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Chasing Castles: Finding Focus Book 2

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Long before Dani Reed and Micah Landry, there was the story of Deacon and Camille.

Camille Benoit loved to express herself on canvas and was a dreamer at heart. The small farm she was born and raised on bordered the Landry Plantation, providing her with prime real estate for daydreaming. Even though she spent a lot of time with her head in the clouds, one thing she was alw
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Enchanted Publications
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April
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Chasing Castles , book 2 in this series IS a standalone.
I did not read the first book because I didn't even know about this author, so when an ARC came up for this one, I jumped at the chance to read it.

Camille Benoit has always loved Deacon Landry, her brother's best friend and local football star, but when Deacon leaves home for college he decides that he won't hold Camille back from living her life and encourages her to go after her dreams; but what Deacon is somewhat blinded too is that he
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Amy
Jul 29, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
4.5 Friends to Lovers Stars!!

The dynamic duo that is Jiffy Kate has done it again. They have once again provided me with a sweet and entertaining second chance romance.

Chasing Castles is told in past and present tense and is told from dual points of view. Chasing Castles follows the story of Deacon and Cami. Deacon and Cami have been best friends for the longest time, but Cami has always had deeper feelings for Deacon. One night, Cami finally is brave enough to let Deacon in on her feelings. The
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J.R.
Aug 20, 2016 J.R. rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this youth to adult, past to present, sweet as the south story about young love VS today’s world. It has a “Sweet Home Alabama” feel to it (the movie, not the song), which is one of my favorites by the way. Cami is adorable with everything she’s passionate about, from her art, to her friends, to her mother figure, to Deacon. I love how Jiffy Kate snuck in the back story about Cami’s mom – *grabs heart*. Beautiful.
The way these characters interacted was completely realistic with r
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Jacquie
Sep 25, 2016 Jacquie rated it it was amazing
5 Super Sweet and Sexy Stars...MUST read!!!

Chasing Castles by Jiffy Kate (new-to-me authors) is the awesome friends to lovers story of Camille (Cami) Benoit and Deacon (Deke) Landry. I absolutely LOVED this book! I loved the way the story is told, going back and forth between the past and the present...very unique!

Cami has loved Deacon her entire life...first as friends, then as a teenager, it changes to something very different! Deacon has also always loved Cami...as one of his best friends (h
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Vagabonda Reads
Sep 10, 2016 Vagabonda Reads rated it really liked it
“ I just couldn’t cover up the past, ya know?”

“ You shouldn’t. The past is what makes us who we are right?”

Camille Benoit and Deacon Landry
Chasing Castles, p. 78


Deacon (Deke) Landry has always held a special place in Camille (Cami) Benoit’s heart.

Having grown up next to the Landry Plantation, Cami, her brother, Tucker, and all of the Landry kids are more like siblings than neighbors. Deke has always looked out for Cami in a brotherly fashion, but in Cami’s daydreams, he’s been the prince residi
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Lynette
Sep 01, 2016 Lynette rated it it was amazing
“Chasing Castles” is the second book in the Focus Series for Jiffy Kate. This time we get to know all about my BookHusband Deacon and the charming Camille. He’s yet another Landry man to love. Add in our leading lady, written with so much love your heart will burst, and this book is simply perfection. Not wanting to say that the sequel is better the first, but I have never fallen in love so fast. From the arms of Deacon Landry, I write this review.

When you open the book, you immediately drift in
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Margie   'CSR' Fite
Aug 22, 2016 Margie 'CSR' Fite rated it really liked it
I AM 'ARC' READING THIS BEAUTY OF A BOOK!! so far, oh my GREATNESS!!!! REVIEW WILL BE COMING SOON!!! (MY ADVISE, SO FAR.... ADD TO YOUR 'TBR LIST!') another, while you wait for this book, if you haven't read the first book.."Finding Focus" even though they are each stand alone, that one is FABULOUS TOO... THESE LADIES can write a KILLER BOOK!!

I absolutely Love.. LOVE these Landry men!! First w Micah and now... The oldest brother, Sex on stick, self confident, protective, and absolutely smitten b
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Neets
Aug 29, 2016 Neets rated it it was amazing
Having re-read the first book in the 'Finding Focus' series only recently, I was so happy to go on to read Cami and Deacon's back-story. That said, you don't need to read the first book in the series in order to get hooked on this one - I just wanted to get myself back into the 'Southern' zone :-)

This is a love story in two parts: the first part being very much Camille's story of how she fits into the Landry family, and how she's besotted with Deacon Landry - very much a story of young love that
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Andrea
Aug 11, 2016 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I was searching for a sweet, romantic, true love, laugh out loud, swoony romance and Chasing Castles was just that. The story of Deacon and Cami, whom we met in Finding Focus, this was a beautiful story of first love and true love.

