Reviewed by Ami
Title: I Heart Boston Terriers
Author: Rick R. Reed
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 54 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 20, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: When Aaron finds Mavis, an emaciated and shy Boston terrier, at a pet adoption fair, his heart goes out to her—completely.
When Christian, manning the adoption fair for the Humane Society that autumn Saturday, finds Aaron, his heart goes out to him—completely.
This is a story about embracing love, whether it’s for someone who walks on four legs or on two. Mavis’s journey back to wholeness and finding her forever home parallels the story of two men discovering each other at the perfect moment—a moment that defies logic, propriety, and common sense. But when did love ever follow a rational course?
Review: When I requested the ARC for this book, I thought that I would get a story about two men connecting over taking care of a dog. Well, the dog is there, but the romance isn’t. Yep, I thought the romance was basically non-existent.
I thought it was a bit stalker-ish for Christian to use a filled-out legal form to contact Aaron on his personal cell phone, on a Sunday morning no less. There wasn’t enough build-up for these two to form any connection … and of course it suddenly ended. I might think of it as HFN if I squeeze my eyes real tight.
But you know what killed this short story for me?
That bitch of Aaron’s older sister, Becca. She was first all sympathetic and cooing over Mavis, the dog, and pushed Aaron to adopt Mavis because she thought Mavis and Aaron needed each other. Then, in the next chapter, Becca cared more about her shoes and wanted Mavis to leave right now because “we can’t have some little shoe-eating monster living here. What if she goes after my Prada bag or my Christian Louboutins?”.
WHAT THE F*CK, woman?!?
She was also acting spiteful when Christian was making a move on Aaron… She pissed me off. Sorry, I can’t recommend this. Mavis might get to your heart, but having to deal with Becca probably is not worth your time.
Overall Impression: It was okay, but not good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*