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Lost and Found Paperback – May 7, 2013
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Yes, parts were predictable.
Yes, parts were a little cheesy.
And yes, it wasn't an out-of-this-world, totally-different-from-anything-I've-ever-read story.
It's all true.
But something about this novel just worked for me, and I think it was because of the characters.
I have been loving these slightly insecure and completely awkward, yet feisty and courageous heroines lately--they've been everywhere it seems and I hope they're here to stay.
I think on some level EVERYONE cares what people think, some definitely care more than others but we all care.
"I’d worn so many different labels I lost count. People liked to label things; it made them feel like the world made some sense. Like, if I was one thing, they were the other. I guess that made people feel better about themselves. If they focused on how screwed up I was, they could pretend they weren’t just as screwed up".
Rowen was absolutely right and I was really happy that she didn't pretend those insults didn't phase her. I don't believe that being strong is about not caring what people think, I believe it's simply about refusing to change even though you do care. And that's exactly what Rowen did.
"Don’t waste your time trying to be someone else. Just be the best you you can be."
I loved how easygoing and happy he was, and he took all of Rowen's s*** without letting it change his attitude. But I was also grateful that he got pissed when warranted, showing a full range of emotions doesn't mean you're suddenly not a happy-go-lucky person. He was also, clearly, a very intelligent man...
"I learned years ago that to start an argument with a woman is to lose an argument."
And I was so happy that he didn't push Rowen away when she pulled back, there is an ex (who still loves him) floating around in the story and I was worried about her part in it when Rowen pulled away. Authors usually use that moment to push the hero and ex back into... something, but that wasn't the case. Jesse (like Rowen) stayed true to who he was.
But I think my favorite part about him was this...
"We don’t deserve anything, Rowen. We don’t deserve punishment, we don’t deserve happiness, life owes us nothing... so we have to take what we want because life sure as s*** isn’t going to freely hand it over... and I want you."
Every woman deserves someone like Jesse to remind her that her mistakes aren't all she is and that her future can always be more than her past.
If you're dead set against this, I wouldn't push it like I would some others and say you have to read this. But if you're anywhere on the fence of unsure... READ IT!
If you're looking for a unique storyline, I'd say hold off but definitely keep it on a TBR shelf for when you're ready for some amazing characters :)
Jesse is a good looking cowboy that all the girls are drawn to. But even though he's got women lined up to paw him, he's not a manwhore. He's a genuine respectable nice guy. Wrapped up in the body of a god. And I fell hook, line, and sinker for this horse-riding, tight-jean-wearing, country-music-listening package of perfection. Get ready to swoon ladies.
Rowen Sterling was a freak. An emo. An outcast. And yet none of those things. For what is perceived on the outside is not always representative of what's on the inside. This story is her journey to finding who she truly is and who she wants to be. And lucky for us, Jesse helps her with that venture.
She's a city girl headed for art school, but has to make a pit stop in Montana for the summer 1st. Rowan's mom might have manipulated her go, but Jesse's family will make it easy to stay. One thing I loved about this book was that not only was the leading story full of intrigue, snarky comments, witty banter, and chemistry to boot... it also has a supporting team of characters I couldn't get enough of. Jesse's mom (Rose) goes down as one of my all time favorite moms in all the books I've read. I'm a city girl, but even this I-better-live-within-10-minutes-of-a-Target girl was thinking maybe country life is the way to go! <slaps herself> Sorry, Starbucks. I'll never say that again.
I love Nicole Williams' writing. With each book of hers I've read, I keep thinking the writing gets better and better and better. She's got the kind of books I have a hard time putting down. And woe is me who started this bad boy at midnight. But I don't even regret that sleep I lost. Because Jesse and Rowan were worth it. The smile I was rocking that you couldn't pay to wipe off my face while I was reading was proof. And I may have gasped out loud near the end... and my husband felt the need to remind me that these weren't real people I was reading about. Thanks captain obvious. And Mr.Sensitivity. But Nicole made them feel real! Jesse is real! And there will be more books about his perfection, right? I will get to bask in his yumminess in book 2? Don't kill my delusion people!
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