I pulled his mouth back to mine, and ran my hands through his hair, weaving the ends through my fingers. Although lust was pumping through my veins, I pushed it aside, taking this moment to just feel his mouth against mine. We had time for the rest, and for the first time in over five years, I was finally living in the present.
We stayed in each other’s arms for a long time, watching the waves ripple across the rocks, and the seagulls touch down to peck the water for fish. I could feel our bodies finally surrender to a sense of calmness. Although we still had so much to learn about each other, and many more fears to face, we found a way to take that first step, and would journey the rest of the way together.
This feeling of contentment and satisfaction was so new and refreshing. I finally saw a beginning, rather than an end. Everyone started walking toward the back deck, while I took one more look out toward the vast stretch of sand. This beach town has held the origin of my fears and the depth of my heartache. But today, it represented the birth of my new life, one that included Cole. However, looking toward the water’s edge, my elation was stripped from me, as I stood staring into the aqua-colored eyes of my greatest fear.
"You found me when I was lost; you saved me when I didn't feel worthy of saving. With you I'm finally able to breathe again."
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
Fast is the first word that pops into my head when describing Found In You. This book sure did move fast, the storyline was a little too fast paced for my liking and I felt I couldn't get a grip on the storyline or the characters as it went whizzing by at full speed.
Camryn Singer is returning to the town where she grew up, she fled five years before as this town held a lot of bad memories but her mum left her the beach house and wanted Camryn to begin her life with her son here. Within a day of returning, Cam literally ran into hunky surfer Cole, this was a pleasant surprise although less than 5 days later they were declaring all sorts of feelings for each other and that's when my hesitancy began. Camryn's son also formed a close bond with Cole within less than a week and I just felt that part of the storyline was too forced, we weren't even 20% into the story. I liked the premise of Found In You and I feel if the beginning was stripped back and drawn out, then a bigger impact could have been made and it would have been more believable.
It wasn't long before Camryn's past turned up to cause trouble and this part of the story was interesting, it added a bit a drama but Cam was a bit flouncy with her decisions and poor Cole didn't know if he was coming or going. I feel greater character development was needed for us to really get know each of the main characters. We didn't really get to know Cole and Cam, I felt like we were told a lot of their feelings rather than connecting with their thoughts.
As this is K.L. Ruse's début novel, I see a lot of potential here and it was a really sweet romance, Cole was a bit too soppy for me a times but then I do like my heroes a little rougher around the edges. I would actually class this as an adult contemporary romance, it didn't have the New Adult vibe and Camryn was well established in her life so it isn't your typical NA. I also think the cover ages the story somewhat, for the age of the characters it gives it an old fashioned feel and I hope this doesn't deter people from checking it out.
Found In You was a sweet romance about second chances and the mantra 'everything happens for a reason'. It certainly is a sweet way to spend the afternoon. The secondary characters, like Lila, added some humour and as most of the cast was already paired off, I am interested to see who the next book in the series will be about.
I did like the letters from Camryn's mum, this added a sentimental element to the story and it certainly kept Cam going when she doubted everything, which did happen often. And then five year old Gavin added the cuteness factor to the story.
Although this book was a little too fast paced for me, at it's essence is a sweet love story and one you should check out for yourself today.
"She always believed coming back to where we had lost everything would help us find what we needed."
"Your path led you home for a reason. Keep your head up and your heart open." ~ Cam's mum.
"I felt him take possession of my heart. Unable to keep him out, the only thing I could do now was to hope he didn't leave me shattered."
"Lose the pity party, Cam. You're supposed to be scared shitless. That's what makes it real; that's what makes it last." ~Lila
"My body collapsed over his, and I let every emotion pour out. I was finally able to see the light shining beyond the darkness."
"You have give me a reason to stay, to believe in love, to trust in forever. You have shown me how to give a part of myself that can break, to love hard when there is love to be had, and to accept that our own perfection can exist." ~Cam
I am a middle school teacher who recently traded in my chalk for a laptop to follow my dream of writing contemporary romance novels. I live with my husband and two daughters in the suburbs of Philadelphia. When I’m not writing, I spend my time reading and relaxing with my family at my home-away-from-home, the Jersey shore.
After I graduated from Villanova University in 2003, I never imagined my path would lead me in this direction. Writing was a hobby, an outlet for me to live in a world of happily ever afters. Now as I watch my dream become a reality, I believe that happy endings do exist.
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