Review - About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay @JennMcKinlay @BerkleyRomance @FirstToRead

About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay
Series: A Bluff Point Romance #1
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Date Read: April 7, 2017
Source: First to Read

Fall in love with a little help from man’s best friend in New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay’s contemporary romance debut.

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…
My Review

I just loved this book!  It wasn't overly complicated but it was just a lot of fun to read.  Once I started reading this book, I was almost instantly hooked.  I couldn't get it out of my head and wanted to do nothing but sit down and read.  I decided to read this book really just because of the title and description.  It was really a pretty impulsive decision but one that worked out extremely well for me.

Mac is going back to her hometown in Maine for the first time in seven years.  She moved away after being left at the alter and hasn't been back.  She is back so that she can be the maid of honor at her best friend's wedding.  There are two weeks of wedding activities planned and Mac is determined to do anything that is needed including being paired with with the bride's little brother, Gavin.

Mac and Gavin have a past that nobody is aware of.  Gavin is Mac's best friend's little brother and is supposed to be off limits.  Gavin has grown up a lot in the seven years since Mac left town.  He is a veterinarian and stays really busy.  The chemistry between Mac and Gavin was intense from the very first time they were on the page together.  I just loved every interaction between this pair.

I loved the characters.  Mac and Gavin were just wonderful together.  Mac has tried to live a very safe life in terms of relationships since being left at the alter.  Gavin has never been able to get Mac out of his head and was really such a nice guy.  A lot of secondary characters also play a large role in this story as well including other members of the wedding party and Mac's aunts who are busy reinventing themselves.

I am a huge dog lover so the fact that this book features a dog was a huge draw for me.  As the book started, I did wonder when we would meet the dog and it does take a while but Tulip ended up being worth the wait.  I love that Tulip is such an important part of the story.  I also think that both Mac and Gavin's interactions with Tulip really helped show how caring they really are.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  This book was both funny and romantic as well as incredibly entertaining.  This is the first book that I have read by Jenn McKinlay but I am really looking forward to the next book in this wonderful series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via First to Read.
About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenn McKinlay is the author of About a Dog, the Library Lover’s mysteries, the Cupcake Bakery mysteries, and the Hat Shop mysteries.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter


  1. Great review and we really share a lot of the same opinions on this one. Did you know the next one comes out in September? At least it's not a long wait. I loved Tulip too and the book really picked up for me once the reader meets her. I've recommended this book to all my dog loving pals and need to get my review posted new week. I ADORED the aunts - they were so funny!

  2. Oh my! You definitely convince me. I'll definitely get a copy of this one. I love the sounds of the romance and I'm a dog lover too so that's really a plus. Great review Carole :)

  3. Oh I am mad I didn't get this one form First to Read! It sounds like something I would love - especially with the dog angle. Great review!

  4. I'm so glad the book lived up to its lovely cover! I'm probably going to grab this one in paper so I can display it when I've finished.

  5. This sounds like a sweet book! I'm actually not a pet person so I probably wouldn't go after this one - I'd be more interested in the human-human interactions. :D I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Carole!

    Have a lovely weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  6. I love stories that features pets. I am glad you liked this one. Beautiful cover. :)

  7. Eee! I'm just skimming because this is on my list. I just loved the cover. Glad to see you enjoyed it!

  8. Aww this sounds so cute! And I love that there's a dog in the story and that her name is Tulip! Glad this was a awesome read for you, I'll have to keep this in mind. Lovely review, Carole!


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