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Finding Ever After (Ever After #1)

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It's been three years since she left everything she knew behind, but Jaxyn is finally done running, and returning home to Boston face the friends she abandoned without warning and the nightmare that still wakes her in the night.

Back in the childhood home that holds all of her memories from before life showed her that 'happily ever afters' don't come easy, she is unsure of
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published April 1st 2014
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Stephanie So sorry, wasn't alerted to this question earlier. As of right now it is an ebook only, but will be going to print in the near future.

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*Marsha,Marsha,Marsha* It's always Marsha
This is a very difficult review for me to write. There were parts of the story I really liked and there were parts I did not. There parts that made sense to me, and there were parts that did not. And so I am going with a 3-3.5 Stars . I will try and justify my reasoning below: (snorts)

Jaxyn is returning to her home near Boston after being gone for 3 years. She left after a life altering event that one can guess at but isn't fully revealed until closer to 3/4ths way in. She is scarred inside fro
Kelli Loves 2 Blog
Apr 03, 2016 Kelli Loves 2 Blog rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015

Finding Ever After is a great novel by the wonderful Stephanie Hoffman McManus. This book, is the story of Jaxyn.

Jaxen mysteriously left town at 18 to escape a living hell. It was the second time her world was shattered. The first time, she was only twelve.

Sebastian, or Bas has he is usually called, has been her best friends since she was five, when she and her mom moved in next door to him, his dad, and his brother Chris.

After running for three years, Jax
Jennifer White
Sep 22, 2016 Jennifer White rated it it was amazing
As a reader, I love books that reach down into my hear strings and tug on them repeatedly. I especially love when they invoke feelings in me that completely identify with emotions I have or have had in the past. A book worthy of 5 Stars has to move me in some way. It has to make me relate to the characters, make me feel what they feel. Even if I disagree with their actions, it will make me understand them. This book did exactly that for me.

This book made me feel so many different emotions – fear
Secretly Adorkable Readers

Holy baby ninja turtles Batman!! This book was unbelievable. I was asked by the author to take a chance to read her first book that came out this year and I am amazed at how beautiful this story affected me in all sorts of ways.

Jaxyn grew up next door to her best friend Sebastian "Bas" and his older brother Christian "Chris". She was raised by her mother but due to unfortunate events, a tragedy took her mother away when she was 12, leaving Jax to move in with her estranged father and siblings.
Bex 'n' Books
Sep 22, 2014 Bex 'n' Books rated it it was amazing
Reviewer: Lynn
Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.

I wasn't sure of my opinion at the beginning of the book. By 1/4 way in, I was hooked. I loved these guys; Ace, Spade, Bas, Chris and even Kyden. They were like the ultimate friends to have. After leaning the reason why Jax left, Bas knew what happened, the rest of the guys find out as the story progresses. They want to protect Jax and keep anything from happening again.
Nov 28, 2014 Vicky rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book! Jazz and Bas are great, throw in Ky and the band and it gets interesting and fun. This story will make you laugh,cry, and gripe that all men are idiots! This book makes you think about life and relationships between men and women and family. I didn't want to put it down to go to bed. The author writes her characters as family and old friends. The conflict with Jazz and her family and the pain she went ...more
Jan 25, 2015 Heather rated it it was ok
**Reviewed for EBooks Galore**

Finding Ever After is, on the surface, a new adult rocker romance. It follows Jaxyn and Kyden; she left town for three years after high school, he is the front man of a rock band about to make it in the big time. Both have shady pasts and secrets, which conspire to keep the two apart for most of the book.

I was very conflicted when reading this book. A few things were done well; however, several things could have been improved upon.

First, the things I liked: I liked
I Love Story Time
Jan 03, 2015 I Love Story Time rated it it was amazing
Shelves: julie-jules, arc

****** I Love Story Time was gifted an ARC in exchange for an honest review *****

5 Stars!!!

It has been a while since I have read a story that kept me up until 2:30 in the morning! I literally had to force myself to put my kindle down and go to bed! Then when I woke up the next morning, I just rolled over and started reading again. Yes! It was that good! I finished this book in 2 days! It is not a short read by any means, but I just couldn't stop from wanting to know what was going to happen next
Kara Hildebrand (Two Book Pushers)
This is the first novel from Stephanie Hoffman McManus and the first in the Ever After Series. The writing is great! The characters are all extremely likable and at one point, I was torn between who I wanted the leading lady to end up with! Jaxyn ran from her life after high school to escape her past but she's back 3 years later and she wants her life back. Bas, the best friend that she left behind, isn't too thrilled to see her. He's hurt and mad that she just ran without even saying goodbye. ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
Finding Ever After grabbed me immediately and didn’t let go. This book really knows how to keep you on an emotional journey. The portrayals of how people hide their emotions and baggage from their loved ones and the reactions of each other when trying to cope was raw and beautiful. I truly felt that I was involved with the interactions of the characters.

