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I found this book to be quite disappointing. The characters were not developed well and the plot was quite flimsy. The narrator was spot on but that wasn't enough to save the slow paced story.
The main characters Xander and Bennett were best friends growing. An unfortunate event (and miscommunication) led to a 15 year grudge by Xander against Bennett. As the story unfolded, I found it Xander's behaviour immature, bitter and irrational in that he wouldn't even give his best friend an opportunity to explain himself. When the event was finally revealed, I rolled my eyes like nobody's business. It seems like Xander never gave his best friend the benefit of the doubt despite the many things Bennett did to show his love and loyalty. Also, Xander took our his hurt over life's painful lumps on a convenient target, the one person who really had his back. Talk about a bunch of big babies. Xander was a like a big kid for most of the book, and Bennett was the sympathetic friend trying to defend him or make things better. I actually thought Xander was self-centered and ungrateful. It's not Bennett's fault for Xander's family situation but Bennett kept trying to compensate.
Then there was the added new bestie Aiden, whom alternated from being Bennett's protective friend to a jealous ex while trying to mediate between Bennett and Xander. I didn't feel Aiden's character because I wasn't sure what his true motivation was. It felt like he was waiting in the wings to be the clean up man.
The story ended in a reconciliation but since I never felt invested in the relationship, it didn't create that satisfaction I normally get when all ends well. I just felt relieved that these two grown men finally put on their big boy panties and acted like adults.
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When two of my favorite authors collaborate on a book I know it will be an auto buy for me. Add in that it is a second chance romance and I'm sold. Zander and Bennett were childhood best friends that were separated fifteen years ago. A chance meeting forces them to reevaluate their ideas of what happened all those years ago.
Both Zander and Bennett have much to overcome as they try to reconnect with each other. How to trust themselves and then each other. I loved watching each of them grow into the person they are meant to be. They fought hard to achieve this second chance they were lucky to get.
I was fully invested with this story from page one and didn't put the book down until I reached the end. What a great start to a new series. I eagerly await the next book!
Michael Pauley has such a gift of bringing these characters to life. It was a pleasure listenting to this amazing story.
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What did you like best about Lost and Found? What did you like least?
One of the worst stories ever. Having said that M Pauley did a great job at narrating this nonsense. <br/>Completely unrealistic, impossible characters but I quite enjoyed the narration while out running.