To be brutally honest I had a huge level of difficulty just pushing past the opening chapter of this book. Normally I do not like to label such stories as “bad,” and yet this story fits that bolder description and it was just terrible. Sadly I have never in all of the years I have been reading discovered a story nor a romance that I did not want to finish, until now.
From the beginning to the end the story was literally all over the place. The romance was absent throughout the entire story. The attraction exchanged between the characters was flat lined and the plot reminded me more of a contemporary read rather than that of a historical fiction. I so extremely disappointed by the lack of both romance and chemistry I find it hard to believe that the book was listed as a 'romance.'
To continue with the flaws Susannah, the heroine was linked too much in her own state of snobbery. Her lady-like antics were a bit too much and did not compare well to Will's, the heroes own personality.
As for Will he was the only positive influence that this book contained for me. He was a gentle-like soul. I loved his devotion to his dogs even though such a love did overpower the book. Will was a man that needed to overcome his demon and the dogs helped him. Personally I think that Susannah only influenced his own dilemmas throughout the story and I am not all convinced that both the characters belonged together.
In the end I would not recommend the book. The series until now has been decent, but due to this story I will not be reading future publications involved with the collection.
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes comes another sparkling Regency romance filled with desire and drama
It's a dog's life...
Will Dorning, as an earl's spare, has accepted the thankless duty of managing his rambunctious younger siblings, though Will's only true companions are the dogs he's treasured since boyhood. When aristocratic London is plagued with a series of dognappings, Will's brothers are convinced that he's the only person who can save the stolen canines from an awful fate.
But the lady's choice...
Shy, bookish Lady Susannah Haddonfield has no patience with loud, smelly beasts of any species, but must appear to like dogs so as not to offend her sister's only marital prospect. Susannah turns to Will, an acquaintance from her most awkward adolescent years, to teach her how to impersonate a dog fancier. Will has long admired Susannah, though he lacks the means to offer for her, and yet as they work together to rescue the purloined pets, it's loyal, dashing Will who steals Susannah's heart.