There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.
After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.
Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.
Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls.
When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.
Overall Score: 4.5 Stars
Rowen Sterling never fit in anywhere. She has always been considered as an outcast and did she could to try and forget it. She accepted that life was disappointing and was just trying to get by. That is when her mother send her to a Ranch in the middle of nowhere to "prove herself" that she was worth going to college. Willow Springs has changed her in a way that she never thought it would. She just had to fall for Jesse Walker, all-American cowboy that made every girl's heart melt. If only she could get over the thought that she does not reserve him because of her past. What she doesn't know is that even those beautiful baby blue eyes have a secret.
This book was amazing!! I loved every single page and the story was so touching. Rowen is not your usual girl character but I still think that she could be relatable to many readers. The author did an amazing job capturing those little moments like their first kiss or the feelings that she had. Nicole Williams is definitely my new favorite author!
About the Author
I'm a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I'm still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here's to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?