Friday, December 29, 2017

Review - Every Dog Has His Day by Jenn McKinlay @JennMcKinlay @BerkleyRomance

Every Dog Has His Day by Jenn McKinlay
Series: A Bluff Point Romance #3
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Date Read: December 26, 2017
Length: 336 pages
Source: NetGalley

A stray kitten and a rambunctious poodle bring together a small-town bachelor and a single mother in the latest romance set in Bluff Point, Maine.

Bluff Point brewery owner Zachary Caine wants nothing to do with commitment. His wild bachelor lifestyle suits him perfectly—until a foster kitten named Chaos makes him a reluctant hero. Now he’s BFFs with the kitten’s two little girls and finds himself falling for their gorgeous mother, who couldn’t think less of him.

Divorced mother Jessie Connelly wants nothing to do with men like Zach. He’s sexy and charismatic and bad news, just like her ex. But her girls adore him, and he’s doing a good job filling in for their deadbeat dad. Then a snowstorm brings out the best in both neighbors, who, it turns out, have more in common than their mutual attraction...

So when Jessie’s past threatens her and her girls, Zach is determined to do whatever it takes to protect them—and live happily ever after with this family he has made his own.

My Review

So I liked this one quite a bit.  This group of friend in Bluff Point, Maine are starting to feel like old friends already.  I was pulled into this romance from the very start and enjoyed it until the very end.  This book had the perfect combination of cute animals, darling kids, and a couple destined to be together. 

Zach doesn't know what to expect when he finds two adorable little girls at his door.  They need his help because their kitten, Chaos, is currently sitting on the roof of Zach's house.  Being the nice guy he is, he jumps into help right away saving the kitten and landing in a big pile of snow.  I thought the set up of this story was great but things got even better when Zach decided to make sure his neighbor and her two girls are okay during the blizzard that hit the area.

I thought the characters in this book were wonderful.  At the start of the series, Jessie seemed like the bad guy but things have changed as the series has progressed.  Once I got the chance to spend a few moments in her head during this story, I completely changed my opinion of her.  She really is a great character and has had a lot of things in her life go horribly wrong.  Zach was such a good guy.  He really was perfect with Jessie's girls and worked hard to be what they needed him to be. 

I loved Zach and Jessie as a couple.  They had so much fun together from the very start and the chemistry between them was amazing.  Zach's relationship with both of her girls was equally well done.  I really liked how both Jessie and Zach keep their focus on the girls and their best interest.  It really did feel like this group of people belonged with each other.  It was really refreshing to see the kids play such an important role in the book but don't worry there are plenty of steamy moments to balance everything out.

The book was really good but I did have couple of issues.  I thought that some of the interactions with the larger group were a bit immature.  I thought it was rather odd that a grown woman would go into another room during a situation to ask her friends for advice in a group chat.  This group of friends didn't hesitate to share some pretty personal details.  I kept thinking that if Zach and Jessie would just be that open with each other it would solve a lot of problems.  The other issue I had concerned a situation with the girls' grandfather.  He was really a difficult man and I thought that his complete change of heart seemed a bit unrealistic.  These were really very minor issues that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This is the third book in the series but it could easily be read as a stand alone.  Readers of the series will enjoy spending time with characters featured in the earlier books.  I can't wait to read more from this talented author very soon.

I received an advanced reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

The Series - Bluff Point
Book #1 - About a Dog - My Review
Book #2 - Barking Up the Wrong Tree - My Review
Book #3 - Every Dog Has His Day
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

12 comments:

  1. I really want to start this series! I love when reading a book feels like being with old friends. Great review!

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    1. I am having a lot of fun with it, Grace!

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  2. Zach and Jessie sounds wonderful! This sounds like something I would definitely enjoy too. Lovely review.

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  3. I adore companion series for exactly the reason you stated - the characters begin to feel like friends. This book sounds adorable. Great review!

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    1. I do love getting to know characters so well over time.

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  4. I love the sound of these characters, loveley! And the title of the book is fun! Great review.

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  5. I have this book coming up on my TBR and I'm super excited. I love McKinlay's cozy mysteries so am excited to see how she does with a romance.

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    1. I think she has done a great job with this series so far, Katherine.

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