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**NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Best-selling Series**

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.

*Recommended for mature listeners due to moderate content and language.*

©2013 Nicole Williams (P)2013 Nicole Williams

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  • Natalia
  • Arecibo, Puerto Rico
  • 10-14-13

Very nice book not a great narrator

Would you listen to Near & Far again? Why?

It was a good book but with one read it was enough.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rowen!

What three words best describe Kate Metroka’s performance?

Not good! She didn't assign different voices to all characters. She made the same voice for the two main characters and sometimes it was confusing and disappointing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Maybe!?!

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Not as good as the first book

I was disappointed in this book but loved the first book. I felt like the plot of was weak and that the author was grasping at straws trying to turn a short story into a novel. The characters were more two dimensional and lacked maturity shown in the first book.

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There was good and bad.

I really loved the story, the concept and how this far they've had the chance to pull each other out of dark places. I particularily loved the ending! 😍 I thought Kate Metroka could have done a better job reading. She basically used the same voice for every character and even slipped up and used distinctive things certain characters did for other ones causing some confusion at time. I like this book series so far but I am pretty disappointed in the narration. It also bothers me a bit how these guys are 20 so I was expecting a little more romance and not so much mmmmm immaturity I guess I'll go with, like high school teens. Like when Jesse is being all sweet and perfect and amazing and instead of being head over heels for it (like I was) Rowen would make a joke of it. Every time she took something serious and sputtered off an immature remark or made it awkward I got so annoyed I wanted to shut it off. I'm in too deep though I have to finish the Jesse & Rowen story. I'm not sure that I like the series so much that I'll read Garths books, but I at least have to finish what I started. Overall, not a bad series at all. Would kill for a man like Jesse and avoid at all costs people like Rowen. But Jesse alone makes it worth reading and how epic their love is makes you want to follow through. Hope this helps!