Author: Jenn McKinlay
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
Mackenzie “Mac” Harris fled her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine, after being left at the altar–and seeking solace in the arms of her best friend’s off-limits brother. Now, seven years later, she’s back to attend her best friend’s wedding–safe, or so she thinks, from the mistakes of her youth.
But Gavin Tolliver has never forgotten the woman who has always held his heart. And when Mac rescues a stray puppy named Tulip, only Gavin, the town’s veterinarian, can help. With a little assistance from Tulip, Gavin vows to make Mac realize that their feelings are more than just puppy love…
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay was a heart-warming, sexy read from start-to-finish. This was one of those books that I like to label a “sure read”. The book falls back on some common contemporary romance tropes, but the familiarity of those tropes is one of the reasons why the book works so well to begin with. This is one of those books that you pick up, and you know you’re going to get the warm fuzzies.
Technically speaking, the book was well written. The narrative flowed well, moved at a good, steady pace, and I didn’t run into a lot of typos or grammatical errors that would have brought me out of the story. The characters were interesting, distinct, and likable for the most part (okay, maybe not Mac’s underwhelming “boyfriend”. It’s real hard to like that guy. The humor and witty dialogue really made the story engaging. Overall, it was a solid read.
So why’d I give it four stars, and not five? Well, honestly, I think there could have, and even should have, been more to it. This was an incredibly quick read, and I wish I’d had longer to really sink into the relationship between Mac and Gavin. Their romance was so adorable and steamy at times, that I was really drawn to the main couple, and it was kind of disappointing that my time with them was over so quickly. Yes, I am complaining that this book ended too soon. That’s not all though. There were a few opportunities in the book when I felt like there could have easily been more tension added to the plot—especially between Mac and Gavin. It felt like there were these secrets and lies built up throughout the story that didn’t really go anywhere. The conflict was just kind of glossed over in the end, and everyone forgave everyone else, and they lived happily ever after—and I have no problem with happily ever after… I just expected more of a journey to get there.
All that aside, I really did enjoy the book. It was cute, and if you like contemporary romance and you want a sexy, feel-good book, this is a safe bet.