Thursday, February 13, 2014

Romance and Marriage is in the air on Book Club Thursday!

It's almost Valentine's day, so what says love better than a wedding? My fellow bloggers and I are each picking a read featuring a wedding. I can't wait to see what they picked. My pick has love, marriage and...German Sheperds. When I saw the cover of this novella, I knew I had to check it out. You are invited to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Don't forget to visit my friends' blogs to see what they picked!

                                                             
                                                                    

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My Review:
I did enjoy this short little romance tale, it was fast paced and I liked the main characters, Terri and Russ as well as their four-legged co-stars. The story has funny moments, touching moments with secondary characters, and a touch of suspense. They are about to be married, but Terri would rather elope, but doesn't want her future father-in-law who is paying for it, to be upset. Russ is a bounty hunter-bail bondsman who loves Terri and also trains german sheperds. Both are having problems with their career plans right now. One hectic day, Terri tries to get a hold of Russ on the phone after a frantic call from his father. 
     The story is wrapped up quickly after some danger, and Russ and Terri find strength in the future and in themselves. It's a good story, but being a novella I wish it had been fleshed out more. I would have liked a little more interaction between the couple. And their was a scene stealer named Angel who left me wanting more.
     
BLURB:

Wedding plans are well along, but Terri hates the plans and hates the planner! She has adopted a German shepherd, but he thinks he belongs to Russ, her future husband, and Russ's two shepherds are not happy about it. Although Russ is the man of Terri's dreams, her future father-in-law is turning into the man of her nightmares. Her job may be in danger as well. Now one phone call throws her life into turmoil. Something has happened to Russ! 

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1

Wednesday, October 5
7:10 a.m.
“Not the wedding cake!” Terri’s cry of despair filled the house. She leaned backward against the leather leash and dug her heels into the carpet, but her slender build was no match for one hundred pounds of canine muscle with its heart set on frosting.
“NOOOOOooooooo!” Terri’s wail only spurred the dog on. She was leaning back so far that her blond hair dragged the floor. She had forgotten how strong a healthy young working dog could be.
Her best friend Calin had labored for hours over the practice cake. She even took a class in cake decorating to manage the special icing and learn how to create the elaborate floral designs.
“Angel, off! Off!”
Angel was an adolescent German shepherd named after Angel’s Point at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. That’s where Terri had met her fiancĂ©, Russ Camino. That was where Russ’s bounty hunter skills had protected her from a hit man and saved her life again and again. Russ was the epitome of tall, dark and handsome. Well, he was tall enough for Terri, and he had dark hair and a perfect tan. When they returned from that adventure, crazy in love, the first thing they did was rescue a German shepherd recommended by Calin as a new pet for Terri. She had lost her own dog just weeks before leaving for the Canyon. And the rescue seemed like destiny, for it was the dog that had been used by the diamond smugglers who tried to kill her in Arizona.
“Angel, leave it!” Terri was now sitting on the floor, wrapping the leash around her arms as fast as she could. But as fast she she wrapped, Angel pulled faster. His black muzzle was aimed like an arrow at the pink and white cake. Terri had set it out of reach on the table, but Angel’s front legs were longer than she thought, and he was stretching one foot toward the prize.
Terri had been surprised when Calin arrived with a pink and white beflowered practice cake, but it was the duty of a best friend to appreciate extreme efforts, not criticize the result. So she had lavished praise on the spring garden that Calin was hoping to donate to her reception table. Terri didn’t have the heart to tell her that Russ’s father would have a fit at the thought of a homemade wedding cake for his son’s nuptials.
Angel’s toenails scraped the foiled cardboard base on which the cake was sitting. Terri called for help.
“Russ! Russ, help me! Angel’s after the wedding cake!”
A moment later, Russ came running down the stairs. He reached Terri’s side and took hold of the leash a moment after Angel lunged and grabbed a mouthful of cake and icing. Not waiting to swallow, he gobbled the top layer, snap, snap, snap. By the time Russ had control of the leash and gave one sharp command, the cake was history.
“Platz!” Lie down.
Angel did as Russ asked. He dropped to the floor with half the wedding cake between his paws and a huge toothy grin on his face. Pink and white butter cream frosting framed his sparkling brown eyes like a Mardi Gras mask.


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Regina Duke

2 comments:

  1. It sounds cute. I love books with animals in them.

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  2. Books with animals, especially dogs are some of my favorites! I'll have to check this one out.

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