Monday, January 8, 2018
Review - - Every Dog Has His Day
Every Dog Has His Day
By Jenn McKinlay
Bluff Point Romance - Book 3
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Reviewed by PJ
If you've been reading Jenn McKinlay's Bluff Point Romance series you already know that divorced, single mom, Jessie Connelly is a former adversary of the women in the Maine Crew group of friends who is working hard to improve her life and herself. You also know that Zach Caine is the affable, fun-loving bachelor in the crew, the one you turn to for a good time but not if you're looking for anything permanent. Or, is he?
Growing up with cold, unloving parents who took every opportunity to tell her she was an accident, it's no wonder Jessie held on tight to the first person who showed her affection. Too bad that person neglected to tell her he was already engaged to Mackenzie "Mac" Harris (Book 1 - About a Dog). Mac was left at the altar while Jessie ran off and married him. Eight years later, Jessie is finally free of her miserable marriage to the man who robbed her of her inheritance, treated her with disdain, ignored their daughters, undermined her confidence, and cheated on her from day one. She's rebuilding her life and her self-confidence, ironically with the unexpected assistance of Mac, the woman she wronged all those years ago, but after living with someone who continually showed Jessie and her daughters that men cannot be trusted, she has no interest in letting another man into their lives. Besides, she sees all the young women coming and going from Zach's house. She's sure he's a player, just like her ex. Leave it to a mischievous kitten, a lovable dog, her two adorable daughters, and one man who turns out to be much more than he appears to turn her plans upside down.
With his California-surfer looks and aw-shucks smile, brewery owner, Zach Caine gives the impression of being nothing more than a good-time guy without a care in the world. Even his best friends believe he has no interest in settling down with one woman. If Zach yearns for more than work and fun, that's something he's not sharing, except maybe with his lovable canine companion, Rufus. Then five-year-old Maddie and seven-year-old Gracie Connelly and their foster kitten, Chaos come charging into his life with their frantic mother, Jessie on their heels. It doesn't take long for Zach to lose his heart to all three of the Connelly women and it looks like his feelings are returned but Jessie, Maddie, and Gracie have never had a man in their lives that they can count on. Will Zach be able to convince them to give him a chance?
It's the second week of January, a little soon, one might think, to place a book on a Best of 2018 watch list but that's exactly where this book has landed. Jessie and Zach's story is everything I want in a contemporary romance, full of humor, heart, romance, friendship, and fun. To use current vernacular, it has all the feels (grade school talent show: three tissues, minimum - just sayin'). Catching up with Zach's Maine Crew was fun and watching the threads of friendship extended to - and accepted by - Jessie, someone who has felt isolated her entire life, both poignant and satisfying. I love this group of friends with their off-the-wall games and wagers; how they give each other grief but always have one another's backs.
Reading Zach and Jessie's journey to love was pure pleasure - they're my favorite Bluff Point couple so far - and the joy of watching all six of the main characters (two and four legged alike) bond into a loving, forever family? That's why I've already read Every Dog Has His Day twice and can't wait to do it again.
While each book tells a separate story, the friends at the heart of this series and their relationships continue to evolve throughout the series. For a richer reading experience, and better understanding of the characters, I strongly encourage reading the books in order: About a Dog (May 2017), Barking Up the Wrong Tree (Sept. 2017), and Every Dog Has His Day (2 January 2018).
Do you enjoy kids and animals in your romances?
Have you read any of Jenn McKinlay's Bluff Point Romance books?
One randomly chosen person leaving a comment before 11:00 PM (Eastern), January 9 will receive a print copy of the first book in the Bluff Point Romance series: About a Dog.