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Finding My Reason

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  136 reviews

It was only supposed to be a one night stand at a wedding. 
I was supposed to have fun and move on. 
But she infused my life with light and laughter. 
Now I can’t breathe at the thought of her ever being out of my life. 
Being apart from her suffocates me.
We agreed to stay together, until we didn’t make each other happy.
I wasn’t afraid of and, I was afraid of but
Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published October 19th 2016 by Cybug Ink, LLC
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S.M. West
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

I’m a HUGE fan of Claudia Burgoa’s. Her Unexpected series will forever be near and dear to my heart. With this book, Claudia takes us on a completely different journey. Something unlike anything she has done before.

Hudson Drago and Jade Vance meet at a wedding and have one memorable one-night stand. They both went in thinking that’s all it would be. Hudson’s not looking for a relationship and Jade’s leaving the next day. But life is not something you plan or count on.

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Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I never took a closer look at the cover for Finding My Reason until I started reading and know after finishing this fabulous story I love it. Jade and Hudson were freaking amazing together even though I almost pulled some of my hair out in frustration.

Their first meeting was terrific and hilarious thanks to Hudson's best man speech. Their connection undeniable. Yes, they have a one night stand but they don't begin a relationship after that one night. This story spanned thirteen years and just t
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a unique story!!! I'm getting quite tired of predictable books filled with clichéd stories. Finding My Reason was a breath of fresh air - Jade and Hudson's story was so real and messy and non-conventional. I always love a book that spans long time periods. We got to see Jade & Hudson's relationship evolve over 13 years and I loved it.

I did have some trouble connecting at the beginning of the book, but after about 30% I was hooked. I switched from reading my arc to the version I purchased o
Traci Parker
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
3.5 Stars for me. I won an ARC of this and read it in one sitting. I really liked it. And yet.....I really didn't.
Have you ever read of those kinds of books? The kind where it has everything you love - the sex appeal, the chemistry, the subcharacters, the angst...but yet it fell flat. I should have absolutely loved this book since it checked off all my boxes.
But honestly, the back and forth between Hudson and Jade had my head spinning. Her indecisiveness got on my nerves so horribly. I wanted
Rebecca M
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
(Edited 02/11/16)
This could have potentially been one of my favourite books this year. It hasn't been smooth sailing, the first 30% I struggled to stay committed, to understand the characters or what this book was about. But it was about 28% that I realised I was in this for the long haul. I Was captured, and needed to know what was going to happen next. Cue feverish reading through the night, early morning, dropping all other reading matter and audio's which I usually listen to on the side.
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Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Two people who have trust issues due to their pasts, but it's how they dictate their future that will determine if they will keep living and allow love in their lives - or watch it float away...

Jade Vance & Hudson Drago have a magical night that inevitably leads to the morning after, but life is never that easy & simple. Hudson knows they shared something magical but Jade's fears have her running from him, blaming it on work. Hudson knows he's found his "princess" to share his life with, but how
Melanie Moreland
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are times a piece of paper is simply that. A piece of paper. But at other times, that piece of paper, and the words imprinted into it, mean so much more.

This is a lesson that Hudson Drago learns the hard way.

At the start of this lovely book, Hudson meets Jade. A strong minded, girl who has no plans to settle down and has only one goal – to travel and see the world. A one night stand with her is perfect for both of them. Except somewhere between the hot sex and the whispered conversations
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
And our fairy tale came to an end.
But did it have to end or can we find a reason to stay?

“You have to find a reason to stay. When you do, I’ll be here, waiting for you.”
"She is my other half. My fucking soulmate. I can’t live without her. Jade is fucking everything to me. I waited my whole life for her."

It's a great novel! No cliffs; it's definitely different and unique. Go in with a clear and open mind. Allow the characters to take you into their world.
Claudia Burgoa
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

it's password protected, but the password is the name Hudson uses for JJ.

DJ Sakata
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes:

Will she forgive you? I don't know, but one wrong word or move, and I'll feed your remains to the bears.

Son, no one wants a relationship based on 'good enough.' Good enough is for children's art projects and quitters.

The only tip my best friend gave me was: She's always right. Any wrong move and she'll try to claw your eyes out.

Today my life sounds like a shitty soap opera where I'm the next character to get killed...

