Fall in love with a little help from man’s best friend in New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay’s contemporary romance debut.
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...
McKinlay, best known for cozy mysteries (Better Late than Never), skillfully handles the transition to romantic comedy in a series opener set in present-day small-town New England. Mackenzie Harris hasn't been back to Bluff Point, Maine, since she was dramatically left at the altar by her fianc , and she's only returning now to fulfill maid of honor duties for her best friend Emma. The only secret Mac keeps from her best friend is that after being dumped she slept with Emma's younger brother, Gavin and seven years later, attentive, handsome Gavin is her escort for the wedding. When sparks begin to fly, Mac tries to remember she is a no-nonsense accountant who's only home for two weeks, but the sexy veterinarian and an irresistible dog have other ideas. McKinlay's novel is a refreshing change from predictable return-to-hometown-and-reconcile-with-ex stories. Despite the lack of real conflict, the story has charm and appeal, due to well-drawn characters with enjoyable personalities. Fans of Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgins, and Kate Angell will enjoy this romance and look forward to future installments. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency.
Great new series!
After being left at the alter and spending the night with her best friend's younger brother seven years ago, Mac ran away from her hometown and never came back. Now that her best friend is getting married, Mac is back in town, trying to forget all of the bad memories and the great ones she made with Gavin. Gavin has been in love with Mac for most of his life and now that she's back in town, he's going to make sure that she realizes how perfect they could be together, if only she could move past her past.
I loved all of the characters in this story. Gavin is sweet, romantic, and a great friend. Mac has been through a lot but, at times, her holding Gavin at an arm's length got frustrating. This entire group of friends is hilarious, supportive, and close. I am really looking forward to more books in this series.
*This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*