After suffering a traumatic brain injury the final football game his senior year in high school, Ryder Garrett’s life was never normal again. Most days he’s happy when he can remember the way home. There’s no room in his life for romance or love, which means he’s destined to die a virgin.
Stig Minton doesn’t remember what virginity felt like. Twelve years older than Ryder, he’s been around the block too many times to count and has the scars to prove it…both physically and mentally.
But as these two men come together to help with a wedding, they forge a friendship, a friendship they both desperately need. As their relationship evolves, feelings go deeper. But is it stupid to risk this new—and, yes necessary—bond in pursuit of something that’s doomed to fail?
They both think they’re too broken to make this work. But what if they’re wrong?
Two broken souls may just be able to find reparation in one another.
I loved Found at the Library, the first book in Christi Snow’s Found series. I walked away from Tommy and Max’s HEA already looking forward to Stig and Ryder’s story. I wasn’t disappointed. At all.
You can read Found at the Bookstore without having read Found at the Library, but both characters were introduced in the first book. Ryder is Tommy’s brother and Stig is not only one of Max’s closest friends, but his ex. Stig is one of those characters that are larger than life. Ryder is the exact opposite, definitely not Stig’s type. Yet, there’s something that draws Stig to Ryder. At first it’s just concern for Ryder’s safety, but it grows into much more without either one of them realizing it.
At first glance, it’s obvious that Ryder is broken, both physically and emotionally. What shouldn’t have surprised me was that Stig was broken in his own way. He hid it well… until he couldn’t, especially from Ryder. They were there for each other when no one else was.
Things aren’t easy between Ryder and Stig, but given where they both were emotionally, it shouldn’t have been. Stig made some bad choices. At least one of his decisions trying to keep Ryder safe was heart breaking, but I couldn’t get mad at him for it. The thing is that his actions were tearing him apart almost as much as they did Ryder. Those chapters were hard to read, but they made me fall in love with him even more.
There was a lot to love about Found at the Bookstore and not just Ryder and Stig. Spending time with Tommy and Max was great and there were a couple of new characters introduced that I’m really hoping readers get to know better. Their stories are just begging to be told and I may or may not have already hinted to the author about the need for this to happen. You’re welcome ❤
A recurring theme in this series so far has been art. Those who both create it and appreciate it. It’s also a series full of characters who are continually proving that “Doing Epic Sh*t” isn’t just an engraved statement on keepsake – which is just another reason why I recommend reading both books in this series.