Home Is Where the Bark Is

Home Is Where the Bark Is

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by Kandy Shepherd
     
 

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From the author of the delightful Love is a Four-Legged Word comes another novel of romance, mystery, and dogs.

Former model Serena Oakley has opened Paws-A-While, a doggy daycare and spa in San Francisco. When a ruggedly handsome client walks in, holding a Yorki-Poo too dainty for his personality, Serena knows something's not right.

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From the author of the delightful Love is a Four-Legged Word comes another novel of romance, mystery, and dogs.

Former model Serena Oakley has opened Paws-A-While, a doggy daycare and spa in San Francisco. When a ruggedly handsome client walks in, holding a Yorki-Poo too dainty for his personality, Serena knows something's not right.

Undercover PI Nick Whalen has followed a series of identity frauds to Serena and is determined to dig up secrets he's certain she is hiding. Despite their mutual distrust, Nick and Serena find themselves bonding over an injured, orphaned dog. And soon they're arousing more than just suspicions. But will the pair trust in love enough to thwart a danger circling too close to home?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Shepherd's winning new contemporary romance, the follow-up to Love Is a Four-Legged Word, features former model Serena Oakley, a woman once photographed covered in chocolate and voted "the gal American men wanted to lick all over." Now owner of Paws-A-While, a doggy day care, her radar goes up when handsome Nick Whalen walks in the door clutching a teacup Yorkie. He's a PI hired to determine if there's a connection between Paws-AWhile and the identity theft of its patrons "parents," and his bow-wearing pup is actually his aunt's pet. Though Nick finds Serena seductively sweet, her skittish behavior arouses his suspicions, and Serena has her own trust issues with men and a past of violent victimization. But when Serena's identity is stolen, she and Nick come clean to one another and the sizzle heats up. Shepherd provides enough in the way of red herrings to keep the reader wondering whodunit, but the book's mystery component takes a definite back seat to the developing romance. Compelling lead characters, the clever if cutesy doggy friendly setting, and a deft hand at light humor mitigate yet another heroine-as-victim. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425234297
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Kandy Shepherd lives in Australia. This is her second novel.

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Home Is Where the Bark Is 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
warmth More than 1 year ago
This book was a treat and made me hope for a long list of other books writen by Kandy Shephard. It was sweet and a feel good from page one to 339.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Won't spoil it any further. It really was a great time with believable characters
gincam More than 1 year ago
The sexiest weakness in a man is his vulnerability to that one special woman. No matter how big, gruff, rough, and tough a man may be, love makes him reachable. The bigger they are...the harder they fall. The most invincible Alpha male may offer his heart like a gift to the woman he loves, and then he will wait for the look on her face to make sure she is pleased with the gift. In one who is usually without self-doubt, that moment of uncertainty is very appealing. I love a man who loves dogs and is kind to animals, and Nick Whalen, the sexy P.I. in Kandy Shepherd's "Home is Where the Bark Is", certainly fits that description. When he goes undercover to investigate a fraud scheme, he never dreams that he will fall head-over-heels for his prime suspect. When he meets Serena Oakley, the owner and operator of "Paws-A-While", a trendy doggy day-care center, he is thrown for a loop! She seems sweet and sincere, and Nick definitely finds her sexy! Serena is immediately drawn to Nick, but somehow he just doesn't seem like the kind of guy to own a prissy little toy dog like the one he brings to her pet place. Suspicion, sweet sensuality, and secrets aplenty are combined with mysterious mayhem, great charm and humor for a very satisfying romantic read!
lc38PA More than 1 year ago
this is the second book... after brutus the mil mutt and the poodle get married along side tom and mandy... this second one is more about her friend s. opening her own doggy day care center. tom is. a privite inv.who worked from the fbi and all this identity frauds are going on and there ownly link is her doggy day care... a most read keeps you guessing...really hope a 3rd one will come out by kandy really enjoy her writing style
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CatladyHI More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author. It was funny to the point of not wanting to put it down. It also kept the reader guessing as to who the villian is. Great read and very entertaining. I would like to see more from Kandy Shepherd.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In San Francisco Nick Whalen brings his Yorkie Bessie to the Paws-A-While doggie day care managed and owned by former model Serena Oakley. She has a difficult time seeing the pair together. After bewildering him with doggy blogs, social networking and doggy-kids, she knows he is doggy clueless especially about pampered pooches. Her assertion is affirmed when she learns the canine's human pet is Nick's great-Aunt Alice of Sausalito A private investigator, he actually is using the pooch to get insider information on Serena as part of an investigation he is conduction on identity theft in which the evidence points to the day care owner. Still Nick is attracted to his only suspect and soon gets involved with a doggy abandonment case that brings them even closer together. Following up on Love Is a Four-Legged Word, Kandy Shepherd provides another warm investigative doggy romance in which Nick and Serena learn the same lesson that the previous leads learned that WC Field's was right to never co-star with animals; they always steal the show. Fans will relish this jocular romantic suspense as the undercover P.I. and the doggy day care entrepreneur fall in love one bark at a time. Harriet Klausner