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Chloe Carlyle has always longed for the perfect family.
Growing up with an alcoholic single mother, Chloe has seen her share of heartbreak and disappointment, and is striving to build a new legacy for herself. After graduating from college, she takes a job working as a summer girl for the Reeds — a wealthy, accomplished family that personifies her American dream. Her summer takes an unexpected turn when the Reeds’ eldest son, Tyler, the star ...
Chloe Carlyle has always longed for the perfect family.
Growing up with an alcoholic single mother, Chloe has seen her share of heartbreak and disappointment, and is striving to build a new legacy for herself. After graduating from college, she takes a job working as a summer girl for the Reeds — a wealthy, accomplished family that personifies her American dream. Her summer takes an unexpected turn when the Reeds’ eldest son, Tyler, the star quarterback for Notre Dame, shows up and turns her life upside down.
An ambitious young woman with a wry sense of humor, Chloe never imagined herself as the type to succumb to the looks and charms of the hometown hero, but she falls hard for Tyler, and is devastated when they part ways at the end of the summer. As she heads off to law school, Chloe tries to convince herself this was just a fling, but she can’t quite get over him. It’s not until Tyler contacts her out of the blue late one winter night that everything changes.
After doing everything in her power to build the perfect life, Chloe soon learns that there are things beyond her control. She must draw on inner reserves of strength as her life takes unpredictable — and sometimes heartbreaking — twists and turns, and she finds herself faced with decisions she never thought she’d have to make. Poignant, heartfelt, and emotional, Finding Bliss is a reminder that you don’t have to live a fairytale life in order to have a happy ending.
Posted July 31, 2013
I've loved Dina since the first time I picked up one of her books. One Pink Line stole my heart immediately. When she came out with Kat Fight I had set the bar pretty high in my head, and again she didn't disappoint. Her writing style is impeccably clean and always easy-flowing. And I'm happy to say Finding Bliss was no exception.
Finding Bliss was quite different from her first two books to me, in the sense that the lightness and humor wasn't there. It was a much heavier story, packed full of emotional, both happy and heart-wrenching. The romance in this story was not your usual lovely-dovey sappy romance. It had its ups and downs. It was harsh and it was real. To me, this story wasn't just a romance, but a woman's journey through love, marriage, and life itself.
The romance aspect of the story was a bit off for me. Chloe always admired Tyler from afar. One summer, while on vacation with Tyler's family (she was the babysitter for his younger siblings) she ran into Tyler. They had a steamy encounter, then he disappeared. Nothing between them for a while, then they connect again. This happened a few times. It was just a bit sporadic for me, which I'm sure Dina did for a very good reason. I just tend to go for the more flowing timelines. The first quarter of the story was a bit jumpy and quick... but once the story picked up I really got hooked and enjoyed it a lot.
I have to comment on my favorite character of all, Cam. Chloe met Cameron while practically losing her mind in law school. They become best of friends and helped each other through the difficult and stressful time they were both facing. They proved to be wonderful friends, there for each other when they needed it. I always love a wonderful secondary character that lights up the story. Finding Bliss' star character was surely Cam. :)
Though I had a bit of trouble relating to Chloe herself, I did relate to the story as a whole. I do tend to go for more tragic, realistic and drama-filled romances, as opposed to sweet romances, so I did really like how this story unfolded. If you're looking for more of sweet story, I'd definitely suggest you try one of Dina's other two books first, which were both amazing. If you like the tougher subject reads, I'd recommend this one wholeheartedly. Another great story from Dina!
Posted July 19, 2013
This book...tore me up. FINDING BLISS is realistic story about a woman who is making her way through life. It's not always pretty, but she learns to appreciate the joy that the comes out of the journey.
Chloe has managed her life carefully. She's had to deal with an alcoholic mother and also work her way through school. The summer before she starts law school, she goes to work for the Reed family as their nanny. Even though, Chloe went to school with their oldest son, they never really knew each other. Then, they meet. And then...Chloe fell in love with the super star. How could she not? He's handsome and magnetic. Plus, there is a deeper side to Tyler that not everyone sees. Chloe sees him. What starts out as a summer fling, turns into more. Eventually. Tyler is focused on his football career and Chloe needs to get through law school. They keep in touch off and on and until they just can't be apart anymore. At this point in the story, I started having this slightly nauseous feeling in my belly. I just knew something was going to happen. And I was right.
I could relate to Chloe in a lot of ways. She's ambitious, confident, and wants to have a happy family life. She wants that with Tyler. For a short time, her dreams come true. Her relationship with Tyler is going strong and they're both successful in their careers. When they're ready to move forward with their family, they hit some bumps. Relationships are challenging. Marriage is challenging. It takes work, regardless of how in love you are. At this point in the book...I was a wreck. However, I was sooo proud of Chloe. She had to make some truly difficult choices and I was happy to see that didn't take the easy road. It took an enormous amount of strength and resilience to get through.
Sooo...there's someone I haven't mentioned yet. He's Chloe's best friend, Cam, but he's also had a crush on Chloe for years. But, because Chloe was so hooked on Tyler, she only saw him as a friend. I absolutely loved Cam. He was so supportive of Chloe. Especially when she needed him. I liked him so much, that I shamelessly begged the author for a novella for him. I'm crossing my fingers that I'll get my way.
Side note: I LOVED seeing Grace and Sydney from One Pink Line! I adored that book and those characters. It was great to see how they intertwined into the story.
Overall, I really liked FINDING BLISS. It's not an easy book to read. One of the biggest frustrations for me was that I could see Tyler's appeal and honestly, I would have gone for a guy like him. And I do think he really loved Chloe. I also think he sincerely felt remorseful. But in the end, I would have done the same thing that Chloe did. She had to take care of herself. You can not live with someone without trust. Period.
If you're looking for a realistic take on life and love, check this one out! Be prepared though, Dina Silver can pull out the feels!