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REVIEW: “Lost in the Outcome” by Rowan McAllister

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When Nathan Seward wakes up in a cheap hotel with a stranger, unable to remember the night before, unscrupulous plots and clandestine schemes are the furthest thing from his mind. True, he’s in Houston to bid on his biggest contract yet, one that will put his software development company on the map, but he’s the underdog at the table, not one of the big players. Unfortunately someone out there sees him as a threat and isn’t above drugging and blackmailing him to put him out of the running. Luckily for Nathan, the man in bed next to him couldn’t be further removed from the corporate world.

Tim Conrad is scraping the bottom of the barrel. He left college during his freshman year to take care of his dying mother, and life and lack of money prevented him going back. Now twenty-seven, his dreams are long buried, and he’s scraping by with dead-end jobs and couch surfing because he can’t afford a place of his own.

As Nathan tries to run damage control and figure out what the hell happened to him, he and Tim discover a connection neither was looking for, as well as dreams they’ve both forgotten.

REVIEW:

Have you ever met a character that you know? You can hear the bells in the distance and slowly they come into focus and then it hits you. I know them! I could swear I know a ‘Tim’. At first, it threw me slightly off kilter, but happily not out of the story.

Let me tell you about Tim….

Tim desperately deserves a break, yet he can’t seem to catch one. He has a good heart and tries his best, but life continues to slam door after door after door in his face.

His college career is cut short when his mom becomes ill. He walks away from his desired future with steep student loans and the heavy burden to care for his dying mother. The loss of his mom is debilitating and to make matters worse, his father is taken from him as well. His dad begins a downward spiral in alcohol, drugs and depression. Add of a painful serving of abuse and well, Tim lost his entire family that year. A few years later he’s balancing two jobs and still can’t get ahead. He is forced to shack up with a buddy till he can finally get back on track. Life has not been kind or fair, which is the cold hard truth of too many real life stories. I want to hug Tim. Tim needs a hug.

A night at the club brightens the shadows. He connects with a stranger. He bonds with his dream come true. He has the night of his life. He meets…the one.

His happiness is short lived when he wakes to the worst nightmare ever. His mystery man was drugged, slipped a roofie and has no recollection of their amazing night together.

This brings Nathan into the story.

Quirky, successful, and briefly exposed (unbeknownst to him), he bares all of his secrets to Tim. Tim may have only had him for a night, but Tim saw, held, and loved the real Nathan. The Nathan that Nathan didn’t even know existed. Tim awoke something in Nathan. Tim lit a fire that Nathan wasn’t aware needed kindling.

Sadly, the time for romance is extremely poor. Nathan is trying to close a monster deal for his company. He is confused, frazzled and doesn’t have time for distractions. However, sometimes distractions have a way of consuming you, whether you want them to or not. Nathan has never been with a man before, but he has secretly been attracted to men in the past. Nathan is a planner, he’s rational, he’s a problem solver. I adored his take on life. His ‘take-it-in-stride’ attitude and piles of self-help books made me smile. Maybe the timing was bad, but things certainly happen for a reason. A bit of action and mystery solving brings them closer together.They might be worlds apart, but cupid doesn’t care about that. Sometimes you just…fit.

Sadly, life explodes a heavy dose of sadness and heartache on Tim again. But this time, he might not have to face it alone.

I enjoyed the writing….it was smooth and clean.

I enjoyed the plot….it was fantastic and had a little bit of everything.

I enjoyed the characters….they were a lovely match.

I did not enjoy the ending. It felt…off.

Maybe it was too much? Maybe it was rushed? Maybe it was missing something? I can’t be certain, but until the end, I thought it was great.

Is it worth checking out? Yeah, I think so.

RATING:  3.5 STARS

BOOK INFO:

22822225Title:  Lost in the Outcome
Author: Rowan McAllister
Publisher:  Dreamspinner
Pages: 200
Release Date: August 18, 2014
Purchase Links: Amazon, Dreamspinner

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This entry was posted on October 6, 2014 by in Contemporary, Mystery / Suspense, Reviewer: Sheri and tagged , , .

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