Review: Finding You by Jo Watson

Finding You
Series: Destination Love, #3
Author: Jo Watson
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis:

When you go to Greece to meet your family but end up making out with your smokin’ hot tour guide #sorrynotsorry

Being adopted never made Jane Smith feel unloved, just unlike the rest of her family. As her twenty-fifth birthday approaches, she is struck by an overwhelming longing to finally find her place in the world. So in a very un-Jane-like move, she books a last-minute ticket to Greece to find her birth father and the real Jane. All she knows about him is it that he was a tour guide named Dimitri. Armed with this knowledge and several surprise boxes of condoms from her mom (not embarrassing at all), Jane takes off.

Within minutes of landing she makes two important discoveries. First, everyone in Greece is named Dimitri, and second, fate might be playing a sick joke on her when a sexy tour guide called Dimitri comes to fetch her from the airport. He offers to help Jane with her search—if she’ll go on an adventure with him. Stable Jane would never risk a steamy vacation romance. But real Jane might finally be ready to listen to her heart. Will Jane find her biological father, or will she end up finding something else entirely?


Review:

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

I’ve been a fan of Jo Watson’s Destination Love series ever since I read the first book, Burning Moon. She has a way of taking you both on a physical and emotional journey in her books. Each book brings to life another gorgeous setting and wonderful woman. I love that these women are friends looking for themselves, but each one’s life and destination is very different. The characters’ journeys to finding themselves and love are filled with so many fun and awkward moments.

Jane is as plain as her name. She’s completely okay with that until her next birthday starts to sneak up on her. All of a sudden, Jane’s in a tizzy. Nothing seems right until she sees a tour sign advertising a trip to Greece. Soon, Jane’s on her way there to look for the birth father she’s never met. His name is Dimitri and he’s a local tour guide.

Nothing goes as planned when Jane arrives in Greece. Instead of meeting her father, Jane meets a completely different tour guide named Dimitri. This Dimitri is the most gorgeous man Jane’s ever met. Soon, he’s helping Jane look for her father and herself.

Finding You felt a little different from the first two novels in the Destination Love series. It was more serious, not quite as over the top funny. That wasn’t a bad thing. Finding You dealt with some very serious emotions regarding being adopted and Jane not knowing who she was. It’s a very real situation. Jo Watson mentions in her acknowledgements that she’s adopted and has felt these very real emotions. I am also adopted, and could relate to what Jane was going through. I’ve always been secure in my adopted family, but there are moments growing up where you have to deal with who you are compared to your adopted family. Jo Watson did an outstanding job translating these feelings and needs into Jane’s story. Jane had a lot of fun and interesting thing happen along her journey, but nothing was as important as her coming to terms with who she was. I really loved that part of the book.

Don’t worry, there was still a ton of humorous moments in this romance. Jane had a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time for silly things to happen to her. I loved how Dimitri was always there, right by her side, making Jane comfortable. They had such a sweet dynamic between them. I loved how easily their relationship fell together. It was perfect.

Finding You was a great addition to the Destination Love series. I absolutely loved it, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. (I’m really hoping it’s Stormy-Rain’s story!) If you’re a fan of contemporary romance filled with beautiful settings, humorous moments and sweet romances, you really need to read this series!


Excerpt:

He stepped toward me. My heart stopped pumping. He leaned in close and pulled my hand from behind my back and placed his card in the center of my palm. My nerve endings prickled and the hair on the back of my neck stood up.

“Just in case.” He repeated the words and they sounded so loaded.

In case what? In case I decided to lose all common sense, judgment, control, my mind (although that was already up for debate) and call you for a midnight beach romp. I’ll be sure to bring my watch so I can take note of how long it takes you to make me start screaming your name in wild ecstasy…Oh God, that sounded good!

I took a large step back. He took a large step forward. Back. Forward. Then he leaned in again. Holy Crap! He was coming in for that double-cheek kiss again and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to remain cool and calm and controlled this time. Only he didn’t. He did something far, far more odd and unsettling. He pulled my sunglasses off, placed them in the same hand as the card and then closed my fingers around them. He squeezed my hand closed while looking into my eyes in a way that rattled me to my very core.

My head started spinning and suddenly I felt a tad unsteady. I hoped to hell that I wasn’t about to be knocked off my feet by my raging hormones and fall into his arms. He gave my hand one last squeeze, and then… he was gone!

What the hell did that mean? You can’t just take off a person’s glasses, put them in their hands, stare into their eyes meaningfully and then mysteriously walk away without saying a word. What the hell was he playing at?

And why was it so hard to keep myself from falling for it?


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Jo Watson is an award-winning writer of romantic comedies. Burning Moon won a Watty Award in 2014. Jo is an Adidas addict and a Depeche Mode devotee.

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