From the ARC-ives | Every Dog Has His Day by Jenn McKinlay

From the ARC-ives is a feature I created to challenge myself to catch up (sort of) with my past-due ARCs. I threw down in October of last year hoping to read two past-due ARCs a month to total 24 for the year. So…here we are nine months in and this is my second From the ARC-ives post; it would be fair to say I’m failing miserably. Will I meet this goal? Probably not. Am I planning to give it the ole college try from hear on out? You betcha. This feature installment has me reviewing Every Dog Has His Day from Jenn McKinlay. So far this series, while lukewarm, has been one I can count on for a good time. Did this third as far as I know series-closer live up to its predecessors? You’ll have to read on to find out!

Every Dog Has His Day by Jenn McKinlay
Series: Bluff Point

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2018
ARC from Netgalley

A stray kitten and a rambunctious poodle bring together a small-town bachelor and a single mother in the latest romance set in Bluff Point, Maine.

Bluff Point brewery owner Zachary Caine wants nothing to do with commitment. His wild bachelor lifestyle suits him perfectly—until a foster kitten named Chaos makes him a reluctant hero. Now he’s BFFs with the kitten’s two little girls and finds himself falling for their gorgeous mother, who couldn’t think less of him.

Divorced mother Jessie Connelly wants nothing to do with men like Zach. He’s sexy and charismatic and bad news, just like her ex. But her girls adore him, and he’s doing a good job filling in for their deadbeat dad. Then a snowstorm brings out the best in both neighbors, who, it turns out, have more in common than their mutual attraction…

So when Jessie’s past threatens her and her girls, Zach is determined to do whatever it takes to protect them—and live happily ever after with this family he has made his own.

| Book Review |

Every Dog Has His Day is Jenn McKinlay’s final offering in the Bluff Point series. For fans, you’ll be happy to hear that the previous pairs play a prominent role in their friend, Zach’s, story. For people starting here…I think the constant appearances could be very annoying. In fact, it could have been enough to turn me off from the story entirely if I didn’t have history with these characters.

I’m just going to jump right in and say what a disappointment this was for me. The number one reason is because the first half of this book was so fabulous and fun, and then it fell so spectacularly apart. In previous installments (and even in this one,) Zach was purported to be a playboy. There was no hint of that man in this book. And as far as Jessie goes, there was zero character growth. I feel like all of her growth happened before this book, which I didn’t appreciate. That meant a lot of needless drama on Jessie and Zach’s road to happily ever after, all of which screamed contrived. Not to mention this was incredibly insta ‘she’s the one for me’ from the supposed confirmed bachelor. And the fact that he called Jessie ‘my girl’ was such a turn off for me and left a bad taste in my mouth every time he said it. I also feel like I was supposed to feel bad for Jessie, and I just didn’t. This is a woman who sat outside of a church, waiting for the groom who was leaving his bride at the altar, essentially as his ‘getaway ride, to later marry him. Did she expect he was going to be a stand up guy? He wasn’t. He was an alcoholic jerk who treated her like trash, and I can’t help but think she got exactly what she deserved after the part she played in his first attempt at marriage. 

As for secondary characters, they outshone Zach and Jessie’s story in spades for me. Like I mentioned previously, I enjoyed seeing Zach’s friend group again, and I loved the way they pulled Jessie and her family right into the fold. But another gripe I have are the women, who have known Zach for years, and had a few chances to go to bat for him with Jessie, but do they do that? No, they don’t. And it made me feel bad for Zach, and I couldn’t help but wonder ‘with friends like these, who needs enemies?’ I also liked Jessie’s girls. They were given a lot of page time, but they really enhanced the story, and I never felt like they overwhelmed the plot. It’s just that Jessie and Zach’s story was so lackluster the girls stood out. Also, Mac’s aunts (Mac is from the first book in this series) were a brilliant addition as always, and the extra we learn about one of them was priceless. I also liked the pets, Rufus and Chaos, but didn’t care for how long it took Jessie and Zach to decide to keep them. Also, Jessie did something so terrible near the end of this book, and instead of the author having her woman up and apologize, something terrible happens that draws Zach and Jessie back together. The grovel that Zach so richly deserved never came, and it made me loathe Jessie. At the end of this book, I knew what Jessie saw in Zach, but I could never figure out exactly what it was he saw in her. And it left me feeling bad for him thinking he was such a good guy who was getting the short end of the stick. It also made me forget everything I even loved about the first half.

Not only was this particular book a huge disappointment as a series ender, but there were clearly two other stories in need of telling, and I don’t think we’re going to get them. Way too much time was spent building up tension on stories we’re never going to see, and I feel letdown. I will say that while this book was a miss for me, I enjoy this author’s writing overall and want to read more from her. She has a way of writing that I feel is unique and fun, and it makes you want to be a part of the families she creates.

| Rating |

Series: Bluff Point


11 thoughts on “From the ARC-ives | Every Dog Has His Day by Jenn McKinlay

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    1. I can definitely understand that. I think this series caters to a very specific sense of humor, and you really have to suspend A LOT of disbelief to be able to take it seriously. But it won me over, and I’m sad the series ender was such a let down.


    1. There really were, and it’s a risk you take as an author when subsequent books haven’t been sold yet. It sucks for the readers who DID like those side characters and were left wanting more.


  1. Yay for getting one more off the pile. Cheering you on to keep at the old ARCs. 🙂

    I read the first one, but it didn’t take with me. Bummer the last one fizzled out for you.


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