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I Found You

(Starting Out #1)

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Tomorrow is for regrets. Tonight is for being together.

On a cold winter night, Rachel and Jason’s lives collide on Manhattan Bridge. She’s running from life, he’s running toward it. But compassion urges him to help her.

His offer of a place to stay leads to friendship and trouble. There’s his fiancée back home in Oregon and a family who just don’t trust this girl from the
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Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published December 5th 2013 by Harper Impulse
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Angelina
"4 Glad I found you Stars"




A love story started in Manhattan bridge.. It was a fantastic read pure of emotion and crazy drama yet it was heartbreaking.

Rachel Shears grow up in Philadelphia with an alcoholic mother who doesn't care. She runaway from home as soon as she can. Using her body to survived and jumping to everyman who gives her a little attention. One day she decided to get out of her life.. running from her past and crazy messed up life.. She decided to end her life but a guy saved h
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Derna
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it

**** I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

I Found You, is Jane Lark’s first attempt at writing a New Adult book, and after reading it, I was impressed and I really enjoyed it. It definitely has all the elements of what I like when it comes to reading a New Adult book.

While out running one night across Manhattan Bridge Jason Macinlay meets and Rachel Shears, a girl who thinks she has nothing left to live for. When Jason offers her his help and Rachel takes it, i
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Farrah
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Rating: 4.5/5

Emotional, romantic, and heartbreaking, I Found You was a fantastic New Adult romance. It had some crazy drama, deep emotions, and a lovely story. I really enjoyed reading this brilliant book. Loved it!

Rachel was a survivor. She has had the worst luck in life, going from a terrible childhood home to becoming caught up with the wrong people to being a rich (married) guy's mistress. Finally, she had had enough and was contemplating ending it all. But, lucky for her, Jason found her
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Julie
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
New Adult isn’t a genre I would normally be interested in, but having heard great things about Jane Lark’s books, when the opportunity to review I Found You came along, I decide to give this book a try – and I am so glad I did! Dark, gritty and wholly mesmerizing, I Found You is a haunting and compelling read you will not easily forget!

Jason Macinlay should be having the time of his life. He’s left life in small town Oregon behind for the bright lights of New York, has got a loving fiancee and a
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Jeannie Zelos
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I Found You. Jane Lark
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
I've read and loved another of Jane's works so I thought I’d try this one, and I'm so glad I did. I love romance novels but sometimes they do get very “samey” and you feel all that's changed are the names. Not this book, its a romance, but so very, very different to the norm.
Jason is out running when he sees Rachel hovering in just jeans and t shirt over a bridge, looking like she's going to jump. He talks her down but then what? She
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Amy
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

One winter night, Ethan heads out for a run. He does this when he needs to clear his head, de-stress, and because it’s habit. What isn’t habit is coming upon a young woman about to jump to her death from a Manhattan bridge.

Ethan channels his mother – be a good person, do good works – and talks the girl down from the edge. When it’s clear she has nowhere to go, he brings her back to his apartment. He makes no move on her, other than to get her a hot bath, some food, and some warm, dry c
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Kim
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I Found You was a beautiful, emotional book about fate, love and two people finding exactly what they needed in each other. I didn't know exactly what I was getting myself into when I began reading this book, but it exceeded my expectations. I thought it was going to be a fluffy feel-good romance. It was so much more than that. I Found You gave me angst and emotion, tough histories, family conflict and some steamy scenes. It was truly a roller co
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Ana
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
(Review thanks to free digital ARC from NetGalley)

One night, Jason is on his typical run down the Manhattan Bridge when he encounters a young woman, Rachel, who is attempting to jump off. He saves and takes her back to his apartment and proceeds to help her out so she can get back on her feet. As expected, they fall in love with each other and they have to deal not only with the family drama that comes with this relationship, but also the personal drama that both Jason and Rachel have.

Now, I am
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John Boettcher
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This romance was more than I expected it would be. With something so well written, you just expect these days to have something really, really bad happen towards the end of the book. Fortunately for all of you who haven't had the pleasure of reading "I Found You", I will just tease you with that a bit and encourage you to read it.

