Sunday, October 13, 2013

ARC Review Tour: Finding It by Cora Carmack

I am so excited to be a part of the review tour for Finding It by Cora Carmack. I adore Cora and love her more and more with each book. Check out my review below and if you haven't read a Cora Carmack book yet, go read one, seriously, now.

Finding It
(Losing It #3)
Author: Cora Carmack
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

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.

Due to sexual content, recommended for mature audiences, 18+.

This may be my favorite book of the series so far. We get to see a whole side of Kelsey that was never shown or discovered in Losing It and it changed my perspective of her completely. Also, Jackson Hunt? Yeah, I'm swooning! I may even want to marry him. I also love books with a plot revolving around exciting adventures and self discovery. Finding It had all that and more, plus the European setting was fascinating.

Kelsey has just graduated college and decided to spend her summer traveling Europe, looking to discover herself and what she wants to do with her future now; or so that’s what she tells herself and every one else. The truth is, she is running scared. Running from a past that has her riddled with guilt and shame; a past that she has shared with no one before. This plotline added such depth to Kelsey’s character and I feel like we really get to know her and understand the reasons behind her actions of the past. Underneath the façade she puts on is a sad, lonely and confused girl who is just looking to find something, anything to make her forget the past and move forward to the future. Kelsey is a pro at putting up a wall so that no one can see the fear and pain she hides, that is until she meets Jackson Hunt.

“Despite being able to move and breath and talk, I’d felt stuck for a long time, leaving a past I wanted to forget and headed toward a future I didn’t want. Until Hunt.”

Jackson is a mystery. A sexy, hot, sweet, tender mystery. He challenges Kelsey to grab life by the horns and to discover happiness without the use of alcohol or sex. He sees through her and his desire to help her heal and find her passion is palpable. He carries his own sadness and pain behind his eyes and every once and a while he lets down his guard just long enough that Kelsey can see it. However, he doesn’t open up to her until it’s too late and his confessions may not be enough to stop her from leaving. I always sensed that there was something more to Jackson and that he was carrying a pretty big secret that would blow up in his face. I had my suspicions and I was right.

“And that was the Hunt one-two punch. Pull you in and then plow right over you. Give you the most intense kiss of your life, and then pretend like it never happened and let you fester in your sexual frustration.”

Holy sexual tension and chemistry; Jackson and Kelsey had all that and more. From the moment they first meet, there is an undeniable attraction between the two of them. However, Jackson is reserved and intent on only being friends. What he really wants to do is mend Kelsey and he convinces her to give him seven days to show her what life is all about. He takes her all over Europe and as they experience unbelievably incredible adventures, Kelsey finds something inside of her she never thought existed and she felt genuine happiness that has eluded her for so many years. Jackson didn’t come out empty handed either. What started out as a simple mission to save a girl that he saw a little bit of his past self in turned into something so much more for him. I adored watching Kelsey and Jackson fall for each other and I loved the way Kelsey tempted him and sliced his resolve. When she finally broke him down, she never expected the feelings that came with it. Despite it all, I knew Jackson was hiding something that was going to bring it all crashing down. It did just that and my heart broke for both of them.

“In the quiet night, I wondered if it was only the beginning of something bigger. One long, exhilarating, terrifying fall. One without the safety of harnesses and cords and a plan. One with no guarantee that I wouldn’t hit rock bottom.”

While Jackson’s betrayal crushed Kelsey, it also opened her eyes to the realities of her life and how she was previously living it. It may have hurt her, but it inadvertently helped her find a way to put all the pieces together, confront her past and move on. While she finally found a way and a place to be happy, there was one thing missing; Jackson. It’s a good thing Jackson doesn’t know how to give up. The way he fought his way back to Kelsey was so incredible and if I wasn’t already in love with him, this would have done me in for sure. My heart actually fluttered as Kelsey read Jackson’s letters and opened her heart back up to him. That man has as way with words and I was wrapped up in them with Kelsey. What a beautiful ending!

“He tasted like warm summer days and hurricanes, like everything I wanted and everything I didn’t know I needed.”

Cora Carmack never ceases to amaze me and I truly think she just gets better and better. With each book I read, I fall even deeper for the characters and I find them to be more expertly developed. For me, Finding It had everything. Incredible characters, exceptional plot depth, and a fantastic setting. Keep em’ coming Cora cause I need more!

Also, this quote:

“Being an adult is hard work. I know people tell you this growing up, but it doesn’t really sink in until you’re living it, waist deep in the swamps of no-free-time and not-enough- money.”

 ~IPOD Picks~
"Come Around" by Rosie Golan
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"All That I'm Asking For" by Lifehouse


Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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*An eARC was provided to me for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and unbiased.*


  1. Another series that I haven't started yet! I feel like I'll never catch up. On the good side though at least I have a list of great books to read :)

  2. So exciting...i cannot wait to read it!!

  3. I am such a slacker because I still haven't read Losing It. But I promise it is going to be one of the first books I read once I get through my review books. Awesome review.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  4. I know what you mean. I feel that way about so many other series too! One at a time :-)

  5. Thanks! It is such a cute and fun series and the characters and plot depth gets better with each book. Can't wait for you to read them!

  6. Now I can comment on this! LOL! I really loved the storyline. Hands down, probably my favorite. I love adventures and traveling and watching Jackson open her up and show her what it's like to be alive.... SIGH. It was epic! And you aren't kidding! Their chemistry was SIZZLING hot! I was like OMG- stop pushing her away! LOL. Great review chica! I'm glad you love Cora as much as I do!


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