If we didn’t know darkness, we couldn’t fully appreciate the light.
Garth Black’s more familiar with this concept than most people are. He hadn’t just lived in the dark for the majority of his life—he thrived in it. With a mom who’d bailed on him and a dad whose understanding of coddling started and ended with a bottle of whiskey, Garth had never been expected to rise to any sort of occasion other than following down the same dead-end paths.
That changed when he fell in love with Josie Gibson. After years of pulling each other closer before shoving the other way, they finally stopped shoving. Josie’s love is like nothing Garth’s ever experienced. He holds it close. He holds it sacred. He would do anything to preserve it and keep it from pollution, even if that means removing himself from the picture.
Garth might have been allowed a temporary furlough to bask in the light, but that pass has been revoked, and he’s been swallowed again by the dark. Will he revert to his old ways of hurting those he cares for most? Will he go back to the same destructive patterns . . . or will it be worse this time?
This series should be read in order. My review is spoiler free if have read the previous books.
I am a huge fan of this series and couldn’t wait to read more of Garth and Josie’s story. Garth and I often have a love/hate relationship. I love him, but he can test my love like few other NA heroes. His character has grown exponentially since the early days of Lost & Found. No two characters deserve happily ever after more than he and Josie. While there was excitement, there was also trepidation over what obstacles these two would face in this installment.
“I love you so much it’s what defines me. You define me, Joze. You make my existence count.”
I was ecstatic after realizing the entire book would be told from Garth’s Point of View. He is always so straightforward and intense, and I have always admired his brutal honesty. His outlook and over the top attitude would definitely make for an interesting read. Sadly, it didn’t take long for the darkness to envelope Garth when he is faced with a life changing obstacle. He easily reverts to some of his former attitudes and behaviors. I found myself being quite irritated by his actions and wanted so bad for him to finally realize he needed to fight for his own happiness.
Fate sometimes gave a person a temporary furlough, but it never gave them a pass. I’d been foolish to believe differently.
The person I loved most in this book was Josie. I have always adored her, but her strength and resiliently really shines through. It takes a special woman to love Garth, and I am not certain anyone else could. I was frustrated with Garth countless times throughout the story, but Josie never wavered. She just kept loving him and fighting for their love when he could not. She is definitely one of my favorite heroines.
“I don’t run when things get scary, Garth. I thought you would have known that by now.”
While Losers Weepers features Josie and Garth, Jesse and Rowen play a significant role. It was nice these two have a large presence when they are needed most by Garth and Josie. The bond between Garth and Jesse is ever present. However, the interaction between Garth and Rowen were some of my favorite moments of the book. Rowen has the uncanny ability to always call Garth out and put him in his place when need be. Their endless banter never grows old or any less funny.
If Rowen Sterling-Walker was there, then I sure wasn’t in heaven or anywhere close to it.
I only wish the ending had been a tad longer. The final scenes felt a little rushed for me. Perhaps I am being a tad greedy, but it would have been nice to see more from Josie and Garth. Since Williams has announced that Jesse and Rowen will indeed have another book, I will refrain from complaining too much. I am eager to see what happens to my favorite cowboys!
I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.
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