The bulk of the story takes place in New York City between to people in their early 20's who could not have come from different backgrounds. However, those differences
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Alessandra
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
E-galley received through Netgalley for review

Jason Macinlay is a 22-year-old man who has recently moved to New York in order to fulfill his dreams of working as a journalist. One evening, while he's jogging on Manhattan Bridge, he sees a girl about his age who seems bent on jumping off the bridge. Jason convinces her to step off the bridge and, since she has nowhere to go, to come home with him. Her name is Rachel Shears and she has run away from an abusive relationship. Jason and Rachel are im
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Amber Karas
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I Found You
by Jane Lark

ARC Copy given by the author

If you are looking for a good book to read, I highly recommend this one! The main characters, Jason and Rachel (aka Rach), meet while Jason is on his daily run. He happens to catch Rachel about to jump off a bridge to her death. He takes her in and helps her, against his fiancee and parents advice. He later breaks off the engagement with his fiancee.

After being together for a few weeks, Rachel finds out she is pregnant with her ex’s baby. Jason
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Tina Larsen
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review ... This is a must read!!
Jason Macinlay is the BEST book boyfriend ever!!! I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this story and I LOVED IT! Jason was leading his life based off what everyone else wanted him to do. He had moved to NY to make it on his own. He had left his fiancee in Oregon while he was seeking to make it big in the magazine business. One night while he was running, he came across someone standing on the Manhattan B
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Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This was my first book from ms. Lark, and I really enjoyed it. I loved how sweet caring Jason was with Rachel. He knew she was broken and needing to handle her with care. He helped her when she had no one left and was a her lowest point.

I loved watching them grow and evolve together. Jason made Rachel want more out if life and to be a better person. Rachel made Jason see the fun In life again. They were both so young and carefree when together.

There was a good bit of drama and angst in this bo
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Farida
Feb 13, 2014 marked it as dnf
~~ ARC provided for honest review~~

This was a DNF at 53% for me. I liked how it started out, but then it just became cheesy and unbearable between Rachel and Jason. It was also incredibly fast paced, insta-love, which worked and didn't work at the same time. I liked their connection in the beginning, but I could not connect with the characters. I just felt all over the place with it and not in a good way. I also got tired of all the family drama that came with it. I understand that Jason is from
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Katarina
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous book. Definitely not like any other romance, even though it centers around a love story. There's drama, there's heart break, there's the seedy and gritty side of life, and there's the wholesome, good side of life.

Jason and Rachel should never have found each other, yet they did and it's real and true. He is the good guy, from a good solid family. She has had a rough childhood and all the odds are stacked against her.

In the end good wins out, overcomes the odds and the obstacles, but
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Lori
Dec 01, 2013 rated it liked it
An unlikely encounter begins a love story between Jason and Rachel. He, a runner out for a late night run. She, an emotionally damaged woman about to jump off Manhattan Bridge. Jason rescues Rachel physically and emotionally, Rachel rescues Jason from an passionless life built on obligation.

The plot is interesting and the love scenes steamy but what makes the book good is its ability to draw in the reader with detail and emotion. Gritty in parts, sentimental in others, I Found You runs the gamu
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Katherine
Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Thanks Netgalley for ARC
3.5 stars
This is one of those books were you like it and don't like it for me. There were some parts were there was too much drama going on like Too Much. Other parts I did like and enjoy and so e were slow for me. I felt sorry for the characters because of all the drama but happy at the end because they got their happy ending.
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free for a Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Thank you to Fiction Addiction Book Tours for letting me take part in the blog tour.

I really like Jason. He's genuinely a really nice guy. He's been brought up well. His parents taught him wrong from right. they tought him to be kind and to help those in need. I am really glad he decided t
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DJ Sakata
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Favorite Quotes:

“Every sermon I’d endured as a kid raced through my head. Help the needy; put others first; don’t walk past that mugged guy in the street. I hadn’t gone to church in years, not since I’d hit my teens, but religion was stitched into my DNA. No way could I walk past a person in need.”

“She was a little too beautiful for comfort. She had untouchable celeb-magazine beauty, the sort you knew you’d never have, so you never wanted.”

