’TIL DEATH DO US BARK…
Wedding planner Zoe Plum has brides from all walks of life vying for her services. The only problem is: happily-single Zoe doesn’t actually enjoy weddingsbut that might change when she meets the singer of a local band playing at one of her weddings. His name is Levi Dolson and he’s too gorgeous for his own good. And now he’s gone ahead and charmed her new dachshund. . .
It’s no secret that Zoe doesn’t believe in fairy tales, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to make sweet music with Levi. While she’s convinced she doesn’t need a man, when someone starts setting one trap after the next to make sure she never plans a wedding ever again, she might need Levi in more ways than she could have imagined. But just how far is Zoe’s hidden enemy willing to go? The only thing Levi knows for sure is that he will do everything in his power to protect the woman who brings music to his soul. Maybe that will prove to Zoe, once and for all, that he is a man worthy of her heart. . .
In A Wedding Tail, Casey Griffin combines heart, laughs, mystery, and plenty of cute dogs together in a must-read contemporary romance!
About the Author
A true geek at heart, CASEY GRIFFIN can often be found at comic conventions on her days off from her day job, driving 400-ton dump trucks in Northern Alberta, Canada. As a jack of all trades with a resumé boasting registered nurse, English teacher, and photographer, books are her true passion. Casey is a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel finalist and is currently busy writing every moment she can. Visit her on the Web at www.caseygriffin.com. She is the author of Must Love Wieners and Beauty and the Wiener.
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Zoe Plum stood in front of St. Dominic's church doors, greeting each wedding guest with a brilliant smile as they arrived, checking their names off a list on her tablet. However, she wasn't exactly smiling on the inside. Internally, Zoe was pacing and biting her nails, cringing at each new arrival that wasn't the guest she was hoping for: Levi Dolson. And boy was he going to hear it from her when he finally did arrive.
Just that morning, Levi had been upgraded from guest to groomsman — that's if he got there in time. The original groomsman had been hit with food poisoning late the night before — which Zoe suspected was more than likely a case of nerves, since everyone was on edge that day.
This wasn't a usual joyful wedding day. Her clients might have been the ones tying the knot, but it felt like the only thing in knots were Zoe's insides. No one would have guessed it, however, as she welcomed people up the steps and through the double doors with a confident smile.
Zoe could act like she was going for a facial while a zombie apocalypse was breaking out around her. But between each new arrival, she cast nervous glances down the street, wanting to throttle the fill-in groomsman who was running dangerously late.
A glance at her watch told Zoe there were fifty minutes until "I do" time. She just wished that when Levi did arrive, it would be on the back of a white stallion. Not because she secretly wanted a Prince Charming — that ludicrous fantasy was the last thing she dreamed of. It was because the bride, Juliet, had insisted on riding into the sunset — or at least the mid-afternoon blazing sun — with her new husband after the ceremony. Unfortunately, her assistant informed Zoe that the beautiful horse she'd originally booked had come down with a case of acute synovitis.
Summer was a busy time for the poor creature, what with the influx of tourists to show around San Francisco. The strain of pulling the cart for all those extra customers had put poor Puccini out of commission for the rest of the summer, and most annoyingly, for the wedding Zoe had been planning for the last year.
But it would all be okay. No. It was going to be perfect, just like every other event that Zoe had ever been hired to plan. She wasn't the best event planner in the city for nothing. And after all the added challenges that day had presented so far, she was really going to prove that by pulling it off without a hitch — or a hitch that anyone would know about.
The Fisher-Wells wedding was one of the more extravagant weddings she'd planned for that year, with a commission to match. Once it was done, she would finally have the rest of the down payment to buy her own place. A place to call her own, instead of renting a small apartment barely big enough for her. She couldn't wait to feel like she owned a little piece of the world.
What was better, she could finally prove to her mother that she could support herself without a man — as often as her mother tried to convince Zoe otherwise. Because if you could afford to buy a place in San Francisco, there was no doubt you had your life together. It was her final puzzle piece to having complete independence, that grown-up feeling of being a homeowner.
"Code red! Code red!" a panicked voice screamed out.
