Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Dog Nanny
Author: Ann Whitaker
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: May 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Waco TX
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual+ (one scene)
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Negligible/Minimal
Ann's Website: www.annwhitaker.com
Vet tech, Julie Shields is trying to raise enough money to open a new animal adoption center in Abilene. She’s putting every dime, nickel, and dollar she can toward the goal. Being out of a job for a month while Dr. Arthur is off climbing mountains in Switzerland definitely won’t add dollars or cents to the desperately needed money.
But wait. Dr. Arthur has the perfect temp job for her. Train two rambunctious, misbehaved poodles. She’s no dog trainer! Hmm. It does sound ideal, though; getting away for a month, having plenty of free time, getting paid to work with animals. It could work. Sure, she’ll give it a try.
Unfortunately one of the first try-als comes in the form of pilot Nick Worthington. He’s perfect, too perfect. Yet as Julie gets to know Nick his flaws start to surface. Or at least she thinks they are. In addition to keeping her born-again virgin libido in check when Nick’s near she starts to think something is going on around the Esposito casa. Strange yet seemingly obvious things. Things that make her wonder about certain people. On top of her suspicious musings she seems to get into one jam or scrape after another. Unintentionally, of course!
Focus on the out of control dogs and everything should be fine. If only.
Assumptions and erroneous judgments are only a part of Julie’s repertoire. A kind heart, eagerness, and a way with animals fill in some of the blanks on that list. She goes after everything with a gung-ho attitude, which isn’t always to her advantage, though it makes for great entertainment for the reader.
I would have liked to have been privy to Nick’s thoughts, but as a whole, the cast of characters worked well together. I especially liked Carmen, you never knew what was coming next with her and neither did Julie, which kept her on her toes.
Dog Nanny is charming, fun and light-hearted. A breezy tongue-in-cheek read. I’ll definitely be looking for more from Ms. Whitaker.
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