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Posted August 1, 2013
What did I think; 4.5 out of 5 Stars: What a perfect title for this awesome book, Near and Far. The book starts with Rowen away at a community college in Seattle studying Art while Jesse is back home helping his family at the ranch. They see each other once a month when either Jesse travels to Seattle or Rowen travels to see Jesse at the ranch. Jesse and Rowen still love each other, but there are other obstacles in this couple’s world. At school, Rowen has a TA names Jax who makes Jesse feel uneasy and at the ranch a new helper has “moved” in Jolene who has made Rowen feel uneasy about being so close to Jesse.
I am going to make this review short and simple. I do not want to give too much away. What I do say, I hope just encourages everyone to read it.
Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes. I loved the dual POVs from Jesse and Rowen. Rowen has grown in this book. I love how Jesse is completely oblivious and cannot “read between the lines” when a girl is after him. I LOVED the banter between Garth and Jesse and Garth and Rowen. Actually, Garth’s banter with everyone I was not a big fan of Garth in Lost and Found, but I could not help but laugh and fall for him in Near and Far. Garth was like the man of wisdom in Near and Far. Shocking, but true.
Pace of the Story: Very Good.
Positives: I liked that the author not only put an obstacle in Rowen’s life, but that there was one in Jesse’s too. I think both characters were able to grow with those obstacles especially since they had a long distance relationship. Jesse is just an awesome guy. I don’t want to say too much, ugh, but it is hard sometimes. I LOVE the one revelation in the story.
Negatives: This is not a negative with the book. This just upset and annoyed me and it is something I wanted to address (and get off my chest). It really upset me when people would say or describe Rowen “as that type of girl.” UGH! That frustrated me to no end. I was yelling at Kindle, telling people to “shut up.” Rowen went through so much and she is a completely different person now from Lost and Found and who are other people to judge her??!!! I wanted to confront these people and ask them “what do you mean by that?”
Bottom line: I love Nicole Williams’s writing style. I loved the Crash series and I love the Lost and Found series. Big fan of Nicole Williams.
Book Format Read: A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
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Posted August 2, 2013
Such a surprise! I read the first book without realizing there would be another. Then, I was worried that the second one wouldn't live up to the wonderful story the first book told. But Nicole Williams has done it again folks! This is a touching story, very emotional and even a little hard to read at times as we learn of Jesse's background. Jesse and Rowen are perfect for each other and some of my favorite characters.
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Posted September 26, 2013
I couldn't wait to read this book and find out what was going on with Jesse and Rowen. They've finally found each other, confessed their love, and now face the ultimate challenge... a long-distance relationship. Jesse is back on the ranch working because his father needs him. Rowen is attending school in Seattle and pursuing her dream of being an artist. Jesse makes the long trip there about once a month, and Rowen goes back to the Ranch as often as she can. Needless to say, it is difficult for them. Meanwhile Rowen gets a big break regarding her art work, and she also has the TA in her class pushing her and helping her, but is Jaxson interested in more than just helping her with her art? As the summer begins and new calves are born, Jesse can't leave the ranch at all. When Rowen makes the trip home to the ranch, she finds that Rose Walker has hired a new girl to help, just as Jesse did the previous summer, only Jo is beautiful, big busted, and has the hots for Jesse. It just seems like these two can't get a break. Fortunately, their relationship and love for each other stays strong during this round, but as the bell dings for another round, they find themselves facing the worst and most difficult enemy of all, the one that lies within the mind. Circumstances are set in motion that dredge up the past, which was a battle Jesse thought he had already one, but this time, it threatens to draw them apart for good.
In Lost and Found, we really got to know Rowen, her story, and her past issues, while we got just some basic information on Jesse's past. Well in Near and Far, we get Jesse's story, and it will break your heart. The things that happened to him were unimaginable, and the circumstance that brings all these memories back to the surface was unbelievably hurtful. I can truthfully say that I got to know Jesse Walker inside and out in the novel. I was really pleased with Rowen's character in this installment. She has grown so much, which is evidenced by the way she handles things. That's not to say she doesn't still have her issues, because she does. I loved the romance between these two and they share some really intimate moments together. We also get to see the secondary characters from book one, as well as meet some new ones. I loved Rowen's roommate, she is a hoot. I hated Jaxon and Jo, those old wanna be home-wreckers. We see Josie again, and then there is my favorite character, Garth Black. Garth played an instrumental part in this book and I couldn't help but just love him. I was really happy with the ending of this story also, and couldn't wait to get my hands on Finders Keepers, the next book in the series, which is Garth's story. I will say that I felt like this novel was more emotional than the first one, and because I felt all those emotion right along with them. Near and Far is an excellent sequel to a wonderful romantic series....and it has hot cowboys. I mean what more could a girl as for :).
