Whenever I read anything of Jacinta Howard s, there s never any question that I m going to enjoy it The question is always, how much She writes brooding, soulful, heartfelt without being corny prose that just gets you right in the gut How could I not like that And so I always do, no matter whether it s a short piece on her blog, or a full length novel But there are those of her works I don t just like, I love and Finding Kennedy is definitely one of those While reading it, I m pretty sure I experienced just about every emotion possible, and found myself highlighting passages that were either profound, quirky, amusing or just plain ol well written This author s voice is stronger than it s ever been, but as always it shines most in the voices of her characters When they speak, you hear them, and hear in them the voices of people you know, and whom you ve met and if not that, certainly people you would like to know and meet And in this novel, than ever before, I could see, feel, smell and touch things, just as the characters were In moments that some writers would not be attentive to, she painted a picture Like this one when the main character Kennedy gets up the first morning after moving to her grandmother s and heads to the bathroomThe house was quiet and bright with natural sunlight when I stepped out of the room and made my way down the hall to the bathroom It was tiny, with yellow flowered wallpaper and pea green linoleum on the floor It was hideous but comfortingA totally meaningless moment, but one that paints a picture we ve all been in that bathroom in our grandmomma s house, haven t we And written in a way that is so clean, so simple, so accessible and yet it manages to transport us there nevertheless Stuff like that makes an okay book, a great book for me And stuff like this, when Travis is thinking about how much he likes his old house, and wouldn t want it modernized The wood floors, the author saysshined with weary experienceSee, for me That s the good stuff right there For me, that s what makes a book live, instead of just being words on a page It s in my mind like having a friend tell you a story in such vivid detail that years later when you re recounting it for someone else, you can almost believe you were there personally, and that it was not just a story someone told you That s how vivid this book was.But okay, it would be fair comment to say that not everyone geeks out on stylistic flourishes, so what about the story, the characters, the romance Trust me when I tell you all of that was tight as well Following up on the powerful connection we saw between Jersey and Zay in book one of The Prototype series, she gives us Travis and Kennedy And whoa Now here s the real I NEVER believe it when couples have an instant attraction unless the writer makes it clear that it s purely physical That immediate soul connection stuff has never been convincingly portrayed to me Jacinta Howard did it here After Travis and Kennedy s very first encounter when they almost kiss yeah, right I believed that they would and almost could have kissed under those circumstances because she wrote it so well And later, when they actually do have that first kiss, it was one of the best written first kiss scenes I have ever read Because it was about emotion and connection and ambivalence and longing and animalistic attraction or, as Kennedy would say, some National Geographic shit And I felt it It was on my ereader anyway a two page build up and navigation of will and emotion before the characters lips met and it was effing perfect.Because I m in serious danger of gushing, I m going to wrap up here with a couple notes The character of Travis was not just book boyfriend sexy , he was amazing in the way that Zay was amazing in Happiness in Jersey once he decided that he wanted Kennedy, he never faltered, never played games and never deviated from the plan of getting her I love that about Jacinta Howard s heroes Age and stage in life notwithstanding, they decide they want their woman and then they become single minded about getting her I was so moved by the emotion between Kennedy and Travis, I didn t need the physical stuff, but of course that blazed as well The challenge to their relationship was well played Not too much drama who needs it but just enough to make you understand how they might mess things up, as we humans are prone to doing.A few moments I markedHe wasn t just looking at me He was looking into me, seeing me my cracks, my breaks, the lines and scars that defined my soul now and this, describing a kissIt was slow but hungry, full of intention, realization acceptance And Travis realizing his losing initial battle against his attraction to KennedyI smelled her Like a damn animal, I d actually smelled Kennedy s scent lingering in the house, and I wanted to go to her, strip away her clothes and all the layers of stuff between us and just take her Over and over and over until she couldn t move Over and over until the only thing she breathed, and thought, and felt was me Okay, did I say earlier that the author s voice shines most brightly in the voices of her characters I take that back This is all her And it s all good Highly recommend this one. Where s your head at All over the place You know you