Title: A Wedding Tail
Author: Casey Griffin
Series: Rescue Dog Romance #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 1st August
’TIL DEATH DO US BARK…
Wedding planner Zoe Plum has brides from all walks of life vying for her services. The only problem is: happily-single Zoe doesn’t actually enjoy weddings―but that might change when she meets the singer of a local band playing at one of her weddings. His name is Levi Dolson and he’s too gorgeous for his own good. And now he’s gone ahead and charmed her new dachshund. . .
It’s no secret that Zoe doesn’t believe in fairy tales, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to make sweet music with Levi. While she’s convinced she doesn’t need a man, when someone starts setting one trap after the next to make sure she never plans a wedding ever again, she might need Levi in more ways than she could have imagined. But just how far is Zoe’s hidden enemy willing to go? The only thing Levi knows for sure is that he will do everything in his power to protect the woman who brings music to his soul. Maybe that will prove to Zoe, once and for all, that he is a man worthy of her heart. . .
Source: ARC from St. Martin’s Paperbacks via NetGalley
This is another cute, fun romantic comedy with a fair heap of suspense thrown in for good measure. Although, when I say fun, I also mean stressful because, my word, is there anything in Zoe’s life that doesn’t go wrong in this book? I was alternatively appalled and infuriated at the way people get away with treating her, especially at the start. Whether it’s the petty cruelties of her chief rival or the out-of-line behaviour from a bridezilla, surely there were grounds for harassment charges and someone should have been doing something to back her up!
But when I wasn’t raging against everything that went wrong, I also managed to enjoy it. Zoe is an independent, ambitious woman who is determined to prove that she can stand alone. She doesn’t lean on anyone and she definitely doesn’t need a man. She’s confident and competent and if she also carries small toy animals around in her purse for occasional comfort, no one needs to know. Sure, some of her coping methods aren’t particularly healthy (bottling up all her emotions to be dealt with later), but it works for her. Or it did, until brides, competitors, manipulative mothers and serious sabotage threaten to take her out at the knees.
And then along comes Levi, who is quite the conundrum. Actually, he’s a complete fraud, but in a mushy rather than illegal way. I quite liked how the commitment-phobic man, relationship-seeking woman trope was completely flipped in this book. Although there were times when Levi’s beta good guy persona got a tiny bit too much. His laid-back, deeply romantic soul was also at odds with the determined way he pursues Zoe in the face of absolutely no encouragement whatsoever. I was also a little disappointed at how she effectively turned her strong, single woman struggling with an unholy amount of outside issues into woman needing a relationship to really feel whole. If it had been more about Levi being someone who really fit her and that she could build a lasting partnership with, sure, but that wasn’t the feeling I was left with and that disappointed me.
A bit like the lack of dogs. Zoe does get a four-legged pal as things progress, and he is quite the quirky little character, but compared to the other books in the series this wasn’t really a Rescue Dog Romance, just a crazy romance with a dog in it occasionally.
Despite all that, I still enjoyed it and the mystery was pretty good. I didn’t really feel much of a threat level or a sense of impending doom for most of the book, but it does a great job of throwing the reader off the scent at times. It also did a good job of bringing the previous couples into the story in a way that shouldn’t alienate new readers, while still pleasing existing fans. Although, again, there were times when I felt Zoe was treated unfairly by those who should have supported and/or trusted her. However, all things considered, it definitely wraps up the series in fun, madcap style, even if it wasn’t my favourite of the bunch.
A Wedding Tail is out August 1st.
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