Lost and Found (Ariel’s Review)

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Title: Lost and Found
Author: Rick R Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 5, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

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


Location: Seattle

Two Men and a Dog

Flynn has a great job in a publicist office catering to those in the entertainment business. Mac is a waiter in a downtown restaurant. Flynn has a wonderful apartment. Mac rents a room from an elderly lady. Flynn has a Mini Cooper. Mac has the shoe leather express. Two men from two different worlds, with a common love for a beagle, Barley. This dog is no Snoopy, but he has the love of two owners: Mac and Flynn.

Loss and separation. Is there anything more heartbreaking? Flynn has been through that for the past year, but after being reunited with Barley, Mac is experiencing it for the first time when Flynn takes Barley home for a week. Flynn then decides to give a joint custody a try. Will it succeed or will they both go through the pain of loss and separation again and again?

Mac and Flynn proceed with the sharing arrangement. Along the way, they get to know each other and find out they have a lot in common. As time goes by, tragedy strikes Mac, which also causes a lifestyle change. Will this change be good for both of them or will it separate them?

This was a beautiful book. Using a dog as a magnet to bring two men together was brilliant.

Mac and Flynn are different in looks as two men can be. Underneath it all, they have a lot in common. Their love of books and horror as well as their great love of Barley the Beagle.

Mac is cautious of Flynn because he’s been hurt before, but Flynn is patient with Mac, and the more they see each other the more comfortable they get with each other. It’s actually very beautiful and cute to watch.

The last quarter of the book is sad because of the tragedy that falls on Mac, but it does have a happy ending.

I do recommend this book for those who love Seattle and who love beagles and just dogs in general. I guarantee you will love this book.

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Galley copy of Lost and Found provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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