re my heart, right It s not all over the place is it No You have it Sa woooooon 4.5 Stars I dove into this the minute I had it and adored every up and every down Travis and Kennedy had Stay tuned for my full review with Lustful Literature Spoiler Free Review4 STAR ReadGenre Romance has music musician theme Series Book two in The Prototype series but can be read as a standalone After a life altering experience Kennedy James fell into a routine An introverted routine that left her social life non existent Suddenly feeling suffocated by it all she up and leaves home and that is where the book starts.Kennedy JamesIn need of a change Kennedy finds herself leaving Denver on the road to a Texas small town named Tyler The second she arrives at her grandmother Pepper s house she questions her decision In the midst of doubts Pepper assures her that she is than welcome to stay In fact she d been expecting herI hope that you re the one if not, you are the prototypeOutkastTravis Broussard Travis is a guitarist in a band called The Prototype His introduction scene is filled with witty dialogue and a strong attraction between he and Kennedy that s undeniable Although the attraction is instant, it is also on a deeper level that he nor she could have ever expected Especially for a first encounter After said first encounter Travis knew he was in trouble because Kennedy was temptation in the flesh His words, not mine I would also like to note that he is very much an alpha male Their connection is on point however their timing is all screwed up His past can t seem to STAY in the past Nevertheless, Travis stands firm in his desire to have her in EVERY way Mind, body and soul Letting her know point blank and period I want you Kennedy My Thoughts..This is my first read by Jacinta and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed her writing In Finding Kennedy, Howard melds her craft with another Music Thus engaging the readers with the passion of music held by her characters What I did not like Maya She can go choke on something sharp and pointy LOL What I liked, no what I loved was their chemistry It was literally soul stirring and very well written Tastefully sensual in a teasing manner The writing I am really digging her style I give this a solid 4 stars The writing was smooth, true to life with relatable characters and situations I most definitely look forward to reading of her work To buy OR Not to buy Buy Series Yes, this is book 2 BUT The Prototype can be read as a standalone.Recommendation Yes And I would read book 1 it s a standalone but you ll become interested in the first book after meeting the couple Plot Storyline Relatable with true life situations Steam Factor High On a scale of 1 10 I say 8.5Now go forth and read, then come tell us what you thought about it If only just a few words, reviews are important to authors. Whew, man This is than just love at first sight Imagine hearing the sound of someone s voice, and you just know that that person was put on this earth just for you Well, that s what happens between Kennedy and Travis, only the tie that binds isn t words, but music and mere presence I have never read about two people who are so inexplicably drawn to each other simply because the other person exists.This story is so visual, that you feel like you are witnessing everything as it unfolds in real time Kennedy James is on the run, escaping a tragic past that is preventing her from living in the moment She seeks refuge in her grandmother s home who lives in the small town of Tyler, Texas Kennedy has no plan, but it s all good because fate has already taken care of that Enter Travis Broussard.Travis is a man on a mission Getting that degree and taking his band The Prototype to the next level Falling in love is the last thing on his agenda until he s almost attacked with a spoon by a brown skinned thickums named Kennedy The energy between these two just fly off the page, and just reading about their interaction with one another was so intense at times, that I had to put my Kindle down and take a break This story is truly engaging and entertaining from first swipe to the last There are a few unexpected plot twists and o m g moments that will take you by surprise because I thought I had this story all figured out I like that shit The music is the backdrop to this love story, and the playlist is off the chain. Megan s Review 4.5 STARS I can give you time, Kennedy I can be patient for you But I dunno about the space part, baby doll I don t know if I can give you that You re gonna have to deal with me I love Jacinta s guys I love them, and her They always make me smile and fall so lovely This baby was not the exception Immediately I couldn t get enough of Travis and Kennedy and every conversation they had, funny or serious, sentimental or aching I was tuned in You know when you highlight or post quotes and other don t quite get the weight or meaning behind it But to you it meant something Either, feeling or made you smile or heard yourself say awe That s what I felt I had so many quotes I could share or post but taken out of context wouldn t portray the scene It would have been words pushed together not Travis and Kennedy conversation Why are you up I never went to sleep I was up thinking