I Found You

I Found You

by Jane Lark

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‘Emotional, romantic, and heartbreaking’ – Imagine a World~A hot New Adult romance perfect for fans of J Lynn & J. A Redmerski!Tomorrow is for regrets. Tonight is for being together.On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason's lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She's running from life, he's running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her.His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There's his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the wrong side of the tracks.But when the connection between them is so electric, so right… everyone else must be wrong. And as the snow begins to settle on the Hudson, there’s nothing but the possibility of what could be – of this, right here, right now. Them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007562220
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/05/2013
Series: HarperImpulse New Adult Romance
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 260,735
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

I love writing authentic, passionate and emotional love stories. I began my first novel, a historical, when I was sixteen, but life derailed me a bit when I started suffering with Ankylosing Spondylitis, so I didn’t complete a novel until after I was thirty when I put it on my to do before I’m forty list. Now I love getting caught up in the lives and traumas of my characters, and I’m so thrilled to be giving my characters life in others’ imaginations.

You can follow me on Twitter @JaneLark.

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I Found You (HarperImpulse New Adult Romance) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book so much,story and plot is very unique, you can easily relate with the characters. I super duper love Jason, he is gentleman,God fearing and he is very close to his family. His parents raised him well.He is very honest with his parents,did not keep any secret. He did his best to fight for his love to Rach. I cannot blame him if he fall out of love to Lindy. He helped ,accept and love Rach with all his heart. I hope I can find a man like Jason. Rach characters is very unique too,she had a dark past but she did anything to recover from what she experienced. She find a job so that she can  get up once more and she promise to herself that she will leave her past behind and start a new life. Rach is very positive and bubbly person that's why Jason fell in love with her. I admire her when she went to Oregon to meet Jason's parents, they did not treat her well but still she ignore it for Jason. There's so many emotional scene in the story that really made me cry. I love how the author showed to the reader the love and respect for the family,forgiveness and moving on.  That is how you know a book is good, when it devours all your thoughts. I am very much looking forward to the last book and I hope all of you give this series a chance.  Kudos to Jane Lark.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I Found You was a beautiful, emotional book about fate, love and two people finding exactly what they needed in each other. I didn't know exactly what I was getting myself into when I began reading this book, but it exceeded my expectations. I thought it was going to be a fluffy feel-good romance. It was so much more than that. I Found You gave me angst and emotion, tough histories, family conflict and some steamy scenes. It was truly a roller coaster ride and, unlike a lot of books where I just *know* everything is going to work out perfectly in the end, I never felt like I knew which direction the story was headed. I was never positive these characters would get a happily ever after. Did they? Well, you'll just have to read and find out.  Rachel was a wreck. Understandably. Jason discovers her about to jump from the Manhattan Bridge one night. He talks her down and takes her home with him. He was a genuinely good guy and he wanted her to be somewhere safe. Somewhere she wasn't alone. They formed a quick bond, much to the chagrin of his long distance fiancée and his family. It's only a matter of time before their true feelings – and other secrets –are revealed. Here's where the tough part begins. Can they work out their issues, triumph over their adversaries and find love and happiness together?  It took me a little bit of time to connect with Rachel. It was hard to get a read on her. The reason behind this became clear as more information about her was revealed. About halfway through the book, I found myself completely invested in her and her health and happiness. Jason was easy to connect with. He's the kind of boyfriend any girl would want. They were imperfectly perfect together. They complemented each other well. They had very obvious chemistry and strong feelings for each other.  This was my first Jane Lark book. I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style and this book. The setting, the storytelling and the characters made this a great, relatively quick read. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
I Found You is the first New Adult novel written by Jane Lark. I've read two of her Historical Romances, and I absolutely love her writing and the stories she tells. This book was no exception. I enjoyed it too. I Found You was well put together. I enjoyed the characters and the story line, and as always I look forward to more books from Jane Lark! The ARC of I Found You by Jane Lark was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was borning, stupid, unrealistic, and uneventful. Its horribly written and doesnt break when switching P.O.Vs. I only finished this painfully boring book because I started it and hoped they would of been a point or even a real story line, the last hundres pages or so i ended up skiping pages/chapters and was still able to figure out what happened (not much at all). Some of this book their in Oregon a town supposedly not far from Portland, it would have been nice to have a town name, seeing as Im from Oregon and she didnt discribe my state very well at all, probs cause the writter has never been here. All in all, dont waste the 3 dollars for this P.O.S book.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Well Written and Nuanced Favorite Quotes: “Every sermon I’d endured as a kid raced through my head.  Help the needy; put others first; don’t walk past that mugged guy in the street.  I hadn’t gone to church in years, not since I’d hit my teens, but religion was stitched into my DNA.  No way could I walk past a person in need.” “She was a little too beautiful for comfort.  She had untouchable celeb-magazine beauty, the sort you knew you’d never have, so you never wanted.”  My Review: Jane Lark’s Starting Out series wove an intricate and nuanced patchwork through the lives of three different young couples, as they are starting out in their lives, loves, and careers.  Each book contained interesting characters that were struggling yet doing the best they could in uncomfortable and unfortunate situations.  I didn’t expect to care so deeply for all of them, but I found that even the more unlikable characters, had a reason to be that way.  Ms. Lark’s storytelling is rather melancholy and heart rendering.  Each tale involves an epic love that is emotive, moving, and poignant.    
