Finding Fraser by K.C. Dyer
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I met Jamie Fraser when I was nineteen years old. He was tall, red-headed, and at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man.
That he was fictional hardly entered into it.
At 29, Emma Sheridan’s life is a disaster and she’s tired of waiting for the perfect boyfriend to step from the pages of her favorite book. There’s only one place to look, and it means selling everything and leaving her world behind. With an unexpected collection of allies along the way, can Emma face down a naked fishmonger, a randy gnome, a perfidious thief, and even her own abdominal muscles on the journey to find her Fraser?
Emma was…an idiot. I honestly don’t know of a nicer way to say it. I can’t say I loved the book, it was good and held my interest, but there were times that Emma was TSTL and they were just unbelievable. I just didn’t understand how someone who grew up in a big city, or lives in today’s world, would be so trusting. Ok sure, Emma did meet some great people along the way that did help her out, but she was also taken advantage of, robbed and left with no money or possessions except what she had on her back. As soon as she made that “friend” I knew there would be trouble. I mean, it’s one thing to chit-chat with someone in public and something else entirely to give them your whole life story. Emma was just way to trusting and sure enough, her new friend robbed her blind.
Emma did figure out a way to continue with her quest and stay in Scotland. She made some great friends and even thought she found her very on Jamie Fraser. The only problem was, she was so focused on physical appearance that she didn’t look for the qualities that made Jamie so awesome. So she ended up with a jerk when the perfect guy right in front of her. I loved Jack. As soon as he rescued her from the rowdy Outlander Convention and their “Jamie” stripper. I kept hoping she’d meet him again, and she did…multiple times. But unfortunately she thought he had a girlfriend (without actually finding out) and never considered him.
I did see some other reviews when I went to add this to my “currently reading list” and someone said that Emma didn’t act like a 29 yr old…and I have to agree with that. I don’t mind young at heart, and I’m not saying 29 is old, and I’m not saying that 29 yr olds don’t make mistakes; but she did act more like an 18 yr old.
My least favorite part of the book was Emma’s sister Sophia. I really hated her. She was supposed to be Emma’s younger sister yet she acted at least 10 years older than Emma and tried to act like Emma’s mother. I just felt like she was a huge bitch that needed to stop looking down on Emma for following her own path and stop treating her like crap.
With all the hype this book got, I couldn’t help but feel let down by it. I don’t know if it wasn’t what I was expecting or what. I guess I was hoping to find a guy that did come close to Jamie Fraser. Jack was a great guy but I wish we’d seen more of him. And honestly, even though Emma was on a quest for love with her very own Fraser, I wouldn’t call this a romance. It was definitely more of a journey/finding yourself type of book where the heroine just so happens to fall for a guy or two. Overall, it wasn’t a bad book. I can’t say I loved it and I did get more irritated than anything at her stupidity, but I couldn’t put it down because I had to know what stupid thing she was going to do next.