Reviewed by Ami
Title: About a Dog
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Series: A Bluff Point Romance #1
Heroine/Hero: Mackenzie “Mac” harris/Gavin Tolliver
Genre: MF Contemporary
Length: 320 Pages
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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…
Review: About a Dog is the start of Jenn McKinlay’s contemporary romance series, A Bluff Point Romance.
What I highly appreciated in this book was the female friendship between Mackenzie Harris (the heroine) and her Maine crew. The book opens with Mac and two of her best friends trying their bridesmaids dresses – and this closeness of sisterhood is very strong throughout the book. The girls have helped Mac when she was left at the altar too, seven years ago. Although that night Mac also got her consolation in a different form, in the arms of Gavin Tolliver, the younger brother of her other best friend, Emma.
Oh yes, I said younger brother! It was another thing that delighted me from this novel. That the hero is five years younger than the heroine. I don’t think I’ve read many romance with age-gap where the heroine is older. Or maybe I don’t particularly look for it. Still, it’s a lovely surprise. Gavin definitely had crush on Mac all those years ago, and now that Mac is back for his sister’s wedding, and he himself is out of a relationship, Gavin is on the mission to win Mac’s heart once and for all.
Unfortunately … this is where I struggled with the book. I didn’t feel like there was enough of Mac and Gavin’s interaction to build their relationship. Mac is busy with her girlfriends preparing themselves for the wedding. Then when the stray puppy, Tulip, appears as part of the plot device, it also takes a different turn. Sure Gavin becomes the puppy’s doctor, but there was a kind-of-mystery plot regarding Tulip’s ownership that takes Mac’s attention.
I wonder if this is because Ms. McKinlay is famous as author for cozy mysteries series, that she can’t help adding it to the book.
So yes, I liked the friendship and the dog was definitely adorable. But the romance itself doesn’t take center stage and I wasn’t as satisfied with it in the end.
Overall Impression: It was good!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*