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.
Lost and Found is a sweet and simple story about a dog merging the lives of two men while igniting a spark of love at the same time. One of my favorite things about Reed’s stories is the pieces of himself that he shares with us. It’s very clear he is a proud papa and I truly enjoyed seeing his love for his own furry daughter shine through the pages. Some people have pets, some don’t, and then some extend their pet ownership to a different level. They don’t simply have dogs; they have children who happen to have four legs. If you fall into the latter, this tale of wagging tails will most definitely warm your heart.
I think it’s safe to say this story has three MC’s; Flynn, Mac and Barley aka Hamburger. Barley is lost one day and Flynn is heartbroken. A year has passed and his grief is subdued but still present. Like a splinter is wedged in his heart, he’s hasn’t fully healed. The fear of the unknown and ‘what if’s’ tore him up. Then one day he sees him. He is certain it’s his missing boy. Fate has linked their paths again. However, his owner fumbles to confirm it’s not the stranger’s dog and clings tightly to his leash. He’s not going to give up his cherished pet so easily. Who is the rightful owner? The man who nursed him back to health and has been showering him with love the past year? Or the man who bought him and raised him until that dreadful day? Finders keepers, losers weepers…..or perhaps there’s a way for them both to win.
Rick takes us to Seattle and I always enjoy visiting the Emerald City. Flynn is a runner and finds great comfort in slipping on his running sneakers. Between the two, we are able to spend some time in the lush parks of city and I found this quite relaxing. One of Rick’s specialities is the creation of his charming men but another strong suit would be his endearing secondary characters. Flynn’s best friend is a riot and I absolutely adored Mac’s landlady.
Dogs have superpowers when it comes to love. Hamburger provided Mac with pure unconditional love when he needed it most. Mac’s life hasn’t been easy but he’s never held any resentment for the cards he was dealt. He is determined to stand tall and push forward despite all of the hardships he has faced. I loved this aspect of him. Actually, I’m rather partial to Mac in this couple and was cheering for his success and happiness the entire time. Having someone to shoulder through life and share sloppy kisses with his best friend would be a dream come true for Mac. I wish for all of his dreams to become reality.
A dog stealing the show. If you are not a fan of dogs (really? isn’t everybody??) then you may want to pass on this one. Also the romance was a bit rushed. As much as I enjoyed Mac and Flynn, I don’t believe this is one of Reed’s strongest relationships. I enjoyed it…but I didn’t feel it.
Pet lovers and those of us that believe everything happens for a reason, we just have to be patient and wait for the reasons to reveal themselves. Barley was lost for a reason…to be found again with twice the love.
TITLE: Lost and Found
AUTHOR: Rick R. Reed
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 5, 2016
BUY LINKS: Dreamspinner