Review: Finding It by Cora Carmack

Posted November 5th, 2013 in book review / 10 comments


Losing It Series #3

by Cora Carmack

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (Oct 2013)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Format: eARC (320 pages)
Source: Free book from publisher (Netgalley) for honest review
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Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong…

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.

It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

At A Glance
Liked Jackson, didn’t like Kelsey. Interesting story but unfulfilling ending.

The Good
Finding It is very different from Losing It and Faking It. The latter two are funny and quirky. Finding It was a little darker and serious. I didn’t mind it so much. Some fans may not be into the change though.

I loved the plot and setting. Traveling around Europe with a hot boy, sounds fun to me. Kelsey has a lot of issues, but Jackson sees something extraordinary in her. Jackson pulls Kelsey away from the bottle and random sex and shows her what living really is. He shows her how to enjoy life without letting her past get in the way. Jackson was a great character for me. He’s sweet, but demanding. He knows how to show a girl a good time, and he always retains a bit of mystery. I wish we got to know more about him, but I have heard he is getting his own novella, so that’s exciting.

I will admit, I figured out the twist pretty quickly. It’s hard for plots to surprise me much anymore so it didn’t bother me. I loved the utter devastation it caused though. It may have been mean of me, but because I didn’t like Kelsey, I didn’t mind her being fooled the way she was. It actually made things more exciting. Plus, Jackson did some sweet things to win her back. So effing cute!!!

I was so envious of the places these two got to go. I could totally imagine all these places through Carmack’s writing. I couldn’t think of a more exciting and romantic vacation for a young couple. I hope to see Kelsey and Jackson again in future books so I can see how they are doing.

The Bad
I found the travel to be quite boring. The scenery was described nicely, but the traveling never really excited me the way I hoped. I think it was glanced over too much, too rushed. I just wanted more. And that ending, umm, nothing is really resolved. I didn’t understand that. Kelsey has huge issues with her family, but she never confronts them. That left me unsatisfied.

Kelsey was a hard character to like. She is selfish, shallow, manipulative, mean, and a drunk. I get why she drank but it got annoying when she did so with total disregard to her safety. It’s like she doesn’t use logic most of the time. Her biggest issue was running away from her problems, and by the end, she still hadn’t changed. Mind-boggling. Not much redeemable here.

The Snuggly
Kelsey and Jackson have an insta-love thing going but it didn’t bother me too much. Kelsey tried to hump Jackson every five minutes which was hilarious and annoying at the same time. But luckily, Jackson saw Kelsey’s destructive ways and denied her. Now that was awesome. Once the romance got going I did find it sexy and heartwarming. But I wish there was a little more of a connection between these two. Finding It only scratched the surface of their relationship.

Expect new adult sex scenes, hot but not overdone. And that sexual tension, OMG.

Final Thoughts
In a way, this book did disappoint me a tiny bit but it’s hard for me to not like a Carmack book. I enjoyed reading it, even if Kelsey was not my favorite character. I wish there was more resolution at the end, but I am excited to see this couple together and working on their issues. Recommended.

“The best parts of life are the things we can’t plan. And it’s a lot harder to find happiness if you’re only searching in one place. Sometimes, you just have to throw away the map. Admit that you don’t know where you’re going and stop pressuring yourself to figure it out. Besides…a map is a life someone else already lived. It’s more fun to make your own.”  

“I’m going to kiss you, princess. But not now, not when you’re telling me to. Not when it’s just something you want to check off a list. I’ll kiss you when it counts.”  

“Women love a mystery. But only if we think we can figure it out.”  

“I’ll be good. I promise. Unless you want me to be bad, of course.”  
Losing It Series:
Book #1: Losing It – 4 stars
Book #2: Faking It – 4 stars
Book #3 completed for Netgalley November Challenge.

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10 Responses to “Review: Finding It by Cora Carmack”

  1. Ashley

    I’m glad you still kind of liked it. I personally wasn’t able to get over the insta-love and Kelsey’s annoying slutty behaviour.

    I didn’t really like how I went into it expecting it to be like the other two books (hilarious, awkward, fun), but it wasn’t like that at all. As you said, it was more serious. And I guess that’s fine, but I expected it to be more like her other books since it’s in the same series.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, I remember your review. I totally get your point. I think because I was prepared for a more serious read and idiot protag, I was able to like the story despite all that.

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