Lost and Found by Nicole Williams

16 Jun

ImageTitle: Lost and Found

Author: Nicole Williams

Published: May 2013

Publisher: Createspace

Pages: 358

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Rating: 5 stars

My Thoughts:

I’m a member of the minority that is a huge fan of anything country, especially country music and cowboys! Seriously, my dream is to marry a cowboy and live on a ranch. This book was practically my dream written out on paper.

The Walkers live on a huge ranch in Montana and is also the place that Rowen has been “sentenced” to (I put that in quotations because I would take her place ANY day). Rowen is a mess. She got in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and boys so her absentee mother sends her to work on the ranch in order to prove herself.  She expects to hate it but once she meets the handsome, sweet cowboy Jesse who also happens to be the son of Mr. Walker, she knows she’s done for.

The Walkers were such an amazing family! They took Rowen in and made her a part of their family. They didn’t for a single second judge her appearance but accepted her for herself and they loved her for herself. It’s that love they showed her that changed Rowen. She never knew what a family was and what it meant for someone to trust her instead of writing her off as a delinquent but that’s what the Walkers did time and time again.

Jesse was probably the sweetest love interest ever and that is saying something. Rowen never had people who cared about her so having this country-loving cowboy care about her, the real her, not the one she pretended to be, changed her world. She still had a lot of insecurities that she constantly fought with through the story but Jesse always said the very perfect thing that touched Rowen’s heart and showed her that she could open up to him, something she never did before. One of the best things about them was their honesty with each other. They didn’t really tiptoe around each other but laid out whatever they were thinking out on the table.

The chemistry between Rowen and Jesse was absolutely incredible so kudos to Ms Williams for doing such an outstanding job at creating their characters. There have been many stories where I love the romance between characters, but I mean it when I say that the development, depth, and interaction between Rowen and Jesse was out-of-this-world amazing. It was like a living, breathing thing and was so believable and real! Jesse was the perfect person to help someone like Rowen to heal and accept that she could change her life for the better and, ultimately, leave her past in the past.

The ending of story was awesome and I am immensely glad that I only have to wait until the end of July to get the rest of Jesse and Rowen’s story!

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