He Found Me (He Found Me #1) by Whitney BarbettiHe Found Me by Whitney Barbetti
Published May 2014
Series: He Found Me #1
Genres: New Adult, Romantic Suspense
three-half-stars
Format: eBook
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When I was seventeen, I disappeared. I walked out the door of my apartment with a backpack and never looked back. I left the life of Cora Mitchell behind, seeking freedom from my real-life nightmare. But my freedom came with a cost.

I lived a fictitious life for the next six years, never letting anyone close enough to see underneath the facade that was Andra Walker. I was content with my simple little life. Until I met Julian. And the moment I started allowing myself to open up, allowing someone to see through the superficial, was the very same moment the Monster from my past would return to find me.

Seven years ago, Andra Walker left the life of 17-year-old Cora Mitchell behind her. With the help of an old friend, she managed to escape from her uncle’s home. He was the only family she had left following her mother’s death and he ultimately turned into an alcoholic monster who abused her.

Under a chosen name and new identity, Andra leads a peaceful and reclusive life on a ranch in Colorado, but she is forever bound to secrecy and lies whenever her past is questioned. That’s also one of the reasons why she doesn’t do commitment. However, when the ranch welcomes a new long-term guest in the form of hot and handsome mystery-writer Julian Jameson, who has made it a challenge to have her ask for more, she knows that she will be in trouble as much as the walls that she built.

This is my second book by this author, and I purchased it on a whim, without really checking the reviews or even putting too much thought into the storyline. And in the end I was quite impressed by the whole storyline as I really liked it. What I liked the most, was all the thought that was put into the characters and into the description of the scenery – it really made it feel like you were there. I also appreciated that this was part romance and part thriller, which made a good combo and kept me on my toes. In the end, I found Julian’s revelations around the intrigue quite interesting albeit slightly pulled by the hair. There were a few typos here and there (a few extra words or the use of “too” when it should have been “to”) but nothing I couldn’t close an eye on.

While I loved both characters and their chemistry, and the whole game that Julian laid out trying to woo Andra, I was a bit disappointed that this was an insta-love story, so there was no actual chasing, but just the girl playing hard to get. And despite the insta-love and the fact that there was a very present mutual attraction between the two, there was a total lack of steam in this book. The whole sexy parts are extremely uneventful considering it never gets any worse than kissing above the collarbone and the act itself – although highly anticipated – was rather dull and short-lived, description wise. I recall the author doing a much better job in Ten Below Zero – which by the way I recommend highly!

The book ended in a helluva cliffhanger bang in the middle of the intrigue (although I did expect this), but I cannot wait to jump onto the next part, because it looks like the storytelling will be taken over by Julian!

Detailed Rating
Storyline
4 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
4 Stars
All the feels
3 Stars
Overall: three-half-stars