ARC Review | About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay

About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay | A Bluff Point Romance #1
Contemporary Romance
Publication Date | May 30th, 2017
ARC from Netgalley


Book Blurb: 

Mackenzie “Mac” Harris fled her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine, after being left at the altar–and seeking solace in the arms of her best friend’s off-limits brother. Now, seven years later, she’s back to attend her best friend’s wedding–safe, or so she thinks, from the mistakes of her youth.
But Gavin Tolliver has never forgotten the woman who has always held his heart. And when Mac rescues a stray puppy named Tulip, only Gavin, the town’s veterinarian, can help. With a little assistance from Tulip, Gavin vows to make Mac realize that their feelings are more than just puppy love…

| Book Review |

So right off the bat I want to say that I think About a Dog sacrificed reality for fun. And it worked; this was a feel good read that kept me in stitches through most of the book. I loved everything about the town. The two bars the ‘Maine crew’ stuck to while they were preparing for their friends’ wedding, the bakery where you could get Maine whoopie pies, and of course, the veterinary clinic where Gavin worked. And Gavin – I was head over heels for that man in no time. He was so sweet and persistent, and I loved how he just put it all out there for Mac. There was no holding back from the woman he’d always loved. I could just see his broken heart coming, and I was dreading it. So this book kicked off with a girl-time as the women tried on their bridesmaid dresses and then spent an evening out drinking and dancing, and while there were a lot of scenes like that in this book, they didn’t overwhelm the story. I enjoyed the time the gals spent together reminiscing, and they’re women who make you want to crash their girls night. I also loved Mac’s aunts. They were hilarious, and had found a second lease on life. Experiencing fun was the name of the game for the two of them. I also loved Tulip, who was the catalyst for bringing Gavin and Mac together more than once, much to Mac’s dismay. Mac ran hot and cold with Gavin often, and while I understood it at first, there came a point when I just wanted to grab her and shake her and tell her to woman up and tell your best friend you have the hots for her brother! Especially after Mac finally realized she was in love with him and wanted to be in it for the long haul. But I have to give Mac credit – when she finally decided to go after Gavin, there was nothing she wouldn’t do and no one she wouldn’t recruit to help her get her man back!

Now I will say there were times when I felt like this book was trying a bit too hard to be funny, and there were times when it got a bit outlandish. But like I said, if you know that going in and can adjust your expectations, I think you’ll have as much fun as I did with this book. I also felt like the ending was a bit rushed, but since the secondary characters had a lot of page time in this book, I’m counting on lots more of Mac and Gavin as this series continues!

Overall, I thought About a Dog was a wonderful read about love, friendships and the family you make along the way. I think it would be the perfect book to slip into your beach bag this summer. And I’m really looking forward to the next installment!

| Rating |

Series: A Bluff Point Romance


| Favorite Quote |

…Gavin came out of an exam room with a kitten in his arms. Mac looked up from the counter and felt her heart stutter in her chest. The orange tabby looked tiny in his hands and Gavin held him with a gentleness that made Mac’s ovaries want to throw all of their eggs at him at once like he was the target in a dunk tank. That couldn’t be good.

20 thoughts on “ARC Review | About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay

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  1. I read this one too and loved the small town, the aunties, the friend gatherings, but yes, I wanted to give Mac a boot to get on with it.


  2. That book sounds really cute and lighthearted. It may be something I should check out the next time I’m in need of something sweeter. Plus, that quote made me laugh.


  3. I loved this book. Gavin was so easy to fall for and Tulip won my heart….plus the crazy aunts and all of the friends were a lot of fun. Great review!


  4. I’m going to be reading this soon so I don’t want to read your review til I finish. Bummed to see the 3.5 stars because even though I know you enjoyed this, I know it didn’t knock your socks off. I’ll come back, Angie! 🙂


    1. Oh, this was a wonderful read. I think the author has the potential to knock my socks off, and I can’t wait to read the next installment of this series. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂


  5. I actually just got this book and I can’t wait to dive in. I kind of like that it’s a bit silly instead of being super serious and heavy. It seems like the perfect summertime read.


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