(Love Me, Love My Dog)
by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Release Date: January 2, 2016
“Take me, all of me, broken and in pieces, or say to hell with me.”
This book will break your heart!
From the best-selling romance author of THE EDUCATION OF SEBASTIAN comes a sexy, heart-breaking and heart-warming story about one man and his dog. (Standalone)
Alex is lost and alone, with only his dog, Stan for company. He doesn’t expect kindness from anyone anymore, but sometimes hope can be found in the most unlikely places. He has a second chance at happiness, but there’s a dark side to Alex, and a reason that more than one person has called him crazy.
Single mother Dawn is doing just fine. Except that her ex- is a pain in the ass, her sister isn’t speaking to her, and her love life is on the endangered list.
At least her job as a veterinarian is going well. Until a crazy-looking guy arrives at her office accompanied by an aging dog with toothache. Or maybe Alex Winters isn’t so crazy after all, just … different.
Dawn realizes that she’s treated him the same way that all the gossips in town have treated her—people can be very cruel.
Contains scenes of an adult nature.
This is a standalone novel with no cliff-hanger.
If you are an animal lover, get ready a box of Kleenex. A box!
Is been a long time since I had a good cry over a book. This book is seriously heartbreaking and is not because of the romance. The romance was good and funny and heartfelt at times, but not sad. The sad part is about the animals, especially the dogs or specifically old Stan. I'm a softie who couldn't read about dogs, whether is happy or sad without shedding tears.
Dawn is the small town veterinarian and a single mom. Her 8 year old, Katie is a such an animated and bubbly character who constantly embarrassed her in public or specifically in front of her potential beau.
Alex Winters had been let down by too many people - his family, his wife, his best friend. Now he rather hole up in a secluded cabin in a small town with his loyal dog, Stan and having problem in communicating with strangers meant he avoided people in general. Until he keep meeting Stan's vet, Dawn and he couldn't help but being drawn to the kind doctor who didn't judge him for his appearance and anti-social behavior.
When Dawn first met Alex, she was scared by his appearance and then wary about his behavior and the town gossips doesn't ease her opinion of him. But after seeing him caring for his dog and rescuing wild animals she started to think he might be a good man at heart. And when her daughter, Katie was totally smitten by Alex and Stan and befriended them, Dawn was a goner. If one manage to win over her daughter, he can easily win over the mom.
Alex is not an easy character to love, but Dawn is willing to take a chance and try to love him. He is such a lonely man that he used to only talk to his dog, but now with Dawn and Katie in the picture, Alex might just find a reason to smile again. I'm such a sap when it comes to these vulnerable hero.
But what Dawn didn't expect is to find out Alex is full of hidden secret and past that might not bode well with her mother hen nature. Is not something super bad in terms of fiction, but I can understand from a mother's perspective that anything less than normal or perfect might just trigger a mother's protective nature. Alex might had his flawed, but he is a good man with the best intention at heart. His crusade is admirable, albeit dangerous. I'm just glad they manage to get past it and find a common ground.
In the end, despite some sad moments in the story and some parts that I rather not relive, I'm happy and relief to see Alex finally found a family of his own again.
Jane is a writer of contemporary romance fiction, known for thoughtful stories, often touching on difficult subjects: disability (DANGEROUS TO KNOW & LOVE, SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM); mental illness (THE EDUCATION OF CAROLINE, SEMPER FI); life after prison (LIFERS); dyslexia (THE TRAVELING MAN, THE TRAVELING WOMAN).
She is also a campaigner for former military personnel to receive the support they need on leaving the services. She wrote the well-received play LATER, AFTER with former veteran Mike Speirs. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk1CyB8c0xA )