FINDERS KEEPERS

FINDERS KEEPERS

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by Nicole Williams
     
 

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**NEW YORK TIMES and USATODAY Bestselling Series**

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…  See more details below

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**NEW YORK TIMES and USATODAY Bestselling Series**

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?

Love.


**Recommended for mature readers due to moderate content and language**

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148369820
Publisher:
Nicole Williams
Publication date:
09/16/2013
Series:
Finders Keepers , #1
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
37,630
File size:
1 MB

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FINDERS KEEPERS 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
I'll be the first to admit that I wasn't a big fan of Garth Black when I first met him. Aside from his ego the size of Montana, he wronged his best friend. But, the guy grew on me. The key to Garth is understanding where he's coming from and realizing that yes, his ego is huge, but so is his heart. That's what made this book special. We get to see Garth love. Garth has always been told he wasn't worth it. He's father was abusive and his mother was never a part of his life. The only people he could count on were his best friends, Jesse and Josie. Both Jesse and Josie knew that Garth was a good person. They both gave him love and friendship even when Garth tried to push them away. Now, Garth is dealing with a tragedy and his friends are right there for him once again. I think Garth needed something big to happen to make him realize what he needed in his life. He and Jesse have made amends, but Garth and Josie keep playing this back and forth game with each other. Garth has always wanted Josie and really...she's always wanted him. Their circumstances and Garth's ego has gotten in the way though. Plus, Garth has never felt worthy of Josie. She's a good person. She also knows that Garth is worth the fight. My most favorite thing about this book was seeing flashbacks of Garth and Josie growing up. I felt like it helped me to understand that their feelings for each other have been there since they were kids. It's was pretty darn sweet. Overall, I really enjoyed Finders Keepers. I got to see Garth in a different light, although after Near & Far, he grew on me. Garth is a good, caring, and yes...sexy guy. He won me over. And I really liked Josie too. I appreciated her determination and her sincerity. It was also great to see Jesse and Rowen again. I love the friendship that Garth and Rowen have developed. They are like souls. The four of them have a great dynamic together. The Lost & Found Series holds a special place in my heart and made fall for Cowboys! If you haven't gotten a chance to read this series yet, you must add it to your TBR! Quotes: ~"I don't know what your definition of 'taking it slow' is, but mine is taking our sweet time in bed...after dinner on our first date. And the second, and the third, and the fourth."-Loc 1893 ~"Because you deserve better than my best. You deserve the man I can and should be. Not the one everyone else knows."-Loc 1898 ~"I'm not going anywhere." I lifted my hand to the bend of her waist. I curled my fingers into her and held on, hoping she'd never want me to let her go.-Loc 1901 ~Now that I had everyone's attention and the babies in the room were crying...speech time.-Loc 3600 ~"I wasn't the guy who fell in love with you this past winter." I shook my head. Pain flashed across her face. "I was the boy who fell in love with you that day on the school bus when we were five. And I'm the man that always will."-Loc 3647 ~I didn't need eight seconds of glory when I had a lifetime of it in my arms.-Loc 3700
csingh More than 1 year ago
Garth has loved Josie since he was five years old.  He's always loved her, but he's known she's also not for him; she's too good.  They had one night that caused a wonderful, strong friendship between three friends to break almost irrevocably. Garth blames himself for that night and has kept himself away from Josie since then.  This is truly Garth's story and his book.  It's told entirely from his point of view and gives an intimate look at the way he thinks and why.  I always knew I was going to love being in Garth Black's head.  I just didn't know how much I'd love it or him.  I knew Garth hadn't had an easy life and was self-depreciating, but I had no idea how much damage had been done to his psyche until I read this book.  And then I wept for him and the pain and sorrow he felt.  Garth may have thought him self his own worst enemy, and he was, more so than anything else or anyone else's hateful thoughts. I liked Josie.  I loved how she always stood up for Garth. She really, truly, cared for him. If I ever had any doubt about how she felt for him, it only took one scene to change to my mind.  I loved how fiercely she loved him and I was slightly surprised at how Garth didn't see it.  Thank goodness she was as stubborn as he is. One of my most favorite scenes is at Jesse and Rowen's wedding. Yes, it finally happened! Garth's best-man speech is one of the most beautiful and profound passages I've ever read.  I had tears streaming down my cheeks as I read it.  As much as Garth loved to tease his friends, he loved them even more and almost nothing he's said or done show's it more than his speech. This book really gave me the feels.  I was torn between sadness and anger for a large part of the book, and laughter and smiling in the rest.  I wanted those who hurt Garth to pay for their sins, but it didn't seem like that was going to happen.  I also wanted Josie's parents to see Garth for the great guy he was and not treat him like he was diseased.  It hurt my heart to know so many people knew how Clay, Garth's father, treated him, and no one stepped up to help or intervene.  Thankfully, Nicole Williams has decided to give readers more Garth and Josie.  I know she'll do a great job and hopefully some of the issues I'd like to see resolved happen in the next book, Losers Weepers.  It'll be great to see how Garth and Josie are doing with the challenges they've faced and those yet to come.  If you're looking for a story that will wring your emotions and then put them back together, this book is for you.      
