My not-so-secret affair with romance novels
There’s tortured. And there’s Garth Black.
His life has been a constant carousel of tragedy and disappointment, including his love life. Of course, applying the term “love” to Garth’s conquests is a gross misuse of the word. Some people were made to give and accept love, and others weren’t. Garth Black redefines the “others” category. He’s made a vow that the day he meets a woman who could sucker him into falling in love will be the day he runs away.
Garth’s plan has one flaw. What happens when he’s already fallen hard for a girl before the warning signs and red flags go up? What happens when the love he’s avoided his entire life brings him to his knees? What happens when Garth Black lets the dirtiest four letter word he’s ever known into his dark, lonely life?
This cowboy’s about to find out he can control some things, and he can’t control others. Number one on the what he can’t control list?
Garth Black from FINDERS KEEPERS
by Nicole WilliamsGarth Black. His name conjures up a lot of emotion for me. The villain in LOST & FOUND, the reluctant hero in NEAR & FAR, and the star-crossed lover in FINDERS KEEPERS. I never intended on giving him his own book because I couldn’t really stand the guy in L&F, but . . . of course he grew on me in N&F and by the end of it, I simply couldn’t not give him his own book and potential happily ever after. He’s the type of guy that leaves a reader conflicted. One part of you wants to hate that cocky, womanizing, could-care-less attitude. The other part of you wants to love the tortured, lonely, just-needs-a-hug dark horse of Willow Springs. I think that’s what makes a good character great. They can’t be all good or all bad because we relate better to characters who are more like ourselves—multidimensional. As for vices, he’s got plenty: drinking too much whiskey, screwing too many women, making far too many mistakes, and, well, uttering enough curses to fill a dictionary. However, he’s got just enough virtues to make us—some of the time—forgive him his many vices. Such as the loyalty he has for his true friends, a work ethic that puts the other ranch hands to shame, and a heart of gold hidden behind that surly demeanor. As for looks, he’s about six foot, has a toned frame from working at Willow Springs (real muscles, not artificially fabricated ones), has dark hair and eyes and walks with an unmistakable swagger. He dons black most everyday, along with a black felt hat, and some bull riding championship buckle. I think he’s the kind of character we love to hate and hate to love. And then . . . somewhere along the way, we love to love him.
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I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.