FINDING US (The Bad Boy series #3) by S.K. Hartley
Publication Date: June 2014
Source: Enticing Journey Book Promotions
Format: digital ARC provided from S.K. Hartley
Rating: 5 freakin’ stars!!
Tate & Low’s story.
I’m loud, I’m proud, and I like to bust balls in my spare time. At least, that’s what Low Parker would do. But, she is just a mask, one that I have perfected over years of running. I am Willow Knoxx. Master of deception, secrets, and lies. I am the girl your mother told you to stay away from, and the girl your father fantasized about. I have been running for years, always looking over my shoulder. Now, the mask that I have perfected is about to disappear, and everything I have done to keep myself hidden is about to be revealed.
S.K. Hartley enthralled me with FINDING YOU, captured my soul with FINDING ME, and completely blew me away with her latest installment of the Bad Boy series, FINDING US. This series has it all: drama, mystery, romance, and suspense. I couldn’t put this book down. I was on edge the entire time wondering if Low’s past was finally going to catch up with her. Ah…I swear my stress levels were through the roof while reading FINDING US.
Welcome to the real world: where girls drank malt whiskey, where liars and cheaters were rife, and where your life is held in the hands of a single text message. Welcome to my hell. —Low, FINDING US.
I loved the backstory on Willow/Low. Her character was so in depth and well-rounded. One minute she’s this hard-ass who can shoot better than most men and then the next she’s this vulnerable girl whose life is going up in flames right in front of her. She’s also a smart ass which really makes me love her even more. Readers can’t help but love her even though her past life was basically a living hell. She has secrets and she has to lie in order to protect herself but inside she’s genuine. She desperately wants normalcy and Tate gives her that. He gives her security even though she tries hard to fight it.
Tate is the perfect male character. He’s intense when it comes to Low and their relationship but at other times it seemed as if he was a soothing balm for Low. He was the rock she needed him to be even when she didn’t realize she needed that from him. He’s also freakin’ hot and drool worthy so that’s a definite plus in my book. The intensity between these two consumed me and I seriously couldn’t get enough of them together.
“You have a choice, Low. Either I take you right here, right now or…you come home with me so I can make you scream over and over. Pick, and be damn quick about it. Otherwise I’ll just take you any way I can damn well have you.” —Tate, FINDING US.
See what I mean! Dang! Pretty hot right?!? Sofie has this ingenious ability to mesmerize readers with her steamy scenes and suspenseful plots. She truly has a God-given talent. I’m so addicted to these characters and I want more, like..now!
Will Low’s past come back and take away everything she’s worked so hard to get? Is love going to be enough for Tate to look past all the ugliness that lies in Low’s background? Secrets will be revealed and Low’s worst nightmare comes true as she tries to protect everything she holds dear.
I cried for the girl who I refused to be, for the girl who I wanted to be, for the girl I never could be. I was Willow Knoxx, the girl who was one monumental fuck up.–Low, FINDING US.
I can’t express how amazing and refreshing this book was for me. The plot twists and turns were stuff I definitely wasn’t expecting but that’s what makes Sofie’s writing style so unique. The plot was paced perfectly and the characters were well-developed and likable. You want them as friends, all of them. Logan and Neva, along with the rest of the gang, make an appearance and I feel it really helped pull the readers in more. You get this one big connection with everyone. Also, Ace has my mind reeling. Sofie, if you’re reading this, I need more of Ace. Like, a lot more. Maybe a whole book’s worth! 🙂
Overall, this book is definitely a 5 star read. It has everything you could possibly want in a great book with “OMG” moments that make you want to scream, cry, and, at times, laugh your head off. If you’re looking for a read that will suck you in and hold your heart captive then the Bad Boy series is definitely for you!!