Zoe turned from the guests filtering in through the church's entrance. The disembodied voice carried around the side of the building and into the foyer. The guests exchanged worried glances.
Inwardly, Zoe cringed, but she maintained her poise. She smiled, like everything's cool. Nothing to see here.
A moment later, a plump blonde appeared at the bottom of the church stairs, ponytail swinging behind her, sensible flats slapping the walkway. When she saw Zoe's expression, she visibly gulped.
Zoe gave her assistant, Natalie, a quirk of her eyebrow and nodded her head inside. Obviously chastised, Natalie mimicked Zoe's "natural" air of confidence as she entered the church, past people congregating around the guest book. They ducked into a quiet vestibule so they were out of earshot.
The epitome of serenity, Zoe began rearranging a bouquet of roses on a carved wooden table. However, her insides had cinched together like corset strings.
"We can't handle a code red right now," she told her assistant. "We already have an MIA flower girl, a sick priest, a wild four-legged ring bearer, in-laws at each other's throats, and a sweaty congregation."
As usual, Zoe was the first to arrive at the venue that morning, and it had taken her breath away. Literally. It had been like stepping into a sauna. The church's air conditioning blew up the night before, and due to the heat wave that had hit San Francisco that week, no available repairmen could be found in time for the wedding.
After a few emergency calls, Zoe had found industrial fans for rent that had blown the toupee right off the bride's grandfather. Thankfully the fans came with protective guards so the magical day didn't end with a magical amputation. That day was about joining two people together, not a finger back to its owner.
The first crisis of the day averted, after that, everything that could go wrong had. So what now, Zoe wondered. "How bad is it?"
"This trumps everything." Natalie was practically vibrating. She took a deep breath, but it didn't seem to calm her. It only made her start hyperventilating. "It's the dress."
Zoe froze. "What about the dress?"
Natalie hesitated, wincing a little. "It doesn't fit."
The rose stem in Zoe's hand snapped in two. The words echoed through her mind as it emptied of all other concerns. Family feuds she could squelch, flower girls she could track down, rampant dogs she could bring to heel, but this ... And with this bride of all brides?
"What do you mean?" Zoe asked. "How can it not fit? It was made for her."
Zoe hadn't even moved, but something in her voice made Natalie take a step back. "I-I mean it won't zip up. We're talking total back fat blockage."
Not on my watch, Zoe told herself.
She drew herself up and headed for the office building at the back of the church, or rather, the bride's temporary room. "We'll see about that. I'll make that dress fit if I have to staple her into it." She imagined this was why corsets were invented, because at the last second, it was easier to make alterations to the body than the dress.
As Zoe skirted around the outside of the church, the afternoon sun beat down on her. And it was only one o'clock. It was bound to get hotter. She just hoped the fans could keep up.
Natalie remained close on her heel, her footsteps on the paved path matching the quick beat of Zoe's heart. Zoe couldn't wait until this day was over. Planning the Fisher-Wells wedding had been her biggest professional challenge yet. Amongst the bride's waffling desires, unrealistic expectations, and last-minute demands, Juliet Fisher had been a bridezilla from start to finish.
But no one deserved a crisis like this on their big day.
As they rounded the side of the building, Zoe hated to ask, "How is she doing?"
Natalie groaned. "Total bride meltdown."
Zoe had figured as much. She remembered the day the gold-embossed invitations arrived and Juliet's name had accidentally been placed last to read Wells-Fisher. To say the least, Fisher was not well that day. Somehow that had set the tone for their entire future marriage — something about feeling inadequate and her mother-in-law's strawberry rhubarb pie. It was all very difficult to understand once she'd broken down into full sobs.
As they made their way to the little office building where the bride was getting ready, Zoe mentally reviewed her to-do list.
Double check on bride's uncle (last seen nursing flask) Find flower girl Cough drops for priest Leash for Juliet's golden retriever Replacement horse Levi Dolson
She added a new item to the list:
Get bride into dress
Zoe could feel her shoulder muscles relax beneath her stylish cobalt blazer as everything fell into place in her mind. She could get through this day. It was going to be okay. Heck, the year before she'd thrown a party where someone kidnapped dozens of her guests. They might have been of the four-legged variety. But still. After that, she was officially experienced with any disaster an event planner could face. Only, she'd never faced them all at the exact same time. And what was she going to do about that horse?
