This author won me over with the first book in this series, so I was stalking Kensington's listings on NetGalley and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one before release day. This is the story of a grumpy, growly veterinary with a sketchy past and a proper, pampered, trust fund diva who has hidden depths. Along with the rest of the cast of the Forever Friends Shelter, of both the two- and four-legged variety, this unlikely pairing makes for a delightfully entertaining read.
Gabe and Marla’s story isn’t all fun and games, but has surprising depths with Gabe dealing with decades of guilt as well as his close-minded misjudging of Marla, and Marla struggling to find her place in the world and never being able to earn her father's respect. There are still plenty of light-hearted, laugh-out-loud moments with dogs whose personalities are as big as the humans, bickering senior citizen computer programmers, and a reverse cowgirl scene gone terribly, hilariously wrong. That one still has me laughing!
Gabe and Marla are absolutely awful and completely perfect together, and Gabe gets most of the blame and the credit. He certainly has his hands full with Marla running headlong into trouble, but the clueless guy needs to buy a lot more than a vowel when it comes to expressing himself. Yet somehow, that just makes this surly, sullen, grouchy guy even more endearing. And, bless his heart, when he finally gets it right, he gets it amazingly, perfectly right. If you're looking for a book that is entertaining and light hearted yet heartfelt and poignant, and one that celebrates the joy and blessings of animals in our lives, this is the perfect read for you!
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- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation (9 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781516106271
- ISBN-13: 978-1516106271
- ASIN: 151610627X
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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