Title: Finding It
Author: Cora Carmack
Narrator: Soneela Nankani
Running Time: 8 hours, 24 minutes, 32 seconds
Source: OverDrive/Public Library
Goodreads Summary: Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong…
Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.
It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.
The last book in the Losing It trilogy definitely came as a surprise to me. Not all in a bad way, it’s just so incredibly different from the first two books. It’s much more heartbreaking and painful. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good.
Finding It follows Bliss and Cade’s good friend Kelsey, notorious flirt and party girl, as she treks across Europe, searching for that intrinsic piece of herself that she feels is missing. There she meets Jackson Hunt, a mysterious, intriguing ex-soldier and they go on a life changing journey together.
I enjoyed the characters of Finding It. I felt they were possibly the most heartfelt of Carmack’s characters. She pours a lot of emotion into Kelsey and Hunt and you can tell. Kelsey is so much more than the flirtatious party girl and wing woman we get to know in Losing It. Carmack gives her such depth, it blew my mind. And Hunt is much more than a smooth talking pretty boy (not that Garrick and Cade were). He just carries so much emotion with him.
Kelsey’s story definitely contains the most smoldering, slow burning, push-and-pull romance of the trilogy. Whereas Bliss and Garrick and Cade and Max both get together fairly quickly (within the first 10 chapters), Kelsey and Hunt take a little over half the book to get together! It was killing me, people, KILLING ME!!! But the slow burn is so worth it in the end.
Finding It is also definitely the darkest in the Losing It series, dealing with depression, panic attacks, PTSD, and sexual assault. It got really heavy at times and for me, personally, I found it slightly triggering, so know that going in. Despite that fact, Carmack handles the hard topics with care, pouring emotion and authenticity into every moment.
Overall, I enjoyed Finding It. It’s bittersweet to end the trilogy and especially sad as Finding It had no epilogue or POV from anyone but Kelsey, leaving me wanting more. But I loved it anyway and would recommend it!
I thought the audiobook format of Finding It was very enjoyable. Once again, Carmack’s material translated very well and easily to being read aloud. Soneela Nankani is a talented narrator, injecting plenty of emotion into her reading. Her voice formed a clear image of Kelsey and Hunt in my mind’s eye. I particularly enjoyed her impression of Hunt’s voice, which was lovely in its richness, depth, and clarity (I find that many female narrators sound scratchy or nasal when doing male impressions). All in all, I found the audiobook format very pleasant and I’d recommend it!