My Review:

Not being a big fan of either angst or constant dram
Victoria Tortelini
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**Read for Sweet&Spicy Reads Blog**

Where do I even start to describe this incredible book? Hudson will capture your heart from page one with both hands and refuse to let go. If you've ever been unsure of your place in the world, Jade will speak directly to your soul. Their story, no matter how complicated it may get, will speak directly to your heart. You will cry with them, you will laugh with them, you will get nervous and to cared with them, but above all, you will love with them. 

Claudia wri
Monique Tinline
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Claudia has been a favourite author of mine since I discovered the Deckers (If you haven't read then, be sure too). Finding my Reason was a book I had the privileged on reading when only in its early stages and now again once complete.

To say I love the final version would be true. Though Hudson may come across like a bit of a douche and Jade abit of a free spirit, there combined personalities made them a beautiful match.

Holding onto the one night they spent together before Jade sets off a
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: claudia-burgoa
Final Score - 5 Stars!!!

***I received an exclusive ARC of this book***

I was frustrated beyond belief at times with this book. Both Hudson and Jade are flawed people with issues. Hudson is the ultimate playboy looking for the next score. Jade is looking to find herself and where she comes from after a rough first start at life.

These two souls called to each others missing parts: Hudson's need to be loved and have that person stay & Jade's need to be wanted. This story evolves over 10 years and I
Theresa Alberts
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finding My Reason by Claudia Burgoa is a great love story that withstands years. Hudson and Jade meet briefly and embark on a friendship that slowly turns into so much more. When Hudson and Jade decide to take the leap and settle down, neither one knew what to expect. All they knew was that they loved each other and would figure out the rest. But when year have gone by and talk of the future comes up, they discover that they both want two very different things. Can Hudson and Jade make it work? ...more
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read all of Claudia’s other books and absolutely loved them so I was so excited to read this one as well. I started this book with no expectations based on the other books I’ve read from her and I’m glad I didn’t because not only was this book different, it was unique in its own way and made me fall in love with Claudia’s writing all over again. The characters were not only great, they seemed real and easy to love. I think a lot of readers out there will fall in love with both Hudson and Ja ...more
Michelle Abascal Monroy
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 traveling stars!!

ARC Generously Provided by Claudia in exchange for an honest review

Is a standalone by Claudia Y. Burgoa and this book is amazing and something different that other books I have read. This book is about Jade and Hudson who had a very difficult situations in their past that makes them think that they dont deserved and need a happily ever after.

I really liked that we can know all about how these characters know each other, how the romantic story started. First they have a pr
Caroline F
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, unique romance about two somewhat damaged souls who form a true connection, but the timing is never right for them.

Hudson Drago is scared of being abandoned. He wants to feel needed. Jade Vance is scared that no one wants to keep her. She needs to feel wanted.

“I feel the zing when her hand touches mine. Her skin is soft as silk. Like her voice, and there’s a change in the air. Our eyes lock on each other, something passing between us.”

A one-night stand turns into an all-nighter of sexua
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a poignant and epic love story between two broken souls. Hudson Drago was abandoned by his mother when he was small, leaving him to help raise his younger sister because his father could never recover from that heartbreaking loss. Hudson never wanted to marry and set himself up for so much pain and suffering when they would eventually leave him. Jade Vance was abandoned at birth and rejected from one foster home after another until she was finally adopted by a very loving and supportive ...more
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Not all big loves can become great stories"
What happens when you find your love at a wedding celebration, but they leave the country the next day for three years?

This is the story of Jade and Hudson. From a meeting at Jade's cousin Claire and Hudson best friend Brody, when a one night stand becomes a longing for more. The friendship and eventual love story of Jade and Hudson takes place over a few years, so the story is not a continuous from day one, but is told by both POV's over the years.

Kathryn Linke
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Finding my reason, is the story of Hudson Drago and Jade Vance. This pair have a very complicated love story. Right from the start they have this amazing chemistry, and an intense connection. Jade and Hudson struggle to find the right time to fully explore their relationship, but a one night stand turns into an amazing friendship and they become the best of friends. Fortunately fate intervenes and they are thrown together multiple times over the years, and with each interaction their b
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The cover is what drew me in with this book. Then I read the synopsis and I knew I had to read this book.

