Series: Lost & Found #3
Publisher: Createspace on September 16, 2013
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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?
“‘Yeah, yeah, too bad for him because you’re here with me now, and I’m not letting go.’ Drawing her back to me, I lowered my mouth just outside of her ear. ‘Finders keepers.'”
Favorite Character: Garth. He’s a lot more than what meets the eye, and I was really able to sympathize with him in this novel.
“Trying to ignore her was like trying to ignore a bull charging me.”
My Musings: I have been pining for this novel since before the day that this was actually announced as a book. I was wishing and hoping and yearning for a novel about our favorite dark and handsome cowboy. So when I missed the tour for this one, I was super bummed. But luckily, Nicole Williams is amazing and she sent me a review copy of it anyways! And you know what I did? Dove right into it.
Finders Keepers is about our favorite antihero from the companion novels of this series, Lost & Found and Near & Far. It’s about him letting go on his inhibitions and learning to love, which some of us never thought that he was capable of. I’m not going to talk about the love interest right this moment, and it will be hidden under spoilers, because I know some of you might hate me if I ruined it for you, but some of you may be dying to know!
Garth Black has had a bad past. His mother’s gone. His dad is an abusive drunk. Consequently, Garth’s life hasn’t been all daisies and roses. He often drowns his sorrows in alcohol and women. He’s sarcastic and snarky–all defenses to guard him from the tough world that he’s grown up in. He only has two people in his life: Jesse and Josie (And later, of course, Rowen). But one drunken night, Garth almost ruins that by sleeping with his best friend’s girlfriend. Sleeping with Josie. Garth’s always had somewhat of an obsession with the girl, but vows never to hurt the only person who’s been with him always every again. So Garth ignores all of his feelings for Josie. But what happens when he just can’t hide his feelings anymore?
“Up until recently, I’d never questioned anything and everything. I had all the answers. Lately, I had exchanged all the answers for all the questions. I was drowning in an ocean of questions, and even though I knew the answers would eliminate the questions, I was afraid of what the answers would be. I was afraid the answers would do the opposite of set me at peace. So my options were to stay lost in a sea of questions or to drown under the weight of the answers.”
So in Finders Keepers, we definitely see more into Garth’s mind set. Some unfortunate events start out the book, and Garth is struggling with this and other things for almost all of the book. We see insecurities galore. We see him struggle with his feelings. We see him struggle with bull riding. We see a lot of struggles in this novel. It was nice being able to see the not-so-tough and sarcastic Garth that we saw in the books about Jesse and Rowen. It really humanized him as a character and made him more relatable and not so standoff-ish. But never fear, we still saw the snarkiness that personifies Garth as a character. Actually, we see an ample amount due to Garth being our sole narrator of this tale. And he had me cracking up like always, despite his inner turmoils.
“I didn’t even try to stop staring. It would have been a wasted effort. ‘Because that dress is enough to give a man a heart attack if you come any closer, or break a man’s heart if you walk away.’
‘Now lines like that help me understand why you’ve got a reputation for being such a ladies’ man.'”
Now I’m going to talk about our girl, Garth’s love interest. Josie is our heroine of the novel. Some of you may have guessed. I had a feeling that it would be her. Was I positive? Of course not. But I couldn’t help but wonder. But I am immensely glad that it was her. For one, we already knew about her. There was no need to build up anything because we knew her as a character and we knew of the past that her and Garth shared. If we’re going to be completely honest, I think that they were a good fit. They were both spit fires and they egged each other on. And what is a love if not lively? Even though they had there ups and downs, they were eventually able to work things out, and what they had was amazing–an amazing almost comparable to Jesse and Rowen.
“I wasn’t sure who looked more uncomfortable: Jesse or me. ‘You know your fee-an-say knew better than to ask those exact same questions. She basically told me she knew I either wouldn’t give her an answer, or if I did, it wouldn’t be a straight one. So what makes you think I’ll give you an answer or a straight one?’ I flung another rock, and it barely skipped three times/ The stupid Kumbayah conversation was messing with my stone-skipping skills.
‘Because I, unlike my sweet one hundred and twenty pound soaking wet fiance, can and will happily kick your ass in order to beat the answers out of you if need be.'”
And of course, I have to throw in a few lines about Jesse and Rowen! It was super weird seeing them from another person’s point of view instead of their own points of view. I learned that Jesse is a lot more sarcastic than what we saw in his books. And that Rowen is a lot scarier. And that they are so so adorable. But we already knew that one, didn’t we?
Finders Keepers was everything that I was hoping it would be and more. It had amazing characters and a journey of self discovery and letting go of inhibitions. A tale of learning to love, Finders Keepers is a must buy novel for all romance lovers.