Lost and Found (LenaR’s Review)

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Title: Lost and Found
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 5th, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary MM Romance
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

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.

Rick R. Reed is an author whose works I’d like to know better. It was my second full length novel by him, and even if I didn’t experience a wow-effect while reading it, the writing was good.
Maybe I have yet to discover my favorite work by the author.

Lost and Found is a simple story that will find probably many fans.
I’m very picky considering MM romance genre and need something that can surprise me: an unexpected twist, an unusual character, particular chemistry, something , otherwise I am bored. Unfortunately Lost and Found didn’t give me that certain something.
It was actually very clichéd. That not unnecessarily a bad thing – all romance books follow a typical formula – but it is not a book for me.

To the story:

Flynn has lost his dog, a beagle Barley, eight months ago in Discovery Park, Seattle. All his attempts to find his little buddy failed. He is still mourning, and he is still hoping to find him, though his hope is slowly fading away. When one day, while running in the park, he sees a guy with a beagle that looks like his Barley, he can’t believe his eyes and his good luck. But the guy rejects to confirm his assumptions and claims to have Humburger(yes, that’s a dog’s name) since he was a pup.
If you’re a dog owner, I am sure, you’ll recognize your four-legged friend among many other dogs of the same breed. So does Flynn, besides the guy contradicts himself trying to explain form what breeder he got him.
To cut a long story short, it IS Barley, and Mac, that is the guy, rescued him eight months ago and saved him from a certain death from starvation. He loves this dog as much as Flynn, and now as he HAS to give his Humburger away to his real owner, he is as heartbroken as Flynn was when he lost him.

Flynn and Mac are both gays, they both are very attractive, and very single. Flynn comes from a reach Seattle family whose parents gave him everything a kid could wish, except parent’s love. Mac is an orphan trailer kid whose childhood was poor but full of love thanks to his grandmother in Virginia, where he grew up.

My problem was the absence of chemistry between them, or better to say, a chemistry that I didn’t feel. I got that they both got attracted to each other, but it all happened too quickly and too insta-love for my taste. They had a few walks together with their dog, and they had sex only once when Mac suddenly had to leave for Virginia because of family’s matter, and Flynn followed him shortly after because he couldn’t imagine his life without Mac any more. (I’m sure even Barley aka Humburger was surprised how speedy their relationship has developed)

Though even this twist in the story was STILL within the typical romance formula (yes, we buy a lot of stupid and ridiculous ways of behavior of our MC in the books), BUT I couldn’t buy THIS ENDING. Sorry.

The ending, in spite of being a HEA, and maybe with a potential to make happy many readers, actually spoiled the story for me COMPLETELY.

Mac decided that his HOME is a trailer in Virginia, in a small town without any job’s perspectives for Flynn. Why didn’t he have this option while his beloved Grandma was alive, I don’t know. But when she died, suddenly it became for him the only right place to live. Flynn, a successful publicist, who couldn’t imagine to live without Mac after a few walks and only a single night they spent together, turned his back to Seattle and moved to Virginia where he had no chance to find any work that even remotely related to his publicist work. He started to work as a cook in the local diner. Yes, of course he found a passion for food he ‘d never realized existed, and they lived happily ever after, but it didn’t make the ending better for me. Well, I tried to imagine that a trailer in Virginia is better than a nice apartment in Seattle, but I couldn’t be convinced. Maybe I’m too spoiled and not that romantic in the core. Or maybe I’m just too old for this naïvety.

To whom I’d recommend this book:

    -passionate MM Romance readers
    -dogs owners
    -to all who enjoy comfort reads
    -all fans of the author

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


A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I’m sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I’m a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.

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