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.
I really liked LOST & FOUND and I thought it deserved a sequel. But as much as I wanted to know more about Jesse-fine-ass-Walker, I'm not really a fan of HOW MUCH I got to know him in NEAR & FAR. I have nothing against tragic back stories and tortures pasts but Jesse's demons seemed a bit too forced.
I don't know exactly how to describe how I felt about it. I mean, we all know Jesse had a tough abusive childhood and there are demons lurking in that past just waiting to come out. But the events in this book came off as trying too hard to unleash those demons. The thing with Mar?! Come on! That coincidence was pretty much as absurd as it could get, even by fiction standards. I couldn't help but roll my eyes at that bombshell. It was a bombshell alright but I don't it was as explosive as it was intended to be.
I don't if it's just because the last series I've read was off-the-charts intense but the problem that Jesse and Rowen had to face in NEAR & FAR kinda fell flat as opposed to what they had to go through in LOST & FOUND. It wasn't nearly as devastating (yes, I like my books with a little more substantial drama and a whole lot of intense conflict resolution). And the way they handled the drama was a bit anticlimactic. I was kinda hoping for a major blow up or something. For a while, it seemed as though I was gonna get what I wished for. Their relationship's strained, add the flirtatious Jax and Jolene, then the secrets, Jesse's resurfacing demons, oh, and let's not forget Rowen and her priorities. Well, it made one giant soup bowl of drama just waiting to happen. In all fairness, something did happen... it just wasn't to the degree I was expecting after all the build-up.
I'm glad about how Rowen and Jesse's relationship grew and evolved, though. It was a journey for them as a couple, a test, as they tried to navigate the dark corners of Jesse's horrid past and tried to come out the other side in one happy-in-love piece.
I loved Garth Black! OMG. I hated his guts in LOST & FOUND but I absolutely adored him in NEAR & FAR. I lived for his cussing and his dry humor.
Nicole Williams is a talented writer, no doubt about that (Crash, Clash, Crush, Up In Flames...) but I found NEAR & FAR a bit dragging in some parts. There were times when the pages flew by so fast my mind can barely keep up but there were also other times when I had to try really hard to keep myself from skipping the next few pages and moving on to the next exciting part.
All in all, I think it was a nice installment in the series but it isn't a book I would be losing sleep over.