Title: Finding Willow
Author: Dawn Robertson
Series: Hers #2
Release Date: November 24, 2013
Sex is all I have ever known.
It started at an early age, and never stopped.
Men, women, threesomes, foursomes, orgies. Fuck it, whatever goes.
Twenty eight years old and nothing to show for my life but a fat bank account, and an impressive porn catalogue; all featuring yours truly; Starburst Bloom.
I’m at a crossroads, and I have a choice to make. I choose salvation.
I choose life. I choose myself, for the first time ever.
I will find her. I will find the life I was forced to give up.
I just pray that he stays out of my way.
Finding Willow contains mature content which may not be suitable for all readers.
FW contains minor abuse themes.
This novel contains sexual situations, some non-consensual, and is for mature readers only.
Finding Willow is Star’s story. After the huge bomb Star drops on Seven at the end of Hers, she is determined to fight for the life she should have had, the family that is rightfully hers. Star decides it is time to walk away from the life of sex and drugs that has been her world and head back to her hometown in search of the life she really wants. She finally acknowledges her need to be strong, to stand on her own two feet and to stop relying on Seven to save her.
“This is how our relationship has always been, and will always be. She is the protector. I am the victim. She is strong. I am weak. She is fucking badass. I am an epic coward.”
I will admit, I did not like Star in Hers. Not even a little bit. I thought she was selfish and downright irritating. I couldn’t understand why Seven was still friends with her after everything that had happened between them. Finding Willow completely changed my mind about Star. Dawn did an amazing job developing this character and revealing her to us over the course of the story. It is not an easy task to make someone completely change their mind about a character, but Dawn does it skillfully. Every piece of Star’s past that is revealed brought me more understanding and appreciation for her behavior and with each new layer of her life that is revealed, I connected with her a little more. To be honest, by the time I had finished Finding Willow I liked Star more than I liked Seven. Star was broken, dirty and unapologetic about who she is and what she’d done. She was fierce and vulnerable and an overall beautiful character.
“Over and over again, I wish away everything I never want again. I will get healthy. I will re-claim my life. I will be everything I never thought I could be. And I will do it all on my own.”
Of course, this wouldn’t be a Dawn Robertson book without some serious steam. Meet Chrome. Chrome rides into Stars life and makes her feel, makes her question the need to always do everything on her own. He was a delicious addition to the storyline, helping Star realize exactly who she is and what she is capable of just in time for her to fight to get her life back. I really loved Star’s story. I loved watching her grow and learn to let go of the mask she’d been hiding behind for so long. I hope there is more of Star and Chrome in the future!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Hers series:
Kink the Halls (Hers #3)
This Girl Stripped (Hers #4)
Seven’s Diary (Hers #4.5)
His (Hers #5)
The Hers Box Set