Jag Jensen and Ellen Love had been best friends their whole lives until he turned thirteen and started noticing girls his own age, but that didn’t mean he stopped watching out for eleven-year-old Ellen. By his senior year in high school, baseball had taken the front seat in his life, with a scholarship to college and a pro career looming on the horizon, when sophomore Ellen caught his attention and they struck up their friendship again. Although Ellen wanted more, Jag didn’t want to drag her into what he knew would be a crazy life, but love has a way of deciding one’s future, and eventually they became a couple. Ellen followed him to California as he began his pro career, but his wild and hectic lifestyle screwed everything up.
Now Jag is lost, realizing he’s never been without his best friend in his life. Learning to live without Ellen doesn’t settle well with him, so while trying to remain at the top of his career, he also wants to get his girl back, which proves to be more difficult than he thought it’d be. Will Ellen give him another chance or does that sort of thing only happen in the sappy romance novels she always used to read? Jag hopes she’s willing to try again as he puts his heart on the line for the woman he knows will always be his forever and a day.
If you have not read Book 1, Discovering Us, STOP READING THIS REVIEW.
So Finding Us picks up where Book 1 left off, Jag shocked that El walked away. In book 1 we know what it took for Jag and El to finally come together, their journey was long. Jag gets drafted to the Dodgers and El flies up to LA. Jag gets caught up in the lifestyle, and forgets what is important, El. Now, we have a shady slimy agent Dirk, a slurry mole troll Alessandra and Jag who is too caught up in the high life to realize the mistakes he is allowing to happen. Dirk signs Jag into an endorsement deal with the sexy model for an under commercial. Things go from bad to worse and El leaves.
I was so upset with Jag at the end of Book 1 that I wanted to slap him. He took El and their love for granted. Jag for me is kind of selfish. Do I love him? Hell yeah. When he finally realized El went back home to Chicago, he felt his heart leave as well. Jag has a goal and that goal is to get El…only if things were that easy. Jag is suffering big time without El. He is messing up on the field and walks around in a daze. He has a good relationship with his teammate, Bax, and he leans on him for help to get El back. I absolutely loved his advice it was from the heart and straight to the point. Jag wages a war of his own and that war is to get his love back
“You do that, let her know she’s important to you, and you might find a way to work it out. And, again, it’s not the things that are gonna do it. It’s how you make her feel that’ll convince her, got it?”
Let me get back to the slurry mole troll, Alessandra (you guessed it I hate her and you will too). She really thinks that her and Jag should be in a relationship. She is delusional, aggressive and pushy. Jag for some reason, keeps making the same mistakes. He really does not understand why El would be upset. He lost the love of his life for this woman, and he honest to God does not understand why she is being so bitchy (I know slap).
“Jag, we really owe ourselves to give this a shot, don’t you think? Oh now you are getting it”
“Oh, I got it a couple of weeks ago when the best thing in my life walked out on me.”
I loved when Jag was on full out WOO-MODE. He knew he wanted to get his El back. El was not going to just forgive and forget. I loved that about El. She was wronged and Jag discredited her feelings. She trusted him and gave up her life in Chicago and moved to follow him. I loved that each of the characters were strong and willing to fight for what they wanted. I cried my eyes out for El. She was really hurt by what happened, and Jag really did not understand it. Jag decides to go to Chicago and get her back.
“I know I made you feel less than important, and I’m sorry, baby. I lost sight of what mattered the most.”
“When you love someone, the world is supposed to look different. You’re supposed to look different. You’re supposed to feel different. And you do. And because you’ve given that person you whole, entire self, you put your trust in them that they’ll keep you safe.”
When reality finally kicks in, Jag now understands how El is feeling and he can see just how much he let her down. This is where I was cheering Jag (GO JAG. GO JAG). Jag can SEX IT UP, MAN ON MAN. HOLY BASEBALLS!!! When these two decide to go for it again, let’s just say, get a change of panties because you are going to get wet!!
“Your career’s important, and I’m willing to do whatever I can to help.”
“Could F**k you all night long, baby. Love your pu**y, so tight and wet. Love burying my co*k inside you so deep. You love my co*k inside you, don’t you.” (HMMMM HELL YEAH)
“Yes, Jag, I love it.”
Now, as I started out in the beginning we have a slurry troll mole on deck and we know how that goes…YEP SHE AINT GOING AWAY QUIETLY!!!! (I have secretly decided to write myself and some of my friends into the book and take her out, but that is a secret). I swear I was an emotional mess with this book. Ms. Bentley broke me, stitched me back up, shocked me, made me cry, only to laugh and finally left me with a side of WTF? I swear this couple has the 2 most underhanded people against them. Will El and Jag be able to make it work? Are the slurry troll mole and the slimy agent, Dirk successful in tearing the couple apart? Is Jag smarter now? Has he learned to man up and do what is best for the love his life and for himself? (Because let’s face it, when you read this book you will see how lost he is with El.) I CAN NOT GIVE YOU THE ANSWERS. You are going to have to read it like me. I will say that I will be stalking Harper Bentley for Book 3, the final book in the trilogy, because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT FOR THE COUPLE.
Take a chance on this series, you will love it. It was beautifully written. This book is written in Jags POV so we get into his mind and let me tell you he is funny as heck.
“I mean Jesus, her tits were all but jumping out of that goddamned dress. Any hot-blooded male would be blind not to want to check them out. I know, I know. I’m a d**k. Yeah, yeah.”
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Harper Bentley has taught high school English for 21 years. Although she’s managed to maintain her sanity regardless of her career choice, jumping into the world of publishing her own books goes to show that she might be closer to the ledge than was previously thought.
After traveling the nation in her younger years as a military brat, having lived in Alaska, Washington State and California, she now resides in Oklahoma with her teenage daughter, two dogs and one cat, happily writing stories that she hopes her readers will enjoy.