Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Finding It by Cora Carmack: Release Day Launch - Giveaway, Review

Cora Carmack's FINDING IT is finally here! 

You can get it in your hands right now! You don't want to miss this fantastic Contemporary Romance from Cora Carmack. Book 3 in the Losing It, FINDING IT is ready to be yours on your ereader or in paperback form! Check out all of the information regarding this fantastic novel and Cora Carmack below! Then, celebrate Cora's Book Birthday by entering the giveaway for a signed copy of LOSING IT, FAKING IT, & KEEPING HER!
Isn't that cover pretty?? Read on and find out everything you need to know below! 

FINDING IT Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:  I am a big fan of Cora Carmack's and I just love all her books and the wonderful characters she creates, and she once again delivers an outstanding story in Finding It (Losing It #3). In Losing It, we got to meet and fall in love with Bliss and Garrick, then in Faking It, we got to meet Max and once again see Cade, who we met in Losing It, and fall in love with their story. Finding It is Hunt and Kelsey's story.  Kelsey is Bliss's best friend who we originally met in Losing It.  While this is a series, each of these books can also be read as a stand alone.  

Everyone deserves one grand adventure, that one time in life that we always get to point back to and say, "Then...then I was really living."

After graduating college, Kelsey decides to backpack across Europe.  To everyone else this sounds like a grand adventure, but for Kelsey, she is searching for something, desperate to find out who she is and what she is meant to do while at the same time trying to forget her horrible past by drowning herself in alcohol, men, and partying her way across Europe as she searches for that one great adventure, only to find that the happiness she is searching for still seems out of reach.  Kelsey is a very good actress -  it's what she went to school for, but what few people realize is that the facade she presents to her friends and those she meets is all an act.  In fact, it is to the point that she has a hard time separating the two.  

Life was easier when you stopped caring, when you stopped expecting things to get better.

Everything changes when Kelsey meets Jackson Hunt.  Not only is he the hottest man she has ever seen, he causes her to feel things she never has and isn't sure she wants to.  He sees her, really sees her, and that scares Kelsey while at the same time makes her want him even more.  For Kelsey, Jackson Hunt is an enigma, one she can't quite figure out.  He's a Marine, yet there is something mysteriously dark, yet enchanting in his eyes......eyes that Kelsey could lose herself in forever.   On top of all that, he doesn't succumb to her attempts to seduce him, which really confuses her and is something she hasn't encountered with men before.   Kelsey finds herself opening up more to Jackson Hunt that she has ever opened up with anyone, and when Hunt asks her to spend a week with him as they go off in search of that adventure she's been seeking, she can't refuse.   A lot happens during this week and Kelsey finds out as much about herself inside, as she does about the wonderful places they visit.  She also finds herself falling for this man who has managed to change her life in such a short time.  It's obvious he's hiding something, but Kelsey can't figure out what........and when she does, will it destroy her?

I really loved Finding It.  One of the things I liked most was that trademark Cora Carmack humor that we originally saw with Bliss in Losing It, which once again shines through in Kelsey's character.  Kelsey is a mess, but she's also a lot of fun in the midst of that mess.  I really enjoyed watching her find herself and discover who she is and what she really wants over the course of this novel.  It isn't an easy journey at all and she has a lot of heartache in the process, but she also experiences a lot of fun, discovers what love really is, and gets the courage to face the demons of her past.  Jackson Hunt......swoon.......I think he is my favorite male character so far in Cora Carmack's books.  He is hotness personified, mysterious, has the bad boy thing going on coupled with a fierce need to protect, and comes across on more than one occasion as a knight in shining armor with a bit of a dark side.  As the story progresses, it wasn't hard to figure out what it was that he was hiding from Kelsey, and even so, the story was still fantastic an I thoroughly enjoyed watching things unfold.  The chemistry between Hunt and Kelsey is sizzling and Cora Carmack delivers some really hot romance.  The setting of the story was also really beautiful and I loved that part of it as well.  I was totally engrossed in Finding It from beginning to end, and Carmack did an excellent job in drawing you into the lives of these characters and their journey.  The ending was wonderful also.  Cora Carmack has once again delivered an outstanding contemporary romance and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Kelsey and Hunt's adventure.  

