Saturday, September 21, 2013

Review: Lost and Found by Nicole Williams

Lost and Found (Lost and Found #1)
by Nicole Williams
Published:  May 7, 2013
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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 Thoughts:  Lost and Found is one of those books that when you read it, you want to kick yourself for not reading it sooner because it is so good.  I love cowboys, especially hot ones, and Jesse Walker owns cowboy hotness lock, stock, and barrel.  Not only does he have it in the looks department, he is one of greatest guys you could ever find.  I usually lean towards bad boys, but this time, the good boy is the one who's got it all going on.  Rowen Sterling is the total opposite of Jesse Walker.  She is snarky, dresses kind of goth-like, has piercings, and is the classic "bad girl," and in this case the saying is true...opposites do attract, whether Rowen wants to admit it or not.  Jesse is the first person she has met that isn't phased by her clothes, hair, piercings, or smart mouth.  He doesn't judge her based on her appearance.  In fact, he gives her a run for her money and causes something to awaken in her she thought was long gone.  Rowen thought that spending her summer on the ranch was going to be the equivalent of a prison sentence, but she soon finds that it is anything but that.  For the first time in her life she experiences unconditional love from a family who accepts her, cares for her, and wants nothing but the best for her, no strings attached.  

The more time Rowen and Jesse spend together, the closer they get.  That isn't to say they don't have their share of problems and obstacles to overcome, because they definitely do.  Because of Rowen's past, she has trust issues, big time, and there are some things and situations which really test that.  She has done some really bad things and she doesn't believe she is good enough for Jesse.  Contrary to what Rowen originally believed, Jesse has a that is possibly even more devastating than her own. When Rowen's past appears on her doorstep in the present, her fears resurface along with all her insecurities, and Jesse proves himself even more.  A potentially life-threatening incident causes Rowen to wake up and decide whether she is going to let go of her past and move forward into her future, if that future includes Jesse, and what she is willing to sacrifice in order to have it.  

Again, I loved this book and my attention was captured from beginning to end.  The story line was amazing.  I loved both Jesse and Rowen's characters and really connected with both of them, rooting for them and their relationship.  The secondary characters were also well written and developed, and I loved getting to know them to.  Jesse's family was wonderful, and I especially loved his mom, Rose.  Then there was Josie, who proved herself to be a good friend.  Last, but certainly not least, is Garth.  I really disliked him in this story, but he began to redeem himself by the end.  Rowen's mom...well I just wanted to slap her.  I loved the setting that Nicole Williams created and could easily visualize Willow Spring Ranch in my mind.  Then there is the romance, which was sweet and smexy.  The ending left me happy, yet wondering what the future holds for these characters.  Needless to say, I couldn't wait to read Near and Far, the next book in the series.  If you are a contemporary romance fan, then Lost and Found is definitely something I recommend checking out.  

Favorite Quotes:

He's a good looking kid, isn't he?"

I bit the inside of my cheek to give myself a moment to recover.  "I suppose," I started, giving a small shrug.  "If you're into that whole Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall thing.  Which I'm not.  I never went for the blond-haired, blue-eyed, sexy-shmexy, boy-next-door-to-the-tenth-power guy......."I was more team bear-that-tried-to-kill-Brad-Pitt-in-the-end."

Yeah.  I wasn't living with just the nicest family in existence; they were probably descendants of Aristotle.  

“Sometimes we just have to cut off the dead branches in our life. Sometimes that's the only way we can keep the tree alive. It's hard and it hurts, but it's what's best.” 

“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.” 

“When you open yourself up to people, you let the bad in with the good. I can't promise I won't ever hurt you, Rowen. But it won't be on purpose. I will never hurt you intentionally. I can promise you that.” 

“We all have secrets, Rowen. Every last person on the planet. And you know what else? We all experience the same kinds of things. We just go through them at different times and to different degrees.” 

“He bent his face into the curve of my neck. “We don’t deserve anything Rowen. We don’t deserve punishment, we don’t deserve happiness, life owes us nothing. Realize that.” His voice wasn’t gentle anymore; it was as strong as I’d ever heard it. “So we have to take what we want because life sure as shit isn’t going to freely hand it over.” He kissed the skin just above my collar bone. “And I want you.” 

“We will all, at some point in our lives, fall. Every single one of us. We shouldn't spend our time trying to avoid falling. We should spend it finding someone who will help us up!” 

About the Author:  
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. 
Author Social Media Links:
Twitter- @nwilliamsbooks;


  1. A hot cowboy? How in the world did I miss that this was about a cowboy?
    Great review, this will be a must read for me for sure.

  2. I had no doubt we would all love Finders Keepers. I love your review, Ellen. Awesome job!

    1. I just love this series. I am so glad I had them all to read back to back.

  3. Did you say cowboy?!?! I'm in... Seriously, this does sounds like a book I would enjoy, Rowen and Jesse are a couple I could definitely root for. Wonderful review.

    1. Yes, and a very hot cowboy. I think you would like this.

  4. Oh, I think I might give Lost and Found a try. I wasn't impressed with Crash, so I've steered away from Nicole's books, but I might give Lost and Found a read. Though I might just borrow it from the library just to be safe.

    Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

    1. I hope you like it when you get a chance to check it out. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. This book sounds so great! I've been hearing lots of good things lately so I'm going to have to check this one out! I loved the quotes!

  6. I loved this book so much! Isn't Jesse the sweetest?! Ugh, his butt in jeans?!?! LOVE!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island


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