My Review:

Jane Lark’s Starting Out series wove an intric
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Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

I Found You is the first New Adult novel written by Jane Lark. I've read two of her Historical Romances, and I absolutely love her writing and the stories she tells. This book was no exception. I enjoyed it too. I Found You was well put together. I enjoyed the characters and the story line, and as always I look forward to more books from Jane Lark! The ARC of I Found You by Jane Lark was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Angela
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
An emotional story that covered a sensitive issue brilliant loved it!

I received a free copy from netgallery in exchange for a honest review.
Casey
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I Found You is the first book I have read by Jane Lark. This one really drew me in with the cover and the blurb. I ended up having mixed feelings about this book. There were some things that I really liked, but I had some trouble with quite a few things in this one. I thought that this book started off really well and I was really interested right off. But as the book went on things sort of fell apart for me.

One cold winter night while Jason i
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Hannah (Broc's Bookcase)
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The description for this book really stood out to me as something really special and pulled me towards this book. I didn’t really know exactly what to expect, but somehow knew that this book was one of those hidden gems that you come to by chance and really sweep you off your feet. And I really wasn’t disappointed.This is one of those romance stories were the guy isn’t a good guy wrapped up in a tough, tattooed, slightly damaged package that we are used to in these angst filled romances. Jason i ...more
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
When I first heard about this book, I was instantly intrigued. The synopsis sounds so interesting. Then I read the excerpt and I was even more curious about the book. I was certain that it would be one that I would really enjoy and could happily add to my favourites shelf. Unfortunately, this is not what happened. While I still enjoyed this book, it wasn’t exactly the book I was hoping it to be and couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed with it. However, I’m still glad I read the book and ...more
Vanya D.
NOTE: I received this ARC via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I had hopes for I Found You, seeing who the publisher is. Unfortunately, sometimes the big houses don't do their job well. I'm saying this because there was absolutely nothing special about this story. The author tried to work in between the drama some valuable message, but it didn't quite work out. Not to mention that there was too much 'tell' in places, and there was a repetitiveness that had me feeling disappointed.

Writi
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Jody
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a fan of the New Adult genre I'm always looking for stories that are emotionally engaging and that stick with me long after the final page is turned. With I Found You I got exactly that and more as this story pulled at my heartstrings and put me through the emotional wringer as I was rooting for a HEA for these two very deserving characters. After their unconventional meeting these friends to lovers realize that their differences are what make them whole and that being together is worth the f ...more
FicCentral
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Rachel's life has been far from ideal, but she's managed to survive a neglectful, alcoholic mother and life as a runaway, seeking sanctuary in any man who shows her attention -- even if that man happens to be married.  But surviving isn't living, and with no hope left, she's tired of trying.  Standing at the edge of a bridge on a cold night, she's ready for the end.  But what she gets is a second chance.

Jason's pursuit of his dreams has taken him from nowhere, Oregon to the entirely different w
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Wendy
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book to read and review.

First of all I have to say I love the cover. It really embodies Rachel, mysterious and beautiful.

So here we have the set up to a great damsel in distress tale. The mysterious big city girl, Rachel with lifeless eyes who gives an impression of wanting to give up. The compassionate small town boy, Jason who takes a risk and gives her a chance to start new. At first Jason is truly a gentleman. Offering to get Rachel what she needs
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Sorcha O'Dowd
A superb, heartwarming read. 5 Stars! Full review to follow.

Sometimes it takes a while to put together your thoughts enough to write a book review. This is by no means a bad thing, as is proved by Jane Lark’s beautiful story ‘I Found You.’ I was gobsmacked, by its intensity, by its beautiful characters, and the extraordinary, and heart-warming message that underlined the whole story, that if you love someone enough, you will do anything to keep them.
Rachel and Jason’s story was one that will st
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Dani
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novelfly-reviews
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I Found You is the story of Jason and Rachel. Jason's a small town boy from Oregon, living in New York. Rachel's a damaged girl who's never left the city. She's had a rough life, he hasn't. And neither really understand where the other comes from.

Their story takes us thought their first meeting, when Jason saves Rachel's life, into the friendship that forms between them. They face obstacles, like Jason's family, and fiancee, a
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