ARC Review: Lost and Found by Z.A. Maxfield

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ARC Review: Lost and Found by Z.A. Maxfield
Lost and Found

3.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: Dec. 2, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBT
Series: Standalone
Published by Riptide Publishing
Pages: 140
Format: eARC
 

LOST AND FOUND is a lovely holiday novella that explores how deep love can truly run. ~ Under the Covers

In this quick but Christmas-y novella by Z.A. Maxfield, readers are thrown into a story that features a slightly grumpy, but still lovable character named Gavin and the man who loves him. Gavin has a lot of pride and won’t allow Ringo to help him after having a recent surgery. It keeps him from being movable but despite that, Gavin doesn’t want to look weak.

Ringo insists that he help so he decides that taking Bird, Gavin’s dog for his walks will help ease Gavin a little bit. Unfortunately, Ringo passes on the responsibility to a young lad who loses him when he tries to help extinguish a fire. With his dog missing and his pain killers only added to his distraught state, Gavin becomes a wounded dog himself, lashing out to purposely hurt Ringo.

There were some cases where I thought Gavin was a little too harsh on Ringo. After all, he was trying to help. However, I can understand the worry that he would feel and in the rotten state he is in, it doesn’t make the situation ideal.

The romance, while good, is a little swift. At the start of the book, Ringo and Gavin are already acquainted so much of their story has already passed by the time readers are thrown into it. The first sex scene is in the second chapter, so you can already tell that the pacing is very fast in this novella. That being said, I thought some parts were a little too quick to play out. I did feel that there was a case of instalove on Ringo’s side. However, due to the short length of this book, I can still see how it works. The end result is the same, but it just a little more rushed than I would have liked.

LOST AND FOUND is a lovely holiday novella that explores how deep love can truly run.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Z.A. Maxfield

ZAM started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.

If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”

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Sophia Rose

Nice analogy of comparison for the hurting man who lashes out. I look forward to reading this one and appreciate the heads-up that it moves along quickly.

Timitra

Sounds good-thanks Annie.