3 starsNew AdultVal Recent Review

Finding Me by Stephanie Rose

Finding Me Book Cover Finding Me
Stephanie Rose
Fiction, New Adult
May 21, 2016

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.

Val’s Review

Solid 3.5 Stars

This was a VERY sweet book and I really enjoyed it.
It read fast (I finished it in about an hour, hour and a half) and it was just really cute.

Why not more stars?

As sweet as it was, it was also a little superficial.
The characters were very flat/cookie cutter and the dialogue fairly cliche and abrupt.
Also, I could see the how the story would unfold from a mile away.

I also realized as I was reading this that it was a spin-off of sorts from a series I haven’t read. Although, based on the deliciousness of the character Lucas (the main female character’s stepdad in this book), I might go back and pick that one up (for sure if it’s available via KU as this one was).

All that said, I absolutely recommend this book for adult readers in the mood for something short and sweet, and for younger romance readers looking for a new favorite. In fact, maybe this book was meant to be geared for young/new adult, I’m not really sure. I didn’t really do a lot of investigative work when selecting this from amazon marketplace from my kindle at 9pm last night, people.

Anyway, this possibly being geared toward younger readers was evidenced by this line (which is coming from our barely 18 protagonist, by the way):

“The last time I had a first date, I was fourteen-if this was even a date.”


This was said with the same nerves and exasperation a divorced 45-year old single mother would say, “I haven’t been on a first date since my 20’s,” as she prepares to embark upon the dating scene for the first time after 20 years of a now failed marriage.

But I digress.

This is not a dig at the book by any means, this is just me saying, if you go in knowing you are getting a very sweet, simple, youthful (but steamy) romance, you will enjoy this thing as I did.