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by Nicole Williams
Published: July 28, 2013
**NEW YORK TIMES & USATODAY Bestselling Series**
There’s optimistic. And there’s Jesse Walker.
If he wasn’t so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get old. Fast.
Falling in love with the broken girl who had at first seemed immune to anything resembling love was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him when he was five.
As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one.
As push comes to shove, they’re forced to make choices neither are eager to make, and 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 expect a promising future together? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.
*Recommended for mature readers due to moderate content and language.*
My Thoughts: I couldn't wait to read this book and find out what was going on with Jesse and Rowen. They've finally found each other, confessed their love, and now face the ultimate challenge... a long-distance relationship. Jesse is back on the ranch working because his father needs him. Rowen is attending school in Seattle and pursuing her dream of being an artist. Jesse makes the long trip there about once a month, and Rowen goes back to the Ranch as often as she can. Needless to say, it is difficult for them. Meanwhile Rowen gets a big break regarding her art work, and she also has the TA in her class pushing her and helping her, but is Jaxson interested in more than just helping her with her art? As the summer begins and new calves are born, Jesse can't leave the ranch at all. When Rowen makes the trip home to the ranch, she finds that Rose Walker has hired a new girl to help, just as Jesse did the previous summer, only Jo is beautiful, big busted, and has the hots for Jesse. It just seems like these two can't get a break. Fortunately, their relationship and love for each other stays strong during this round, but as the bell dings for another round, they find themselves facing the worst and most difficult enemy of all, the one that lies within the mind. Circumstances are set in motion that dredge up the past, which was a battle Jesse thought he had already one, but this time, it threatens to draw them apart for good.
In Lost and Found, we really got to know Rowen, her story, and her past issues, while we got just some basic information on Jesse's past. Well in Near and Far, we get Jesse's story, and it will break your heart. The things that happened to him were unimaginable, and the circumstance that brings all these memories back to the surface was unbelievably hurtful. I can truthfully say that I got to know Jesse Walker inside and out in the novel. I was really pleased with Rowen's character in this installment. She has grown so much, which is evidenced by the way she handles things. That's not to say she doesn't still have her issues, because she does. I loved the romance between these two and they share some really intimate moments together. We also get to see the secondary characters from book one, as well as meet some new ones. I loved Rowen's roommate, she is a hoot. I hated Jaxon and Jo, those old wanna be home-wreckers. We see Josie again, and then there is my favorite character, Garth Black. Garth played an instrumental part in this book and I couldn't help but just love him. I was really happy with the ending of this story also, and couldn't wait to get my hands on Finders Keepers, the next book in the series, which is Garth's story. I will say that I felt like this novel was more emotional than the first one, and because I felt all those emotion right along with them. Near and Far is an excellent sequel to a wonderful romantic series....and it has hot cowboys. I mean what more could a girl as for :).
“THOSE PEOPLE WHO claim it’s better
loved at all? Yeah, they’re full of shit.”
“It’s time you start thinking about what you think you can’t live without and what you actually can’t live without.”
“Her whole face twisted in agony and one tear fell from the corner of her eye, and I wanted to die right there. I wanted to die before I had to watch another one slip from her eyes.”
“Don’t let the things you think you need to do keep you from doing the things you actually need to.
Okay? Fight for the things that matter—don’t waste your energy on the rest.”
I ascribed few words to what we shared, but one word I could, one word I felt the moment his fingers laced through mine, and that was.......eternal.
"You know that goes both ways right? I'm here to help you when and if you need it. And maybe even if you won't admit you need help, I'll do it anyways, because I'm all pushy like that."
“I know we can make it through anything, Rowen. The past couple of months have proven that to me. I know we could make it if we were far away from each other, I trust that. I have faith in that. The thing is… I don’t want to do it. I want to be near you. Every day. Every night. Why should I settle for you from far away when I can have you near me every morning when I wake up?”
About the Author:
I'm the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that's one tiny way I can make it so. I'm one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.
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