Series: Lost and Found #1
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Twenty-three-year-old Camryn Singer never imagined that she would return to the place where she lost everything. To grant a dying wish, she moves back to the small Jersey beach town where she grew up, hoping to somehow find the missing pieces of her life. Determined to keep her wounds unopened and her heart guarded, she instead slams head-first into Cole Stevens.
Sexy surfer Cole has always used the waves to numb the pain of his past. But when he runs into Camryn on the beach one day, he wants nothing more than for her to heal his scars and light the spark back in his life.
Will Camryn and Cole be ripped apart when the ghosts from their pasts come back to life, or will they discover that it’s not until you’re lost, that you can be found?
I tend to really enjoy books about coming back home and meeting your past head on. I also really like the new adult genre, so I was definitely looking forward to reading this book. The formatting in my copy was a tad bit off and there were a couple of grammatical errors in the beginning, but it all kind of evened out as the book went on, so it wasn’t to distracting.
So to begin Camryn is coming back to her home town after her mother passed away, and she is there to live in her mother’s house and raise her son. I had a really hard time liking Cam, for some reason I just never formed a real connection to her as a character. I think part of my problem was that the story seemed to move too fast for me, and there were certain parts that came off as choppy, like it bounced around a bit. Also I had a problem liking Cam because she came off a bit to self-absorbed and the other characters in their book were like falling all over themselves to make sure she was happy, like if she had a bad day at work, she could go home, etc.
Cole as a love interest wasn’t too bad, he’s definitely a good looking guy, and he comes off as a genuinely good guy. But their relationship seemed to happen in the blink of an eye, and I didn’t really get invested in the relationship because it didn’t come off as very authentic. The two of them didn’t seem to be able to really talk to each other, which made it hard for me as a reader to get any idea about what was going on under the surface. I just wish there was more fire in their relationship, something more for me to latch onto.
I wish I had more to say about this book, but ultimately I really just don’t. I didn’t form enough of a bond to any of the characters to really feel strongly about this book one way or the other. I didn’t hate it, and I didn’t love it. It literally was completely middle of the road for me. Also I felt like the book didn’t read very much like a new adult book, Cam just seemed to be a little bit to far established in her life to really have the feeling of a new adult book. But I could easily see how people who like contemporary romance would enjoy this book.