Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blog Tour: Near & Far (Lost & Found #2) by Nicole Williams


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Near & Far

Lost & Found #2
By:  Nicole Williams
Published:  July 30, 2013
Source:  Author
Hosted by: AToMR Tours


GR's Summary:

There’s optimistic. And there’s Jesse Walker. 

If he wasn’t so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get annoying. Fast. 

Falling in love with the girl who had at first seemed immune to it, was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him into their family when he was five. But loving the girl who has her fair share of secrets is about as easy as that same girl loving the boy who seems to have none. 

As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch, and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they begin to wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one. 

As push comes to shove and choices aren’t only needing to be made, but forced to be made, Jesse and Rowen have to face what their lives might look like without the other. 

Can two people with such tragic pasts and different presents, go on to expect a promising future? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.


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My Thoughts:


Near and Far begins with Rowan attending college in Seattle, and pursuing her dream of making art.  Jesse is still in Montana working long hours on the ranch.  We get the alternating perspectives of Rowan and Jesse, when they are "Near" one another, as well as when they are "far" apart.  Lost & Found was such a beautiful story, and Near & Far just deepened my love of Rowan and Jesse's journey, the characters, and Ms. Williams brilliant writing.  Rowan and Jesse try to not let more than a month go by without seeing one another.  Jesse drives the long distance in his old truck, "Old Bessie," on Friday's after work straight through the night, stays the weekend, and then drives straight through Sunday night to make it to work at the crack of dawn, forfeiting sleep to spend every possible moment with the woman that he loves.  Rowan, takes the Greyhound bus to travel to Montana on her school breaks.  It's easy to see how deeply, and madly in love these two are with one another.  


In Near & Far, Rowan and Jesse have to deal with many obstacles that challenge their relationship.  They have to deal with the long distance separation, conflicting commitments, the negative influence of other people, and their own inner demons and insecurities.  Rowan and Jesse miss each other tremendously when they are apart.  They long for one another, and try to at least speak on the phone.  Commitments also test their relationship.  Rowan's commitment to her Art, such as shows, and internships takes her away from Jesse, just as Ranch responsibilities take Jesse away from Rowan when they try to put aside quality time to spend together.  Also, they end up dealing with manipulations, from an Art T.A. named Jax, who has his sights set on Rowan, Jolene, new hired help for the ranch, and Mar, a homeless lady who gives horrible advice to Rowan, and has a deep dark secret of her own.  However, the worst challenge they face is their own insecurities, demons, and over thinking.  Jesse becomes plagued by nightmare's of his past, and thinks that Rowan would be better off without him.  He doesn't want to bring the darkness from his past in to her life.  Simultaneously, Rowan becomes tormented with the insecurity that Jesse will tire of her, and not want her anymore.  Especially, after her own family abandoned her.


I'm happy to say that Rowan and Jesse also have positives towards making their relationship work.  They have Jesse's loving family's support, good friends Garth, and Josie who offer advice, and a sounding board, and one of the deepest, most intense, passionate, and selfless relationship's that I have ever experienced in a book.  Jesse's mother, Rose is a nurturer at heart, and continuously offers sage advice to Jesse.  We get a lot more Garth Black in all his glory this time around.  Garth grew on me.  I was able to see that he truly  cared about Jesse and Rowan.  He knew they belonged together, and were miserable apart.  We get to see tremendous character growth for Garth in this sequel.  We see the black knight open up, and for all that he teases and plays around, he really is a deep thinker.  When things are tough, you want Garth in your corner.  I am thrilled to read Garth's story next, and can't wait to see a woman bring him down to his knees!  I have a pretty clear idea of who will be the one to do it, challenge him, and bring him a lifetime of happiness, and something to call his own.