As Zoe and Natalie approached the separate building, they could already hear muffled screams coming from the other side of the door. They gave each other a look, like Here we go.
Natalie looked downright ill. Zoe figured they didn't both need to endure the impending abuse. So she turned to her assistant. "On second thought, could you please call around and find a horse for after the ceremony? Do whatever you can. Get me a zebra if you have to."
Relief caused Natalie's eyes to roll into her head. She nodded, her ponytail flicking. Another peal of swear words drifted through the door, and she scrambled away as fast as she could.
"Oh, and Natalie?" Zoe called after her. "If that Levi Dolson turns up, send him to me right away."
Zoe absently wondered what the weight restriction on ponies was, if it came to that. But there would have to be a ceremony before they'd need a horse, and the bride needed a dress before she could walk down the aisle. So tucking one of her stray jet-black locks of hair back into place, Zoe approached the "bride's room."
Automatically, she reached inside her utility bridal bag — well, truthfully it was a fanny pack. It may not have been as stylish as a Coach purse, but it was a necessity that no good event planner could do without — it had saved her butt more times than she could shake a bridal bouquet at. Besides, Zoe could rock anything and make it look like she was strutting down the runway. Even a fanny pack.
Unzipping a hidden pouch, she dipped her hand in. Her fingers brushed against super-soft polyester fur, and instantly, she could feel her worries melt away. She held the hidden object reverently, allowing its furry, comforting presence to sooth her. Because who could be upset when they were holding an adorable, lovable, huggable Fuzzy Friend?
The collectible line of stuffed animals was on the top of every child's Christmas list, and apparently on the list of stressed-out thirty-year-old Japanese-American women too. Or maybe that was just Zoe. While she couldn't explain it, the cuddly sack of beans was like a private solace to her during the worst of times — and simultaneously her most embarrassing secret.
Predicting a difficult day, she'd come armed with Pretty Puppy, one of her favorites. It was old and well loved, as evidenced by the multiple repairs over the years to seams, new eyeballs, and replacement plastic bean stuffing. It looked uncannily like her last dachshund, Buddy. While he'd died of old age more than a year before, the thought of him still brought those warm memories back.
Zoe missed Buddy. Even now, she still hadn't moved on. While she continued to volunteer at the San Francisco Dachshund Rescue Center where she'd first adopted Buddy, she sometimes felt pangs, painful reminders of what she was missing in her life ever since he'd left her.
Ironically, she felt no such pangs of regret every time she attended a wedding, nor did she feel like she was missing a groom in her life. Certainly not the one that left her. She was better off on her own. In every way.
Zoe didn't need a man. There was only one thing a man could do for her and she did a better job of that herself. But that was the benefit of being a Pure Pleasure sex toy representative — an arsenal of free vibrators at her disposal.
She sold the popular toy line as a side business by hosting Pure Pleasure parties, pulling in an average of two thousand dollars a month. But the best part was the incredible discount and free samples that came along with the job. Which was a lifesaver, since Zoe was convinced she had a higher-than-normal sexual appetite — the amount of batteries she bought on a regular basis could attest to that.
She didn't only exude sexuality, she studied sex, understood sex, taught sex secrets and tips, threw sexucation parties to sell merchandise. Zoe was a sexpert in practically every way. Except, of course, for one tiny detail: She didn't have sex.
As she gave her Fuzzy Friend a final squeeze, she took a deep breath, preparing for what lay on the other side of that door before finally knocking.
"What!?" came a sharp reply.
Zoe braced herself and turned the handle. She cracked the door open just wide enough to check for airborne shoes or bouquets aimed at her.
When she saw the coast was clear, she poked her head inside and found a cluster of brightly colored bridesmaids, one for every color of the rainbow. They were huddled in the middle of the reception office, the desk and chairs pushed to the side of the room to make space for the wedding party.
"Can I come in?" Zoe asked.
At the sound of her voice, the rainbow turned in unison and seemed to part, revealing a billowing white tulle cloud in the middle. However, when Juliet spun away from the mirror to face Zoe, her expression looked as tempestuous as a hurricane. And she'd looked like she'd been through one too.
