Title: Lost & Found
Series: Lost and Found, #1
Author: Nicole Williams
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
*This book is recommended for 17+*
This book was an absolute thrill to read! And it was also a nice change of pace from the other kinds of NA/YA I've been reading lately. Well, it’s different in the fact that the swoon worthy guy is a bit different from the guys I usually like to swoon over. That’s right, let’s take a step back from those bad, bad boys with those cocky mouths and arrogant egos. And let’s enter Jesse Walker!!
Okay, so not only was Jesse Walker pretty much amazing in Lost and Found, but every character that Nicole created for this story was a thrill to read about. She knows how to create unique characters, characters that really go with her stories. Characters you just help to love, or in Garth’s case, you just want to beat over the head.
“We all want to open up to someone, Rowen. The hard part is finding someone we trust enough to open up to. That person we're not afraid to let into the darkest parts of our world.”
Rowen was definitely the kind of female character I do enjoy reading about. She isn't perfect and she makes mistakes; however, she doesn't let others walk over her. She takes a stand when she must; she fights when she must, even if she goes about it the wrong way or is too stubborn. Rowen started out with dark looks and a dark outlook on life, and then she really showed strength, she became someone she could be proud of. It was amazing reading about this character’s development.
As I mentioned before, Jesse Walker is unlike any fictional boy I have read, okay, there are a few I have read that are close to him, but I felt that Jesse Walker just had a little bit more awesomeness than the others. Anyways, like Rowen he isn't at all what he seems. With those tight jeans and amazing looks he could leave a trail of broken hearts, but that isn't Jesse. No, he is a very sweet and caring guy, but still, like Rowen, stubborn. Other than those tight jeans, I really enjoyed that Jesse didn't judge Rowen by her appearance. He loved that about her. And he challenged her, saw her for who she really was. I think Nicole did a great job making a guy that was equal to Rowen, that was perfect for her.
The whole Walker family was a joy to read. I wish I could go away and stay with people like them. They love and cherish others, and do not judge people on how they look or act. That brought a good support system to Rowen and Jesse. Then the setting of Lost and Found was incredible. I say that because I do not read anything cowboy related. I just can’t, it really isn't something I’m into. However, Nicole made me love the cowboy looks, the lifestyle and the tight pants. Oh, the tight pants!! Did I mention the tight pants??
The plot, along with the pacing was really done great in this book. Nicole made it were I couldn't put this one down, page after page, I had to keep devouring it; I had to keep reading. I think the reason why I enjoy Nicole’s books so much is because her characters seem to challenge each other within the story. They fight, they argue. They are intense, but you can feel the ‘real’ in that. Even though the characters are fictional, they are still very much real in their emotions. That makes Nicole’s books that much more enjoyable to read.“…when I looked into those eyes of his that saw everything, those eyes that saw me, I knew the fight would be worth it. The struggle to let him in when I wanted to barricade the windows and lower the gates would be a battle I’d never regret fighting.”
I definitely recommend this book to any New Adult book lovers, and especially if you enjoyed Nicole’s other books, heck, even if you've never read anything by her give this one a try. Lost and Found is about overcoming obstacles in life, finding the place one belongs, and finding not only love, but family.