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~Review~Lost and Found (Twist of Fate #1) by Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy~

 

35576231Title: Lost and Found
Author: Lucy Lennox & Sloane Kennedy
Series: Twist of Fate #1
Publisher: SKLL Books LLC
Page Count: 310 pages
Release Date: July 2, 2017
Genre(s): M/M, Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: ~Wendy~
Rating: 4 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

He promised to never leave me. But when I needed him the most, that was exactly what he did…
From Bestselling Authors Sloane Kennedy & Lucy Lennox comes an exciting new series about how a twist of fate can change everything…
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…

*** No Cliffhangers ***


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I really enjoyed this little gem by Sloane Kennedy and Lucy Lennox !! Thank you Ralu for the great rec. ❤

This is a very sweet “second chance” kind of story. I am saying “kind of” because these two weren’t really lovers before since they were only kids. That doesn’t mean that the feelings of love weren’t there though…so for me…it’s still a “second chance” love story. 😉

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Bennett and Xander have been best friends since they were 5 years old.

Even though the two of them come from completely different worlds, they still grew up really close. First, their parents were friends, but after Xander’s mother left him and his dad, his dad went to work as the gardener of Bennet’s family.

Things changed a bit after that. Xander’s father hasn’t considered a family friend anymore…merely an employee. That didn’t matter to Bennett and Xander though. For them, it only meant that Xander would be living on the property and they could spend as much time together as they wanted.

But as these boys got older, Bennett’s father wasn’t as pleased with them spending so much time together. So he started interfering, which ultimately led to a 14 year old Bennett breaking a 14 year old Xander’s heart…

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Fast forward 15 years and they are about to come face to face again when Bennett takes a group of troubled teens on a hiking adventure and their guide turns out to be none other than Xander.At first, Bennett is very happy to finally see his old best friend again….That is until he realizes, that his old friend isn’t the same little insecure boy anymore…

He is bitter and angry and all of that anger is focused on Bennett.

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Throw in Bennett’s best friend, shit stirrer and former lover Aiden and the disaster is complete….

I have to say that I really hated Aiden in the beginning for being such a little shit. I also hated Bennett for accepting all the crap that came out of his mouth. After a while though, I did realize that Aiden only wanted what was best for Bennett and he was the one who finally pushed these two together to work out their differences…

And boy did they…. If you like wall-sex, you are surely gonna love “tree-sex”. 😛

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I really enjoyed seeing these two building a bridge and getting closer and closer. They really seemed to belong together.Now the only thing that is stopping me from giving this one 5 stars is a scene that annoyed the crap out of me and I just couldn’t let it go.


If you don’t like spoilers…skip this part, because it’s a little one…

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When they come back from their hiking adventure, Bennett suddenly gets a case of insecurity about Xander’s friend Jake… All because Jake looked at Xander a certain way. So he withdraws from Xander because he figures Xander is with Jake or at least wants to be with Jake. I get being insecure, but this just seemed so unfair to me.

The whole book we get to witness Aiden being all over Bennett and making rude remarks. This is all just accepted by Bennett and when Bennett explains to Xander, that he and Aiden are just friends, he expects Xander to just trust and believe him…. Yet when Jake only looks at  Xander a certain way, he blows his fucking lit…over nothing !!!! He even climbs into bed with Aiden to complain about being jealous of Jake and his bond with Xander !!?? Are you freaking kidding me !! You are complaining about your boyfriend having a friend he seems close to, while you are actually in the same bed with your best friend/ex lover ???

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I lost a lot of respect for Bennett in that moment….Thankfully he gets his shit together pretty fast and runs back to Xander…but let’s be honest here…it was Aiden who pushed him to go after what he wanted. Which is why Aiden is now one of my favorite characters of this book 😛


Okay rant over ;)…Sorry about that!! 😀

Anyways…I still really loved this book and I think most won’t be bothered by this little scene…but sometimes the smallest of things can piss me off. 😛

This was a very sweet, hot romantic second chance story.

I also really enjoyed the background story about Lucky…hopefully, he will get his own book in the future as well. And of course, I have to give some extra credit to “Bear” the dog, cause he was just awesome!!

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Right now, I am very curious about Aiden’s book after reading his little snippet. Hope we won’t have to wait too long.

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