A companion novella to Groomed for Murder Going to the Dogs, #2. Your reading enjoyment would be enhanced if you’ve already read Groomed for Murder.
Brooke and Drew are getting married and Brooke is happy juggling all her responsibilities with her wonderful fiancé, Drew and her playful Bulldog, Boxer. She’s in her element running both Pawlish, her doggie grooming spa and Bone Appétit, her dog treat franchise. But, even though Drew hasn’t been demanding, he’s unhappy. Whenever he brings up slowing down, she reassures him she can handle everything. But the reality is that she isn’t and their relationship is suffering. It isn’t until the honeymoon that things come to a head. Brooke is spending more time putting out fires with her businesses than she is quenching her new husband’s fire.
Will her need to handle everything cause her to lose…the only thing that matters?
I feel like all I need to say about this read is “Drew!” and I am done but alas, that just wouldn’t be enough. 🙂 I don’t think I realized until I plowed through Handled how much I love Drew and how much I was looking forward to the conclusion of his story. Sure, Brooke is in there too and I was glad to read more about her but for me, this one is all about the boy!!
As we have come to expect, Brooke is in way over her head trying to complete tasks, chores and, projects for her two businesses, her friends and, her own wedding. While Brooke has always been highly efficient and completely capable, she has also generally been on her own so the long, hard hours only mattered to her. Since Drew has come into her life Brooke has seen great improvement overall but, the hours aren’t lessening and though she assures Drew that she has everything covered and things will slow down after the wedding, his patience is beginning to wear thin. With no regrets, Drew gave up his high-powered, high-income job for something far more meaningful and far less time-consuming. Drew’s time with Brooke is precious and though he makes every effort to spend time with her, he is getting pretty tired of being stood up. Their sex life is bleh and bordering on non-existent and there is just only so much a man can take before he crosses the unthinkable line.
The Bottom Line: After spending so much time with the same group of characters I would totally expect both the author and the reader to be tired of the lot of them. That is not the case at all with this series for either me or Zoe Dawson. Dawson keeps her characters fresh and exciting (something an author bored with his/her characters cannot do!) and is totally unafraid of throwing a ton of drama at her characters. Dawson writes strong characters who are able to stick to their guns, be strong and, weather all storms. For me, I love these characters (DREW!!) and am especially glad to see them facing and overcoming adversity – the mark of truly evolving characters. I know the end is near for this original group of characters and I have to say, I will be sorry to see them take a back seat to the next group of characters. This series just doesn’t get old and is one I can truly see myself going to back to again and again 🙂
About the author and where to find her:
Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.