A novel about a shattered family, broken hearts, and healing love by Rachel Van Dyken, the number one New York Times bestselling author of Stealing Her.
Coming out of a coma was one hell of a wake-up call. While I was in the dark, my estranged twin brother, Bridge, had replaced me in the company I owned and swept up my fiancée in the takeover. With my ruthless reputation, can I blame them for falling in love? I have to look long and hard at where I’ve been and where I’m headed. Alone time? The universe has other plans.
Our family’s secluded Vermont cabin comes with a gorgeous—if at first, unwelcoming—surprise. She’s renter Keaton Westbrook, a social media superstar struggling with her own private grief. As a winter storm bears down, we’ve found something to keep us warm—an intimacy neither of us expected and both of us need.
After we say goodbye, what happens then? Keaton and I are longing to reconcile with our painful pasts. I can’t bear to do it without her. Is it too much to ask of fate to give us a second chance at life and love?
[I received a digital copy for an honest review]
Finding Him by Rachel Van Dyken is the second book in the Covet duet. Julian Tennyson’s life has been one nightmare after another since waking up from a coma to his brother taking his place at the company and his fiance. The passing of his mother has put him over the edge and under the strong recommendation of Tennyson’s Financial’s board he is taking a mental health vacation. The last thing he expects when getting to his family’s cabin in the Vermont woods is another person saying she rented it out. Keaton Westbrook just needs some peace and quiet to write the book she promised to her dead boyfriend. What she gets instead is an angry Julian Tennyson trying to buy his way to peace and quiet by kicking her out. When the weather refuses to allow anyone to leave the cabin for many days the pain of loss and mourning unites these two unlikely people. But when the real world comes calling are they able to keep the solace they’ve found in each other when the rest of the world is watching.
Julian Tennyson is portrayed in the first book to be a selfish and manipulative man. Although so much of it was smoke and mirrors it’s hard to separate that initial opinion of him until you read this book. He broke my heart into a million pieces. He just wanted to be loved and understood for all he did for his family and rather than being able to show that he just lost everyone who mattered. Not to say all the sins of the past are forgiven but for a character to so blatantly accept that he was not a good guy but wanted to change made my heart hurt. He opens his heart to Keaton and all you want is for him to be happy because that’s all he tries to do for her.
“I want to pretend that I’m good enough to kiss you, good enough to touch you, I want you to lie to me an tell me it’s just the beginning, that you don’t care about my reputation, that you’d go home with me in a heartbeat because you can’t imagine being anywhere else.”
Keaton Westbrook has lived her life in the public’s eye forever. Being a social media personality brought her to her first love Noah in the hospital and trying to tell his story brings her to Julian. Her complicated feelings about moving on felt so real because how could you not hesitate after loving someone the way she loved Noah and then lost him. It hurts me just to think about. But when she finally lets herself be with Julian it’s so sweet yet snarky keeping him in his place like no one else ever dared.
“She was beautiful when she wasn’t being argumentative. Hell, she was beautiful no matter what.”
This story is about living life after losing those most important to you. It’s about finding a way to continue on knowing that mourning is fluid and will always be a part your life. Julian losing his mother hurt because she knew the real him when no one else truly did, until Keaton. Him allowing Keaton in through all the sins of his past was powerful in way that can only be appreciated if you read the story. Keaton telling Julian Noah’s story also hurt but because it was needed for them to ever truly understand each other. This is a hard fought for HEA.
“And I wasn’t stupid enough to believe a kiss would fix it, but it would at least soothe the ache, that’s what affection did to a person’s soul, it took the sting away.”
4 stars for Finding Him, a story filled with tears, smiles and swoons.