Review: The Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Title: The Lost and Found
Author: E. L. Irwin
Format: E-book
Note: I was given an ARC of this ebook in order to provide an honest review.

The Plot: After tragedy strikes, eighteen-year-old Crimson Sage Smyth and her younger brother, Ethan, move in with their grandfather, Billy, who runs a ranch for troubled boys. Once there, Crimson struggles to deal with her losses and sort out her feelings for Josiah, a hunky, tattooed loner who works on the ranch. Revelations about Crimson’s past and danger looming in her future hang over both of them, but if they’re lucky enough, these two lost souls may find each other just in time.

The Verdict: I have mixed feelings about this novel. On the one hand, the writing is competent and the story is engaging. Despite some telling rather than showing, it was a fun experience. I read this book in one sitting and didn’t find myself checking my watch. However, the lead is very much an Alpha Male type, and is possessive and has anger issues, and I felt that the relationship wasn’t always healthy. There’s an unfortunate ‘slut’ stereotype character, and the novel’s views on abortion and premarital sex come through just a bit too pointedly. However, if you like possessive alpha male hero types, you will probably enjoy it.

The Rating: 5.5/10