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Lost & Found #3

Finding a Husband

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Everyone has secrets, but theirs could tear them apart.

Molly has learned the hard way that she does not need a man. What she does need is a job, and she knows exactly which one she wants. There’s a law firm hiring down in North Carolina, and Molly knows she can’t go wrong with the reliable paycheck, warm weather, and pristine beaches. Her brother-in-law has even hooked her up with a tour guide in town. It seems perfect—until that guide turns out to be the gorgeous, intriguing son of one of the law partners, and Molly has to concede that she’s in way over her head.

Though Jake is just as wrapped up in her as she is in him, he’s also holding something back. Their feelings for each other are undeniable. But when the secrets they’re keeping threaten not only Molly’s chance to land her dream job, but Jake’s entire future, the couple must make some hard decisions—and soon. If they don’t, their relationship and their hearts might never recover.

Can Molly and Jake overcome the crucial things they’ve left unsaid? Or will history repeat itself, and force them into lives they can’t endure?

Don’t miss Finding a Husband, book three in Kristen Casey’s Second Chances series. If you like sexy Southern heroes, passion that runs hot and true, and an emotion-filled road to happily ever after, then this steamy romance standalone will have you turning the pages and begging for more! Try this can’t-miss book today!

About the Series:
Meet the Flynn and O’Connell sisters: four women who just need one more chance to get things right… and fall in love with the four men who are only too happy to hand it to them. These may not be your traditional kind of second chance stories, but all of them involve getting another chance at love, at life, and at forever. Enjoy!

400 pages, ebook

First published December 5, 2017

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Kristen Casey

18 books47 followers
Kristen Casey pens contemporary romance novels with heat and heart, and loves to get lost in scenes of delicious dialogue! Kristen lives in Maryland with her husband, two kids, and assorted cats. In her spare time, she enjoys all things crafty, particularly knitting and crochet.

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470 reviews26 followers
January 21, 2018
Kristen Casey wrote Finding A Husband which is a wonderful southern romance involving two very unlikely people who fall in love! For my full review click here and see what all the fuss is about-> https://goo.gl/hiqjkc

Thank you so much to the publisher and Kristen Casey for the review copy in exchange for my honest opinion!
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2,298 reviews107 followers
December 13, 2018
***ARC Provided by the Author and Inkslinger PR***

DNF at 19%

I couldn't relate to the characters or engage with this story.

When you first meet Molly, she comes across as uptight and a bitch. I see the logic of this, the idea that the author wanted to show that she was independent, but unfortunately she wasn't getting better for me.

I skipped from 19% to 30% to see if I was interested in where events were heading, and I wasn't, so this is going to the DNF list.

As I did not finish, there's no rating.
81 reviews5 followers
February 10, 2018
When I came to review this book, I was a little surprised by the negative reviews, especially the person who didn't finish it. Personally, I loved it and couldn't put it down! I read that people couldn’t connect with Molly’s character - and I guess I understand that. She’s a bit standoffish in the beginning, but you can tell she’s putting up a front because she’s been hurt. As you learn more about her past, you begin to understand her better. It’s as if she’s trying to convince herself that she doesn’t need/want a man and she’s focused on getting this job... and then she meets Jake. Jake - who she’s got all figured out... except he’s got her number, too! The push and pull between them was so good, and I loved the dialogue between them! They’re like real people with their issues and baggage.

I also loved the chemistry between Molly and Jake. Their romance seemed so natural to me. I wanted Jake to clear up his “situation” sooner so I could get over my angst of what was going to happen; however, their romance just kind of...developed naturally. It wasn't like Jake went to a bar looking for a relationship - Molly sort of slipped in past his defenses unintentionally. In real life, sometimes relationships just move in a direction that surprises you, and I feel like that's how it happens here. It would’ve been awkward for Jake to spell out his life story at any old time. Even though it caused me some worry, I understand why we had to wait for the right moment for Jake to share his full story - just like we had to wait to find out what was going on with Molly. Everything ties together in a meaningful way by the end — and even though it sounds like an issue, there’s nothing to worry about in terms of cheating!

This book was well written with great character development. I always love the dialogue in all of Casey’s books... conversations are so realistic! I can’t wait for the next book!
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1,357 reviews79 followers
January 15, 2018
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book.