Mascara ran down her cheeks in black streaks from a pair of puffy eyes. Wisps of hair escaped her veil and clung to her sweaty cheeks. Her dress sagged off her body, half-zipped up. Her maid of honor struggled to hold it up while Juliet's body shook with sobs.
Zoe didn't skip a beat. "Look at you!" she gushed. "You look beautiful." Which was probably the biggest lie she'd ever told in her life, and in a church, no less — which was fine, since she'd always assumed she was going to hell anyway.
While she wasn't normally one to hold her opinions back, there were times that demanded truth and times that demanded an outright bald-faced lie. This was one of those times.
"No, I don't!" Juliet wailed, wiping her reddened nose on a tissue. "I can't go through with it. I'm calling the whole thing off."
"Why? What's wrong?" Zoe dared a few steps into the room. She needed to diffuse the situation, brush it off as though this kind of thing happens all the time — which unfortunately it did. But why, oh why did it have to happen to Juliet?
Juliet spun to face the floor-standing mirror again, elbowing her maid of honor out of the way. "Just look at my dress. It's a disaster! It doesn't fit."
She tugged at the beaded bodice futilely before giving a little stomp of her silk heel. Her bodice shifted and began to slip down again. The maid of honor lunged and held it up to prevent an accidental strip-show.
Zoe crossed the office full of tense bridesmaids. "I'm sure the zipper's just stuck. Let me have a look."
"See? I told you it was the zipper," Juliet snapped at the girl in the orange dress, then to Zoe she said, "I told her it was the zipper. She didn't believe me."
Zoe grabbed the two pieces of unzipped fabric at the back and pulled them together. Extra hands joined in the battle, tugging on the dress. As they were stifled, Zoe could feel beads of sweat form along her brow in the stifling, air-conditioning-less room.
Juliet sucked in, turning red, then purple, then blue. When she'd turned every color of her bridesmaids' dresses, it became obvious that Natalic was right. It wasn't going to close. Zoe stepped back to catch her breath.
She frowned at the gown. "Hmmm."
Juliet eyed her in the mirror. "Hmmm? What is that supposed mean? That doesn't sound like a good 'hmmm.' Like 'Hmmm, what kind of ice cream do I want tonight?'" she said sarcastically.
Zoe thought ice cream was likely the source of their dilemma. "It doesn't look like the zipper's the problem. But it will be all right," she added quickly. "We'll just have to make some emergency modifications to the design."
"How did this happen?" Juliet gripped her half-updo and tugged at her brown locks, making it more of a half-undo — yet, one more thing to fix. Her face screwed up. "It's probably the seamstress's fault," she spat.
Zoe was certain the seamstress wasn't to blame, but she wasn't about to suggest that in case Juliet started to cry again and they lost what little makeup they had left.
"Don't worry. These things can happen before the big day. It's totally not your fault at all."
"Of course it's not," Juliet said. "Stupid stress."
Assessing the expensive wedding dress again, Zoe ran through several options in her head like flipping through a wedding-dress catalogue. The whole room seemed to lean forward, awaiting her verdict. Juliet watched Zoe's reflection in the mirror, looking hopeful.
Zoe nodded. "I can totally make this work. But it's going to take stabbing several holes on either side of the zipper. How do you feel about a corset-style back?"
She dug through her fanny pack and drew out an emergency roll of thick, white silk ribbon and a small pair of scissors. Fanny-pack to the rescue!
Juliet's hopeful look darkened. "You want to ruin my dress?"
