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My review, including quotes and stuffs, can be found on the Fictionators
Right off the bat, I want to say that I don’t love the title of this book. It totally fits–-the MC is a vet and she believes that you can tell if someone’s one of the “good guys”…because he would love dogs, but I don’t like the title. It seems kind of ominous, right? And I think that would maybe make some people not pick up this quick, delightful read, and that’s a shame–because I really liked it a lot!
The story starts off with Ian McKinley at a party celebrating his success in bringing a high-profile client to his firm. All of that comes crashing down when he gets a call from the local police department that his son, Luke, has been arrested for possession of marijuana. He’s devastated and quickly realizes that all of the time he’s spent building his career to provide a life for his son, he’s never given him the time it would take to have a real relationship. So, in an effort to save the situation, he puts everything on hold for a year–his high-profile job in Manhattan, his fiancée’s wedding plans, everything–and gets back to basics by moving with Luke to a rundown farm in need of repair in a small town in Virginia.
You can imagine that Luke does not take well to his change in scenery, but eventually the pair form a bond that was missing all along. Meanwhile, Ian starts up a friendship with the local veterinarian, Colby Williams. Colby, the town sweetheart, is a single mother with a struggling relationship with her fifteen-year old daughter, Lena. You know how small towns are, with everyone putting their two cents in and playing matchmaker. Colby and Ian have some run-ins because of that before eventually becoming friends. This of course, leads to more and has both of them questioning everything they thought they believed about love and relationships.
I really liked Colby and Ian. I liked this story–the whole idea of it was realistic, and I enjoyed it. There were a few scenes that were focused from the kids (Luke and Lena) points of view, and while I think it added to our understanding of what was going on, it was kind of weird to read their thoughts. I also thought what happens in the end was kind of abrupt, though I’m not unhappy with the way it ended. Overall, this was a fun, quick read, and I think that lots of you will like it. I will definitely be checking out more from this author!