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jojoNE More than 1 year ago
As a fan of the New Adult genre I'm always looking for stories that are emotionally engaging and that stick with me long after the final page is turned. With I Found You I got exactly that and more as this story pulled at my heartstrings and put me through the emotional wringer as I was rooting for a HEA for these two very deserving characters. After their unconventional meeting these friends to lovers realize that their differences are what make them whole and that being together is worth the fight in this story that leaves you drained but satisfied in the end. Rachel's at her lowest point as this story starts, tired of being used with no hope and no one to count on. From an uncaring mother to the men who only want her for her body she feels lost and alone until a stranger shows her more care in a few moments than others have her whole life. This stranger offers her a chance at a different life, a chance to have a future of her own making, and instead of jumping to her death she jumps to a new life. Rachel is an admirable heroine, likable, and strong-willed. Even after everything that's happened to her she still chose life. With so many people using her in the past she could've used her savior too, but her kindheartedness has her repaying him by being his friend and showing him the wonders of the big city he's now living in. Their burgeoning romance evolves slowly, with the time taken to get to know each other through the story's dual POVs. She's a delightful character who earns her HEA after an emotionally draining journey full of twists and turns. Jason has recently moved to New York to forge his own path, much to his family and fiancée's chagrin. He feels unsettled though and a bit lost himself in his isolation from all he's known before but knows where he needs to be to have the career he wants. Running has become a calming influence for him and on one fateful night completely changes his life forever as he saves a woman as lost as him. Jason is the epitome of heroic! He's caring, supportive, and so kindhearted as to make me want him to be real! He gives Rachel a place to stay and hope without asking for anything in return. Though his family and fiancée think he's stupid and gullible for helping Rachel, he can't help but be drawn to her. She shows him how to really live and embrace the excitement and energy of the big city. She gets him to do things he never thought he'd do before, like signing and dancing, and embracing life wholeheartedly. In essence, she saved him just as he was saving her. It's this give and take that makes their relationship so satisfying and makes for a truly HEA. The journey to HEA doesn't go smoothly though as the nastiness and prejudice of his family and fiancée loom large over them, casting doubts through their melodramatic actions. Lindy is especially unlikable in how bitter she is over Jason's decision to move to New York and his relationship with Rachel. There were other roadblocks along the way, some that surprised me and some I expected and some that were a bit soap opera-ish, that put Jason and Rachel's relationship in doubt but were quickly dealt with which lessened some of the emotional impact. The best part of this story was their sweet yet steamy relationship and the alternating POVs that helped us get to know them separately and as a couple. From start to finish it was easy to immerse myself in the character's outcomes and I look forward to more f
ysar More than 1 year ago
Rachel’s life has been far from ideal, but she’s managed to survive a neglectful, alcoholic mother and life as a runaway, seeking sanctuary in any man who shows her attention — even if that man happens to be married. But surviving isn’t living, and with no hope left, she’s tired of trying. Standing at the edge of a bridge on a cold night, she’s ready for the end. But what she gets is a second chance. Jason’s pursuit of his dreams has taken him from nowhere, Oregon to the entirely different world of New York. The city is different, the people are different, and the pace is different, but it doesn’t change him. Which is why, when he sees a desperate girl ready to fall from a bridge to her death, he offers her hope. He just doesn’t realize they’ll both be falling. But... A story like this is bound to have drama, but with so much going on, there wasn’t enough room in the book to work it all out completely. It kept things on edge, and it all seemed to fit, but in the end, much of it seemed rather glossed over instead of fully confronted and resolved. The Verdict... It’s rare to find a story in which the male lead is both believable and absolutely good. That’s not to say Jason was without flaws, but he’s incredibly open-hearted, with the best intentions and a remarkable devotion to Rachel. He’s kind, patient, and protective of Rachel, even when he doesn’t know her whole story, and as more of her past comes to light, his compassion only grows. Rachel, too, is well-written. She’s been through hell, but she’s not entirely broken, and despite the past written for her, she’s not that damaged cliche we so often read about. Her immediate trust in Jason is not only believable, but endearing, and as more of her life is revealed, you can’t help but feel for her. I Found You is an emotional and incredibly sweet love story between two people who couldn’t be more different, and who couldn’t need each other more. Rachel and Jason’s chemistry is as intense as their love for each other, but the real story is in their characters’ growth as they navigate their friendship, the remnants of Rachel’s past, and a relationship that’s clearly meant to be. ***FicCentral received this book from Xpresso Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review. Even so, we're far too opinionated to let a freebie influence our thoughts or the contents of the reviews we post here.
