I don't normally read indie books. I don't have anything against indie authors - in fact I have read several fantastic indie books - but you never can be sure that you're going to end up with a good book. When Finding Gaia first got my attention, I thought it had an interesting premise (and the promise of a good romance without a strong alpha male), but I was in no real rush to read it.
Then Kimberly Chapman released The Power of a Blush, a free extended scene and the first two chapters of Finding Gaia. Since I love free I picked it up, devoured it, and wanted more.
When I finally bought it and sat down to read it - I couldn't put it down. Several nights in a row I was up until the wee hours of the morning - either falling asleep while reading or forcing myself to go to sleep at 6am.
Finding Gaia has a fantastic cast of characters who all break the mold in their own way. Jason is one of the most beta heroes I've seen. Though he definitely has his carnal desires - he does his best to keep everything reigned in. Anna isn't your typical swooning heroine - she has her own issues to work through. All of the main characters have distinct personalities and growth throughout the novel.
This book has a LOT of relationship growth. In fact, the majority of the book focuses on the courtship of Jason and Anna and there isn't a huge deal of action until the end (though there are some adventurous moments throughout). I enjoyed the extra time spent on their relationship - many romance books fail at describing anything but contrived, superficial, love-at-first-sight relationships. The added relationship building did make a few parts of the novel feel slow - it never really dragged, but there were some spots where I wanted something more exciting to happen. This isn't necessarily a good thing or a bad thing - but something to be aware of if you choose to pick up this book.
The novel has an open ending that leaves room for more to come - and I can only hope there is more to come. Go buy the book so Kimberly Chapman can profit from this book and keep writing!