and finally I just decided to get out of the bed What were you thinking about You Were they bad thoughts No, not at all And also, yes, absolutely I truly and completely enjoyed Travis and Kennedy as they fell I even appreciated the almost instant crush they had on one another It felt so real Even so I loved that there wasn t an immediate jump They lingered, their longing increased The reason why, not new or out of the blue but I like how it was handled I fell again when times went cra cra and Travis was still the guy Kennedy fell for even when she was questioning EVERYTHING I wish you d talk to me You re not available for that Not any I m here Kennedy No, you re not You re a ghost too Travis Yeah baby My heart hurts BTW, that is possibly my favorite line, and once you read it you ll feel so many emotions from all around So much lies in these words, in her feelings Well, I struggled with this review because I was going to preach and gush, I really was This book, Finding Kennedy This author, Jacinta Howard They re just both that darn good Yup, that s it No flowery words, no verbose text None of that is really necessary here Besides, if I had to describe all that I liked about this book this review would take wayyy too long.Jacinta uses her senses in her writing like no tomorrow Everything has an image, a fragrance, texture, smell, and sound Now, I m a music lover, as Jacinta Howard evidently is as well So, instead of, wording it out, why not try a metaphor with this review instead For me, you know that feeling when a friend recommends you seriously need to check out a song from a band you ve never heard of before, The Prototype And, when you switch to the track , it runs something like thisThe introsomething about this book s vibe immediately grabs you, like the riffs of the guitar who s the dude OK, Travisand believe me Jacinta s words gonna tell you exactly how sexy and sweet his sound is , then the instrumentation comes in the return to the bandThe Prototype, old characters still doing their sensual creative thing , the base hits that chamber in your gut and resonates just before a voice like none other who s the chick the beautiful, sweet, but hurtingKennedy makes your spine quiver, and you are like what the Yup, this love story between Kennedy James and Travis Broussard is dripping in all of that sensual descriptive brilliance It is that good Jacinta Howard, for me, both in the knowledgable depth and descriptive breadth of her writing, hits this love story way out the park She s not just a brilliant perceptive writer Jacinta Howard is a writer whose soulfulness is evident on every page Finding Kennedy was easily the best book I ve read so far this year So, how do you go about rating it Something my eight year old would say resonatedGive it 6 out of 5 stars And, I dare any reader not to want to do the same. While I am not a fan of YA Genre Romance, I really enjoyed this story that features two young adults with a sizzling, soulful instant attraction that immediately grabs the reader and not let go until the end of the story Kennedy and Travis are two talented, attractive college age millennials who are musically gifted Kennedy finds herself leaving her home in Colorado and traveling to Texas to live with her insightful grandmother Trying to overcome a traumatic experience, Kennedy seeks to find inner peace in order to move on with her life Music plays an important role in this, and Travis proves to be the right man to help her to move on This was an excellent story written in some of the most exquisite descriptive prose that I ve read in a long time I highly recommend it. When Kennedy James Unexpectedly Shows Up At Her Grandma S House In Tyler, Texas, No One Knows What To Make Of Her Arrival Including Her The Only Thing Kennedy Does Know Is That Something In Her Life Has To Change, And It Needs To Happen Right Now She S Been Numb For Much Too Long Then She Meets Travis Broussard, The Perceptively Cool Guitarist Of The Indie Soul Band, The Prototype The Timing Couldn T Be Worse, But Their Attraction Is Instant, Magnetic, And At Times Overwhelming, Causing Kennedy To Question If It S Possible To Feel Too Much As Kennedy Attempts To Embark On A New Path, She Finds Herself At A Crossroads But If She Chooses To Follow Her Heart, Is She Prepared To Deal With What She Might Find Simply Amazing Travis and Kennedy This story truly touched my heart This story had me all up in my imagination I could actually picture it I could see it I could feel it I could taste it I could hear it I could touch it It was all over me Jacinta Howard has a way of using words that makes her stories so visual I never regret experiencing her storytelling Yummy AMAZING I don t even have words for this authors writing and this series Just so good.
A longtime journalist and lifelong music lover, Jacinta Howard lives in the Atlanta area with her daughter and husband She finds happiness in the pages of a great novel, on the beach, listening to good music and hanging with her family She is the author of women s fiction and contemporary romance, a USA TODAY Must Read Author and a two time RONE Award nominee.
- Kindle Edition
- 330 pages
- Finding Kennedy (The Prototype Book 2)
- Jacinta Howard
- 18 May 2018 Jacinta Howard