Monday, March 9

BookWhisperer Review: Finders Keepers by Nicole Williams

Finders Keepers (Lost & Found, #3)Finders Keepers by Nicole Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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?


From the start of Lost and Found I have been waiting for a deeper glimpse into Garth Black. Nothing had set me up for the discovery. It was obvious that something lay in the shadows for his character and the reader just had to wait patiently for the unveiling. Finders Keepers is just that unveiling. Having learned about Josie over the past several books it was a pleasure to see her character from the individual standpoint rather than the young lady that lost it all. What we discover in Finders Keeper's is that perceptions can be deceiving, and what we think we know may not hold a candle to the reality of what Josie's and Garth's stories really hold in the unknown. This story opened new doors and highlighted more about these beloved characters. Trading places focus clearly shifts from the beloved Rowen and Jesse, but the promise of peeks to their adventure are included promising to add depth to this circle of friends building an even larger and perfect family of imperfection.

~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jax~

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Wednesday, March 4

BookWhisperer Review: Near & Far by Nicole Williams

Near and Far (Lost & Found, #2)Near and Far by Nicole Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s optimism. And there’s Jesse Walker.

If he wasn’t so charming, his sunny disposition and incessant grin would get old. Fast.

Falling in love with the broken girl who had at first seemed immune to anything resembling love was the best thing to happen to Jesse since the Walkers adopted him when he was five.

As Jesse’s life continues at the ranch and Rowen begins making her mark in the Seattle art community, they wonder where the middle ground is. Or if there even is one.

As push comes to shove, they’re forced to make choices neither are eager to make, and Jesse and Rowen have to face what their lives might look like without the other.

Can two people with such tragic pasts and different presents expect a promising future together? Whatever the answer, they’ll need a lot more than love to make it.

Nicole just jumps right into the story where it left off in Lost & Found. Rowen and Jesse have such a powerful love story of support and strength. It seems as though everything is possible for these two, but the future has a funny way of slowing progress and creating unanticipated obstacles. Rowen and Jesse are not resistant to the dark and ugliness of life, and when it begins to creep in on their relationship they knowingly make wrong decisions for the right reasons. When the bottom falls out it was in ways that I had never expected. Jesse's character has carried the majority of this relationship and it was really nice to see Rowen's moment to shine. After such a dark and sorted past she has really come out on top, and the world is at her fingertips. Jesse's moment of surrender does not deter the intensity of personality in the story or prove to identify as a weakness, but rather prove the testament of his character and the power to be a better person than the individuals that brought him into the world. Both Rowan and Jesse's pasts are filled with darkness and the reality of those experiences is heartwrenching, but this story of second chances and the ability to overcome is inspiring.

I love the new glimpse of Black's character here, and I can wait to see what the remainder of the series has to offer.

~BookWhisperer Reviewer Jax~

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