Series: Lost and Found #1
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Genres: New Adult
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.
There wasn’t a rhyme or reason to the universe and those who occupied it. We were here. Some of us for long durations and some of us for not so long, but the one thing we humans could depend on from life was pain.”
Rowen Sterling knows pain. All her life is Rowen was known as a goth, emo, and freak. Rowen was simply lost.
With hopes of going to a prestigious and expensive art school, Rowen is forced to board a greyhound and trek to Willow Springs Ranch in Montana, to prove to her mother that she can work hard and stay out of trouble. It isn’t until Rowen meets Jesse Walker and his family that the walls around her heart start to crumble.
If we were to just accept that we’re not so different from each other, we wouldn’t feel so alone.
Jesse is unlike any guy Rowen has ever been attracted to. He is light, while she is dark. He is whole, while she is broken. He is good, while Rowen is bad. But as Jesse and Rowen spend time together, Jesse forces Rowen to examine the parts of her that she has buried beneath snark and bad decisions.
You think you deserve to be alone and suffer. You’ve convinced yourself you’re so worthless that you’ve gone to the extreme to punish yourself. You think you deserve a life of misery.
What was once meant to be a summer of Rowen proving to her mother that she could work hard and stay out of trouble, becomes a summer that Rowen starts to prove her biggest critic wrong; herself.
Lost and Found is one of the better mature Young Adult/ New Adult books out there. Not only was it beautifully written, but the character development throughout the novel was really refreshing. Rowen was funny, sad, sweet, and vulnerable all at once. Rowen’s journey from lost to found was filled with self-redemption, self-worth and forgiveness, and I just found those elements to really shine through and resonate long after I finished.
And Jesse, well I just loved him. I was worried if I would form a connection to him the way I did for Jude, in Nicole Williams Crush series, but I really did. Jesse was insightful, incredibly patient, and had a few ghosts of his own. Plus Jesse is sexy in a way that isn’t over the top. He was comfortable in his own skin and sometime that is the sexiest quality a man could have. He made me dream of green pastures, wrangler jeans 😉 and hightailing it out to Montana to find my very own cowboy.
Overall I really really enjoyed Lost and Found. There were a few moments where it was little predictable and I would have LOVED an epilogue, but the characters had real depth, especially The Walker clan. I found myself just smitten with Jesse’s momma, Rose. In fact, all of the secondary characters held their own throughout the novel and each had their own distinguished voice in this story.
If your looking for a book that can make you laugh, cry, and swoon, Lost and Found fulfilled all of those requirements.