My not-so-secret affair with romance novels
There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling. After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing. Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded. Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls. When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.
After seeing the name Nicole Williams, and reading the book synopsis, I knew I had to sign up for this blog tour. I’m a big fan of Nicole’s Crash series and how she really made the characters in those books come to life, so I was excited to meet, and read about, Rowen and Jesse in Lost and Found. (Plus, I like hot cowboys, so it was a no-brainer for me!)
I enjoyed this book for a few reasons, the main ones being setting (I know, you hardly ever hear that!) and the characters. I really liked Willow Springs and its small-town feel… the way everyone one would work together to maintain it. Life on the ranch is far removed from my own, everyday life here in NYC, and I was enthralled by the simplicity of life at the ranch.
Now for the characters…
The leading lady, Rowen, nearly shattered me. Rowen is such a lost, conflicted character, and the way she sees herself, and the reasoning behind this, just broke my heart. I loved to see her growth during her time at Willow Springs. She really evolved from this misunderstood girl who would push others away, to someone willing to let herself love, and be loved by others, and it was wonderful to read about her journey.
I tend to go crazy for the rocker types and bad boys, but Jesse Walker is something else. First of all, he’s a cowboy – and a sexy one at that, especially in his jeans! He’s also sweet, genuinely a nice guy, and so supportive of Rowen. Jesse is just different from most male lead characters I’ve read about but definitely book boyfriend-worthy!
Overall, I adored Lost and Found. It falls short of 5 hearts, because I wanted more in the ending, but this book made me smile and I’m grateful I had the chance to read it. If you’re looking for a nice, light read, I recommend this one!
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I’m a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I’m still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here’s to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass*… care to join me?