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
**3.5 Stars** I Found You was a compelling read about two people seemingly fated to be together. I enjoyed the element of fate as I'm a firm believer in things happening as they're meant to. The story also touched on a topic not often discussed - mental illness. Rachel Shears has lived a hard life. Having left home at a young age, she's done what she had to in order to survive. She's done a lot she's not proud of. She can't seem to help herself and as she can't understand herself, she doesn't expect anyone else to. When things in her life erupt, she finds herself on Manhattan Bridge. It's there she finds Jason Macinlay. Jason is a small-town boy who's come to New York to prove something - to himself and to his family and friends. When he finds Rachel on that bridge, his life takes on a new course. One he must decide whether he has to strength to endure. Because life with Rachel is anything but steady. Jason shows maturity and strength of character as his relationship with Rachel evolves. He's chivalrous and a calm presence in Rachel's life. He makes Rachel want a good life. Rachel changes so much over the course of the story. It was nice to see - especially once her secret is revealed. When Jason and Rachel visit his hometown, I was appalled at the welcome they received. I had to grit my teeth over the small-town prejudices and the repercussions they had on Rachel.  Mental illness is not something spoken of often. It's not something many understand and so we ignore it. I applaud Ms. Lark taking a mental illness and using it as a focal element in this story.  There were a few things about I Found You that bothered me. The main one being Ms. Lark's using the U.S. as her setting and then using British dialect. I literally heard these characters, who were supposed to be from New York and Oregon, speak with British accents. I don't take issue with that - I love British accents. However, I don't understand her use of the U.S. as a setting when the story could have easily been set in Britain. I also found some of the dialog a bit repetitive and it slowed the pace for me. And I questioned the necessity of the physical violence perpetrated by Jason's ex-girlfriend. However, as this is the first book in a series, this may be expanded upon in the future. Overall, I Found You was a good read. I liked the story. I liked the element of fate and the mental illness angle. And I'm eager to know where Rachel and Jason go from this point forward.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as a part of the Xpresso Book Tours Review Opportunities page. Review: The opening scene of I Found You is one that stays engraved in your mind long after you have finished reading the book. From the beginning of the book I thought Jason and Rachel were a good fit for one another. It was great to see their relationship evolve from friendship to love. From the first page of the book the characters are instantly relatable. You immediately connect with them. They seem like real people who have flaws as well as positives.I loved how the point of view of Rachel and Jason went back and forth within each chapter. You can feel the different emotions and see the contrast in how each one is responding differently to situations. There is much opposition from family and friends are first, but they both stay strong through it all. This was an easy read. The details are so vivid that while reading the book it played out in my mind like a movie.I will definitely be reading more by this author. I give this book a rating of 4 stars.
