There’s optimistic. And there’s Jesse Walker.
If he wasn’t so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get old. Fast.
Falling in love with the broken girl who had at first seemed immune to anything resembling love was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him when he was five.
As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one.
As push comes to shove, they’re forced to make choices neither are eager to make, and Jesse and Rowen have to face what their lives might look like without the other.
Can two people with such tragic pasts and different presents expect a promising future together? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.
*Recommended for mature readers due to moderate content and language.
Abby’s Review 4 stars
This is a continuation of Rowen and Jesse’s love story. We loved Lost and Found. Jesse Walker opened up cowboys to me! I never thought of myself as a girl who could swoon over a cowboy. Jesse Walker made me love and appreciate a nice cowboy and he continued even as Rowen moves to the city.
“For you, I’m a weak, weak man. I’m so weak for you that you could break me with one word. You could end me with one look. You could ruin me with one touch.”
This is a story about once they have found love, can the couple survive, distance and tattered past.
“He’d accepted me as I’d been last summer, he accepted me for the woman I was today, and I knew he’s accept the woman I was in the future. His acceptance didn’t come with an expiration date.”
Rowen has a fierceness to her. Although she is on her own and often struggles with the influence of others. Her love for Jesse Walker never falters.
“What bound us together couldn’t be seen or put into words. It was invisible. No word had been created for it. Fate, destiny, true love, soul mates were glorified, commercial terms that fell flat. I ascribed few words to what we shared, but one word I could, one word I felt the moment his fingers laced through mine, and that was…….eternal. “
In typical Nicole Williams fashion this book is extremely highlightable! She delivers so many flawless lines that keep you engaged and hoping through out the entire story that Rowen and Jesse get their happy ever after.
Dawn’s Review 4 Stars
“For you, I’m a weak, weak man. I’m so weak for you that you could break me with one word. You could end me with one look. You could ruin me with one touch.” ~Jesse Walker
Oh, Jesse! I fell in love with you in Lost & Found and I love you even more after reading Near & Far!!
For me, Lost & Found (book 1) was Rowen’s story about learning to let others in, learning to love, and finding her way to follow her dreams. Near & Far is the continuing story of Rowen and Jesse, the cowboy who helped her learn what it is to love someone despite their sometimes painful background.
If Lost & Found was Rowen’s story, I felt Near & Far was Jesse’s story. He’s still the gorgeous, white T & tight jean wearing cowboy Rowen (and I) fell for. And he’s still deeply in love with Rowen. But in spite of his attempts to bury his past, those uglies have a way of resurfacing at not the most convenient times. If Rowen and Jesse are to stay together, they have to learn to accept each other completely.
As I was in Lost & Found, I was completely caught up in Jesse and Rowen’s journey. There were moments of tears and moments of humor (particularly thanks to Garth Black *swoon*). My heart hurt with all the steps, stutters, and bumps along their path and I felt such love and beauty when Rowen & Jesse were together. I also really loved the moments with Garth and Jesse while they were working. I hope that at some point we can explore more of what makes Garth the tough but wise cowboy he is.
Overall, I felt this was a great conclusion to Rowen and Jesse’s story. I learned to love Jesse even more. Nicole Williams knows how to develop a story that has me cheering for her characters and for their HEA while also showing how much growth they go through to find it.
Review copy provided for honest review
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