Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lost and Found by Nicole Williams

Lost and Found by Nicole  WilliamsThere’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 on this books:

This was another wonderful story about an older teen with a troubled past and the healing power of love from both a boyfriend and the right family. Nicole does a wonderful job of giving us just enough back story to let us really know the characters but not enough to give everything away and I always love that approach.  Jesse is such a great character and I do not usually go for cowboys!;  I am changing my tune now.  He will have a high spot on the book boyfriend list for anyone. The ending leaves a bit to be desired but that is why there is a sequel that I am looking forward to!

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