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Every decision is an ending ... and a beginning Broke and close to broken-hearted, Jess Donovan doesn't know what to do with her life. She's lost her job and she's discovered that the man she loves, the charismatic and elusive Tyler Smith, has a troubled past that's left him damaged...perhaps beyond repair. Unable to trust him or her feelings, when her long-lost father invEvery decision is an ending ... and a beginning Broke and close to broken-hearted, Jess Donovan doesn't know what to do with her life. She's lost her job and she's discovered that the man she loves, the charismatic and elusive Tyler Smith, has a troubled past that's left him damaged...perhaps beyond repair. Unable to trust him or her feelings, when her long-lost father invites her to visit him a continent away, she leaps at the chance to get some perspective. In dazzling New Zealand, her fortunes seem to be turning way, way up. She lands a lucrative gig in a tourism commercial, cast opposite Kaleb Te Anga, a guy who's Tyler's opposite in every way. When things heat up between them on-set, fake kisses turning to hot real kisses, Jess finds herself torn. Is this just a holiday hook-up, or something deeper? How can she feel so much for two different people, and how will she ever choose between them? If she gets that chance ... because her indecisive heart might mean she'll lose them both. EPIC is the third installment in the Going the Distance series. Read Random and Stoked, the first two books....

Title : Epic
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ISBN : 19004778
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 350 Pages
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Epic Reviews

  • Jac (For Love and Books)
    2019-05-22 08:19

    I read. A lot. But every so often? A book comes along that I get lost in the pages of. That I devour, and am so submerged in the world that the author has created that I don't want to leave. Lark O'Neal (pseudonym for beloved Barbara O'Neal) does that, in the most beautiful of ways. I stumbled upon the Going The Distance series with Stoked (#1.5) back in Febraury. I didn't realize it was a novella, nor that it was sandwiched in between the two fabulous books at first. But I was sucked in none the less. I loved Tyler, and I fell in love with Jess as I read their story in Random - although I have to admit I always had an extra special place for Tyler, and Jess just came along for the ride. Book #2 is Jess's side of the story in Stoked. And let me tell you - that brings out a billion emotions in me. I am giving this book a coveted 5 stars because it was incredibly well written, and because in the moments where I forgot about Tyler (which wasn't nearly as much as Jess, apparently?) I was so submersed in the story of Jess and Kaleb that I loved it. O'Neal has a way with words, a way that has captured my heart so fully. Her worlds are so vivid, so magical. And her characters so real that sometimes it hurts. I want to hate Kaleb. I want to hate Jess. And I still want to wring Tyler's neck for not being open with Jess. (Although I can't blame this all on him - she is stubborn, and annoying and just plain a pain in the butt sometimes!) But that's what makes a good book, right? The emotions that it evokes? And of course, we leave with no more resolution than we did after Stoked. In fact? I am even less sure of what's going to happen - and that is going to drive me absolutely insane until Brilliant comes out in December!

  • Sarah
    2019-05-26 05:31

    3.5 starsNever have I ever traded sides in a love triangle story. But I am very, very sorely tempted to jump onto Team Kaleb. I was annoyed when I realized this book was just Jess's side of what we already knew from Tyler's novella, with more detail. Then I was annoyed that she was so instantly and strongly attracted to Kaleb. But then I found myself liking him more and more...and seeing from Jess's perspective how imperfect Tyler is for her. And how pointless it would be for her to return to Colorado. Sooooo...Can't wait to see how the last book turns out!

  • Melissa Storm
    2019-05-22 03:17

    I love books that are both fun and teach you something. The author's attention to detail when it comes to New Zealand and Maori culture shines through. Loved Jess and Kaleb both as characters and had fun living vicariously through them for a few hundred pages. Can't wait to read more in this series!

  • Danielle Davis
    2019-05-06 04:23

    Considering I read the 3 books in three days, I would say that I loved it. It was the type of books that I didn't want to put down. I only wanted to be engrossed in the story. Great book about trying to find out what you want in life.

  • Nina
    2019-04-29 03:36

    No! No no no no. After everything we went through in the first two books there's going to be a love triangle NOW? Just no.

  • Roxanne
    2019-05-24 06:20

    My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.So after I read "Stoked", I was totally on board Team Tyler. Like, I could've been voted president, that's how pro-Tyler I was. And I thought Jess was being extremely unfair by breaking things off with him just for keeping the whole snowboarding/parole arrangement thing secret. But that was all before I met Kaleb. And man, after reading "Epic", I can totally understand Jess's dilemma. Choosing between these two guys would be a nightmare! I have no idea what direction Lark O'Neal is going to take this series, but either way, I just have to find out!Not only are the characters in this series fantastic, the setting is too. I've always wanted to travel to New Zealand, but realistically, that is not going to happen for quite some time. Seeing New Zealand through Jess' eyes, and with Kaleb as her tour guide, I could clearly picture everything from the cities to the beaches and vineyards she visited. It was a truly wonderful reading experience!There's a bit of a mystery surrounding Jess' past. She does not remember much of her childhood in New Zealand, and wants very much to find out why her mother took her from her father and moved them across the world to the States. While this part of the story takes a backseat to the romance/love triangle aspect, it was present enough to make me curious and want Jess to find all her answers in "Brilliant". In short, if you love the New Adult genre and haven't discovered the "Going the Distance" series by Lark O'Neal yet, get your butt in gear! The first book, "Random", is free right now everywhere ebooks are sold (oh, except Barnes and Noble, looks like)!