The beginning of this book had me laughing! Hudson’s best man speech was shocking and funny! Omg… that story he told! I would have killed him if he would have given that speech at my wedding. But that showed me what kind of personality Hudson had. And I loved it! He was so funny and carefree.
It set the tone of this book for me. And I knew I was in for a wild ride with Hudson.

This book was suc
Melissa Miller-Mattern
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for A Wanton Book Lover Blog

Finding My Reason follows the progression of Hudson and Jade. Meeting at a best-friend/relative’s wedding, Hudson and Jade decide they will have one night together as Jade is set to leave on a several year long's journey around the word. But that one night is ends-up meaning more than a just a one-night stand. Hudson feels something for Jade that he had never felt before; he wants to get to know her better, spend time with her both in and out of bed but at t
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five Amazing Stars! Hudson and Jade meet at a friend's wedding and they have a one night stand. They form a special friendship that lasts through the years and eventually turns into love. While Hudson is waiting for Jade to stay in one place they keep up with each other through texts, phone calls, and letters. When Jade finally returns home she knows that she wants the marriage, kids, etc. with Hudson. Hudson knows that he wants forever with Jade but knows that he doesn't need a paper to prove h ...more
Christine C
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to receive this ARC, since I devoured all 5 books in Ms Burgoa's Unexpected series. I was not disappointed at all. Finding My Reason follows Hudson and Jade, who meet at the wedding of Hudson's best friend and Jade's cousin. They have an unforgettable night together, but in just a day or two Jade is leaving the country for three years.

This book reminds me of Unlike Any Other, my favorite in her Unexpected series. Like that one, this is the telling of an epic love story over sev
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 Stars
Claudia Burgoa had me enchanted with the Unexpected Series, so when I was gifted a copy of this book I was very excited to get started. No one does family like Claudia and this story is no exception. We meet Jade & Hudson at the wedding of his best friend to Jade's cousin in 2003, Jade is bartending and Hudson is the worlds worst best man - his toast was soo wrong!! Hudson is struck by Jade's beauty and what should have been a one time thing spans over the next 13 years. Claudia does
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I instantly fell in love with the characters in this book. I connected with Jades free spirit and Hudson's sense of humor.
What started as a one night stand,developed into a long complicated relationship for these two characters. Both characters have wounded souls due to separate traumatic childhood experiences.
Can a traveling free spirit who runs away to hide from her feelings and a man who is determined to protect his heart at any cost find their way to each other? Not if Jenna (Hudson's s
Susan Trewick
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just Wow, I loved this book, I was hooked from the first page and read it in one sitting. I fell in love with Hudson from the first time we meet him, though his best man speech is a bit special to say the least! Jade is a bartender at the wedding, sparks fly between them from there first meeting. It was only supposed to be one night but it ends up spanning 13yrs, the reader is taken on an emotional roller coaster with them over those years, keep tissues handy as you will ugly cry! Told in d ...more
Bebea Boney
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book takes you on a many year journey of two lost will find yourself cheering for them, crying for them and, more than once, yelling at their fool selves! Jade and Hudson are both a little damaged, a little lost and in need of some serious soul healing. They just can't get their ducks to line up right. It's a little heavier than some romances, but its so needed to really understand the mindset of these two amazing characters...and some awesome love scenes to boot. You want to hu ...more
Yolanda McGee~Veronica's Reading Vault
I absolutely love love love this book! I was hooked from the very first page. Jade & Hudson have an incredibly beautiful & romantic story. Their relationship is filled with angst and sometimes they frustrated me. The relationship occurs over several years and as the plot and characters develop, it's an emotional rollcoaster. However, in the end everything comes together as it should in this perfectly imperfect relationship. ...more
Gwen Smith-leak
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
Hudson has met Jade at his best friend wedding . She knew she was leaving but decided that one night wouldn't hurt. There was a friendship form from that night . This is book that shows you how love can be patient . The story is very detailed and you see all kind of ways that each character Feels . ...more
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Claudia is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author.
She writes alluring, thrilling stories about complicated women and the men who take their breath away.
She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and her youngest two children. She has a sweet Bichon, Macey, who thinks she's the ruler of the house. She's only partially right.
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