Carly Kennedy is a PR consultant struggling to get her business going following a recent layoff. She owns a Bassett hound named Baxter who’s walked three times a week by a guy named Brant. Max Sheffington is a scientist who owns a Bassett hound named Hazel who’s also walked by Brant. One day both Carly and Max return to their respective homes to find their pooches with completely different personalities and behaviors. It’s soon clear there’s been a mixup but Brant’s nowhere to be found (you’ll need to read the book for those details). After some effort, Carly tracks down Max and their first meet is anything but cute.
This story had just the kind of start I was looking for and I settled in for what I believed would be a delightful romantic comedy. There’s lots of humor but also so much more that elevates this out of the genre and that’s a good thing. Carly has lots of issues going on at the moment and losing Baxter was the least of it. Between her difficult clients, extremely dysfunctional family and money pressures, she is strung pretty tight. Despite all of that, Max finds her highly appealing and pushes through his shyness to connect with her, of course using Hazel as a lure. He’s got his own issues as he’s competing for tenure and concerned about his severely autistic adult brother being cared for by his aging father.
There’s a lot to sink your mind into but Hazel and Baxter still manage to steal the show. I loved any time or anything that includes these adorable furry babies and they provide not only comic relief but the means to help develop Carly and Max’s relationship, which evolved nicely and slowly. I opted for the audio version and the narrator captured both of them very well, somehow managing to bring out their best and worst as the occasion demanded. There are lots of unique secondary characters who were distinguished perfectly. I liked everything about this story, even when it was annoying because of Carly’s awful family and a bizarre turn that righted itself, and am looking forward to continuing the series.
- Release Date: August 25, 2020
- Series: Lucky Dog #1
- Narrator: Courtney Patterson
- Audio Length: 11 hours, 15 minutes
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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(Thanks to Tantor Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)