There’s optimistic. And there’s Jesse Walker.
If he wasn’t so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get old. Fast.
Falling in love with the broken girl who had at first seemed immune to anything resembling love was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him when he was five.
As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one.
As push comes to shove, they’re forced to make choices neither are eager to make, and Jesse and Rowen have to face what their lives might look like without the other.
Can two people with such tragic pasts and different presents expect a promising future together? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.
5 star review!
Nicole Williams killed it.. AGAIN! I will never get sick of her novels and they are definitely worth reading again and again.
Near and Far picks up roughly a year after Lost and Found. It is written in Rowen Sterling and Jesse Walker’s POV’s. In the time period between the two novels, Rowen and Jesse have been living 2 states away from each other while maintaining a long distance relationship.
As soon as I read the first chapter, I fell in love with Jesse all over again. Why can’t I have my very own loving and caring cowboy? For now I’m just going to have to live with him being one of my many book boyfriends.
“We’d found each other. I was hers, she was mine, we were each others.”
Throughout the story, both Rowen and Jesse have insecurities that they don’t share with each other in order to protect the other. Ultimately, this backfires and they end up getting hurt. Rowen is worried that because she is finally happy, the ball will drop and she’ll lose Jesse. Where Jesse is trying to hide the darkness he holds inside himself.
“Those people who claim it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all? Yeah, they’re full of shit.”
I actually expected Garth Black to be the villain again in the sequel but he is surprisingly on Team Rowen and Jesse for the whole book. I still love Garth. I really hope he gets his own book!
Of course, to add drama to the plot – in walks Jax and Jo – two new characters that could shake-up and destroy everything Rowen and Jesse have built. Jax is Rowen’s teachers assistant and Jo is the new help at the Walker ranch. While reading, I was more worried about the relationship between Jesse and Jo than Rowen and Jax. I cringed every time I read Jo’s name on the page. I am definitely not a fan of hers!
Then Nicole had to go and befriend Rowen with a homeless woman, Mar. Little do we know that she isn’t as much of a stranger to one of the characters as we first thought. The result of that reveal had me in tears. I want to punch Mar in the face.. repeatedly.
“My world was falling apart, one tragic bit at a time.”
With so much drama, angst and heartbreak; can Rowen and Jesse’s relationship last? What sacrifices will they need to make for love?