Author: Nicole Williams
Series: Lost & Found #3
Publication Date: September 16, 2013
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?
I was waiting for this book before I even knew there was going to be one! Finders Keepers is the third book in the series, but can be read as a standalone. However, I loved Garth and Josie as secondary characters in the previous books which made me want them in their own. So yeah, I was excited when I saw that the author made my dreams come true with Finders Keepers. I liked the first two books a lot, but this one was definitely my favorite.
Garth Black is an asshole. No, no he really is and would be the first to agree. He drinks way too much, sleeps with women like it’s an Olympic sport, and enjoys getting in fights. He’s a tough S.O.B. that doesn’t let anyone get too close, but he wasn’t born that way. Garth had a rough upbringing, and that’s an understatement. But there are two people who have been a constant rock in his life …. Jesse and Josie.
I immediately loved Garth when I read the first book. I wasn’t swooning over him or anything, because he’s not really my type. He reminds me of some of the cowboys I grew up with, though, so I found his ornery, smartass ways entertaining. It was fun being inside Garth’s head and getting to understand him better. I also loved Josie from the beginning, even more than I did Rowen in the previous books. She’s steady, strong and loyal; something Garth needs. As much as I loved her, I’m glad this was told solely from Garth’s perspective.
Of course, the story isn’t full of sunshine and lollipops, but it wasn’t all angst either. I found that the balance between the two was done well. I was also happy to see that Jesse and Rowen made appearances. If you’ve read the first two books, then I guarantee you’ll like where it all led to in this one. Plus, it was nice to see how Rowen and Garth’s relationship has grown, and how good she is at calling him out. That was the only time I shed a tear while reading this.
I do want to mention that the stereotype of the California cowboys in this book isn’t exactly accurate. You can find posers anywhere in any state. Come to the Central Valley and you’ll think you got transported to Texas. We take our rodeos, cattle, and farming serious around here. Just sayin’.
Finders Keepers is a must read if you’ve read Lost & Found and Near & Far, but you technically don’t need to have read them to enjoy this installment. I suggest you read all of them, though!