REVIEW: Finding My Way by Heidi McLaughlin

April 14, 2014 Release Day Blitz, Reviews 0

REVIEW: Finding My Way by Heidi McLaughlin

Finding My Way

Heidi McLaughlin

Series: Beaumont Series

Published on April 14th, 2014

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Liam Westbury has the world at his feet. He’s the quintessential golden boy. He’s the superstar quarterback for Beaumont High. His girl, Josie, is head cheerleader. He has his choice of colleges just waiting for him. Except he’s suffocating from all the pressure he’s under and no one understands.
Liam Page is the heartthrob he never wanted to be. He’s successful, smart and in demand by record companies and his adoring fans. Music is his passion, his love, but something’s missing. His nights are lonely and he longs for the girl he left behind. Seeing her in every face in the crowd haunts him with the knowledge that she hates him. Going home has never been an option until now.
Be there when Liam Westbury becomes Liam Page and follow the highs and lows of the Quarterback turned Rockstar as he finds a way back to Beaumont in this prequel to Forever My Girl.
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Heidi McLaughlin does it again. I don’t care how I feel about the book going in (No one will compare to Liam and JoJo… Nothing will tear me away for my love for Mason and Katelyn…)  I always leave totally captivated!  I love this world. At first I wasn’t sure I was interested in Liam’s pre-story to Forever My Girl, but damn if i didn’t get sucked in and yeah, even though I knew some of the plot points because I’ve read all the other books, each one touched me the same way this time as it did the first time. I was anxiously waiting for them to come, in fact.
With that said, you do not have to read all the other books to enjoy this one. In fact, It’s perfect to actually start the series with Finding My Way, because really, this is the beginning of the story. How it all happened.
In this story we get Liam’s point of view. How he struggles with what others expect of him in high school, and boy. I swear, I do not blame him for his decision one bit. There is so much pressure to to what others want and no one seems to care what he wants. Including Josephine. It’s only natural for him to feel trapped when everyone around him is busy planning his life and no one seems to care that he’s drowning. There is no life line. He is just left there.
At the same time Liam’s father is so caught up in his desire to see Liam attend  a certain college and fulfill his (father’s) dream of a professional football career, that he desperately turns to his longtime girlfriend, Josie. But Josie is also addicted to “their” dream. She has no idea Liam is having all these doubts. Then the ultimate betrayal. Out of fear, and pressure, and love for his friends, Liam makes a big mistake and puts his friends before himself. But in the end, this decision comes back to bite him in the ass.
Feeling desperate, there is only one thing to do.
Break it off with Josie, and run.
And so he does. But those of us who have read the series know what he’s leaving behind. So the heartbreak at this decision, knowing that he has to make it. he has to leave to be himself and make his own way in the world. But at the same time also knowing that he’s breaking a very special bond.  Well, it was difficult to read. You just want to take him aside and say look, just take a breath.
But Liam is trapped in a downward spiral and he makes decisions he will regret later.
Love it. I highly recommend this whole series. Heidi took me back to Beaumont and showed me a different time, a different place, and a set of very different characters – even though they are the same characters, they are such different people. In addition, we get to learn how Liam and Harrison met. We even get a glimpse of Quinn. :)
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I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.
I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.
And now I’m going back.
After ten years.
I hope I can explain that after all this time.
I still want her to be my forever girl.


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I expected a life of music.
I expected to raise my son.
It took one look to make everything change.
I never expected happiness.
I never expected to find her.
I never expected to feel desire.
I never expected I’d be a family man.
I never expected to be loved.
I never expected to fall in love.
They say you should expect the unexpected, I didn’t realize my unexpected would be the forever kind.
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Everywhere I look, my friends are settling down – marriage, children, white picket fences; but not me. Marriage isn’t in the cards for me. I’m a ladies man.
A rock star.
I was born and raised in the industry.
I love everything about my life, especially the attention from the women that my status brings me.
Women find me. I don’t chase. I know what they want and they know I’ll deliver.
But after one look, one touch, one night…
Now I’m the one doing the chasing.
I need to find a way to show her that I’m serious, that I can change.
I need to find a way to show her that I can love her fully, and only her.
I need to find a way to show her that she’s my forever.
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About Heidi McLaughlin


My grandma once told me that I can do anything I want, so I am.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I now live in picturesque Vermont, with my husband and two daughters. Also renting space in our home is an overhyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day you’ll find me behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, I’m writing one of the many stories I plan to release or sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.

I’m also an active reviewer on The Readiacs – a site I own with my best friend and uber special beta, Yvette.


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