’TIL DEATH DO US BARK…
Wedding planner Zoe Plum has brides from all walks of life vying for her services. The only problem is: happily-single Zoe doesn’t actually enjoy weddings—but that might change when she meets the singer of a local band playing at one of her weddings. His name is Levi Dolson and he’s too gorgeous for his own good. And now he’s gone ahead and charmed her new dachshund. . .
It’s no secret that Zoe doesn’t believe in fairy tales, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to make sweet music with Levi. While she’s convinced she doesn’t need a man, when someone starts setting one trap after the next to make sure she never plans a wedding ever again, she might need Levi in more ways than she could have imagined. But just how far is Zoe’s hidden enemy willing to go? The only thing Levi knows for sure is that he will do everything in his power to protect the woman who brings music to his soul. Maybe that will prove to Zoe, once and for all, that he is a man worthy of her heart. . .
In A Wedding Tail, Casey Griffin combines heart, laughs, mystery, and plenty of cute dogs together in a must-read contemporary romance!
Griffin's third Rescue Dog romance (after Beauty and the Wiener) returns to contemporary San Francisco for a romantic mystery with an unexpected harder edge, perhaps mixing too much realism into a lighthearted series. Event planner Zoe Plum's goal of buying her own home and thus proving herself to her mother is endangered by fallout from a farcical wedding that she was unable to salvage. She's further undermined by sabotage at a prominent expo and hamstrung by her mother's sudden illness. Soon it becomes evident that Zoe is the target of a possibly murderous enemy, and her mother's increasing needs add still more stress to Zoe's life. Levi Dolson, who's so laid back he barely counts as a character, supports Zoe through every vicissitude. Zoe's tender romance with Levi is sometimes obscured beneath the overly intense mystery, and readers expecting canine fun will be disappointed that Zoe's volunteering at a rescue organization gets little mention, but Griffin wraps up the story well. Fans of the series will enjoy appearances from previous protagonists.
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An intriguing installment that brings the series full circle
3.5 Stars ~ Rounded
Zoe has a good life: selling ‘personal products’ for Pure Pleasure, Freddy her new little adopted Doxie and a wedding planning business that keeps her busy and on her toes. After her last relationship of six years ago went south, she’s given up on men and doesn’t believe in fairy tale endings- but this particular wedding just may take the cake. From a missing groomsman to every conceivable mishap that one could possibly imagine – she’s up against it from the start.
In comes Levi – a rock star who seems to charm Freddy and find Zoe more than attractive. With her decision to forego men and relationships, Zoe doesn’t even attempt to encourage his advances, but there is something. Something there. And, when Zoe starts to have mysterious catastrophes happen that affect her business, Levi is there – protecting, desiring and completely working his way past her defenses. With Zoe’s trust issues, Freddy, appearances from earlier characters in their relationships and the unveiling of the mystery person behind all of the upheaval, the story moves forward with plenty of room for laughs.
Overall, Zoe was the most intriguing yet least pulled together heroine in this series: completely torn between herself and her beliefs in what she should be in each situation. The contradictions and fast-switching between behaviors and beliefs are enough to bring whiplash. This does, however, wear a bit thin in the midpoint of the story, as challenges and responses seem to appear simply to add words and don’t really show any growth or new choices. But, throughout the story, the lightness and humor, even in the darker moments with all the sabotage, there is a determination and optimism that she puts forward. And you can’t help but love the little dog and the joy he brings, even when he’s focusing his attention on Levi. Levi’s intentions are pure when it comes to Zoe, and he’s nothing if not persistent even in the face of overwhelming discouragement. And he’s determined to discover the saboteur and keep Zoe and Freddy safe, proving himself over and over again.
An intriguing installment that brings the series full circle with returning characters in their relationships that have grown, the sense of humor and personalities shown by the dogs, and the slow growth of the relationship.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Third book in A Rescue Dog Romance series!
A Wedding Tail by Casey Griffin is the third book in A Rescue Dog Romance series. Zoe Plum is a wedding/event planner (owns Plum Crazy Events) and a representative for Pure Pleasure in San Francisco, California. She has been working on the Fisher-Wells wedding for the last year with an extremely difficult bride. Zoe needs the commission from this wedding to help her purchase a home of her own. The wedding day, though, has not been going smoothly. A sick horse (that was going to pull the carriage), a drunk uncle, missing groomsmen, air conditioning on the fritz, doves on the loose, the brides dress does not fit (a little binge eating), and now the organist is ill. Zoe quickly recruits Levi Dolson, guest turned groomsmen turned organist, for the job. The Fisher-Wells wedding quickly deteriorates and Zoe is out a commission. She hopes to get some new clients at The Wedding Expo where she was to have a prime booth location. It seems that it is not Zoe’s week. She finds her booth moved to a back corner right next to Levi Dolson. Levi seems intent on pursing Zoe despite her disinterest. Then someone attacks Zoe’s van and destroys an $11,000 wedding gown. This is just the beginning (so much more) of problems that begin to plague Zoe. Someone is targeting her, but she does not know why. Levi wants to keep Zoe safe and show her that they can have a happily ever after (despite her beliefs).
A Wedding Tail is a light-hearted romance novel with a mystery woven through it. There was one zany incident after another in the book. I am sure most people will find it amusing, but, after a while, I just found it ridiculous (plus the incidents made me nervous, stressed-out). My mother was laughing at the antics in the beginning, but then she agreed it was over-the-top. My rating for A Wedding Tail is 3 out of 5 stars. I felt too time was devoted to Zoe’s sideline of selling sex toys and her copious use of them (she really should invest in rechargeable batteries since she goes through so many). The mystery was uncomplicated. Most readers will pick out the identity of the culprit long before the reveal. A Wedding Tail can be read without having indulged in the first two books in A Rescue Dog Romance series. I am not the right audience for this type of story (I am too pragmatic). Readers who enjoy comedic romances with a light (airy) mystery will like reading A Wedding Tail. It is the perfect book to read while on summer vacation (and lounging by a lake, beach, or pool).
This is the third book in the Rescue Dog Romance series and it's a wonderful story with just the right dose of humor and romance sprinkled with a touch of mystery. In this story if things can go wrong they will, if something can be misunderstood it will be, and if you can keep from laughing out loud you're stronger than me! Zoe Plum is hilarious. A wedding planner who actually hates weddings! After being left at the altar years prior she's still blissfully single and plans on staying that way. Then she meets Levi Dolson, a member of the band playing at one of her weddings, and he makes her start thinking that maybe her keep men at arms length approach at life might need to change. He did charm her cute little pup!
A fun read that was completely entertaining. I would definitely recommend it.