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.
Other reviews in this series: Lost and Found
We're a couple of months later when Lost and Found ended. Jesse and Rowen are still very much a couple and while Jesses is still on the farm, Rowen is in art school at Seattle. Now we all know long distance relationships aren't the easiest, though they make it work. Every couple of weeks one of the two will travel over for the weekend. It certainly isn't an ideal situation, but it's the only one possible right now.
Rowen is loving her life as a college student. All her arts classes are the best, she works at a fun donut shop and has the best/weirdest roommate ever. Not to forget there is Jesse. Every time she sees him her heart just melts with happiness. She has definitely come a long way since the first book. It is very clear that she has become stronger and gained a lot of confidence.
From the first moments we laid eyes upon Jesse in Lost and Found, I was smitten and that still hasn't changed. He is still the sweetest and most caring cowboy. Of course he isn't perfect, because that protective streak he has going on here, might get him in trouble. Though the way that boy looks at life and people with such optimism, is very admirable.
Jesse's past took me a bit by surprise. We got to see a little bit of what happened, but now you get to discover more and it is just horrendous. It once again shows what a wonderful human being he is, having to go through that and still be so good.
The only thing is that he tries to hide his struggle from his family and Rowen. He has always been there for her and now that it is time for her to return the favour, he denies her that. It all starts to weigh on their relationship.
So I really loved the change we got to see in Rowen, she has opened up so much. I also very much loved to see this other side of Jesse, that vulnerability, making him mire human/real. The secondary characters were once again amazing. Garth is back and more sarcastic and "mean" than ever. Alex, Rowen's roommate, is a different species on her own, there are no two people like her. She definitely brought the humour in the story. Then there was Jolene, I could not stand her, but that was the purpose, so job well done. And lastly Jax, Rowen's TA, a total douche and created a lot of unnecessary tension.
There was one part I did not like very much and involved a homeless lady. Somehow Rowen is convinced this woman has the answer to all her problems, when to me it just seems that she is crazy. It definitely came with a twist I did not see coming until the very last moment.
Overall Near and Far was a great sequel. I really liked the development in Rowen and Jesse's relationship and the ending was simply right. Once again some awesome characters and I can not wait to read Garth's story!