A MelanieM Audiobook Review: ​Lost and Found by Rick R. Reed and Narrator: Michael Neeb

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Rating: 4 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 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.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | Audible |iTunes

Audiobook Details:

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 4 hours and 52 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Audible.com Release Date: December 28, 2017
Language: English
ASIN: B078MQ29SR

An Ali Audiobook Review: Gambling Men by Amy Lane and Gomez Pugh (Narrator)

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

gambling-men audioQuent Jackson has followed Jason Spade’s every move in business and in poker since their first day as college freshmen. Eight years later, when Jace finally decides Quent is the one man he can’t live without, he sees no reason for that to change.

But as much as Jace believes that poker is life, no one gave Quent the same playbook. After their first passionate night, the real game of love and trust begins, and Jace has been playing alone too long to make teaching the rules easy. Jace only speaks two languages: one of them is sex, and the other one is poker. Between the two, he needs to find a way to convince himself to take a chance on love—and Quent to take a chance on him. It’s a lucky thing they’re good at reading the odds, because they’re playing for keeps, and this is one high-stakes relationship that’s definitely worth the gamble.

This was a sweet (& sometimes sexy) story about two best friends who finally act on the fact that they’ve been in love with each other for years.  The book started a little odd for me.  It felt like I was dropped into the middle of an ongoing story.  Which I guess in some ways I was since they had a relationship that had spanned many years previously.  They get together in a sexual manner at the very beginning of the story and the rest of it focuses on them developing their relationship and struggling through some growing pains.  While they struggle through some things it all felt realistic and it was pretty much angst free.  The entire story is filled with poker metaphors which I thought was an interesting plot device and really worked for these two characters.  I only know a little about playing poker but I had no problem following along and I thought it really added to the story.  Overall it was a lovely story about two average guys falling in love.
I enjoyed the narrator and thought he did a good job.  He has a really soothing voice and he did a good job on all the characters.  Both of the main characters as well as all of the side ones.

Cover Artist: DWS Photography:  The cover is ok but it not one of my favorites.  The cards are well tied into the plot.

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Audiobook Details:
Audible Audio, 8 pages, 7 hrs 18 mins
Published June 10th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 6th 2012)
Original TitleGambling Men
ASINB01GUES5DI
Edition LanguageEnglish
CharactersJason “Jace” Spade, Quentin “Quent” Jackson settingSan Francisco, California (United States)
Hawaii (United States)