Friday, June 9, 2017
Review - - About a Dog
About a Dog
By Jenn McKinlay
A Bluff Point Romance - Book 1
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Reviewed by PJ
Only a promise to be her best friend's maid of honor could convince Mac Harris to return to her hometown, the site of her most painful humiliation. After being left at the altar then secretly taking comfort in the arms of her best friend's younger brother, Mac fled Bluff Point, Maine and has been living a no-risk life in Chicago for the past seven years. But now she's heading back to Maine for two weeks of wedding festivities, her no-commitment Chicago boyfriend wants to "take a break," and the bride-to-be has paired Mac with groomsman Gavin, the same younger brother who rocked Mac's world seven years ago.
Sexy veterinarian, Gavin Tolliver can't remember a time when he didn't love Makenzie Harris. He hasn't seen her in seven years and, yes, he moved on with his life when she ran from their hometown after their one memorable encounter, but Gavin's feelings for Mac run deep and he's determined to not waste one minute of opportunity when Mac returns for his sister's wedding.
Mac's emotional walls are high but the current of desire is strong between these two. With a little help from their friends, Mac's quirky aunts, and an adorable puppy, these two might just have a shot at a happy ending...if someone trying to keep them apart doesn't ruin it first.
This was my first book by Jenn McKinlay but it sure won't be my last. I fell in love with the town of Bluff Point, the wonderfully crafted characters, the surprising emotional depth, the humor, and, of course, Tulip, a steal-your-heart puppy rescued by Mac. I adored Mac and Gavin as a couple. These are likable, realistically drawn characters who I couldn't help but pull for. Gavin melted my heart and I was in his corner all the way yet I completely understood the obstacles that Mac had to conquer in order to fully commit. I appreciated the gradual journey they traveled.
McKinlay has gathered a collection of vibrant secondary characters to surround the main couple. Mac's two aunts, single ladies in their retirement years who have decided to live life to the fullest, are feisty, endearing, and just plain fun. Mac's and Gavin's group of hometown friends, female and male, who I hope we'll be seeing much more of in future books, are realistic and fun with the easy conversation, conviviality, and unrestricted honesty that comes with long-time friendships. The characters we love to hate are also realistically drawn with three that I'd like to drop-kick off a cliff though McKinlay throws in a couple twists that changed my mind about a fourth one. It will be interesting to see if that character continues to evolve in future books. And, of course, I can't forget Tulip, a scruffy, abandoned Pit-Boxer mix puppy who steals hearts and darn near steals the whole show.
If you're looking for a fun, heart-tugging, small-town romance that will have you smiling, laughing, and sighing, I enthusiastically recommend you add About a Dog to your summer reading list.
Do you enjoy animals in the romances you read?
Dogs or cats? Or something else?
What books are on your summer reading list?
One randomly chosen person who leaves a comment before 11:00 PM, June 10, 2017 will receive a print copy of About a Dog.