Near & Far was an excellent sequel, and the Lost and Found Series has been nothing short of breathtaking!  Ms. Williams descriptions are beautiful.  They gave me great visualizations, helped me to feel the emotions of the individual characters, as well as how they felt about one another.  I connected strongly to Rowan, Jesse, and Garth, as I devoured this book in one sitting!  My favorite character was Jesse.  I didn't know that it was possible, but I fell even more in love with Jesse, in this sequel.  We all know that bad boys can be sexy, but ladies, Jesse Walker will show you just how sexy, a dreamy golden cowboy can be!


My Rating:


I give Near & Far by Nicole Williams 5 Fabulous, Favorite, Passionate, Dark, Dramatic & Drool-Worthy Cowboy Stars!  Read this series!!!  They just don't make em' like Jesse Walker!  He is every woman's dream guy come to life!  Jesse loves like he created the meaning of love.  He's swoon-worthy without even trying.  Passion, Selflessness, Loyalty, and Stud come to mind when I think of Jesse Walker.  You will fall in love with this sexy cowboy.  I know I did!  Saddle up ladies, "Save a horse, ride a cowboy!"






My Favorite Quotes:


"I had to sacrifice what I wanted for what she wanted, because ultimately, no one could control another person.  The harder one tried, the more the other slipped through their fingers."  (eARC, Loc. 65)

~Jesse


"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."  (eARC, Loc. 145)

~Jesse 

"I love you for all of your pieces, not just a select few.  I love you for your dark, dirty secrets too.  I love you, Jesse.  I love...you."  (eARC, Loc. 4067)

~Rowan



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About the Author:



I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the LOST & FOUND series, the CRASH series, and a handful of others. Basically, I get to do what I love. Every single day. I write romance because I’m a sucker for a good love story, and I write happy endings because there are too few of them in real life. 





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17 comments:

  1. I loved Lost and Found. I have a thing for hot cowboys so of course I instantly loved Jesse. Rowan is such a different diverse character, it took me a little bit to get use to her but once I did I totally lover her. Also I just I have to say that I love the covers of these books. I have a paperback copy of Lost and Found and it is gorgeous so I would love to get a paperback copy of Near and Far to match!!!!

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    1. Hi Bridget! This series has become one of my absolute favorites! I love the book covers as well! Good Luck in the giveaway :)

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  2. It was impossible for me to do Near & Far justice. Nicole just knocked it out of the park with this book. And yes, I cannot wait for Garth's book, too! Beautiful review, Lindy!

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    1. I felt the same exact way. Sometime the hardest reviews to write, are the ones that are my favorite because I don't know if my review will express the intense love I feel for the book! Your review was beautiful too :) You did it justice!

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  3. This is definitely going onto my tbr pile!

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    1. Oh yes! It should go at the very top of your TBR pile! You will not regret it!

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  4. I'm so happy you loved this one too! Jesse was awesome as always and he broke my heart. Some things annoyed me but Garth and Jesse made up for it. Can't wait for Garth's book!

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    1. It's going to be awesome! I can't wait to read and talk about it with you!

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  5. Awesome review Lindy! Yes! Garth OMG. I completely loved how different he was in this book. He really is a true friend to Jesse and Rowen and I'm glad we saw his development. I also loved how Nicole through in Jolene and Jax and while we expected this whole big thing- she stood strong with her characters and I loved that- because Jesse and Rowen were insanely faithful to each other. I loved this book so much too!

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    1. Yes, Garth's character growth was amazing! I agree, it was a fresh change of pace how everything played out with Jolene and Jax. Hopefully, we'll get to read Garth's story around the same time, so we can talk about it together :)

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  6. Great post! I haven't read Lost & Found yet. And it is on my TBRs & on my Kindle. Trust me, I've been reading a lot the past few months & I promise to read this as well as Near & Far in the next few weeks.

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    1. I'm so excited for you Jessie! You will love it!

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  7. Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway. Sounds great. evamillien at gmail dot com

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  8. Great giveaway!!! Thanks for the review! :D

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    1. Thank you for following my review :)

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  9. Sounds like another great series that I haven't started yet. With such a passionate review, I'll have to remedy that real soon!

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