  • Tina
    2019-05-05 00:26

    Jess leaves Tyler behind and travels to New Zealand, to find her Dad. Neither Jess nor her dad know why her mom left all those years ago, taking young Jess with her.Jess is noticed by a film crew in the airport who is Very interested in using Jess in their commercial they are making about New Zealand. At first Jess is interested, because this would provide her some cash, that she could live on, because, she's been looking for a job. She tells her dad when they meet at the airport, and her dad tells her they will talk about it & then Jess can decide what she wants to do.She meets her step mom and 2 cousins that are the step mom Katy's sisters' kids.. They are both close to the age of Jess, so they have lots in common--even if its just laughing at each others' reactions to words used by New Zealanders or Americans.She talks to her dad & finds out that she does want to pursue the acting for the commercial. Kaleb and Darcy (the cousins) are invited to go along, also--using Kaleb as the male lead opposite Jess and Darcy as an extra. Jess feels sorrow at not being able to spend exclusive time with her dad that she's come so far to see. Her dad says there's plenty of time.Jess experience a bad earthquake which leads her to personal information about Kaleb and Darcy, They experienced an EPIC earthquake in their home in Christchurch which destroyed everything they ever had.Join all three of them on their Epic journey to find themselves. I liked this book #3, but I enjoyed #1 best. I read them out of order. I will continue to read this series and see if my opinions change.

  • Melanie Holden
    2019-05-18 08:16

    Jess Donovan is off to New Zealand to visit the father she doesn’t remember and hasn’t seen for 14 years. As her life was falling apart at the end of Random she was able to reconnect with her father and Epic starts out with that journey.This is a very entertaining story. You have the mystery of why Jess and her mother left New Zealand in the first place (Jess is still trying to find out about that). The new people Jess meets and the usual confusion about life decisions, young love and trying to make it all make sense. It’s a wonderful illustration of how the people we come in contact with complicate our lives but how dreary and unsatisfying life would be without them.Having never traveled to New Zealand I was fascinated by the descriptions of the country. It sounds amazing and Lark O’Neal’s beautiful descriptions of the scenery really make me want to see it..

  • Jenny
    2019-05-10 05:18

    This is the 2nd book in the "Going the Distance" series and picks up where the 1st book left off. Jess Donovan leaves Colorado behind and travels to New Zealand to stay with the father that she never knew. Her life takes a turn for the better and brings a new man, Kaleb Te Anga, into her life. I thought the best part of the story was the scenery. I'm not a fan of Jess who presents as a passive person that things happen to and can be too serious for my taste.Thanks to the Inner Circle for the copy of this book.

  • Robin
    2019-05-10 00:13

    This was a well-written, quick read. It is the second in a series which continued on from where the first left off. Jess has agreed to travel to New Zealand to re-connect with the father she hasn't seen since she was a child. She also needs time to think about her relationship with Tyler, who had not told her about elements of her past that have surfaced recently. In New Zealand she meets Kaleb, a man who is very different from Tyler but who she is attracted to as well... I am eager to read the next book in the series! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kacey Vanderkarr
    2019-05-14 04:27

    So far, this is my favorite book in this series. I loved the setting in New Zealand and Jess's father. I think it's a testament to the author's skill that I still LIKE all the characters, considering the rollercoaster Jess has been on throughout the story and usually in a triangle there's one person who has the advantage. I can't wait for the next book to see what happens between Jess, Kaleb, and Tyler!

  • Sabre
    2019-04-25 04:25

    I really enjoyed this book. I feel like Jess has grown a lot since the first book. She's feeling more confident about life and her place in the world. I like the fact the Electra told her to focus on herself and and even Kaleb pushed her a bit in that direction, even though he wants her to be with him. I can't wait to see what happens in the third and final novel.

  • Tiffani
    2019-05-21 06:35

    This book was well written. But I personally hate cliff hangers and the Kaleb vs Tyler thing broke my heart. I want to shake Jess. I'm hoping there is some kind of decision and closure in the next book.

  • Kay
    2019-05-14 07:08

    I am really enjoying this series and I particularly like this book because of the detail about New Zealand. We visited last year and this author really got the places, the people, the wine (!), the annoyances, the beauty just right. Thanks!

  • Heather
    2019-05-03 01:22

    Really enjoyed the one! There are still many things in this series I would like answers to. I hope they are in the next book!

  • Rogue
    2019-04-29 08:29

    I have enjoyed this series so far. I don't think there is much for more then one more book. I sure hope the author does not try to stretch this for another several books.

  • Lou Arna
    2019-05-18 01:21

    Is Kaleb her cousin??? Double standards Jess is pissing me off

  • Susan Groves
    2019-04-28 06:36

    I loved this book and I hated it. Throwing a second amazing man in the pot causes me huge anxiety. Guess it's onto book 4... technically book 3.