Author Jenn McKinlay's "Bluff Point," series has been a string of books that I have highly enjoyed, until now. "Every Dog Has His Day," was not my kind of book and for a number of reasons. The most important reasoning is I felt like the plot itself got lost somewhere between the beginning of the book and into the middle as the overall point was all over the place. Secondly, I felt like there were too many secondary characters butting into the story from every angle and lastly, I felt like both Zach and Jessie acted more like inexperienced teenagers rather than adults when assessing their romance.
My favorite characters were, of course, the pets. Rufus, the poodle was my favorite as I am a dog lover myself I could relate to how Zach felt about his own four-legged companion. I would have liked to have seen Rufus in the story a bit more as I felt like the title of the book had an ounce of deception regarding the overall complexity of the story.
With Zach, he had a good heart that was fairly evident in his relationship with Rufus and I cannot forget his heroism (wink) in reuniting a stray kitten with his young owners. So I have to reward Zach for his actions by at least saying I liked his character and I can also add that I favored Jessie, the heroine as well.
Jessie is a single mother and has her hands full raising her two young daughters. Jessie wasn't looking to find love but there was denying that together she and Zach had subtle chemistry. This duller attraction boiled over into some very awkward sensual scenes that I could personally do without. I also never got the feel of an HEA-ending from these two but more of a happy-for-now ending.
In regards to whether or not I would recommend the story, I have zero suggestions. The story had its moments where it was adorable, cheerful and definitely cozy. However, there were other peculiar moments that made feel like the entire story was just offbeat. In regards to my own rereading of the story, I won't be.
A stray kitten and a rambunctious poodle bring together a small-town bachelor and a single mother in the latest romance set in Bluff Point, Maine.
Bluff Point brewery owner Zachary Caine wants nothing to do with commitment. His wild bachelor lifestyle suits him perfectly—until a foster kitten named Chaos makes him a reluctant hero. Now he’s BFFs with the kitten’s two little girls and finds himself falling for their gorgeous mother, who couldn’t think less of him.
Divorced mother Jessie Connelly wants nothing to do with men like Zach. He’s sexy and charismatic and bad news, just like her ex. But her girls adore him, and he’s doing a good job filling in for their deadbeat dad. Then a snowstorm brings out the best in both neighbors, who, it turns out, have more in common than their mutual attraction...
So when Jessie’s past threatens her and her girls, Zach is determined to do whatever it takes to protect them—and live happily ever after with this family he has made his own.