October 15, 2013

FINDING IT by Cora Carmack Release Day Launch {Review/Giveaway}


Author: Cora Carmack

Source: eARC from publisher

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong...

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life . . . or that's what she keeps telling herself.

It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

My take...
Everyone deserves one grand adventure, that one time in life that we always get to point back to and say, "Then...then I was really living."
I so desperately wanted to hate Kelsey when this story began. She came off as a tramp and I was disgusted with the way she went about getting guys attention. And I know she was Bliss’ friend in LOSING IT but I just don’t remember much about her. I wish I could. I guess I was too focused on Garrick and Bliss. But slowly, very slowly, Kelsey started shedding the layers around herself that was put up to protect her heart. And once those layers started falling off, the real Kelsey emerged. And that girl I liked a whole lot better. But the sad thing was, she was just looking for something...anything. Something to fill the void she left back in Texas. The very same void that followed her to the other side of the world. There was no hiding from it. She was in need of finding herself and then, only then, could she move on with her life and find the peace she so desperately seeks.

I wanted to experience something extraordinary, something more. I refused to believe that my best years were all behind me now that I'd graduated from college. And if adventures only existed in the now, that was the only place I wanted to exist, too.

Out of all the books in this series, I do believe this is my favorite. I never thought I would say that because I loved LOSING IT so very much. But this one, with it being set overseas in other places I have only dreamt of going...well I think that is why. Plus I loved that Hunt was trying so hard to be this person he wasn't, all while trying to tell Kelsey to be her own person. One of those ‘do as I say, not as I do’ moments. He was trying to keep his distance and I was eagerly wanting to know why.

I am so thankful that I have been allowed to review this series and I can only hope I will be asked to review all of Carmack’s future books. *wink, wink* There is no doubt in my mind that Carmack is an author to be reckoned with. Whatever praise she gets for her books is definitely deserved. Carmack has a true talent as an author and her books are done beautifully. FINDING IT is absolutely a must read!

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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