Enter physical therapist and hot one-night stand James Sinclair. James doesn’t care that Carly doesn’t do relationships. He is determined to win her heart, promising to help her with the pets if she’ll just give him the time of day.
Carly agrees to date the irresistible James, and, for the first time in years, she’s dreaming of a happily ever after. But James has secrets, and if he can’t open up to Carly, their future could go to the dogs...
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Release Date: September 26, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance. Humor.
Jenn McKinlay is going to the top of my list of must have romance authors! This is truly a big feat too as is this only her SECOND romance novel (she is well known for her cozy mystery series). This book is funny, romantic, sweet, and a pure pleasure to read. I can't wait for the series to develop more because I know it's going to be a forever top favorite of mine.
In this installment, readers will be rooting for Carly and James as they slowly navigate building a relationship with one another. Carly doesn't do relationships. Period. She is more of a "smash and dash" kind of chick because she has been burned in the past. James, on the other hand, is the total opposite. Once he get's a taste of Carly he wants her in his future bad. But it takes a lot of wooing and persuasion to make her see this. Can these two make it work even though both have different plans for their future? Or will Carly's fear of commitment stop it before it gets too serious? You'll have to read to find out!
The characters in this book are FANTASTIC. I love how the author has essentially switched roles with Carly and James- usually, it's the guys who are afraid of commitment and not the other way around like it is in this story. If you have read the first book in the series, About a Dog, you may recognize Carly as being one of the best friends of of the heroine in that book. If you haven't that's okay too because this can be read as a standalone. But anyway, I really liked how this circle of friends is still prominent in this book. It's so nice to be able to catch up and see them all interact with one another.
Another characters in this novel that had my heart from the second I met him is Ike. Ike is a parrot. A filthy parrot who has no problem swearing and singing a tune. He had me rolling around laughing so hard that there were times I could hardly catch my breath! You guys are going to LOVE him. He mad this story so funny!
Other than the great characters and fantastic romance, the setting in this book is great too. I love how the story takes place in Maine (I used to vacation in Maine every single year when I was a kid), so it's nice to "go back and visit". I think many readers will fall in love with Bluff Point as well. It's a fantastic small town that really sums up the beauty of Maine.
With that, I recommend this book (HIGHLY). I adore this series. Every time I pick up a book from it I get really excited because I know it's going to be so much fun to read. I can't wait to dive into the next one!
ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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Each of these books can be read as stanalones. However, I would personally recommend reading them in order as characters from previous books become secondary characters and so on.