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Table of Contents
1. Top Dog,
2. Stop the Music,
3. Dog and Pony Show,
4. Paws Off,
5. Leader of the Pack,
6. Same Song and Dance,
7. Dog Days,
8. Well, Dog My Cats,
9. Howling Mad,
10. Tail Between the Legs,
11. Puppy Dog Eyes,
12. Love Me, Love My Dog,
13. Singing the Blues,
14. Blow This Hot Dog Stand,
15. Put a Dog Off the Scent,
16. Like a Dog with a Bone,
17. Tuned Out,
18. A Song and Dance,
19. Make the Canary Sing,
20. Changing Her Tune,
21. Singing a Different Tune,
22. A Barking Dog Never Bites,
23. Bad Dog,
24. Three-Dog Night,
25. All Bark and No Bite,
26. Face the Music,
27. A Shaggy Dog Story,
28. Singing the Same Tune,
29. Tail Wagging the Dog,
30. I'll Get You and Your Little Dog, Too,
31. Put on the Dog,
32. Hear of Marriage and You'll Dream of a Funeral,
34. Putting the Dog Down,
35. A Live Dog Is Better Than a Dead Boyfriend,
36. In Tune,
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3.5 Stars ~ Rounded Zoe has a good life: selling ‘personal products’ for Pure Pleasure, Freddy her new little adopted Doxie and a wedding planning business that keeps her busy and on her toes. After her last relationship of six years ago went south, she’s given up on men and doesn’t believe in fairy tale endings- but this particular wedding just may take the cake. From a missing groomsman to every conceivable mishap that one could possibly imagine – she’s up against it from the start. In comes Levi – a rock star who seems to charm Freddy and find Zoe more than attractive. With her decision to forego men and relationships, Zoe doesn’t even attempt to encourage his advances, but there is something. Something there. And, when Zoe starts to have mysterious catastrophes happen that affect her business, Levi is there – protecting, desiring and completely working his way past her defenses. With Zoe’s trust issues, Freddy, appearances from earlier characters in their relationships and the unveiling of the mystery person behind all of the upheaval, the story moves forward with plenty of room for laughs. Overall, Zoe was the most intriguing yet least pulled together heroine in this series: completely torn between herself and her beliefs in what she should be in each situation. The contradictions and fast-switching between behaviors and beliefs are enough to bring whiplash. This does, however, wear a bit thin in the midpoint of the story, as challenges and responses seem to appear simply to add words and don’t really show any growth or new choices. But, throughout the story, the lightness and humor, even in the darker moments with all the sabotage, there is a determination and optimism that she puts forward. And you can’t help but love the little dog and the joy he brings, even when he’s focusing his attention on Levi. Levi’s intentions are pure when it comes to Zoe, and he’s nothing if not persistent even in the face of overwhelming discouragement. And he’s determined to discover the saboteur and keep Zoe and Freddy safe, proving himself over and over again. An intriguing installment that brings the series full circle with returning characters in their relationships that have grown, the sense of humor and personalities shown by the dogs, and the slow growth of the relationship. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Wedding planner Zoe Plum has brides from all walks of life vying for her services. The only problem is: happily-single Zoe doesn’t actually enjoy weddings—but that might change when she meets the singer of a local band playing at one of her weddings. His name is Levi Dolson and he’s too gorgeous for his own good. And now he’s gone ahead and charmed her new dachshund. It’s no secret that Zoe doesn’t believe in fairy tales, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to make sweet music with Levi. While she’s convinced she doesn’t need a man, when someone starts setting one trap after the next to make sure she never plans a wedding ever again, she might need Levi in more ways than she could have imagined. But just how far is Zoe’s hidden enemy willing to go? The only thing Levi knows for sure is that he will do everything in his power to protect the woman who brings music to his soul. Maybe that will prove to Zoe, once and for all, that he is a man worthy of her heart. This is the third book in a rescue dog series, but (I am assuming) they are all basically standalones as I didn’t read the other two and didn’t feel like I missed anything. I really liked Zoe and Levi (including Levi’s determination to win Zoe over). It was a bit lengthy where it probably didn’t need to be but overall a good book. I recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
A Dog, A Rocker, & A Wedding Planner I won a copy of this book from Goodreads giveaways. I was not compensated or required to give a favorable review. This was a wonderful story about a wedding planner that seems to be having a lot of unfortunate things happen to her. Starting with a wedding disaster because of her assistant, then the a mix up with her place at a wedding expo, her friends wedding dress being dress along with her van, and while this is all happening there have been a rash of murders going on in the area. She is being targeted for everything that is happening. Between replacing her rescue Dachshund, meeting a new guy, dealing with her mothers fall and financial issues. Zoe just feels like nothing is right. It was a wonderful story.
