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Book Review: Good Guys Love Dogs
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D.S. White
D.S. White was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, West Indies to Christian parents, grew up in Beltsville, MD and moved to Brooklyn, NY after graduating from High School. For twenty-one years her career choices ran the gamut of hair dresser, clerk, legal secretary, policy supervisor and sole proprietor of an online African American book store and street vendor. Her first blook (book made from a blog) Age is Just a Number: Adventures in Online Dating (Volume I) was released in September of 2006.  
By D.S. White
Published on 11/18/2012
 
Two single parents each with a teenager. One male, one female. Both unknowingly approaching a moment of crisis in the relationships with their children. Amidst the clamor of day to day life, budding romance, doggy rescues, exposed vulnerabilities, and realized self-failings, each parent walks the path toward reconciliation and healing with his/her respective child.

Book Review: Good Guys Love Dogs

Good Guys Love Dogs

Title: Good Guys Love Dogs
Author: Inglath Cooper
Publisher: Fence Free Entertainment, LLC
Release Date: June 9, 2012
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
Version: Kindle
Length: 247 Pages
Reviewed by: D.S. White of Book Zone Reviews

DESCRIPTION

Desperate father Ian McKinley moves his delinquent teenage son to the small Virginia town of Keeling Creek, a place very unlike the New York City life he has been leading. Love takes him by surprise when he falls for Colby Williams, a woman unlike anyone he has ever been drawn to, a small town vet with a heart for animals and a fierce love for a teenage daughter she is also struggling to raise.

But Colby has a secret in her past, a secret she's not sure her daughter will ever forgive her for. And as for Ian McKinley, he seems too good to be true. If she had learned anything from the one time she had thrown her heart fully into love, it was that it didn't last.

AUTHOR BIO:

Inglath Cooper

I love books! From my earliest memories, I loved being read to and then reading practically every book in my elementary school library. There's something about taking a little trip into a wonderful story that is its own unique pleasure. Over the years, my favorite authors have provided me with glimpses into worlds I would never have known had I not picked up their books. From Beverley Cleary to Lavyrle Spencer to Jodi Piccoult to Anita Shreve and so many others, I am grateful they chose to become storytellers. A great story has the power to move, change and shape its readers. To me, that's an honorable calling and a task I aspire to.

MY THOUGHTS:

There was so much about this book that I loved. (I read it in a day and a half. With my busy schedule that is a miracle!) For me this was a throw back of the type of books I enjoyed reading as a teenager. Books where there were real characters who sucked you into the story. Characters that you rooted for in one way or another. Characters who were flawed, showed you their vulnerabilities and weren't ashamed to admit that they had messed up. Not only did they admit it, they then proceeded to do something about it.

I'm sure there were many messages within the pages of this book, however, these are the three that grabbed me:

1) How you deal (or don't deal) with your pain today, will hurt the one(s) you love tomorrow;

2) Abandonment issues / rejection / insecurities plague males as well as females. I loved the fact that this book dealt with the issue of abandonment from the male and female perspective. Too many times, it is only attributed to the female. This time there is a balance shown so that each side can say, "Hey, we messed this up good didn't we? Now let's get up, dust ourselves off and get our houses in order!"

3) Marriage takes work, the good ones...take even more work. Just because all looks good from the outside looking in, doesn't mean all is always well, don't envy, don't hate, just be happy for your friend. He or she may need your shoulder at some point and when he or she does be positive, be uplifting, things may not be what they seem.

(Mild spoiler alert ahead)

Three things I did not like so much, although I understood how they came about and how they worked within the story to show the contrast of before and after behavior, were:

1) The rudeness/disrespect displayed by the teenagers and allowed by both single parents in the story. I know that it is not fiction and it exists because I have seen it in real life, but I have never understood how the child could become the dictator of the household, because it was not my growth experience. Even so, the authenticity of the writing had me wanting to reach within the pages of the book to give both sets of parents and teens a Jethro Gibbs head slap.

2) Ian not making a clean break from his current relationship before the flirting began with Colby.

3) Although I did not find Ian's girlfriend a very sympathetic character, I thought she got shabby treatment from him, having to do all the traveling and especially the last trip.

MY RATING:

4-1/2 out of 5 Mice

MY RECOMMENDATION:

If you enjoy a well-developed story with a bit of humor, a bit of romance between single parents with recalcitrant teens, a bit of humanitarianism and a great, feel-good-happy-ending! This book is for you!

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