Finding London (Ellie Wade)


London Wright thought she’d been in love before, but she hadn’t — not even close. 

Then she met him.

Rugged and gorgeous, Loïc Berkeley, a special forces soldier is everything she’s ever wanted. Getting him to notice her was a challenge, but keeping his love is proving to be more difficult.

London’s used to getting what she wants so loving someone like Loïc is a humbling and somewhat terrifying experience. For everything she has in her life, he’s the one thing she can’t bear to lose. 

Loïc Berkeley never wanted love. He views it as an unneeded distraction that causes nothing but pain. Love, for Loïc, always ends in disappointment. 

Then he met her.

Spoiled, witty, and breathtakingly beautiful London Wright is his undoing. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he knew his life would never be the same. Though he tries to fight it, he finds himself falling for her. 

Having lived a life full of sorrow, finding London brought Loïc rare happiness. Though his feelings for her are strong, is what they have powerful enough to break the cycle of his past? 

When one is destined for heartbreak and loss, can love really change anything?

Once again, let me first tell you that I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much as a buddy read. So go to her blog to check out her review and thoughts of this book.

This book starts in a very powerful way, with a POV of Loïc at the age of five years old, and every once in awhile we get glimpses of him growing up, and honestly those were probably my favorite chapters. Such raw pain. I really enjoyed the writing, it pulled all sorts of emotions from me, one moment I would be near tears and then I would be laughing at something one of the characters was saying. You know it’s good writing when that transition is seamless and so well done.

The characters were something else. I really liked Loïc. With everything that went on in his life, I felt that he was a relative “normal” adult, granted, with a lot of issues. Still, the fact that he was willing to admit those issues, talk about them and work through them, made me like him even more. London… wow… I really liked her, but boy, was she challenging. This girl was passionate and understanding and caring, but she was also spoiled, extremely spoiled, and without a clue of what to do with her life. And she sometimes reacted so impulsive and such like a brat… oh… so many flaws. Both of them are extremely flawed.

The secondary characters were super interesting, and I hope we get to see more of them in the following books. I like the dynamic that Loïc has with Cooper and Maggie, and given how important they are to him, I hope they’re more present from here on out. While I enjoyed Paige, London’s BFF, immensely, I wish she lived a little less in the clouds.

Generally speaking I liked the plot, with London and Loïc growing up together and helping each other through things. But this is clearly only a third of the story, and I don’t think the plot was enough by itself. The conflicts were small and while I thought that it wasn’t quite enough, I also felt that it was kind of a perfect way to start their story. Conflicts! LOL. I should also note that this is a huge case of Insta-LOVE/LUST/STRONG LIKE.

I think that the privileged and spoiled life that London has had so far will come into play at some point, because while I liked them together, I do think they still have a lot of obstacles to go through. I’m not sure how they’ll deal with the amount of differences between them. Well, I’ll tell you this, I can’t wait for the next two books!

Also, just a small aside, HOW GORGEOUS IS THAT COVER?!