The story alternates between the present and the past which I loved. The storytelling drew you in to the dynamic between not only Deacon and Cami but also Micah and Tucker. The bonds of lifelong friendships that never faltered and were the basis for a love story that h
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Shannon
Sep 01, 2016 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
Never Stop Chasing Castles!

This book was refreshing. Nevermind the fact that it was like a romance jackpot of sorts (second chance love story, friends to lovers romance, surprise baby, etc), the chemistry between Deacon and Cami was something truly magical. Their connection was deep and meaningful and clearly stood the test of time. A friend turned me on to Finding Focus and I could not put it down. I was seriously counting down the days for this book to come out and I was not at all disappointe
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Jeanne McDonald
Jul 18, 2016 Jeanne McDonald rated it it was amazing
Sweet. Powerful. Funny. Charming. All of these adjectives sum up Chasing Castles. As someone who adores a story about first love and seconds chances, this book really hit home for me. It flawlessly alternates between the past and present. I was sucked into this couple through their present situation while simultaneously falling in love with them in the past. Just as in the first book in the series, the chemistry of land, heritage, love, and attraction are unwavering. I, again, found myself readi ...more
Dana
Sep 26, 2016 Dana rated it it was amazing
Addictive from the beginning!

Such a sweet, relatable story about two childhood friends reconnecting and making up for lost time. The authors make you feel like you're lying on your back looking at clouds, anticipating what comes next.

"I think we end up right where we're supposed to be, anyway. Sometimes, we might take a different route, but in the end, we're where we're supposed to be."

"The fact that our paths finally crossed again.. .. makes me believe in fate and destiny and that everything
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Jodi Hunley Bird
Sep 20, 2016 Jodi Hunley Bird rated it it was amazing
Chasing Castles is an amazing second chance romance book. This book gave me the feels with every page turn.

Deacon and Cami have been best friends. Even though Deacon is older, he's always been there for Cami. Deacon is sweet and kind. He has big dreams and aspirations. It takes a major realization for Deacon to figure out that he's not living his life to the fullest.

Cami loves painting and Deacon. She's loved him for as long as she could remember. Events happened that lead Cami to needing not
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Victoria
Sep 18, 2016 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Originally thinking this story would be a prequel about two characters introduced in book one, I was pleasantly surprised to see that, while the backstory was provided, it was mixed with events from the present as well, giving a different feel than most "prequel" type stories have. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more books from this author.
Shawn
Feb 04, 2017 Shawn rated it really liked it
I think that Deacon is such an amazing man! He is loyal and loving, almost to a fault. Cami and him have such an interesting story.

Timing is Everything!

The only thing I didn't really care for was the past and present switching so much. It made some events harder ti keep up with.

I hope Tucker's story is next!
Amanda
Jul 19, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, standalone
I was lucky enough to pre-read Chasing Castles.

Let me just say, so many feels! Such a great friends/brother's best friend to lovers book!

I loved seeing the flip flop of past and present of Deacon and Cami. Their journey from kids to adults is beautiful. You know they are meant to be from the beginning.

Such a great book. And I look forward to reading more from Jiffy Kate!
April Nicol
Sep 09, 2016 April Nicol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing!

I loved this book so much! I loved the flashbacks and how they added to the story of Cami and Deacon instead of making me confused. I also enjoyed that there was some of Micah, Dani, Tucker and Piper too, they're all great characters. I can't wait to read more from these awesome authors.
Fyrephoenix
Well written, fluffy, chick lit novel. Not much excitement but overall not too bad.
Jessica
Nov 20, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
Chasing Castles
By: Jiffy Kate
4 Stars
This is the second book in the Finding Focus series but do not be fooled and think that because you were introduced to these characters in the first book that you have it all figured out because I can assure you, you don’t. This book is told in both alternating POV and alternating time frame so you get all aspects of their story, because these two characters have known one another their whole lives I think it’s important to get the history along with there her
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Trina Smith-patterson
Here's to chasing castle!

Team Jiffy Kate has done it again with a beautifully written story. It was the perfect sequel to Finding Focus. I love the thing of chasing castles and never giving up your dreams . Camilles dreams came true when she found out that Deacon , her ultimate prize , was finally hers. Really, really enjoyed this story!
Carrie Elks
Oct 07, 2016 Carrie Elks rated it it was amazing
Reading this book felt like drinking a glass of cold lemonade on a hot Louisiana day. It was beautiful, gentle and fulfilling, with characters I really came to care about. Cami was a fabulous heroine -- one that you rooted for throughout the story, and Deacon was a mouthwateringly lovely (and sexy) hero. I loved the way the story weaved in their history with the present day emergency, allowing you to see how the couple became the people they are today.