As the third book in the Rescue Dog Romance and the second that I’ve read in the series, I’d have to say this was my favorite so far (though I might go back and read the first book now)! Beauty and the Wiener was alright and some of the characters came back in this book but the stars were Zoe and Levi. One, an event planner hoping to make her big break in weddings. The other, a musician trying to make his own break into the music business. This is the book to read when you want to know how things could possibly get worse. It’s one thing after another as Zoe’s career is thrown into jeopardy while she fights her attraction to Levi that represents everything she’s fought again — that she doesn’t need a man to complete her. Of course, a romance isn’t complete without a happy ending though the twist was an interesting touch for the story. And I liked that it wasn’t about Zoe finding her other half, but someone who was her friend, her equal, who boosted her up and supported her. Her no-man policy got on my nerves after a while. It seemed to define everything she did to the point that it felt like the author was throwing it in my face over and over “see THIS is why she acts like this.” I got it the first dozen times. But I liked Zoe as a whole. She’s so used to being in control of her life and her career that when both spiral out of control, her true strength shows. Levi was kind of a sideline attraction, coming into her life and becoming a constant presence, but it wasn’t his story. It was hers. One thing I found odd was the dachshund mentioned in the synopsis doesn’t actually come in until a while later, but it was a small thing. I love how the dachshunds are a running theme in this series. It’s a nice tie-in. I also liked the mystery more this time around. Maybe it was just more exciting than the last book but I was actually interested to find out who was causing all the trouble with Zoe’s business. I think A Wedding Tail will definitely be a hit for fans of the previous two books as those characters all come back with a marriage for one of them closing out the book and bringing this story to a close. It wasn’t an amazing read, but it was fun, light, and entertaining. You can definitely read it without reading the previous books though doing so will likely fill in some gaps for you. Perfect for contemporary romance fans!
A Wedding Tail by Casey Griffin is the third book in A Rescue Dog Romance series. Zoe Plum is a wedding/event planner (owns Plum Crazy Events) and a representative for Pure Pleasure in San Francisco, California. She has been working on the Fisher-Wells wedding for the last year with an extremely difficult bride. Zoe needs the commission from this wedding to help her purchase a home of her own. The wedding day, though, has not been going smoothly. A sick horse (that was going to pull the carriage), a drunk uncle, missing groomsmen, air conditioning on the fritz, doves on the loose, the brides dress does not fit (a little binge eating), and now the organist is ill. Zoe quickly recruits Levi Dolson, guest turned groomsmen turned organist, for the job. The Fisher-Wells wedding quickly deteriorates and Zoe is out a commission. She hopes to get some new clients at The Wedding Expo where she was to have a prime booth location. It seems that it is not Zoe’s week. She finds her booth moved to a back corner right next to Levi Dolson. Levi seems intent on pursing Zoe despite her disinterest. Then someone attacks Zoe’s van and destroys an $11,000 wedding gown. This is just the beginning (so much more) of problems that begin to plague Zoe. Someone is targeting her, but she does not know why. Levi wants to keep Zoe safe and show her that they can have a happily ever after (despite her beliefs). A Wedding Tail is a light-hearted romance novel with a mystery woven through it. There was one zany incident after another in the book. I am sure most people will find it amusing, but, after a while, I just found it ridiculous (plus the incidents made me nervous, stressed-out). My mother was laughing at the antics in the beginning, but then she agreed it was over-the-top. My rating for A Wedding Tail is 3 out of 5 stars. I felt too time was devoted to Zoe’s sideline of selling sex toys and her copious use of them (she really should invest in rechargeable batteries since she goes through so many). The mystery was uncomplicated. Most readers will pick out the identity of the culprit long before the reveal. A Wedding Tail can be read without having indulged in the first two books in A Rescue Dog Romance series. I am not the right audience for this type of story (I am too pragmatic). Readers who enjoy comedic romances with a light (airy) mystery will like reading A Wedding Tail. It is the perfect book to read while on summer vacation (and lounging by a lake, beach, or pool).
