This fun and sensual contemporary romance has a great cast of characters, both four-footed and not, and evokes the wonderful sense of a tourist-friendly beach town and the laid-back atmosphere of the boardwalk in this Florida location. The hilarious misadventures of dealing with a canine who can be both a ringleader and an instigator enhances the relationship that forms between the two humans in his life, even though they are initially determined to stay on a professional footing. This book can be read as a stand alone although I suspect that the various family members who make cameo appearances in this story each have had their time in the spotlight. There are plenty of hunky males (with varying degrees of common sense or bravado) who each deserve their time in the spotlight, so I think that there will be plenty of sequels to come. It took me a little while to get used to the staccato sentences and occasionally I was a little irked by the shifting points of view, but the story was entertaining and I think it would be a great beach read. There is excellent evocation of the camaraderie among teammates and the excitement and fun of life in a small town that hosts a minor league and I definitely want to read more about these charismatic folks!
“No One Like You” by Kate Angell is part of the ‘Barefoot William Beach’ and connected to the ‘Richmond Rogues’ stories. Centering around Elizabeth (Beth) Avery as she tries out for a job as temporary assistant to baseball star and Rogues’ team captain Rylan (Ry) Cates, and discovers the challenges of dealing with a quartet of canines who are just as personable and quirky as their owner. Ry is in Barefoot William for spring training, but his family is intricately woven into the fabric of the society of this gulf coast town. Beth must learn how to handle opinionated Great Dane, Atlas, as well as juggle the myriad of commitments that Ry needs handled, but the more efficient she becomes, the harder it is going to be for them to stick to the terms of their agreement, which could be a good thing—or not.
No One Expects a Curveball
For Rylan Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot William may be home, but the pro baseball player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step--and Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter.
Beth is still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for Rylan's two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it's Atlas who won't budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One more strike and she's calling the dog out--unless she and Rylan admit that the attraction they're feeling is a game-winning grand slam. . .