She’s definitely his person of interest—but is he barking up the wrong tree?
When aspiring writer and dog trainer Evie Malone gets a call from a man seeking help with the dog he inherited, she’s eager to help—in no small way because his surly voice on the phone gives her good shivers.
Meeting Luke Kovacs confirms her attraction to the no-nonsense, socially challenged cop, but she’s got some unfinished business to take care of first. Business named Brad, an ex-to-be she’s been trying to let down gently.
Luke’s not really a dog person, but he’s willing to make an effort to settle in with his late aunt’s mutt. Especially with the help of a woman who makes him wish he had someone waiting for him at home.
When Evie goes to Brad’s place to break up, she’s shocked to find him dead on the floor. Worse, every time she turns around, she finds more and more evidence…and it’s clearly stacked against her. Though Luke believes her innocent, they soon find themselves in a race against time to prove it—before the real killer finds a way to silence her.
Warning: Contains a sexy Texas cop, a heroine who’d risk her life for an enchilada plate, and a string of adorable dogs. Oh, and Sea-Monkeys.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
This is a cute, fun read with a nice romance and a good murder mystery plot – although you may have to suspend your disbelief a few times. Not least when it comes to Luke and Evie’s relationship, considering the circumstances surrounding them.
Regardless, Evie is a good main character. She’s funny, good at her job and has a brilliant best friend in her cousin. There are also a few cute dogs hanging around – although I did expect more dogs if I’m honest, or at least more of the unexpected arrival of Tick in Luke’s life. So, if like me, you’re expecting plenty of dogs in this story you may be a little disappointed. If, however, you’re more interested in the murder, then you’ll be fine. (Oh, and if you’re hoping for Sea-Monkeys, they make one appearance and then are gone forever.)
Luke doesn’t start off in the best way, since he’s brusque and a bit rude and a lot bossy, but as the book went on I ended up liking him a lot. The relationship between him and Evie grows in a steady, believable kind of way. Yes, okay, they move a bit fast at first, but the progress of their emotions worked well for me. Especially considering everything else going on.
I’m not altogether certain how believable it is that a cop would be dating the ex-girlfriend of the murder victim, and sharing a fair amount of information with her, but if you can put that issue aside, there’s plenty to enjoy here. Especially as everyone seems to keep coming to Evie with new twists in the plot, making everything seem suspicious and hiding the truth right up towards the end. Sure, there are a couple of stupid stunts by Evie that made me question her sanity, but it all helped the plot so I sort of forgive her.
If you’re looking for a quick(ish) read with a bit of suspense, a satisfying romance and the occasional addition of cute dogs, then this may well be for you. It didn’t bowl me over, but it made for a fun escape for a few hours.
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