Friday, January 9, 2015

Review: He Found Me by Whitney Barbetti (He Found Me #1)

When I was seventeen, I disappeared. I walked out the door of my apartment with a backpack and never looked back. I left the life of Cora Mitchell behind, seeking freedom from my real-life nightmare. But my freedom came with a cost. I lived a fictitious life for the next six years, never letting anyone close enough to see underneath the facade that was Andra Walker. I was content with my simple little life. Until I met Julian. And the moment I started allowing myself to open up, allowing someone to see through the superficial, was the very same moment the Monster from my past would return to find me.

Paperback, 212 pages
Published May 22nd 2014 by Createspace (first published May 2014)
Source: Author


Shel: Between my M.Pierce gal pals, the glory of twitter, and the Dirty Girls and their fun FB chats, I'd heard of Whitney Barbetti and was intrigued about her books. I honestly didn't know anything about them but everyone I am friends with in these social media spaces just raved about how sweet she is and how great her books are. So after connecting with her on Twitter, I decided to jump in....I finished book one at 3 AM....the same day I started. Court: And if Shel is intrigued, I am intrigued. And I read it nearly as fast as Shel did, barring real life interruptions called work...sigh. 

Shel: The beginning draws you in as a 17 year old Cora/Andra devises a way to get out of her nightmarish existence. Those first pages have you imagining her looking over her shoulder in complete adrenaline and terror and even as she settles into her new, calm life, you find yourself waiting for the other shoe to drop. Court: That scene was so intense. And definitely was a great way to start a new book. I was scared for her, intrigued, and most of all felt ragey because I wanted to do awful things to an unknown person. 

Shel: In Andra's new life, she enjoys the simplicity of her job and her surroundings and she aims to keep most people at arm's length at all times. This works until Julian shows up and then the slow burn of their relatively short time together begins. They have a connection that seems instant and intense. He breaks through barriers that no one else has and Andra's resistance is feeble and futile--despite to her desire to keep herself same and her heart protected. Court: I enjoyed the new life in the country on the ranch because it was quite relatable to me. I am a country girl at heart, so the descriptions made me feel at home. I liked the idea of this city boy turned writer coming to enjoy this space with her and wondered how things would get together...or not. Andra fights, mostly herself, but can't seem to escape the pull of this new man in her life. And we like what we see! 

Shel: As we read about their firsts (dates..and other things), the worry of if/when the Monster will return to her life is a constant and in the last part of the book that plot line really begins to pick up..only to leave us at the end of the book with a ...WTH?! And a quick click to read the next book. Court: The thought of the unknown definitely packs a punch and you know that the other shoe would drop at some point. I had a minor thought that I would've liked to have known a little bit more in this installment of the back story to get an idea of why all of this happened to this poor girl, but we are left with a lot of questions. Especially the ending. But, I am very excited to read the next book...and will get right on doing that! 

Shel: Be glad you're reading this now as both books are out and answers will be provided by the time we finish (I hope!). Court: We better, or I may have to riot! 

Shel: Happy Reading...

(as per her website)

I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos - especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Dr. Pepper. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.)

As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California, up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills.

I write character-driven New Adult novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates.

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