A Wedding Tail by Casey Griffin is the 3rd book in her Rescue Dog Romance series. I did enjoy the previous books in this series; however I had mixed feelings about this book. I will go into that later. Zoe Plum, our heroine, is a wedding planner, and a friend of our previous heroines (Addison & Piper). Zoe loves planning weddings, though she has sworn off men since she was left at the altar years before. The story begins with Zoe in the midst of making sure the wedding she is doing goes well, but it will turn out to be the wedding from hell, as everything goes wrong, which includes the best man claiming he loves his best friends bride to be. Needless to say, the wedding did not go off, but it will haunt Zoe for most of the story. Levi Dolson ,our hero, is a musician with his own band. He is scheduled to be a groomsman, but he also does side things to make extra money, like play a piano, ride a horse or sing anything. Levi considers himself a catch or a womanizer, and he does everything to get Zoe’s attention. Though she has no interest, and with everything falling apart, Levi will be there every step of the way to try to help Zoe, and win her over. Levi also gets a kick out Zoe’s side business (selling sex toys). What follows is a slow build romance, as well as a suspenseful story about who is trying to destroy Zoe by sabotaging everything she is involved in; whether it is destroying her van, framing her for various attacks, stealing her assistant, and destruction of her business and reputation. Zoe can’t seem to get a break, as she becomes a suspect in a possible murder. Levi will be there for her, as he is very persistent and a calming influence on her; slowly she begins to have feelings for him. We will also be introduced to Zoe’s new pet, as she ends up adopting a dachshund, Freddy, who was cute. This had a good storyline, and the last third of the book was very exciting; especially with Zoe right in the middle of trying to save her friend from a serial murderer. I also loved Zoe’s two friends, whom we had met previously. What I had mixed feelings about was the wild craziness in the first half of the book, and the emphasis on the sex toys, which was intended to be funny, but it annoyed me more than making me laugh. I also did not really like Zoe, nor Levi early on. When the murder mystery element of the storyline picked up, I got to like our couple better and the suspense was very well done. Overall, this was a good story, but some of the early humor was a bit over the top.
Holy Mackerel - I did not see that ending coming! This is the 3rd book in the rescue dog romance series and while you don't have to read the first two books, it does give you a little more information on the characters and the history they have with each other. This book focuses on Zoe Plum - wedding planner extraordinaire and best friend to Piper and Addison. Zoe has a lot she has to deal with in this book -finding out some information about her mom's situation, adopting a cute dachshund, and finding out the truth about herself and what she wants out of life. It doesn't hurt that she meets Levi and he seems more in her than she sees in herself, which is a good and a bad thing because it is forcing her to face the truth she has been avoiding for 6 years. The book also has a mystery - there is a slayer on the loose in San Francisco and Zoe's business seems to have been targeted to put her out of business. Who is doing all of this? Is it who she thinks - her nemesis Chelsea? You'll have to read the book to find out but I don't think you'll discover the answer before it is revealed!
Just not for me. I was offered a copy of this book from the Author through NetGalley, and even though I am usually cautious about jumping into a series, but since I usually love anything to do with dogs I took a chance. I feel bad but I DNF the book, perhaps because I was not familiar with the main character from the previous books? But there was just too much going wrong at the wedding that it was laughable and instead of making me laugh it made me feel on edge. But I wanted to give the book a chance so I read on and when more disaster happened I gave up. So far not a dog in sight. I love to read to escape my daily stresses and escape into the world that an Author created, I don't like to add to my stress level. So with a heavy heart I gave up on the book, this does not happen to me very often because I generally pick books that appeal to me, clearly many readers love the series but it just did not do it for me. Perhaps if I read the series from the beginning I would change my mind?
This is the third book in the Rescue Dog Romance series and it's a wonderful story with just the right dose of humor and romance sprinkled with a touch of mystery. In this story if things can go wrong they will, if something can be misunderstood it will be, and if you can keep from laughing out loud you're stronger than me! Zoe Plum is hilarious. A wedding planner who actually hates weddings! After being left at the altar years prior she's still blissfully single and plans on staying that way. Then she meets Levi Dolson, a member of the band playing at one of her weddings, and he makes her start thinking that maybe her keep men at arms length approach at life might need to change. He did charm her cute little pup! A fun read that was completely entertaining. I would definitely recommend it.