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can she write a bad book? The answer is no! Fantastic, one of the best yet! Love is all i have for all of nicole williams books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a great fan of this seriesbut i have truly fallen for garth...i love the way these characters develop and i hope there is another installment...please???
Anonymous 12 months ago
I could not stop reading once I started. It is definitely worth the read. I have yet to find a book I did not absolutely love written by Nicole Williams, she is amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Garth Black was a total jerk in lost & found but when he saved Jesse and he said he would protect Rowan i believed Garth and didnt think he would lie to Jesse.Garth grew on me by a spark. In near & far Garth Black grew on me little by little with his amusememt irritation and it was funny he showed he cared for Jesse and Rowan by trying to get them back together and you know what it did when Garth showed he cared for these two he filled the spark heart just close to the top. In the book finders keepers Garth started out as an idiot getting into a fight and not doing anything.When Clay died his dad i felt sad for Garth.And as he sleeps out in his truck Josie swoops in and saves the day with her truck and warm house.All Garth wanted was love and Josie gave it to him,but Garth leaves after getting beat with alot of punches and a few swings with the bat.I understand he wanted to protect Josie but he broke her heart.At the wedding Garth trys to actually give him and Josie a second chance,his sweet words got them back together.And i was hapy that Black felt loved and he loved someone else to.Garth Black filled up my spark heart all the way. Love you guys hope you enjoy this book as much as i did Love Peanut
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Reading what truly went on in Garth mind placed into perspective the reasons of his betrayal towards his best friend. This book was well written can't seem to stop reading it. Truly best read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this series! Great Characters and I love that it was set in Montana! I couldn't put the books down! Nicole Williams is a great writer and I'm looking forward to reading more from her,
Ginafayy37 More than 1 year ago
I'll admit it I bought this book in the hopes to learn more about Jesse & Rowen.  I never intended to fall for Black and Josie, I cried, I cheered  I even flinched when Garth was hit. I loved this book more than than all her others! 
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kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Nicole Williams' books. I fell in love with Jesse and Rowen nearly immediately in Lost and Found. I followed them obsessively through Near and Far and hated to give them up at the end. After reading the first two books, if anyone would have told me that I would wind up falling head-over-heels in book love for Garth Black, I would have told them they were out of their mind. It's not that I didn't *hope* that there was more to Garth than met the eye, but I just wasn't sure. There were hints in his behavior at the end of the first book and during the second that led me to believe there might be more to him, but not every character has redeeming qualities, after all, despite how badly you might want them to. I was prepared to deal with that, if it was the case.  "That's exactly the kind of guy you leave behind." People have been leaving Garth Black behind his entire life. He's come to expect it. He doesn't do relationships. He has very few actual friends. Jesse, Rowen and Josie are pretty much it. I won't say he treats them badly, for the most part. His past has definitely shaped his present. What he needs to realize is that it doesn't have to shape his future.  "Are you decent?" That was a question I didn't need to answer. "Never mind. Most obvious question ever. How about... are you clothed?" On the surface, Garth is stubborn. He's an a**hole. He does things to piss people off, whether deliberately or not. He likes to drink, sleep with women and fight. He's a cowboy from the wrong side of the tracks. He lives in a horrible trailer with his alcoholic and abusive father. At first glance, Garth isn't a very nice guy. He's hot as hell, there's no denying that, but that's about all he has going for him. He uses his looks to his advantage. He doesn't sugar-coat things. He tells it like it is. Or it seems like he does, anyhow. "Don't tell me who to love, Garth Black. And don't you dare tell me it's a waste to give it to you." In addition to hiding a great, warm heart, Garth's also keeping secrets. The biggest one being that he's in love with one of his best friends, Josie. He and Josie hooked up one night when she was dating his best friend, Jesse, effectively ruining friendships and relationships both. It was assumed it was Garth being Garth, but in reality it was so much more than that. It wasn't a cheap and meaningless one-night stand for him. He loves her, but he knows believes he doesn't deserve her. That he could never deserve someone like her.  "Without realizing exactly what I needed, I suddenly had it. A measure of comfort exactly when I needed it. A silent need picked up on and responded to. It was foreign in the best kind of way. Josie's hand heated mine, its warmth traveling up my arm and spreading around until no sign of a chill was left to be found. No sign of the winter I'd lived in my entire life was still around." "Because you deserve better than my best. You deserve the man I can and should be. Not the one everyone else knows." Feelings come out pretty early on in the book after Garth experiences a huge loss that shakes him to the core. He begins to question everything he's known and everything he thought he didn't want or couldn't have. More than a love story, this book is about Garth's journey of self-discovery. He finds that there can be more to him - that he is deserving of friendship and love. He and Josie's journey is pretty uneventful, considering how tumultuous Jesse and Rowen's was. Sure, there were some dramatic and angsty moments. Not everyone in town was happy with their relationship and they both had to deal with that in some very different ways. But, I always believed they would come back to each other in the end.  "I've known Josie Gibson since before I figured out girls like here were disastrous to guys like me." It would have been easy to dislike Josie early on in this series because of her past with Jesse. But, she really never seemed like a huge threat to his and Rowen's relationship. I connected with her nearly immediately in the books. She's a strong, stubborn, sassy, yet somehow sweet, country girl. She became a great friend to Rowen, giving her the grounding and clarity she needed so badly at times. She does the same for Garth in this book. She's an incredible woman. They're all lucky to have her in their lives - and she's just as lucky to have them.  "It doesn't have to be Garth Black against the whole world, you know. Give your friends a little more credit." "That was one misfit telling another misfit that she's got your back should you need it. That was one misfit telling another that you don't have to go through whatever you're going through alone. That was me telling you that you've got friends. So lean on them, god dammit. Stop acting like every battle you face is a one-man-war." I loved that Jesse and Rowen were back in this book. I really wasn't ready to give them up. If you've read the first two books in this series, you know that Rowen didn't have an easy time opening up to the possibility of love with someone as, for lack of a better term, good, as Jesse. She was able to take her experiences and help Garth in this book.  "These two are the couple to beat. The love they have for each other is the kind to aspire to. I don't know about you, but I sure wouldn't mind having someone beside me who could give these two a run for their money." I just loved everything about this book, it was easily my favorite in the series. Nicole Williams writes amazing characters. They are so complex, have so much depth, but they are somehow totally relatable. This book took me through the full gamut of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I smiled. I wanted to yell and shake Garth. I won't say his journey was beautiful, because there was too much pain for it to be that, but it was special. There are so many swoon-worthy moments in this book. I never thought I would get that from Garth Black. Who knew there was an insecure romantic underneath that tough cowboy exterior?  "She taught me how to love. She taught me who I wanted to love. Even though I failed at it, stumbled over my own two feet so many times I was face-planting more than I was walking, she showed me the perseverance of love."
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
My  how I have loved this series, and now in Finders Keepers, Nicole Williams has given her fans the story we've all be waiting for......."the bad boy of cowboys" that we've all come to know and love.......Garth Black.    Finders Keepers is told entirely from Garth's point of view, which is another thing that I loved. You get to get inside the head of this cocky, uncouth, hot-tempered, foul-mouthed, dark, mysterious, and surprisingly totally lovable cowboy.  Oh, and I can't forget to mention how hot he is, and the fact that he's also a bit of a man-whore.  Garth has constructed a wall around himself that is made of alcohol, women, fighting, and a whole lot of bulls**t, but when you get past that, you see a heart of gold...you see a little boy who has never known what love and acceptance is...a boy that has grown up to be the man you see today, coping the best way he knows how.  He doesn't let anyone or anything get past that wall, except the one person who has held his heart in the palm of her hands since he was a little boy whether he wants to admit it or not, and that would be Josie Gibson.   We also get to see Jesse and Rowen in this story, which was great, and I think you will be very happy at where they are in their lives and in their relationship.  I loved the way they were there for Garth.  Rowen and Garth are kind of kindred spirits, two of a kind, understanding where the other is coming from at a deeper level, because they have been there and experienced the same thing....two misfits is what they call themselves.  Rowen tells Garth like it is and doesn't cut him any slack, something he has also done in the past for her on more than one occasion, and I loved that about their relationship.  There is a lot of heartache in this story, but there is also a lot of love, as well as humor, which balances everything out.  There are some secondary characters, which you will love, and some that you'll really not like at all.  Finders Keepers captured my attention from beginning to end and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I really liked the way Nicole Williams wrote the romantic aspect of this story as well, combing glimpses of the past in along with the present.  I will say that you do need to read the first two books in the series prior to this one in order to really appreciate it and understand the history of the characters.  Nicole Williams has created such depth in her characters, writing them in a way that enables you to feel so emotionally connected to them, which is something that makes it bittersweet seeing things wrap up for them, leaving you completely satisfied with where things end, while at the same time knowing you are going to miss them.  If you are a fan of contemporary romance, then the Lost and Found series is something I would definitely recommend checking out.           Garth and Josie have a past, one that almost destroyed their friendship, as well as their friendship with Jesse. When circumstances occur and things with Josie start taking a different direction, Garth believes he isn't good enough or deserving enough of her love.  He is considered "white trash," by most of the people in town, having been labeled that by some because of his father.  His two best friends since childhood, Jesse and Josie, however, have never thought of him that way.  Nevertheless, Garth has come to believe that about himself and lets that influence his actions and his choices. 
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