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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

REVIEW: Lost & Found by Nicole Williams

Lost & Found is the first of a new adult romance series by Nicole Williams, author of the Crash trilogy.  Rowen hasn't had it easy. Having spent the last five years numbing her pain with boys, alcohol, drugs and general trouble-making, she must spend the summer working on a ranch in Montana with hopes that proving herself responsible enough that her mother will pay for her dream of attending a prestigious art school. Sporting a Goth wardrobe that is unlike anything they've ever seen on the ranch, Rowen is fully dreading her summer punishment.

Enter Jesse. The hotter than hot ranch hand with painted on jeans-- who just happens to be the single son of the ranch owner. He is the light to Rowen's dark.  The attraction is there from day one; however, the real question is whether Rowen will allow herself to fall for Jesse or if she will let her past ruin her chance at happiness.

My overall rating for this is a 3 out of 5 stars.  There is plenty of angst as well as complicated relationship trials and tribulations.  The characters are believable; however, Rowen is exceedingly frustrated with her yo-yoing emotions.  If this were real life, Jesse would have a long road ahead of him with having to put up with Rowen's mood swings.  As a reader, I wished that more time had been spent on Rowen's past and how that and her relationship with her mother impacted her life.  I thought the portrayal of her mother was a bit one note.  Lastly, Jesse has a difficult past of his own but that really was glossed over and I wanted more.

If you like new adult romance, give this a shot.  I'd also recommend this for a transitioning YA reader who would be interested in delving into a new genre. It's a sometimes steamy read, but not too steamy!

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REVIEW: Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn

Leaving Amarillo is the first in the Neon Dreams new adult romance series. Told from nineteen-year-old fiddle player, Dixie's POV, the story centers on her band's struggling rise to success.  Having lost their parents at an early age, Dixie and her brother, Dallas, the band's front-man as well as his best friend and drummer, Gavin, are determined to make their mark on the country music scene; however, the road to success is not without its potholes.

All Dixie can seem to think about is the unbearable attraction she feels toward Gavin.  In turn, he is just as attracted to her but maintains his distance out of fierce loyalty to his best friend.  Forced into close quarters on tour, Dixie confesses her feelings, getting Gavin to agree to just one night together. What remains to be seen is if one night will be enough for either of them or if sneaking around will set off an explosion of consequences that neither of them are prepared to explore.

Quinn does a stellar job of incorporating a passion for music with the general nuances of new adult romance including anger, grief, and other profound issues surrounding the main characters.  As a reader, I hope that there is more exploration of Gavin's past and his problematic relationship with his addict mother. I like Dixie. She's smart and sassy but needs to have knock down, blow out fight with her well meaning but overprotective brother.

I wholeheartedly recommend this series to fans of new adult romance and similar contemporary romance involving music. Be prepared for frustration since this is an ongoing story. There is no clear conclusion in sight.  The story continues in the summer of 2015 with the followup, Loving Dallas.

Overall I give this a 4 out of 5 stars.

Follow the author on twitter @caiseyquinn.

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