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3.0 out of 5 starsI liked this book but....
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2017
One thing did not sit well with me. After Megan and Craig had been sleeping together for awhile, he went on a trip with a friend. She gave him some condoms and was basically sending him off with a "there's lots of diseases out there" speech. I don't care if you aren't ready to define your relationship, when you've been sleeping together for awhile, its not unreasonable to expect fidelity. I felt like she was willing to do anything to hang on to him, even giving up some of her self-respect.
There is so much to this story that it is hard for me to separate out what tugged at my heart the most. Megan Anderson is having a hard day at the non-profit animal shelter where she works. She has just rescued a German Shepherd and brought him back to the shelter even though it really has no room for him. In walks a well-dressed business-type who is looking to 'unload' an adorable chocolate lab Christmas puppy. For the first time ever she goes off on someone who is looking to bring a pet in. After their contentious encounter both of them are hoping never to see each other again. But, as luck would have it, his teenage daughter wants her puppy back and another visit to the shelter ensues. Megan learns that he is not the hard-hearted ogre that she took him for and he learns that it's possible to open his heart again. This well written book covers the loss of child, the lingering sadness and despair of losing a parent, and the sometimes tragic stories behind pet rescues. Somehow it manages to do all that without being maudlin or preachy. Megan is a breath of fresh air. I absolutely loved her. Craig Williams is perfect as the father who wants to do right by his children but sometimes gets it wrong...like we all do. Craig's children are realistically portrayed and I felt drawn to them. Even Craig's ex-wife is well done. Instead of portraying her as a scheming witch, as so many writers do, she is shown to be a flawed but still loving mother. The portrayal of pet rescue people is wonderful. This is a cause close to my heart and I loved the way it was done. All-in-all, a really terrific read.
For those interested: There is sex but nothing graphic. I would rate it PG.
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2019
This was the first book I read by this author and I enjoyed it immensely! The story has all the elements I look for in a good book. It has humor, romance, sexiness, friendship, a tiny bit of angst, great characters and an engrossing storyline. Throw in the animals and I am hooked into reading this series 😁.... I highly recommend this book!!!!!
It takes a big heart to work at a no-kill animal shelter. Megan, the acting director, demonstrates the size of hers while accepting surrenders, arranging adoptions, and managing the details behind the scenes. Craig isn’t happy about it, but he brings in his daughter’s puppy for surrender the same day an ice storm arrives in St. Louis. Reflecting his current state of mind, he manages to make a first impression less welcome than the weather. With the help of Craig’s children, plus a fine assortment of characters at the shelter – human, canine, and feline – the ice melts between this couple that the reader is rooting for from that first frosty meeting. Ms. Burns has written a delightful story with plenty of action, twists, and turns to keep the pages turning into the night.
I loved this. Though built around a dog shelter and highlighting the plight of animals and obviously a romance, it was also about dealing with loss. Megan and Craig provided a deeper look into people and behaviours for the reader whilst maintaining a fairly solid degree of hotness, and connection was easy. Humour, drama and warmth and a lovely journey into falling in love. A very good read.
5.0 out of 5 starsA really fantastic book, that's sure to pull on your heart-strings.
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2017
I absolutely loved this story. Megan was such a breath of fresh air, fighting with all her might for those poor animals. She cared, really cared about all of them, and I absolutely loved her for it. Craig Williams is perfect as the father, even when he was still suffering from his own losses. I didn't much care for Jillian at first, but sometimes when you suffer the losses she had in the past, it makes you a whole different person. The kids on the other hand, were adorable.
There was so much ground covered on this story, and IMO- it made it a much better story because of it. The author went really deep into the backgrounds of both of their family history, which helped to know the characters better. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
Reviewed in the United States on February 28, 2020
I’m an avid lover of animals, especially rescues. This book was a brilliant mix of both funny, cute animal antics as well as a heartbreaking and wonderful life story of overcoming difficult situations in order to appreciate the unexpected things life can bring you, if you just let it. It was not a cheesy love story. It was funny, embarrassing, humorous, sexy, and just the “right” amount of sappy. I am absolutely going to check out the next book in the series and would recommend this book to anyone who loves animals and is looking for a good, easy, but meaningful read.
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2020
I enjoyed this book very much. The people in this book seemed more mature to me. They didn't jump into bed–took some time to learn about each other. The others in the book were nice, true-to-life. There were no "bad guys" just some drama with the teenage daughter. The face that it was about a no-kill shelter was what drew me to the story; my pets are rescues. Read and enjoy.