Sunday, September 22, 2013

Blog Tour: ARC Review + Giveaway: Finders Keepers by Nicole Williams

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Title: Finders Keepers (Lost & Found #3)
Author: Nicole Williams
Pages: 310 pages
Format acquired: eARC (ePub)
Publication date: September 16th 2013
Source: Received from the author (Thanks, Nicole and AToMR Book Blog Tours!)
Buy the book: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

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?

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I'm positive that I'm not the only one who fell in love with Jesse in Lost & Found and Near & Far... but it was Garth who really intrigued me. If Jesse is the epitome of what good cowboys are, then Garth is the personified form of bad, but underneath it all is just a man looking for the good in himself. Garth's internal struggle in trying to figure out who he truly was and if he deserved to be loved was pretty heartbreaking. To see someone who strong and usually cocky be so vulnerable, it really hurts. It was a great move on Nicole Williams' part to write it in Garth's POV because we are really able to bridge a connection to the usually cocky player cowboy. It's normally hard to understand these types of people because we don't really know who they are on the inside but we can actually get a grasp of who Garth is in though his thoughts, he just hasn't really seen himself as a whole yet.

Our cowboy has lived a hard knock life and doesn't seem to ever catch a break but you can only see that there are people who genuinely care for him, such as Jesse, Rowen, Josie and the Walkers. He may feel like he's alone in the world but he really isn't, he just hasn't acknowledged that he does deserve their love and concern for him. Having lived with an abusive, alcoholic of a father, Garth has never really found a person who he can look up to. He's learned to live day by day (if you can really call what he's doing living.) The fact that he thinks that he's good for nothing is very disheartening because he's a smart and capable young man. I mean, he works at a ranch and he's pretty good with words. Garth just lets what other people say about him and his father get to him, he just needs to realize that he's above all of them. He's a great guy, he just needs a little nudge to the right direction.

I didn't particularly have any feelings towards Josie during the first two books, she was just a side character for me and I really didn't mind her much. But she did make a big impact in this book and it was then that I realized how much character she really has. Josie is a great girl but living in such a small town with a respectable family, it was hard to her to grow as a person. It was a place where everyone knew everyone and news traveled fast, but amidst all of that, I saw how interesting of a person she really was. She never let anyone talk her down and she certainly knew what she wanted from life, but there are times when we don't always get them. The tension between Garth and Josie is one of the most noticeable things in this book, I think their back and forth banter was actually foreplay in disguise. No matter how many quips they make towards the other, there is no love lost, just more love. It definitely didn't come easy to them, there was a lot of hurt and anger but if there's one thing we know about cowboys is that they aren't just persistent, they are resilient as well.

I completely adored Finders Keepers and I am pretty bummed that this series is ending but what a way to go! Nicole Williams finishes her series with a flourish and will definitely leave you 100% satisfied. Even bad boys deserve happy endings too!


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.
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