Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Lost and Found
Authors: Lucy Lennox and Sloane Kennedy
Series: Twist of Fate #1
Heroes: Zander Reed/Bennett Crawford
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 310 Pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 22, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: He promised to never leave me. But when I needed him the most, that was exactly what he did…
Wilderness guide Xander Reed has spent fifteen years trying to forget the night he turned to his best friend in his darkest hour, only to find the young man who’d sworn to always have his back was turning his on Xander instead. Two thousand miles and fifteen years of building a new life in the quiet backcountry of the Rocky Mountains should have been enough to put the memory of Bennett Crawford out of his mind forever, but old wounds run deep and when Bennett suddenly reappears in his life as part of a wilderness expedition Xander is guiding, the scars he thought long healed break wide open.
I’d only ever wanted to protect Xander from getting hurt again. I never considered the one he needed protection from was me…
Bennett Crawford was faced with an impossible choice the night his best friend needed him.
He chose wrong.
As the only son of one of the wealthiest families in New England, he should have had the world at his feet, but losing his best friend at the tender age of fourteen changed everything. And even though Bennett’s managed to hide behind a mask of contentment as he takes his place at his father’s side in the family business, inside he’s searching for the piece of himself that’s been missing ever since Xander Reed walked out of his life. Bennett’s only saving grace is his work with a group of inner city kids, and when he’s given the chance to show the troubled teens that there’s a bigger world out there waiting for them if they just have the courage to reach for it, he takes it.
But when he steps off that bus for what was supposed to be a week of fun and adventure, he’s instantly returned to the past when he discovers their expedition guide is none other than the boy he let go so long ago. Only, the soft-hearted, insecure little boy Bennett once knew is gone, and in his place is a brooding, bitter man who isn’t interested in second chances.
People leave. I know that now and nothing Bennett has to say to me will change anything…
All Bennett wants is another chance to show Xander that friendship was only the beginning. But when a stubborn Xander refuses to even hear him out, Bennett realizes he’s going to need to fight dirty.
Because now that he’s found Xander again, he’s not letting him go a second time…
Review: I love these authors individually, so seeing a story with them collaborating together was just a no-brainer that I would be reading it. And it turned out to be just what I’d needed. I love reading about different professions and having Xander being a wilderness guide was really something I enjoyed, especially since it took place in Colorado where I live. I’ve recently read a couple books in a row that take place in Colorado so it must have been the recent GRL bug that inspired some Rocky Mountain love. Regardless, it was nice change of scenery.
Xander and Bennett were best friends since they were five years old. Literally attached at the hip. Until life and social status got in the way. Bennett is a trust fund kid, and Xander was the hired-help’s son. Money does cause all sorts of issues, and that was no different here. The problem is, Bennett loved Xander, but he was a teenager and made bad decisions. Decisions that were helped along by his arrogant father, but the end result was that Bennett lost Xander. When their paths cross again, it is not a happy reunion.
Bennett has a short few days in the wilderness to try and win Xander’s friendship back. The problem is, Xander hates him on sight. I kind of felt bad for both of them, but they needed to clear the air and it wasn’t going to be easy. It’s even harder when you have a group of disadvantaged teens they are both responsible for getting through their week long trek through the wilds of Colorado. But, they find the time to talk and more. They both still harbor deep feelings for the other, and life finds a way to bring two lost souls back together.
In the end, it was necessary for all of their ghosts to be exposed and expunged, but they choose love and forgiveness over hate and revenge. It was a well written story, and I am really hoping that Jake gets his story next. He broke my heart and I really want to see what happened to him. Highly recommended.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*