I've been a big fan of Jiffy Kate's writing
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Tina Lynne
Aug 30, 2016 Tina Lynne rated it it was amazing
I love a good love story. But even more than that, I love a deep love story, one that has been building for decades and when it comes to fruition it is beautiful beyond compare. That is this book! Chasing Castles is gorgeous. It is saturated with deep emotion, consuming you until the last word. AH! My love for this book is deep guys. Jiffy Kate, the incredible writing duo, has nailed it. This book is the perfect second chance romance. In Finding Focus, the first book in this series, we learn a b ...more
Melanie
Aug 14, 2016 Melanie rated it really liked it
This was a first read for my by Jiffy Kate and I have to tell you that I had no clue that this book was written by two women. It was that good!! I got lost in the story from the very beginning and never felt that there was a break in the story or that two people were writing it. Very well written!

Cami is a young lady that has always had a knack for paining and expressing herself through her paintings. She grew up with a gorgeous view which gave her many things to paint about and always have a ne
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M. Addison
Aug 15, 2016 M. Addison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
My rating: 5

I seriously wasn’t sure how much I would like this book once I finished Finding Focus and had to move on… FF was so good and I was not sure I was emotionally ready for another let down from a sequel. I tend to read series where the first book is hella good, and the second just blows. That is NOT the case with Chasing Castles. Oh. My.

This book is told in dual POV - starting with Camille and eventually Deacon shows up. But it’s also told in alternating past/present chapters. The last b
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Books and Boys Book Blog
Aug 30, 2016 Books and Boys Book Blog rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author for an Honest Review***

Chasing Castles by Jiffy Kate was a fantastic read about two extremely loveable characters who you could have read more about had their story continued.

For a novel written by two authors I was extremely impressed with how well it flowed and was written. Not once would I have realised that there were two people inputting their own points into such a heart-warming story.

Camille Benoit ‘Cami’ is a dreamer, a girl who loves expressing herself th
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BeckieG
Aug 28, 2016 BeckieG rated it it was amazing
Finding Focus Book 2.

I read this book as an ARC for 2 girls who love books blog....and I loved it. The book was read within hours, much to my families disappointment....ignorance was bliss! I haven't read the first book (now donwloaded) but immediately loved the pattern of moving from past to present within the characters lives. It flowed so well and not once did I lose myself or the storyline, it was a great jigsaw!

Each character had their own depth and story to tell, even if just hinting at it
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Sara
Aug 10, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it
Chasing Castles is a beautiful love story of best friends who take years to realize their feelings for each other.

Chasing Castles is told from both Deacon and Cami's POVs and the chapters alternate between past and present. I am not really a fan of this type of story-telling, but in Chasing Castles it worked.

Deacon is the golden boy, the literal boy next door and the boy Cami has loved since she was eight. He is pretty near perfect. Cami is the sweet, sensitive, girl next door who has been Deac
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Amber Ford
Jul 09, 2016 Amber Ford rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-challenge
***ARC received from the author in exchange of an honest review***

I just love it when a book grabs you and you don't want to put it down. This book was like that for me. And I so welcomed it too...given that it had been quite some time since a book had done so.

Having been previously introduced to Cami and Deacon in Finding Focus, it was quite easy to slip back into their world. I prefer a book that is written in 1st POV and really enjoyed to alternating between current timeline and flashback tim
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The BookAddict Mom
Aug 31, 2016 The BookAddict Mom rated it it was amazing
Chasing Castles by the hot new duo, jiffy Kate, was exactly what I needed at this time. After reading several dark romances and a particular book that tore my heart out and gutted me, this beautifully written story was a refreshing change that captivated me from beginning to end.

A second chance romance at it's best as these two childhood friends discover they have feelings for each other right before their paths start to go in different directions, but even though it turns out to not be their t
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Kim Ginsberg
Aug 29, 2016 Kim Ginsberg rated it it was amazing
The story of Deacon and Camille is a long and crazy one. They've known each other all their lives and been friends for as long as they can remember. They grew up next door to each other, but both grew up differently. Cami lost her mother when she was little so her dad raised her. She hides her feelings from him growing up til one night she can't keep them inside anymore. What happens is the beginning of things, but not what everyone would think. Follow them as they learn and grow as individuals ...more
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Jiffy Kate is the joint pen name for Jiff Simpson and Jenny Kate Altman.

Jiff was born and raised in Louisiana. She’s now living in Texas with her two teenagers and two bulldogs, Georgia Rose and Jake. She loves purple, 80’s movies, and geeking out at Comic Cons.

Jenny Kate was born and raised in Oklahoma. She’s the mom of a twelve-year-old and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Wrigley and Olive
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