He Saved Me (He Found Me #2) by Whitney BarbettiHe Saved Me by Whitney Barbetti
Published December 2014
Series: He Found Me #2
Genres: New Adult
four-stars
Format: eBook
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Julian

I’ve come to understand that I’ll always find her. She’s my north star, my sense of direction. In her, I’ve found my home. She tells me I saved her. But the truth is, she saved me.But nothing good can ever last. Andra’s keeping secrets. She’s holding something back. I’m trying, desperately, to anchor her. To let me in, to let me help.

But will all my efforts end up with a ghost of a girl I love?

Andra

I'm used to disappearing. Vanishing into thin air, without a trace of who I've been or where I've gone.

But it’s so much harder to do with a broken heart and no hope for a happy ending. Sometimes the only people who can put all the pieces of us back together are the ones we least expect to. That's what Julian did for me.

Julian found me. But now, all Six wants is to keep me locked up, away from the world, away from the Monster. I can't live like that. It's not living at all. Because I still have unfinished business.

And I'm going to make sure the Monster gets what’s coming to him.

Andra Walker had to make a choice: stay with her lover Julian Jameson and fear that her abusive uncle might find her, or vanish from one day to the other to keep him safe. But when she made a choice, she didn’t factor in that Julian had already found her once, and that he would do anything he can to find again.

And when they finally reunite again, they have to share their secret in order to team up once and for all, in order to face Andra’s past and the constant threat of her uncle finding her and taking revenge. With the help of an old family friend, Andra and Julian will put all their efforts together to be always one step ahead of the enemy.

 

What I loved about this book:

+ Great side characters, which I would have loved to learn more about

What I felt needed improvement:

– Story seems to be stalling at some point (scenery very monotonous)

– Story ended too abruptly and in a way that wasn’t especially phenomenal

– An epilogue would have been a nice addition

 

He Saved Me is the sequel to He Found Me and should be read in that order, baring in mind that there is a huge cliffhanger at the end of the first part, so in cased you liked it, you will most likely jump onto its sequel. And boy does that sequel start well: with Julian’s POV. However, I am going to spoil a few things for you here, but the story soon balances back to Andra’s POV. Shame. But I still think the author did well in giving us a piece of Julian.

While Julian got his own POV at the beginning of the book, I was quite disappointed at the fact that towards the middle of the book and up until the end, he really mostly remained in the background, taking up the role of the house’s maid and cook. It’s really a shame, because while the actual intrigue was now topic #1, the relationship between Andra and Julian took second place. I was pretty sure that at some point, Julian would distance himself and/or break up because of all the trouble Andra is going through but that did not happen.

But to be very honest, a lot of things took a backseat to the romantic development, up to the point where I really felt the story begin to stall. And what contributed to that was definitely the fact that all characters were reduced to the confines of a house. And it’s beachfront. That’s all you get… But then again, Whitney Barbetti introduced 2 side characters which really spiced the book up, and added additional intrigue. I can’t wait to read a sequel on Mira and Six.

All in all, He Saved Me was shorter the the previous book, and while it answered most of the questions left and the end of that terrible cliffhanger, I just felt the same kind of longing “for more” than I had at the end of the first part. I wanted to know more about Andra and Julian (epilogue, please?), I wanted to know more about Six and Mira (sequel, perhaps?), but most of all, I just thought “So that’s it?”… Yeah, I felt like the story ending wasn’t as fantastic/crazy/unexpected as I’d hoped.

I still gave He Saved Me an overall score of 4 out of 5 Stars, because all in all I felt it had more facets and more potential than the first part. Sure, it is great to create a universe around the 2 MCs, but I love it even more when the side characters are just as polished and thought through. So in the end, I’d encourage you to read both books, if you can close an eye on some of the specifics.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
3.5 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
3.5 Stars
Overall: four-stars