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Friday, December 4, 2009

Dog-Gone But Not Forgotten by C.D. Yates

Dog-Gone But Not Forgotten by C.D. Yates
Publisher: Blade Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short (70 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Azalea

Journalist Carrie Moore left Rhode Island eighteen years ago, never to return. When she inherits her Nana’s possessions, her plan is simple. Sell them off and get back to Texas before she bumps into anyone she knows. Especially Jack, the boy who took her virginity the night of the senior prom and then took her best friend home, instead. But Nana had a possession that no one knew about: an Irish Wolfhound as large as pony that runs like one, too. When the beast runs into Jack—repeatedly—she starts to wonder. Especially when she hears Nana’s voice in the dog’s yowls. Is Ellie channeling Nana? And is Nana trying to right the wrong with the man who broke her girlish heart?

When Animal Control Coordinator, Captain Jack Radigan learns that the giant dog terrorizing his jurisdiction belongs to the lost love of his life, he’s ready to live the “to protect and to serve” slogan painted on the door of his pick-up. First, he’ll put his animal control techniques to work, and teach her how to tame her dog. And then, he’ll teach her that this cop isn’t a bad dog, serving up the love he’s been keeping hot since high school.

A call from the Heavenly Doggie Kennel is about to turn Carrie Moore’s life upside down. But it isn’t just the dog who will wreak havoc in Carrie’s life; it’s an equally annoying former love who pops into her life after 18 years. Who will cause Carrie more consternation? A boisterous dog who may or may not be what he appears to be or the man who broke her heart.

After years of living in Texas, Carrie finds herself back in New England once again after her beloved Nana passes away. It seems that Nana has left her old Victorian home to Carrie and along with it a cantankerous dog who gets into more mischief than a dozen dogs combined. I found the escapades of the dog to be a bit much and certainly the amount of Houdini-like escapes from escape-proof locks, unbelievable. I didn’t realize until the end of the story why the dog’s antics were so unusual. I thought this was going to be just a cute little story about a mischievous dog and an old flame. What I didn’t see coming was the sexy turn the story took. That was a nice surprise.

Jack Radigan has come back into Carrie Moore’s life. He’s now a widower with a teenage daughter, Samantha, who develops a crush on someone from Carrie’s and Jack’s past. Jack tries to win Carrie back and at the same time tries to protect Samantha from discovering the secret of her paternity. Carrie also needs to discover why Jack broke her heart and married her best friend all those years ago.

I liked this story, it was amusing and well-written, but was a bit taken aback by the ending. Perhaps I should have intuited it by the name of the kennel and the outrageous escapades of the dog, but all in all it was a very good read. I give it 4 cherries and I recommend it with only the tiniest of reservations. I put it in a “spicy” rating and also a “sci-fi” because it was a bit of both.