Lost and Found (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: Lost and Found
Author: Rick R. Reed
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Release Date: December 5, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 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.

dog-quotes-2Flynn loses his beloved beagle and spends the next eight months dealing with the grief and loss, almost expecting to see Barley every time he runs around Green Lake. Until, one day he does … but the bearded ginger, Mac Bowersox, with Barley insists the dog’s name is Hamburger and he’s owned him since he was a pup. But Flynn soon learns the truth – that dog is Barley.

I love the premise for Lost and Found – one man loses a dog, another finds the dog, and in the process they find each other. It’s easy to see the love each man has for Barley but their mutual attraction and chemistry isn’t as apparent. There’s a lot of wistful thinking and steamy internal dialogue but I don’t sense a real deep connection between Flynn and Mac. And because it is hard to believe in their relationship, it is equally hard to buy into the ending of the book. I like the flow of the story as we meet the two strong elderly women who make such an impact on Mac’s life (and how what happens to each woman drives home an important lesson to Mac) but the ending is unexpected and feels unsupported by the relationship between Flynn and Mac up to that point.

I give Lost and Found 3.25 stars which is a bit of a “miss” for me with books by Rick R. Reed (Reed’s Big Love was one of my 2016 favorites). But if you like a sweet story with plenty of doggy love, please give Lost and Found a read and let me know what you think!

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