Monday, December 5, 2016

Lost and Found by Rick R. Reed

On a bright autumn day, Flynn Marlowe lost his best friend, a beagle named Barley, while out on a hike in Seattle’s Discovery Park.

On a cold winter day, Mac Bowersox found his best friend, a lost, scared, and emaciated beagle, on the streets of Seattle.

Two men. One dog. When Flynn and Mac meet by chance in a park the next summer, there’s a problem—who does Barley really belong to? Flynn wants him back, but he can see that Mac rescued him and loves him just as much as he does. Mac wants to keep the dog, and he can imagine how heartbreaking losing him would be—but that's just what Flynn experienced.

A "shared custody" compromise might be just the way to work things out. But will the arrangement be successful? Mac and Flynn are willing to try it—and along the way, they just might fall in love.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This book made me cry, twice! I loved the concept of this book – guy loses dog, someone else finds it, and they decide to share dog, fall in love. That all sounds great, but the book was missing something for me and I can’t put my finger on what. I felt the love both Flynn and Mac had for Barley that seeped through the pages, and I could tell how much Mac loved his landlady, but other than that, I didn’t feel the chemistry between Flynn and Mac. I wanted too, but I couldn’t. I found myself skimming the pages at times because there wasn’t much dialogue. It was a sweet story, just missed the mark for me.

Characters: Well written
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Not sure
Genre: M/M
Would I read more by this author: Yes

3.5 stars

Dogs get me every time. I kept crying through this book – first for Flynn, then for Barley, then for Mac… But while this is an incredibly sweet doggie story, I found myself slightly disappointed with the romance between Mac and Flynn.

This is a relatively simple story and it is fully explained in the blurb. I loved the way both men moved from instinctively selfish, defensive reactions to the situation, to more kind and considerate responses to each other.

But while Mac and Flynn work as co-parents for Barley, their journey from attraction to happily ever after gave me whiplash and the happily ever after (or happy for now) really didn’t work for me. The story ends without properly tying everything up and the epilogue offers a glimpse of a future I really didn’t like without properly explaining how they got there.

Barley is a fully developed character in his own right and I absolutely loved him. Flynn’s best friend and Mac’s landlady add colour and a little objective wisdom. But I did struggle to believe in the romance and love between Flynn and Mac.

Ultimately, this is a very cute, very sweet and slightly sad dog story. I’d read it again for Barley and the lovely glimpses of the Pacific Northwest.

RICK R. REED is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery, and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation, and The Blue Moon Cafe). His novel, Raining Men, won the Rainbow Award for Best Contemporary General Fiction. Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Lost and Found by Rick R. Reed to read and review.

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