Here's some more of my favorite quotes:

Tamas didn't waste any time.  Like, really....no time.  The dude went zero to sixty in seconds.  His tongue was so far down my throat, it was like being kissed by the love child of a lizard and Gene Simmons.  
..........my traitorous eyes found the guy across the room.  If he laughed any harder, he was going to pop a lung.  Damn it.  I guessed he didn't have any issues understanding my English.
...."What? No more locals around to carry you?"  
I turned my head to the side, and my worst fears came true.  Soldier Smolder.  He was even more gorgeous up close, which was only magnified by his deep voice.  And from the sound of it, he was American too.  The look on his face was part teasing - part condescending, but his eyes still had my organs doing somersaults.  

"You remind me of God," I mumbled, then immediately wished I could suck those words back into my mouth.  He laughed, "Well, that's a new one for me."  

I said, "You're awfully pushy, stranger."  And kind of dangerous.  Who knew stranger-danger could be so hot.  

Then there were the abs.....sweet baby Jesus, it was like there was a factory with a conveyor belt spitting them out because they just kept coming.  I didn't even know where to begin.  It was a buffet of well.....buffness, and I was about to be guilty of gluttony.  

I made a strangled sound somewhere between the wheezing of a fat asthmatic and the squeak of a dog's chew toy.  In other words, the noise that came out of my mouth was light-years away from being sexy.  

There were a few things in this world that I hated.
Close talkers.
Fran Dresser's voice.
People who say fustrating instead of frustrating.
And throwing up.  Which I had done twice this week.  

Who doesn't dream about going to Italy?  And talk about making it easy to seduce Hunt.  If I couldn't do it in Italy, someone should take away my vagina because I didn't deserve it. 

Now here are a few of the more serious quotes:

"I want to memorize the way your eyes clench shut and you bite down on your lip, so that I can sketch your expression through memory. I want to know the exact angle of the way your neck curves, and how many times your heart beats a minute. I want to know everything."

"If there's anything I learned with you, it's that one more day was never enough." 

"But my only excuse is that I'm crazy about you. And life is not worth living unless I'm with you. You're my adventure. The only one I want to have."

"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."

"You scare me," I said.
"You have nothing to be scared of. I won't...I wouldn't. I'll help you get to bed, and then I'll leave, get another room."
He thought I didn't trust him...that he might do something.
"Not that. I don't think that."
"Then why do I scare you?"

"Because I don't want you to see."
"See what?"

Cora Carmack Bio:
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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  1. I am so glad that you liked this one as well!! I do need to read Losing It. I can't believe I still haven't started it!

    1. I did the same thing. I only read it a couple of months ago and then could have kicked myself for not doing it sooner.

  2. I've been hearing great things about Jackson and Finding It. Great review, Ellen!

    1. I loved it. I've read mostly good reviews, though some people didn't like it. Jackson Hunt is definitely my favorite male character so far.

  3. I have heard so many amazing things about this author and this series! I'm really looking forward to meeting these characters!

  4. I definitely loved the humor that Cora always brings to her books. Unfortunately, I didn't love this book as much as the others. There was just something a little off about it, pacing and characters, I just couldn't fall in love with it like I did the others. Either way, I still enjoyed it and can't wait to read more from her. Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

    1. I remember reading your review, and I understand where you are coming from. Kelsey is a different type of character, but I think it was Cora's humor that won her over for me.

  5. I can't wait to read this, the cover is hot :)

    1. It's really good. I hope you like it.

  6. aside from cora carmack writing I think I'm interested to find out more about Hunt!

    1. He's my favorite guy so far in her books,

  7. A great review Ellen & I love the quotes you shared. You enjoyed this a little more than me, Losing It is still my favourite :-)

    1. A lot of people seem to feel that way. Losing It was awesome. I loved Cora's humor so much, and I could see a lot of that coming through in Kelsey's character. I think that is why I liked it. Bliss is my favorite female character, and Hunt is my favorite male I think.

  8. I'm so looking forward to another funny happy ending -I love Cora's books.

  9. I looking forward to another amazing read by Cora! Every book of hers so far has been a gem and I fully expect this one to be as well!

  10. I love this series too! I can't decide which one is my favorite. Hunt was so great. I can't wait to read the novella.


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