Jaxyn ran from her hometown when she turned 18 and hasn’t been back until now. She didn’t tell anyone that she was leaving and didn’t contact a
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
I was breathless and emotionally charged after reading this book. Finding Ever After is full of surprises and Stephanie Hoffman McManus is impressive.

Jaxyn wanted to find her prince, her knight in shining armor, the one who would treat her like a princess. After her mom died, this wish just vanished. She ran away and was held captive. Her fairytale turned to nightmare and the evil villain in her story tormented her and made he wish she were dead.

When Jax came back to her hometown, the fog of dou
Ellen Anderson
Jul 12, 2015 Ellen Anderson rated it really liked it
Shelves: ap-arc, hec
I am really impressed with this debut book by Stephanie Hoffman McManus. She has put a lot of emotion and heart into this story. It took quite a while for Jaxyn's reasons for running and needing protection to finally come out and even longer for Kydan's. Then again, it was a very long book. Usually I'm not drawn to books this long, but I will admit that there are so many secondary characters, that it wasn't boring. I like the way that Jaxyn's faith was brought into the story and that she held ...more
Amber Preble
Jul 26, 2014 Amber Preble rated it it was ok
Great story poor editing

Great story poor editing

I really enjoyed the story I like the main characters, I loved that it wasn't your everyday fairytale story. I love how the author put pieces of the story out there for you to wonder about. however there where so many misspelled, and incorrect words that at times it made it hard to get through. other than that it truly was a good read.
Penny Stone
Sep 22, 2016 Penny Stone rated it it was amazing


Stephanie Hoffman McManus has written another breathtaking story! FINDING EVER AFTER, the first book in her EVER AFTER SERIES, is dynamic! I love the story and the characters are amazing!

Jaxyn, also known as Jazz, had a mother she absolutely adored. Her mother read her fairy tales every night. They always started with "Once Upon A Time" and ended with "Happily Ever After". They only had each other, and Jazz's mother mad
Sep 22, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ibbb-reviews
Finding Ever After by Stephanie Hoffman McManus rated 5 stars

This book is exactly as the title says. Jaxyn is looking for her fairytale ending after growing up with her mother’s home. She grew up in a princess bedroom listening to her mother tell her happy ever after stories. After her mother passed she was sent to live with her father ( whom she did not know). Then her life changed...luckily she had 2 great friends to help her through difficult times. Sebastian was her rock and protector. Vivia
Sep 22, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Finding Ever After By Stephanie Hoffman McManus

This book holds a special place in my heart! It has so many feelings and emotions in it! I cried, laughed and heck, I even got angry. I definitely had a difficult time putting this book down!
I give it 5 stars, hands down! Stephanie did an incredible job developing such complex and deep characters. You can't help but fall in love with each and every one of them,Some more than others.
Jaxyn is a sweet, caring a loving woman. All she wants to do is
Laura Furuta
Sep 22, 2016 Laura Furuta rated it it was amazing
Finding Ever After (Ever After 1)
By: Stephanie Hoffman McManus
5 out of 5 stars

The story Finding Ever After (Ever After 1) by Stephanie Hoffman McManus is a new adult/college romance. This is the story of Jaxyn and Kyden. Jaxyn is returning to the hometown she left three years ago. She had lost her mother at a young age and then living with her father and step siblings caused her to run when she was able to get away from the pain. She left behind many friends such as Sebastian, who she had grown
Sep 23, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing
Finding Ever After is book 1 in the Ever After series by Stephanie Hoffman McManus. I’m so in love with this book – I honestly could not put it down. I do like a bad boy musician and Kyden ticked all the boxes for me. This is the first book that I have read by Stephanie and for sure it will not be the last – I can’t wait to read the next books in the series.

The story is about Jaxyn who finds herself back in Boston after running away 3 years earlier at the age of eighteen. She’s back to face the
Sep 23, 2016 Shelley rated it it was amazing
Finding Ever After by Stephanie Hoffman McManus is the story of Jaxyn and Kyden McCabe. They both have pasts that they want to keep secret, though it doesn’t always work that way.
Jaxyn decided after three years away that she was ready to come home. She ran away after a violent attack without a word to her best friend Bas and his family. She shows up the same way, to the home that her mother left her. The first person that she sees is Bas’ father who was so happy to see her.

Though she had plann
Lucy Berson
Oct 04, 2016 Lucy Berson rated it really liked it
Finding Ever After by Stephanie Hoffman McManus is a 4.5 star read for me….

