Friday, August 2, 2013

Blog Tour: Near & Far - Review and Giveaway

Near and Far
By: Nicole Williams
Release Date: July 30, 2013
Series: Lost and Found #2

Description:
There’s optimistic. And there’s Jesse Walker.

If he wasn't so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get annoying. Fast.

Falling in love with the girl who had at first seemed immune to it, was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him into their family when he was five. But loving the girl who has her fair share of secrets is about as easy as that same girl loving the boy who seems to have none.

As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch, and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they begin to wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one.

As push comes to shove and choices aren't only needing to be made, but forced to be made, Jesse and Rowen have to face what their lives might look like without the other.

Can two people with such tragic pasts and different presents, go on to expect a promising future? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.


Review:

Welcome back to the world of Jesse and Rowan, now I absolutely loved the first book in this series and this one did not disappoint as well.  I've been smiling from ear to ear, reaching for my heart in those unbelievably sweet moments that make you go awww, and feeling sympathy to happiness throughout the whole book, even a little jealousy and revenge.  Nichole Williams is a great writer and I fall right into her world of characters so quickly and wholeheartedly.  She has a way of making you feel for the characters, there is a definite connection there.
Right now Rowan is living in Seattle while going to school to study her art and Jesse is back at the ranch.  They split their time visiting each other at least once a month.  It’s definitely something hard to do, the whole long distance relationship but they seem to be doing a pretty good job at it.  Until there are other people that get involved and then it makes you wonder can you really trust the other person completely or is it that you are just waiting for the other shoe to drop.  At least that is how Rowan is feeling and even Garth has put a little seed in Jesse’s mind about what Rowan is doing and who she associates with.  But this seems to go both ways as there is new help at the ranch and she only has eyes for Jesse, which completely makes Rowan Jesse. 

Throughout the entire book there are struggles on both end with personal demons they have been facing their whole lives.  In the first book Rowan finally opened up to Jesse but in this book it's definitely time for Jesse to finally open up about his past and deal with his demons. 

There are a lot of tough issues he's dealing with and the main one is the abuse he experienced from birth until the age of five and some of the things he had to deal with were just unthinkable.  He slowly finally realizes that to make this relationship work and for things to be the way he wants them to be he's going to finally have to break down and open up.  Jesse being the optimistic person he is and was in the first book, it was definitely hard reading his side of the story on what happened to him when he was younger.

The things you experience are what make you the person you are today and we learn throughout the book that you can overcome the past but sometimes you will need help to do this.  This book was emotional, raw, exciting and just an amazing book to read through, I wish there was more and I would love to continue this story.  I wouldn't mind reading about Garth either, I have a sneaking suspicion he seems to have feelings for a certain someone and they might have those feelings as well. Oh how I love this series!!

This is one of my favorite quotes from this book:
“For you only,” he whispered into my hair. “For you, I’m a weak, weak man. I’m so weak for you that you could break me with one word. You could end me with one look. You could ruin me with one touch.”

About the Author

I’m the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of the LOST & FOUND series, the CRASH series, and a handful of others. Basically, I get to do what I love. Every single day. I write romance because I’m a sucker for a good love story, and I write happy endings because there are too few of them in real life. 
Author Social Media Links:

Blog: nicoleawilliams.blogspot.com
Twitter: @nwilliamsbooks

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