Title: Finders Keepers (Lost and Found, #3)
Author: Nicole Williams
Release date: September 16, 2013
Age Group: Mature YA/New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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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?
My Thoughts: My how I have loved this series, and now in Finders Keepers, Nicole Williams has given her fans the story we've all be waiting for......."the bad boy of cowboys" that we've all come to know and love.......Garth Black. We first met Garth Black in Lost and Found. He was Jesse's former best friend, and at the time, came across as quite the jerk. I didn't like him much at all. He did start to redeem himself towards the end of the story though. In book two, Near and Far, Garth took the spotlight and I just loved him. He and Jesse had mended their almost life-long friendship, and Garth played a pivotal role in helping Jesse and Rowen's relationship. Finders Keepers is told entirely from Garth's point of view, which is another thing that I loved. You get to get inside the head of this cocky, uncouth, hot-tempered, foul-mouthed, dark, mysterious, and surprisingly totally lovable cowboy. Oh, and I can't forget to mention how hot he is, and the fact that he's also a bit of a man-whore. Garth has constructed a wall around himself that is made of alcohol, women, fighting, and a whole lot of bulls**t, but when you get past that, you see a heart of gold...you see a little boy who has never known what love and acceptance is...a boy that has grown up to be the man you see today, coping the best way he knows how. He doesn't let anyone or anything get past that wall, except the one person who has held his heart in the palm of her hands since he was a little boy whether he wants to admit it or not, and that would be Josie Gibson. This really isn't a big secret, and if you've followed the series, you will have already seen this coming. It is also revealed in the very first page of the book.
Garth and Josie have a past, one that almost destroyed their friendship, as well as their friendship with Jesse. When circumstances occur and things with Josie start taking a different direction, Garth believes he isn't good enough or deserving enough of her love. He is considered "white trash," by most of the people in town, having been labeled that by some because of his father. His two best friends since childhood, Jesse and Josie, however, have never thought of him that way. Nevertheless, Garth has come to believe that about himself and lets that influence his actions and his choices. When you read about Garth's life, the things he's gone through and the things he goes through, the abuse he's suffered both physically and emotionally at the hands of his father, and the way he's been treated by others, it helps you to understand why he is the way that he is and why he does some of the things he does. Garth messes up, a whole lot, but he loves hard, and wants the best for the girl he loves, even if it means letting her go. She's stronger and more stubborn than he thinks though, and she gives him a run for his money.
We also get to see Jesse and Rowen in this story, which was great, and I think you will be very happy at where they are in their lives and in their relationship. I loved the way they were there for Garth. Rowen and Garth are kind of kindred spirits, two of a kind, understanding where the other is coming from at a deeper level, because they have been there and experienced the same thing....two misfits is what they call themselves. Rowen tells Garth like it is and doesn't cut him any slack, something he has also done in the past for her on more than one occasion, and I loved that about their relationship. There is a lot of heartache in this story, but there is also a lot of love, as well as humor, which balances everything out. There are some secondary characters, which you will love, and some that you'll really not like at all. Finders Keepers captured my attention from beginning to end and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really liked the way Nicole Williams wrote the romantic aspect of this story as well, combing glimpses of the past in along with the present. I will say that you do need to read the first two books in the series prior to this one in order to really appreciate it and understand the history of the characters. Nicole Williams has created such depth in her characters, writing them in a way that enables you to feel so emotionally connected to them, which is something that makes it bittersweet seeing things wrap up for them, leaving you completely satisfied with where things end, while at the same time knowing you are going to miss them. If you are a fan of contemporary romance, then the Lost and Found series is something I would definitely recommend checking out.
Some of my favorite quotes:
I'd had too many drinks, and she'd thrown too many glances my way, for me to stay quiet any longer. "You might want to step it up a few hundred notches, Mason, because you're exciting Josie about as much as cow shit on the bottom of my boots."
The rule was simple: Whatever normal, sane people did, I went with the opposite.
".....Around here, we shoot coyotes, wolves, and assholes, and it's been a while since I've got to shoot an asshole. I'm going through withdrawals."
I tried pulling free of Will's hold, but the old timer was either hooked up to a steroid drip every night or was a decedent of Superman...
Unbelievable. Will Jones wasn't only one badass cowboy; he pretty much could have been the love child of John Wayne and Yoda.
When we'd reached the middle of the floor, I drew her close and looked her in the eyes. "Finders keepers."
.....That night, that dance, that girl.....had messed me up something fierce. In good ways, but mostly in bad ways.
“My childhood friend, my adolescent secret obsession, my biggest mistake."
“I always knew you’d be one of those people who’d charge into a burning building to save a person. I always knew you were a superhero in hiding.”
“People like you and me, kids who grew up fighting for every single ounce of love that came our way…When we find that person we want to love, we give them a pure and boundless form of it because we know what it’s like to be denied it. We know the opposite of love so well, we go a full one-eighty when we find that special someone.”
"Excuse us, Black. The real bull riders are going to get a few drinks before getting laid." .
"Just so you know," I hollered after him while standing, "your hand and imaginations don't qualify as getting laid!" I knew he heard me, but he didn't reply. Probably because he was getting laid about as frequently as I was lately, which was a whole lotta nada.
When her eyes locked onto mine, she smiled, then whispered, "Finders keepers." Whether it was her hips that took me in or my hips that took her, I knew one thing - things would never be the same. They never had been.
"I wasn't the guy who fell in love with you this past winter." I shook my head. Pain flashed across her face. "I was the boy who fell in love with you that day on the school bus when we were five. And I'm the man that always will."
About: I'm the New York Times and USATODAY 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.
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Twitter- @nwilliamsbooks; https://twitter.com/nwilliamsbooks
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