I absolutely fell in love with this book from the beginning. Even tho, there were plenty of times throughout this book I had a serious urge to throats punch Kyden. I wouldn't change anything tho. You need the difficult times to appreciate to great times.
Jaxyn has had a difficult life since she was 12 years old when she lost her mom to cancer. Spending some time in a group home until her father could be located and then s
Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Sep 22, 2016 Mom's Guilty Pleasure rated it it was amazing
This book is something I have been waiting for! The last few books I've read have not connected with me in a strong way. This book has heartache, pain, loss, love, anger, friendship, family (by blood and self-made) frustration, hope and the feel goods. I laughed, cried, worried and thoroughly enjoyed this book. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see where Stephanie would take this story and at the same time wanted to slow down my reading so it wouldn't be over. I hope this book is the ...more
Robin Rankin
Sep 22, 2016 Robin Rankin rated it it was amazing
5 stars

This is a must read for anyone who loves romance! I think this book is now one of my favorites. I loved, loved, loved this story and felt such a connection to Jaxyn. I don’t normally quote characters from books, especially in reviews since they are the author’s words not mine, but when I read this line, I stopped what I was doing and texted it to my best friends, one of which said that she understood and that the she had nailed it. They were talking about family and she said her feelings
Lindsey Shutt
Sep 22, 2016 Lindsey Shutt rated it it was amazing
OK so I gotta just say this book is truly amazing my face hurts from smiling and laughing I couldn't stop it just grabs you by the shirt collar and sucks you in! Finding ever after isn't a a fairy tell with the princess and a white night and a beautiful horse, even with that said it is a true love story it pulls on those heart strings and makes you cry, laugh, giggle everything we feel in a relationship. It also is so much more than it is a story of hard ship and finding yourself. How to broken ...more
Melissa Schaub
Sep 22, 2016 Melissa Schaub rated it it was amazing
Finding Ever After by Stephanie Hoffman McManus is simply amazing. It tells the story of Jaxyn who has dealt with a lot since she lost her mom when she was young and was forced to live with her dad, who is not a good person. She ends up leaving everything behind to run. Run away from it all, but after 3 years of talking to no one she decides that it is time to go home. When she gets there and tries to reform her life from the ashes, she meets the one guy that has the power to destroy her. Even ...more
Kayla Bartley
Sep 23, 2016 Kayla Bartley rated it it was amazing
Finding Ever After (Every After #1) by Stephanie Hoffman McManus was an absolutely captivating story that swept me up from start to finish!

Jaxyn has returned home after leaving three years ago. When she left, she never told anyone she was leaving let alone why she was leaving. When she comes back and reconnects with Sebastian, her best friend, her life starts coming together again and she finds her sense of family with his group of friends.

Kyden, a member of Sebastian’s gang of friends catches
Sep 22, 2016 Kari rated it it was amazing
Finding Ever After by Stephanie Hoffman McManus was an amazing book! This is only my second book by Stephanie Hoffman McManus and I can honestly say all of her books are on my TBR list now!

Jaxyn grew up with only her mom, until her mom tragically passed away from cancer when Jaxyn was only 12 years old. That is when her whole life changed, and not for the better. The moment she was able to (just after high school graduation) she left town without telling anyone, not even her best friend/”brother
Melissa Agena-Bilger
Sep 22, 2016 Melissa Agena-Bilger rated it it was amazing
What a great story of two broken people finding each other. You might need to pull the tissues out on this one. Jaxyn, a girl who has been through lots of tragedy and loss finds herself back to the home that she fled after finding strength healing. Kyden, lead singer bad boy who just so happens to be seriously hot, has seen his share of loss as well. Both find each other and try desperately to remain friends until, of course, they can’t anymore. There are quite a bit of twists and turns you may ...more
Spunky N Sassy
SNS Rating: 4.5

~~~~~~~~~~Sharlene's Review~~~~~~~~~~

Cinderella meets rock star is how I perceive Finding Ever After. Jaxyn leaves her families (the real one and the loved one) behind and tries to find herself. She spends 3 years away from home but it's not until she returns that she finds her real self and her true love. Kyden is not looking for a happily ever after but finds one anyway. Both of these characters definitely are strong and have a mind of their own. All the other characters are ju
Feb 14, 2015 BFDU rated it it was amazing
*** Provided on behalf of the author for an honest review ***

Our favourite quote

"Loving someone is one of the bravest things you can do.
It’s a choice you make that requires you to give a part of yourself, but you become even stronger for it"

We were given the amazing opportunity to read Finding Ever After.
Our thoughts?

Brilliant, heart-breaking, breathtaking, amazing……A beautiful love story.

Meet Jaxyn.
She’s beautiful. She’s smart. She’s broken. The demons from her past are absolutely heart-break
Jan 03, 2016 Aaly rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
** Copy kindly provided by Stephanie Hoffman McManus for an honest review. **

I like this kind of rockstar romance; a girl (Jaxyn) who is not afraid to tell that she believes in true love, long lasting relationship. It’s all or nothing.Of course the guy (Kyden), musician, gorgeous and without a doubt a manwhore.

But when these two opposites met, we could say that they created an incredible chemistry, witha banter off the charts!

Solid plot, background and characters, I was delightfully surpris
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I'm a lover of all things books! I've been hooked on reading my whole life and am just as passionate about writing. Words have the power to open our eyes and hearts to new ideas and new worlds. Anything is possible between the between the pages of a book. I've had my heart broken and then mended again, I've laughed, cried and wanted to cry out in frustration. A good author has the ability to make ...more
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