mutmainna_ivbooks More than 1 year ago
Rachel had a very disturbing life overall. Still, she is not some cry-baby and knows how to face the challenges. What I liked is her determination to go ahead to get rid of her troubles, no matter what she has to face (or even if it means jumping off of a bridge :p) When Jason comes across Rachel, he offers her a place to stay out of generosity or compassion, whatever you say. However, this one small decision changes both of their lives. I think Jason faces more problems after this because he seems to have an almost perfect life, with his family and fiancée and all. But his one decision to help Rachel out, and eventually fall in love with her, jeopardizes all the other relationships he has. He brakes off Lindy's heart, the person he had known since he was 16, because he doesn't feel anything like 'love' for her, and he realizes that all the more after knowing Rachel. While Rachel doesn't consider herself a human being with dignity and respect at all, Jason is the person who looks at her like no one ever has before. All the time, Jason seems more aware of Rachel as a person than Rachel herself. Jason never backs off from what he feels is his responsibility, or his feelings. "Perhaps I was a fool, or a little mad today, but if I was mad today, I was mad for her." Jason is kind of a perfect guy (which in reality never exists) compared to Rachel, possibly broken in many ways, and yet they seem to fit together so well, like pieces of a puzzle. Even Jason feels the same. "We’re right for each other, we both know it." It’s really hard to show such chemistry without making it look like he pities her but the author pulls it off so well! I loved that :D The narrative is pov based, where we see Rachel and Jason's thoughts back-to-back. It was a wee bit hard to follow a few times because it wasn't exactly divided into chapters always. I mean, there are chapters or sections, but at times povs of both Rachel and Jason are put into one, so one moment you're reading Jason's thoughts and the other moment you see Jason calling himself out only to realize the narrative has moved to Rachel (sorry as in my writing it sounds more confusing than it actually is!) As the story focuses almost entirely on these two characters, I (totally unintentionally) overlooked others things happening. I’m not much of a romantic person and Rachel and Jason’s story seemed way too sweet to digest sometimes. But since I had knows that it’s basically NA romance read, I could cope up with it. And two of the main reasons are probably the author’s skill and effort, that makes the story so wonderful as a whole. For everyone out there who loves a good NA read, be it romantic, tragic, funny, sweet or hot, I would strongly suggest this book:) *I had received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.*
pepperjwooten More than 1 year ago
I Found You by Jane Lark 3 out of 5 stars As I finished I Found You, I struggled with how to rate it. It is technically well written, has fairly well developed characters, a solid theme that runs throughout, and some interesting twists and turns. What stumps me is the fact that it is completely unrealistic in my opinion. Now don't get upset and say that's the point of fiction, because I can accept some loss of reality for fictions sake especially when it's for love. In I Found You, Jason the small town, handsome, always does the right thing, guy newly from Oregon saves Rachel the suicidal, model looking, party hard and live harder girl who was raised on the streets of New York from jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. After taking her in and mending her wounded hand, no questions answered, it turns into lifelong commitments with consequences neither can out guess. The part I have a problem with is all of the major components, as the story unfolds, are MAJOR hurdles in real life and individually would be hard for healthy couples to overcome yet Jason treats them as though they are minor ant hills on his strolls through Central Park of Love, albeit some a little bigger than others. It's just too much for me, too "love is blind" when in reality Rachel herself is saying that she understands these are deal breaking issues. I’m with Rachel, there are just a few too many issues for it to work out as smoothly as it does and still feel real, even for fiction. I did find it oddly interesting and quirky that Ms. Lark wrote as though it was from an American's POV/voice yet there were many, many times that more European terms and clarifications made it seem as though it was not an American author. For example, in the beginning Jason kept thinking about how cold it was and he said both to himself and to others that it was “20 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Americans say, "Its 20 degrees outside!" We do not say Fahrenheit at any point. It was only distracting in that it made me smile when I came across these terms and clarifications. Overall I would say it's a good book and I would recommend it to readers who like a little more angst and "love conquers all" in their books. **A complimentary copy was given by the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review** Pepper, My Secret Book Spot
Daydream-Books More than 1 year ago
When I first finished this book a few days ago I was hovering around the 4.5 stars mark but I normally like to leave it a couple of days to collect my thoughts and emotions on a book before settling on a final review. With that in mind despite reading a couple other books in the interim this book has stuck foremost in my mind so going to shift this up to a 5 stars as that doesn't happen often. I am a sucker for the dark tragic stories rather than hearts and flowers themed books and this definitely sits firmly in the darker side. Rachel is on the verge of jumping off a bridge in Manhattan when Jason storms into her life and shows there are still some good samaritans in the world. Her life is a torrent of confused emotions and manic episodes as she has been diagnosed with Bipolar. Despite Jason not being sure of his own place in the world and in the relationships he has already stuck up before Rachel they develop a friendship that fuses into an anchor point for the both of them to move past their own insecurities. I found the words well presented and Jane definitely has a talent for weaving a good story together with perfect pacing so the story moves along at just the right timing. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall I enjoyed the story. It felt overdone. I found myself losing interest towards the end. Cute story though.
