Lost and Found by Gwenna Sebastian
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Length: Short Story (77 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus
Sometimes even a hero needs someone to save him.
Mark Connor doesn't feel like a hero even though he served two tours in Vietnam and survived a vicious ambush that took the lives of all but a handful of men. But he lost his best friend and lover, and now he refuses to be close to anyone. That makes his instant attraction to Josh a real problem.
Josh Myers hires on with Mark to help him with a remodeling job. A survivor himself of a Beirut bombing, he embraces life with open arms. But he can't get his new flame to take an interest in love, in life, or in himself.
Alone in the northern Outer Banks in January, Mark clings desperately to his past, even as Josh offers him a future he doesn't think he deserves.
Can an old dog really learn new tricks? Mark Connor is a Vietnam vet that has been stuck in a time warp. Since he managed to survive a horrific attack but lose his closest friends, not to mention his best friend and lover, Mark hasn’t quite ever recovered. When an isolated remodeling job brings outgoing Josh into Mark’s world, Mark is shocked into reconsidering his life. He just may be able to change this late in life but no one said it’d be easy.
This is one of those stories that is moving, emotional, and beautifully told even if it doesn’t always ring true. In some ways the characters presented are so authentic and real, there is no doubt they exist. These aren’t just made up men with easy to solve issues. Even so, this makes a romance somewhat of a difficult sell but one worth buying into for the space of this absorbing tale. Here Mark is in his 50s but he’s never recovered from his time in Vietnam. He still experiences flashbacks and nightmares, even going so far as to have been celibate his entire life once he returned from the jungle. These aspects push the envelope somewhat because again, there is no doubt this type of person exists, but Mark is so embittered, angry, and dysfunctional that it’s hard to believe he actually changes as much as the book suggests.
However much this may require a stretch of the imagination, the writing really draws you in and makes you want Mark to change and have his happy ending. The angry alcoholic tests readers’ patience and understanding but Josh’s delightful easy-going manner and open sex appeal are a welcome contrast. Here the sparks fly immediately, yet a well-crafted tension keeps readers absorbed and anxious to know what happens. The sex scenes are incredibly hot, even more so since they are mostly fantasies of what both men want, which makes the scenes incredibly enticing.
While Lost and Found may hit a few speed bumps, it’s such a moving and engaging read that I whole heartedly recommend it. There’s even rumor of a sequel so be sure to pick this one up as soon as possible so you can be ready for the sequel. I personally can’t wait to see where these men go and for an author’s first outing, I’m pretty impressed.