New Release and My Review: Finding Me by Stephanie Rose

New Release and My Review:  Finding Me by Stephanie RoseFinding Me by Stephanie Rose
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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Synopsis

I've always been lost . . .

Abandoned by a father who didn't want me. Cherished by a stepfather, though I wasn’t his. Shattered by a boy who swore he loved me.

But I belonged nowhere, to no one.

Then I met Owen, the sweet-talking hockey player who made me love him. He gave me the courage to trust in someone besides myself. He showed me a love I longed for.

When an unwanted ghost comes knocking on my door, my heartbreaking history threatens to repeat itself. But where do I turn if I lose everyone? And how do I find where I belong, when I’m still Finding Me?

Finding Me is a spinoff from the Second Chances series and can be read as a standalone.

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

“She’s it for me. She’s everything. I think in ‘when’ with her. Not ‘if’.”

Finding Me is an NA novel by Author Stephanie Rose. It can be read as a standalone, but does include some of the characters from the Second Chances series.

“You outshine everyone to me. You’re bright…like a sky full of stars.”

Owen and Bella are attending college.  Bella has just moved far away from her home to start over after an unfortunate incident in her hometown.  Owen is the young man that everyone knows.  He is the star player of the school’s hockey team and is ogled by most of the school’s female population.  The north and the south come together in Finding Me, but this time they don’t bring murmurings of war, only love.

“You’re my City. I can’t share you. I need you to be mine and no one else’s.”

This is my favorite book by Stephanie Rose. It was love, pure and simple. Owen and Bella were two of the most sincere and endearing young people.  I had a never-ending affection and respect for them. Bella was definitely the beautiful butterfly with her wings spread wide, moving to take on the world. I originally met her in Always You, and she was one of the catalysts for me falling for her step-father Lucas.  She has grown from the sweet and innocent little girl to the sexy vixen in this book.  Owen.  Where to begin?  He was the complete package of a southern gentleman.  Kind, respectful, tender, hot.  Their passion began as a sizzle, pop, bang, and then grew to a continuous electrical currency.  It was sweet and savory, like a glass of iced tea on a hot summer’s day.  It made me want to drink it down and ask for more.  Owen’s reverence for Bella was one of the the most attractive and respectful aspects of his love for her. Bella, in turn, had such pride for Owen. She truly completed him.

“I’m always yours. Wherever I am. “

Author Stephanie Rose injected the story with questions, surprises, humor, family, and good friends, giving it necessary elements to show the strength and fortitude of Bella and Owen, and a young love that was sure to stand the ages. Finding Me was a treasure in NA literature that I highly recommend.

“You’re my stars, my sun, and my sky.  You’re my whole damn universe.”

5 Stars

Excerpt

I couldn’t quite make eye contact with Ethan since the last time I came back to the apartment with Owen before Thanksgiving break. We caught Ethan naked in the hallway—on a date and thinking they had the place to themselves for a night. I was no prude, but seeing junk not belonging to my boyfriend turned me three shades of red. I hadn’t even seen Owen’s, but I. . . felt it . . . a lot. On my leg, against my stomach, sometimes rubbing my back if he was holding me from behind. Why I was so bashful I couldn’t say, especially since I didn’t have a cherry to pop. But it was only one guy and only one time, shortly before he shredded my heart and then stomped all over it. Even though I couldn’t make my virginity grow back, I wasn’t quite ready to go there again. However, not being ready for sex had absolutely nothing to do with wanting it. Our time together always ended with a scorching kiss and groping against the nearest wall. Owen’s Southern gentility was probably wearing thin these past few weeks.

“Owen? The movie starts in a half hour!” I called as I strolled down the hallway.

“Hey, City. Give me a minute, practice ran late.” Owen had just stepped out of the shower and was dripping freaking wet. The V on his hips disappeared into a towel cinched around his tapered waist. Water traveled from the stray tangled locks at his neck and trickled down over his ripped chest and his abs before disappearing into the bunched up material at his waist. I licked my parched lips and tried to remember how to speak. How many damn abs did he have? Six? Eight? I was gaping at a wet, half naked Owen while the corner of the bastard’s mouth turned up in a smirk. I didn’t have the faculties to scowl back. My tongue didn’t want to work unless it was tracing the water trails across Owen’s body.

“Keep looking at me like that, baby. We won’t be going anywhere tonight.”

About Stephanie Rose

Stephanie lives in the Bronx, New York with her superhero-obsessed husband and son.
Her day job is marketing, but she always has a story in her head.
This lifelong New Yorker lives for Starbucks, book boyfriends, and 80s rock
After spending most of her youth watching soaps, Stephanie has an obsession with angsty drama and hot romance.
She's excited to finally bring the characters she's been dreaming about to life!

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