OldVictorianQuill More than 1 year ago
Sometimes it takes a while to put together your thoughts enough to write a book review. This is by no means a bad thing, as is proved by Jane Lark’s beautiful story ‘I Found You.’ I was gobsmacked, by its intensity, by its beautiful characters, and the extraordinary, and heart-warming message that underlined the whole story, that if you love someone enough, you will do anything to keep them. Rachel and Jason’s story was one that will stay with me for years to come. I loved starting the story reading from Jason’s point of view, and I really connected with the way that his thought processes and characterisations were so very male. It’s a difficult task for female authors to write realistic thoughts and actions of male characters, and Jane Lark did it with real skill. The way in which she wrote Jason and Rachel’s characters was in such a brutally honest way, that I could feel the emotion seeping from the pages. I liked that Rachel and Jason were everything to each other, and made no apologies or excuses for the way that they were together. I especially loved the vulnerability that Rachel allows herself to show as her relationship with Jason becomes closer. It was one of the most beautiful progressions of character-development I have ever read, and I felt so close to her as a person, and held out hope that everything would end well for her. The story development in ‘I Found You’ was absolutely beautiful to witness. I really liked how Rachel and Jason became very close friends first, before acting out on their attraction to each other. I admired Rachel for the restraint she showed before their friendship became romantic, and laughed at her inner thoughts when she had to remind herself that Jason had a girlfriend, Lindsay. I really liked how Lindsay’s character played out. I felt weary of her from the start, particularly due to her cynical reaction to Rachel when Jason tells her that he took Rachel home to keep her from jumping to her death. I found her worry understandable, but felt insulted on Rachel’s behalf, and on the behalf of the many people out there contemplating ending their life, when she insists that Rachel was taking advantage of his kindness. As her story unfolds, she became the character I loved to hate, and I was so happy to see her become a victim of her own selfishness, her efforts to hurt Jason eventually turning around to show she herself was in the wrong. To see kind people like Jason, who would give up so much to help someone who was at such a low point in their life, was heart-warming and had me tearing up a little. His faith in Rachel, and how he refused to give up on the girl who needed him, despite his girlfriend and family insisting he did, made me feel hope for humanity. His protective nature over Rachel when they visit his family, and his assurance to her that he will not give her up no matter what his parents think, was beautiful to witness, and I prayed that they could fight through these battles and come out stronger as a couple. The story that unfolds is a beautiful one, and every word was written to perfection. I was in the edge of my seat as Rachel’s past comes back to haunt her, and Jason struggles with the responsibility of becoming an adult. It is a relationship that mesmerised me with its beauty and I’m sure will touch the hearts of many readers out there. 5 Stars and a definite recommended read. Review copy was kindly provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours Review Opportunities, in exchange for an honest review.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
I FOUND YOU was an absolute blast to read! I flew through Rachel and Jason's story, finishing it in one sitting. The way they met, described in the synopsis as Jason running toward life while Rachel is running away from life, is what really drew me to this book and is far from the typical way characters meet in a romance novel.  The chemistry between Rachel and Jason was undeniable. They're hot together!! As awful as it felt for Jason and Lindy to have such a messy breakup, I couldn't help but love Rachel and Jason. Not only were they super hot together, but they also proved to be good for each other - Jason gets Rachel into exercise and dealing with emotions and problems in a healthier way, and she teaches him to let go and live a little.   The tension and pressure from Jason's family about choosing Rachel over Lindy was realistic and a little anxiety provoking. I know back in high school I was in a relationship my family didn't approve of although in this story, it's a different situation with similar fallout. Rachel and Jason fell hard for each other and fast, and I knew that was where much of the disapproval came from, not to mention the fact that his parents and Lindy had never wanted him to move away from Oregon in the first place. Surprises were in store for me as the plot of I FOUND YOU went beyond what the synopsis hinted at, and Jason and Rachel were faced with gigantic hurdles to overcome for their happily ever after. I stayed glued to my Kindle, needing to know what came next. I'm looking forward to more books by Jane Lark!   I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 
JGRWriter More than 1 year ago
You never know where life will take you, especially when you are not looking or expecting anything different. Precisely the lesson that can be taken away from Jane Lark's emotional read, "I Found You".  Rachel and Jason were traveling completely separate paths when, as faith would have it, they found each other. Or should I say, Jason found Rachel. When heartache or settling is all that we know, until we are faced with something so different or refreshing, and we just can't seem to let it go. Moreover, we can't seem to imagine ourselves in any other circumstance than that where we eventually end up - that is the love and promise behind Rachel and Jason's tale. This is a perfect tale of opposites falling in love. I enjoyed Lark's writing style. She knows how to draw out each character's emotions. Consequently, I can appreciate the dual perspectives - which she was able to accomplish without throwing off the narrative. She created two solid characters that were certainly able to hold my interest. The only qualm I might add is that the use of profanity threw off my concentration fat times. Otherwise, I loved the couple's story. (I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.)