Here's the thing: I struggled with this book, from beginning to end, but I did find enjoyment in it. I had a really hard time with the characters - Molly came off as uptight and distant but once she warmed up to Jake she was more likable and when we're given more details on her history (finally) her initial impression is more understandable. But Jake... I wanted to like him and he came off as a nice and affable guy, who really cared for Molly, but he just did not handle his situation well AT ALL. He annoyed me on multiple occasions with his tendency to punk out instead of man up all under the excuse of manners. He really REALLY drove me crazy. And as a southerner, I found that the manner of speech used by some of the characters to be mildly off-putting and outdated. There were also times that I found myself skimming through to get to a point where I was interested in what was going on again. That being said, I did power through, and in the end was glad to see Molly (and Jake, sort of) get their HEA. More importantly, I'm very interested at the hints we got of Jake's sister and her clandestine relationship with his best friend Tim. While I don't feel compelled to read the previous two books in the series, I can easily see myself reading their story if it's next. 3 out of 5 wine glasses.
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1,458 reviews11 followers
January 27, 2018
I don't usually read books which are (on the face of it) potentially about cheating.  And yet, I chose this one.  Fortunately, that wasn't a mistake, because whilst Jake skirts very close to the line, in the context of this story, I don't really think that he crosses it.  And that is as much as I am going to say for fear of spoilers.  

These two protagonists are a bit of an odd match up.  For an apparently switched on lawyer, capable of holding her own during an extended interview process, Molly is strangely oblivious to things.  And Jake just doesn't really strike me as the kind of personality that changes his approach, dependant upon others' views of him.

That said, I enjoyed the interaction between them and when the crisis arrived (come on, you knew it was going to happen) I thought that the way it played out and subsequent events actually strengthen the overall story.

I'm not sure that I would pick up previous books in the series, but I enjoyed reading this one.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Author 1 book1 follower
January 18, 2018
I struggled a little with this one and it had nothing to do with the writing or the story or the characters. I just couldn't get into it. Jake was a southern gentleman and very kind but conflicted with his feelings for Molly. Molly drove me crazy. She was indecisive, on a "I don't need a man" mission and overall I just didn't love her character. The book and story were very well written, the secondary characters added to the story which is why I inevitably finished it. I didn't hate the story, in fact I liked it a lot, it was just certain aspects of the story made it so I couldn't lose myself in the story.
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238 reviews4 followers
January 20, 2018
Finding a Husband by Kristen Casey is my first read by this author and from the blurb I was looking forward to the read... however, I really struggled to get through this book. I think my biggest issue was that I didn't like the characters all that much.

The writing was good, and the other characters were fine, but there just wasn't a lot to this story that drew me in and kept me wanting more.

Overall, the book was okay, just not for me.
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August 9, 2020
Molly O’Connell is in Wilmington, NC for a two week job interview. Her BIL arranges for his "friend" Jake Alexander to show her around town (we never find out why but no one likes the BIL). He is a prosecuting attorney who never seems to work and is able to take time off whenever he wants. BTW he's engaged.
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Author 18 books47 followers
January 30, 2018
Finding a Husband is my own book, so naturally I like it—but these characters are so close to my heart. Why?
First, let’s talk about Molly. She made one heck of a big mistake when she was still a kid, and is dead-set on not repeating history. That fact, along with her dim view of her parents’ choices, is hampering her ability to see any man—but especially Jake—for who he really is. Until she can figure it out, though, she’s going to keep insisting she’s fine and keep finding herself alone.
Poor Jake is laboring under a similar burden. He, too, has a huge screw-up in his past. Much like Molly, he’s been trying awfully hard to be good ever since. However, where Molly feels she owes it to herself to get things right, Jake feels like he owes everyone else. It’s a recipe for misery, with no obvious way out.
No one needs love more than these two—they’re hurting and trying so hard to be strong. When they fall for each other, they fall fast and hard and…
They fall…before they’ve tied up all the loose ends in their pasts. (And listen, I know how it sounds—but trust me when I say that Jake is a gentleman and would never cheat on that inconvenient fiancée of his. It gets sorted.)
They fall…before they’re really ready to trust each other.
Good thing love won’t take no for an answer, because their chemistry is off the charts. When Jake and Molly finally get their happily-ever-after, you’re going to want to cheer for them just like I did!

Jake and Molly hit the beach, the sheets, and your bookshelves on December 5th, but you can order your copy now! This story is so emotional and so steamy, and I know you're going to love it!

Grab a copy and a cozy chair, because you're not going to want to move until you reach their HEA!

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