Lost and Found

Amber Carlton
Lost and Found
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Release Date
January 2011
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance

Luke Devereaux hides on Lost Souls Spit, atoning for his past. When a lost, hurt woman takes shelter in his lighthouse and he must care for someone up close and personal, Luke finds himself struggling between the man he once was and the man he fears he's become.

Battered and betrayed, Celia Drake flees from her tidewater plantation and wakes to find herself in the care of a stranger. She must learn to trust a man who does not trust himself and deal with feelings she thought had been ripped away forever.

Trapped together, the situation is out of their hands, and both must learn to trust while dealing with secrets the other can never know. Can lost love be found when both are hiding in the darkness of their past?

Book Review by Michelle R
Mar 17, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
166 people found the following review helpful
It is a wonder my Kindle survived. Amber Carlton is a brand new writer to me, but one thing is for sure, I have discovered one heck of a master storyteller! LOST AND FOUND features the two most beautifully complex characters I have encountered in ages. Luke Devereaux and Celia Drake have worked their way into my dreams and my heart. I just can't stop thinking about the two of them.

For the past three days, my emotions have been all over the place as I devoured this amazing story. It is almost 90,000 words and each one of those words was perfectly placed. Time sped by as I got lost in the Virginia Colony in 1720.

Luke Devereaux has been exiled to Lost Soul's Spit to serve as the lighthouse keeper and atone for his past. He has created a very simple and satisfying life full of routine and quiet.
Meanwhile, Celia Drake was giddy with excitement to be engaged to a handsome man. That all fell apart when he battered and raped her, forcing her to flee for her life and end up in the arms of a strange lighthouse keeper.

With a heart as big as Texas, Luke can't turn Celia away. He cares for her tirelessly, working to keep her alive. All along, he makes sure to guard his heart, knowing she can never be his. She is a wounded animal, fearing the feelings she feels growing inside her. She's fallen for a man before and it led to a very bad end result. She must remember her goal is to heal and then get as far away as possible.

One minute Celia and Luke would open their hearts and show kindness and caring, making my own heart break for them, and the next they would turn pig-headed and cruel. I was sure my Kindle would crack under the tension of my white knuckled grasp. This was worded so beautifully perfect that I felt all the anguish, conflict and intense passion that the two shared as they grew from strangers to friends to lovers.

I'd like to say that this story went by quickly. It sure seemed like it did. But in truth, I have savored every single syllable and enjoyed hours lost on the Spit with my new friends. Peeling back all the layers and discovering what made them tick was fascinating enough. And watching the two of them fight their attraction while they just couldn't seem to recognize the obviousness of how perfect they were for each other kept me turning the page. But under it all was also the desire to know what Luke did that made him feel as though he needed to punish himself. And how was Celia, the closest thing to Virginia royalty there was, going to avoid recognition and not be returned to her father or fiancée?

LOST AND FOUND had some seriously intriguing characters, a plot that gave me a peek into the times and kept me focused, and enough well placed suspense to keep me wondering and curious for more.

It's a historical romance that is physically brutal and contains some very hot and explicit love scenes. If you are ready to really feel something for your characters, if you are ready to have your heart break and then be put back together again, this is one I want you to go check out. It is an amazing journey in the past that will leave you breathless. Enjoy!
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