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Posted November 19, 2013
I hope that she gives us another of Rowen & Jesse...as I would like to know how their lives turn out after facing their demons. Thanks to Nicole for all the wonderful stories....keep up the great books!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2013
Posted September 26, 2013
Loved this book! I fell in love with Rowen & Jesse in Lost & Found. Now they've wedged themselves in my heart a little bit more with Near & Far. Jesse has gone through so much and to still have that much strength and love in him is amazing. The love they had was so true. I have to admit that I had to take a break from this book but only bc I was in book drama overload and I couldn't stand to see my favorite couple get pulled apart. I'm so glad I got back to it though because their journey back together was so worth it. I also loved Garth in this book! He had some real gems of wisdom coming out of his mouth. I still can't get over how he betrayed Jesse ( and didn't even apologize!) but he's trying to make up for it so if Jesse can forgive him I guess I should too lol I can't wait to read his story though! I'm glad his HEA will be with Joise. Kind of takes the sting out of the betrayal since he actually cares for her. Overall Near & Far was a wonderful MUST READ and I can't wait to start Finders Keepers next ^_^Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 18, 2013
Posted September 18, 2013
I was concerned with the age of the characters in the book. I didn't think their love what keep me entertained. I was wrong I loved the book and characters. My attention was kept as well as my laughter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2013
I really enjoyed this book as much as the first one. Great storyline, unexpected twists will there be a follow-up to make a triology? Possibly with the two best friends of the main characters coming together? That would be awesome! But include life updates of all characters and their families :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2013
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Posted August 20, 2013
Near & Far is the second book in the Lost & Found series by Nicole Williams. It is no secret that Nicole is one of my favorite authors and getting to read and review this book made me crazy excited. If you haven't read Lost & Found yet, please please please do so! Here's my review of L&F to check out and read that one before reading this book (or this review)!
In Near & Far we follow Rowen and Jesse through the first year of their long distance relationship. With a change of scenery, from the Montana Ranch to Seattle streets, their story is very different than when we last read about them. They're trying everything they can to make their love last despite the hours between them, but soon their busy lives get in the way. They have to work hard to make everything work, but when one of them shuts down and keeps everyone out; I kept asking myself how is this going to work?
There's a new addition to the ranch at Willow Springs, she's Josie's cousin Jo and I did not like her one little bit. She's trying to sink her claws into Jesse, and with Rowen so far away she definitely thinks she has a chance. Then back in Seattle there's Rowen's T.A. Jax, and oh man he is trouble! There are also two new characters, Alex (Rowen's roommate) and Sid (Alex's boyfriend/Rowen's boss). I kind of loved Alex! She's a ball of fun and full of surprises, always made me laugh. She's a fierce and loyal friend, even if she's extremely unconventional in her ways ;)
We are introduced to a new side of Jesse, and Rowen has to be strong woman to face his demons with him. But, it was like a role reversal of the first book and it worked very well in this one! Some things come to light and the characters are introduced and reintroduced to someone I never saw coming..
I felt like Nicole upped the drama aspect in Near & Far. There was trouble in the water in L&F but it seemed like there was a lot more happening here. The rocky waters build up and seemed to wither away, the ending is why I gave this book 4 stars. I don't know. I will not spoil anything but if you've read it and want to discuss, I'm here! I still really enjoyed this read and will of course continue to read anything Nicole writes, because she's fantastico! I'm looking forward to Garth Black's book (because the boy has seriously grown on me!), Finders Keepers!
Posted August 14, 2013
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Posted August 11, 2013
"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." ~Jesse Walker
Oh, Jesse! I fell in love with you in Lost & Found and I love you even more after reading Near & Far!!
For me, Lost & Found (book 1) was Rowen's story about learning to let others in, learning to love, and finding her way to follow her dreams. Near & Far is the continuing story of Rowen and Jesse, the cowboy who helped her learn what it is to love someone despite their sometimes painful background.
If Lost & Found was Rowen's story, I felt Near & Far was Jesse's story. He's still the gorgeous, white T & tight jean wearing cowboy Rowen (and I) fell for. And he's still deeply in love with Rowen. But in spite of his attempts to bury his past, those uglies have a way of resurfacing at not the most convenient times. If Rowen and Jesse are to stay together, they have to learn to accept each other completely.
As I was in Lost & Found, I was completely caught up in Jesse and Rowen's journey. There were moments of tears and moments of humor (particularly thanks to Garth Black *swoon*). My heart hurt with all the steps, stutters, and bumps along their path and I felt such love and beauty when Rowen & Jesse were together. I also really loved the moments with Garth and Jesse while they were working. I hope that at some point we can explore more of what makes Garth the tough but wise cowboy he is.
Overall, I felt this was a great conclusion to Rowen and Jesse's story. I learned to love Jesse even more. Nicole Williams knows how to develop a story that has me cheering for her characters and for their HEA while also showing how much growth they go through to find it.
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Posted August 7, 2013
So, I fell hard for Jesse and Rowen in their first book, Lost & Found. This book, well, their relationship just got better!
Jesse and Rowen are facing so many more challenges, and honestly, being in a long distance relationship is probably the least of these challenges! They have so much to overcome and work through. But I have to be honest, I just adore this couple. They both have so much baggage and are so wonderful together that you find yourself cheering for them through the book.
There are a couple of side characters I would be remiss if I didn’t mention. In the first book, I was a little leery of Garth. He just didn’t see to be exactly all up front. Well, not really sure what changed in this book, but gotta say, I loved him in this book! Also, there is the kind of freaky TA that seems to have his sights set on Rowen. Yep, didn’t like him at all. But Nicole Williams also surrounded the couple with the most amazing support group including Jesse’s amazing mom. As thing keep coming at this couple, they are seeming to handle them.
Nicole Williams writes in such a great style and I love reading her books! Seriously I can sit up and read her books and not think twice about it! Her stories just flow and are so great. And the characters are so amazing! This book was just wonderful!
Posted August 7, 2013