Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 loves dogs, being happily owned by one himself. And it shines through every story of his that has a canine element to it. It’s especially clear in Lost and Found where a beagle, named Barley or Hamburger depending upon the person, provides the bridge to romance, love, and HEA.
Here one Barley gets lost by one Flynn, found by Mac he turns into Hamburger. One beagle beloved by two men. But when Flynn happens upon his beloved beagle in the company of Mac, all the lost,, the pain and guilt involved in not being able to find his Bailey comes rushing back. And of course, Mac doesn’t want to lose his “Hamburger”.
Reed does a wonderful job of portraying the angst and battle involved when it comes down to our feelings for our animals. They are an important part of us and recognizing that fact helps us understand Mac’s actions better. We can at least empathize a little even as we recognize that he took the wrong path and then couldn’t stop.
I appreciated the slow approach to romance between the two main characters but wish that Reed had given us more insight into Flynn or at least as much as he did with Mac. It would have helped make Flynn’s ease in decision making towards the end more grounded and realistic. I wanted to know more about his job and how he felt about it and his friends. Instead we are heavy on Mac’s side of the story and it sort of feels off kilter at the end.
Narrator Michael Neeb does an incredible job with the voices and the story. I fell effortlessly into Lost and Found, pulled into the characters that Neeb’s voice created for me along with Reed’s heartwarming, sweet tale of two men, one happy beagle and their HEA.
Cover art: Reese Dante. I love this cover. It’s just perfect for the characters, and storyline.
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 4 hours and 52 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Audible.com Release Date: December 28, 2017