Thursday, April 7, 2016

GOOD GUYS LOVE DOGS by Inglath Cooper

Series:  Second Chances #2
Author:  Inglath Cooper
Publish Date:   02.03.2014
Publisher:  Fence Free Entertainment
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Amazon purchase
Goodreads link: Good Guys Love Dogs
Date completed: 04.07.2016

Description from the publisher:
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.

This is the second book in the Second Chances Novels series.  Each stands alone.

This was the first in a long time that I read through the night.  I just couldn’t put it down.

Parenting is tough.  Being a single parent is tougher.  Being a single parent to a teenager is like trying to nail jelly to a tree!  Ian and Colby may have arrived at this point in their lives via different routes, but when their rivers merge, the current cannot be denied.  Even the most punishing rapids eventually lead to a calmer pool, at least for a little while.

I love Colby, her daughter Lena, Ian, and his son Luke.  The characters are well thought out, complex, and fully developed.  The story is amazing and the pace set is neither too fast nor too slow.  Of course, there are bits of humor, miscommunication, and some meddling well-intentioned friends who make the story richer.

One of the things I loved about this story was that our main characters are old enough to have teenagers.  These are not barely-adults; though, like all of us, that can be debated based on their actions at times – haha.

I’m truly glad I chose this as my next read and highly recommend it to anyone who loves romance.

Grammar/editing:  B – a few small errors

The Second Chance Novels series:
  1. Truth and Roses
  2. Good Guys Love Dogs
  3. Jane Austen Girl
Other Books from Inglath Cooper:
  • Crossing Tinker’s Knob
  • A Year and a Day
  • Rock Her
  • A Gift of Grace
  • Unfinished Business
  • Colors of Venice
  • The Lost Daughter of Pigeon Hollow
  • Mayor of Macon’s Point
  • A Woman with Secrets
  • John Riley’s Girl
  • A Woman Like Annie
Smith Mountain Lake Series:
      1.      Blue Wide Sky
      2.      Dragonfly Summer
Nashville Series:
      1.      Ready to Reach
      2.      Hammer and a Song
      3.      What We Feel
      4.      Pleasure in the Rain
      5.      Amazed
      6.      Sweet Tea and Me
      7.      Commit
      8.      R U Serious
      9.      You, Me, and a Palm Tree
     10.   Not Without You
What If Series:
      1.      My Italian Lover


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