mallory’s story and I couldn’t have been more anxious to get my hands on it. It was obvious from Escaping Me that Mallory was unmistakably different from her sister, Whitney. While Whitney and Cole’s journey played out, Mallory was always stirring up trouble and adding color to their story. As I read Finding You, I was so completely satisfied with the way that Elizabeth has nurtured Mallory’s voice in order to tell her story. Every second of this book screamed Mal. Her personality, excitement for life, and overall energy radiates from each and every page. Elizabeth couldn’t have captured Mal any better and it kept me completely consumed by this book from start to finish.
“I handled the startling shock like the mature, demure, young lady I was. I screamed. Like full on Janet Leigh in Psycho kind of scream.”
It has always been pretty obvious that Mallory is a spunky girl who knows how to raise a little hell. By the time we see Mal again in Finding You, she has grown, the newly revealed truths of her life maturing her in unexpected ways. Don’t get me wrong, Mal is as feisty as ever and she can stir up trouble like nobody else, but there’s a softness to her, a vulnerability that has been exposed by the uncertainty she faces. Elizabeth Lee has developed this character in such a beautiful and genuine way. She is still all snark and attitude, independent and ready to take the world head on, but Elizabeth has revealed the extent of her complexity, making her undeniably human, and it connected me to her on a much deeper level.
“No one was perfect—including me—but I refused to spend any more time with someone that didn’t think I could handle the truth.”
How could you not love this story?! Mal is sassy and lives her life unapologetically while Boone tries to live his under the radar. Boone is a BBF to die for. He is most definitely the strong, silent type, capable of melting you with just a look. These two together are absolutely scorching and Elizabeth made sure we could feel the heat. The attraction between them was perfectly palpable, making the exquisite tension between Mal and Boone ten times more satisfying. Each and every conversation between them is a constant battle of wits, with their native language being flirtation, sarcasm and innuendo. This book was so much fun to read. It kept a constant smile on my face.
“I wasn’t some weak, pathetic guy. All I wanted to do was take care of her and help her.”
Finding You was surprisingly heart wrenching. Mallory’s personal journey leads her right to the one person with the power to really break her. As she tries to figure out exactly who she is, we are left to stumble, backtrack, jump and let ourselves fall right alongside her. Boone’s past refuses to be left behind, further complicating this highly emotional situation. My heart ran rampant as I made my way through this story and I just couldn’t put this book down until I had read the entire thing. Elizabeth Lee continues to outshine herself with each new release and I absolutely loved losing myself in Mallory and Boone’s story.
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Check out the companion novel:
Escaping Me (Escaping #1)
Born and raised in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield (not literally, that would be weird), I’ve spent my entire life imagining stories. Stories where the right guy always gets the right girl, first kisses are as magical as they are on the big screen and anything is completely possible if you believe.
Although this journey began years ago, it recently took on a whole new life. After years of devouring hundreds of Romance, YA and New Adult novels, I had an epiphany… I should write a book. And I did it!
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.