The beat of the music pounded through my earphones, drowning out the loud rattle of the subway trains. I was in the zone. My heart was racing, my feet striking the pavement with the rhythm of the baseline, as I ran.
The monotony of city life swamped me in the day, but running brought me back from it at night.
God, I missed home, and fuck it was cold.
Too cold to snow. I heard the words Dad always repeated. I’d always thought it a myth. Was it ever too cold to snow? I didn’t know, but people had been saying it all day.
The pavement was dry, not icy. Dry with cold. There was no moisture in the air, only the cloud of my breath, as my lungs filled and then exhaled with the pace of my strides.
Maybe it was true. God, there were so many myths in the world. Like, New York was the place to be. It still felt like new shoes to me, like it just didn’t fit.
The tarmac felt firm beneath my sneakers.
I looked forward, trying to increase my pace and energy, burning away the doubts and disappointments I’d felt since I came to the city.
At the end of the bridge there was a figure, caught in the middle of a beam of orange lamplight, like some illuminated angel. I generally only saw other guys jogging on the bridge path. It was rare to see anyone else.
It was Thanksgiving in little over a week and Christmas in a few weeks. Lindy was pissed I wasn’t going back home, but she’d made up her mind to come to me for Christmas.
Was that good or bad?
The figure was facing the Brooklyn Bridge, probably looking at the reflection of the lights glinting and shifting on the dark water. It was mesmerizing when you focused on it.
The Manhattan Bridge was never busy, probably because of the noise of the trains. The environment didn’t inspire pleasure, so it wasn’t a place for tourists. But it was a good path for running, long and straight, and normally empty.
I ran harder, my eyes focusing on the figure.
The person hadn’t moved. They held their hands up, gripping the metal grill above them.
The pose seemed odd. A little desperate. It wasn’t casual.
My imagination shifted, no longer picturing angels but a horror movie. The way the lamplight shone down on the figure, could be like they were in the sights of a hovering helicopter, or a beam from a UFO.
I thought of Christmas again, and ached for home. But I wasn’t going home. I had to conquer New York.
The light shining down on the stranger, suddenly took the form of a Godly benediction once more. The person’s arms shifted, stretching out, similar to a crucifixion pose, hands wide and high, as they looked upward.
I was getting nearer.
My fingers were numb with the cold, even inside my gloves, and my ears burned as jack-frost nipped beneath my hood. Running should’ve kept me warm, but it was twenty-one degrees Fahrenheit, way below freezing point.
Fuck, now I could see the person ahead was standing in a t-shirt. Their out-stretched arms were bare.
“Hey!” My heart rate thundered as I ran on, wondering what sort of city-nutter I was running toward. What were they doing wearing a tee in this weather? It didn’t look like a homeless dude, but…
My breaths grew more uneven.
The guy ahead hadn’t heard me.
I pulled my earphones out. “Hey!”
Still no recognition. It was like they were in some sort of trance.
My feet pounded on the concrete.
It wasn’t a guy, it was a girl. I’d seen the long hair way back, but hadn’t been sure. Plenty of guys had long hair. Now, I could see.
I knocked my hood back. I didn’t want to scare her. “Hey!”
*I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
I Found You is Jane Lark’s first attempt at writing a New Adult book, and after reading it, I was impressed and I really enjoyed it. It definitely has all the elements of what I like when it comes to reading a New Adult book.
While out running one night across Manhattan Bridge, Jason Macinlay meets Rachel Shears, a girl who thinks she has nothing left to live for. When Jason offers her his help and Rachel takes it, it turns into something much more, something that they both didn’t expect.
“I didn’t know Rachel, but I did know she’d got herself in a mess, somehow, and she needed help” ~ Jason
“There was something about him that made me feel safer than I’d felt in an entire year, or maybe longer’ ~ Rachel
I liked Rachel she had an air of mystery about her, and I was curious to know what led her to be on that bridge that night. As the story unfolded, I discovered more about her childhood, her past, her lifestyle, and her secret. My heart went out to her, and I was glad that Jason had found her that night.
“I felt good with him. I could even feel normal with him. In a way I hadn’t felt normal for years”~ Rachel
Jason was a good guy, and I really liked him. He was kind, sweet, protective, and caring. I liked the way he was with Rachel at the start and how he went with his own feelings and ignoring the pressures he was getting from his family and friends. I loved the way he always stood by her even when things got tough.
“We’d begun something tonight and for the first time in my life, I’d had no idea where I was going or what would happen next. But I’d got on a roller coaster I didn’t want to stop. I couldn’t get off.”~ Jason
Rachel and Jason were great characters. I liked the connection they had and the friendship that first developed. When it turns into something more it isn’t insta love, but their feelings are intense, and things in the relationship do move fast, and that’s mainly to do with the circumstances that they face.
“We’re right for each other, we both know it. So don’t start fighting it, and for god sake do not regret me. I’m not regretting anything. I know us getting together has been sudden, too sudden to know each other properly. But so what. I know this is right, Rachel. Don’t you? I’m not wrong, am I?” ~ Jason
Rachel and Jason are sweet together, good together. They find each other easy to talk to and even though both come from very different backgrounds and different worlds they are comfortable around each other, and they have what each other needs both physically and emotionally.
“We were probably the most unlikely couple; if I could call us that. Our meeting had been accidental, and we were poles apart. But I wanted to see if it could work, if I could succeed in life with a nice guy” ~ Rachel
“I wanted to take every hurt from her. The emotion was a living being in my chest, it roared and breathed fire and grew hungry with need.” ~ Jason
Jason gives Rachel the stability and the unconditional love that she has never had from anyone before. Rachel makes Jason take life less seriously, and brings out his more carefree side. I definitely got that soul mate feeling with these two. The attraction and chemistry between Rachel and Jason is hot, and lead to some steamy sexy scenes.
“I’d changed. I know I had. I hadn’t quite yet found my new fit, but this good guy, had rubbed off on me” ~ Rachel
I enjoy the storyline it was sweet, romantic, heartbreaking and heartwarming. The drama, angst and twist and turns kept the story interesting. Rachel and Jason do go through some obstacles due to family, a fiancée, and an ex, and I couldn’t help but root for them.
Told from both points of view, I liked the writing style of switching between Rachel and Jason during some of the intense scenes, so you get to see what they are both thinking at that moment, their feelings for each other, their fears and worries. Both are emotional thinkers, and I like that, as their emotions pulled on my emotions.
There were secondary characters that added to the story, and while they annoyed me with some of their actions, at the same time I could understand them.
Overall, I really enjoyed I Found You, and while I guessed some of the twists, there were some that I didn’t. I would also say a couple of parts I found myself wanting some more information, but that being said it was only a few and it didn’t take away my enjoyment of the book as I was hooked from the beginning.
I liked Jane Lark’s writing style I found it really engaging. I felt the story flowed well and I really liked the ending. I have to say I was a little anxious for a while as the story could have gone two ways, and I was pleased with the way it went, no cliffhanger just a sweet epilogue.
I have not read any of Jane’s previous books, but after reading this one, I will be definitely adding them and future ones, which will include some more NA to my TBR list. I recommend this book as I think New Adult fans won’t be disappointed
I loved the cover!
Jane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult Romances.
She began her first novel at sixteen, but a life full of difficulty derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined to be able to say I’m a writer.
Now Jane is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last.
Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development, and uses her knowledge of psychology to bring her characters to life.
‘Basically I’m a sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love and it’s wonderful to be able to do it time and time again in fiction, plus my understanding of people helps me write the really intense relationships I enjoy creating.’