Friday, October 10, 2014

Review: Groomed for Murder (Going to the Dogs #2) by Zoe Dawson

Title: Groomed for Murder (Going to the Dogs #2)
Author: Zoe Dawson
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Pets
Length: Novella
Release Date: December 28, 2012
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 2
Sexual - 2

Can a dog have a bad hair day?

Brooke Palmer owns Pawlish, an exclusive doggie spa and grooming business in upper Manhattan, but when a client’s champion poodle gets a bad poodle cut and has to undergo therapy to recover, the client sues. The lawyer they send is drop dead gorgeous, but Brooke won't be wooed by a corporate shark in a sharp suit.

Corporate lawyer Drew Hudson has better things to do then take on this ridiculous lawsuit, but since he works for the client’s husband, he has no choice. After meeting the beautiful, sweet-tempered owner, he can’t keep his mind on the silly case. But when the client turns up dog gone dead, Brooke may be a conflict of interest when she’s charged with the murder. All Drew wants to do is prove that this sexy entrepreneur is not dangerous, except to his heart.

This book was a bit of a disappointment for me.  I had a difficult time believing a person like Brooke could exist.  She was one of those overly perfect characters that's just far too good to be true.  Drew was much more believable, and I actually enjoyed his part of the story.  The torn feeling he had between following his work or following his heart and inner moral compass.

Brooke's client that ends up suing her was quite a hoot - until she ends up dead.  Now this event takes awhile to happen so we get to see a few very memorable scenes with the snooty woman that had me chuckling.  I wish there had been more about this whole part of the story.  There seemed to be no real investigation or reason to think Brooke did it - it was just handy to have that happen for the story.

I would have liked to see Roscoe, the bulldog, more involved as well.  When I see a book that invovles pets, I expect them to have more of a role than just the pet that happens to be in a lot of scenes.

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