Review: Lost & Found by Anna B. Doe

Review: Lost & Found by Anna B. DoeLost & Found by Anna B. Doe

Series: New York Knights
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on July 22, 2017
Pages: 592
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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don’t know what I want to do with my life. The only thing I am sure of is that this is not what I imagined my life to be. So, instead of staying and trying to figure out what is wrong, I choose to run away. I choose the unknown. I choose the adventure.
My name is Anabel Majer, and I’m lost.

I have it all—well, almost all: family, health, money, fame, career, women, you name it. The only thing I am missing is a Super Bowl ring—or so I thought until the night everything changed. One night, a small Tinkerbell collided with my life, and I am gone.
My name is William Price, and I found her.

She is everything he wanted.
He is everything she needed to stay away from.
What happens if at the end of the journey you lose more than you find?

The Delight

An Au Pair girl and a Football Star!  I love unlikely romances so I was happy to give this one a go.

Review

Anabel is somewhat lost and drifting after school so she agrees to a new opportunity to leave home and travel to America for a job.  Will Price is a star athlete and determined to help his team win the Superbowl.  He’s all in and ready to try for romance when he meets Anabel, but unfortunately, she’s skittish and confused so he has his work cut out for him.

Lost & Found is told first person so I had the opportunity to be caught up in both Bel’s and Will’s head.  Gonna be honest here, Anabel tired me out.  She was hot & cold, angsty beyond need and I wanted to give her a swift kick in the butt to just knock it off with the attitude.  I honestly couldn’t see what had her so off-putting with Will.  I get that there was an expiration date since she had to go back home to Croatia eventually, but seriously, she liked him and wanted to be with him so why act like Croatia is Pluto or that there’s no communication out to America?

But, the redeeming side of the story is Will for me.  He’s got the hot athlete things in spades, but he’s not a jerk and is well grounded when it comes to his celebrity.  He wants a real thing and he sees that in Bel even when she’s being frosty or sending mixed signals.  I was really cheering him on to get his happiness.

The pair of them had some sizzle for sure.  I liked that the author made Anabel a Croatian as a nice change and I enjoyed the cast of characters surrounding Bel and Will especially Sienna.

So, while Anabel drove me nuts until she finally decided to try with Will, I thought this a moderately engaging, sweet, and passionate romance that I can recommend to New Adult and sports romance fans in particular.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #138 NA
New Release #145

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • It looks like a sweet one there! Thank you for making me discover so many books!

    • You are very welcome, Melliane. I enjoy discovering new ones when we get contacted to do reviews, too. 🙂

  • I would have never through that this is a sports romance novel, based on the cover! It gives me a space-y vibe. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a romance novel feature an Au Pair girl and a football player. I’ve read way too many romances recently, that feature a skittish heroine who protests too much and the hero has to charm her and convince her to be with him. I don’t mind him trying to charm her, but it gets soooooo old when all she does is reject him over and over again when deep down she doesn’t want to. You know? This seems to be a romance trend these days. So I’d probably skip this one. I’m glad you enjoyed it though!

    Have a wonderful week, Sophia. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!”

    • And, I would not disagree with you, Alyssa. It does draw a sigh of disappointment from me to see a commitment issue that doesn’t really have a good reason.

      You enjoy your week, too, lady!

  • RO

    Hey Super Sophia and happy Monday! I like a good sports romance, and the cover is engaging, but I am sort of on the fence with this one because of the connection with the heroine. While the storyline is pretty amazing, I’m just not sure I would be able to get past Anabel’s personality. As always, great review! Hugs…RO

    • Howdy, Radiant Ro!

      Yes, the iffy issues with the heroine had me not as engaged with the story as I would like, but there were other elements that pulled me in like the fab hero. 🙂

      Thanks!

  • Debbie Haupt

    I like unlikely romances too Sophia Rose, not too keen on NA usually too much drama for me but it looks like this one I might like. Thanks

    • It was an interesting mixture of elements like where she’s from and her job paired with the true blue football star. Fun to discover such things with new to me books and authors like you, Debbie. 🙂

  • Oh yes, I was rooting on handsome football star Will, Geybie. 🙂

    Thanks!

  • Karen

    I could probably handle her better with the heads up from you lol Will sounds wonderful.

    For What It’s Worth

    • Yes, forewarned and all that really helps me at times, too, Karen. Will is definitely all that. 🙂

  • Teen angst… where across town is a world away. 😀 I do like the sound of Will! He would probably make me try this one. Brilly review!

    • LOL, yes indeed, Melissa. The angst was there, but also Will’s perseverance and triumph, too. 🙂 Thanks!

  • Ah to be a teen! I don’t know if I’d have the patience to read this. It sounds like Anabel would get on my nerves. LOL!

    • Oh yes, the teens and early twenties can be some tough, angsty years. It can be tricky to get into stories like this as a result. I was glad to enjoy most of it. 🙂

  • No, not for me I don’t think. She would drive me ballistic I think! And is it really almost 600 pages? That’s kind of pushing it for a romance unless it’s epic. Thanks!

    • Ha, yes, sometimes I have to pass by a book because I’m pretty sure it would not work with me, too.

      Well, it does, but its not as daunting as it looks. It’s formatted so that there is less on each page which increases the page number.