Friday, August 28, 2009

Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruise

From the Amazon product description: Part basset, part beagle, all Cupid . . . can a matchmaking hound fetch a new love for his owner?

For Nina Askew, turning forty means freedom -- from the ex-husband whose career always came first, from their stuffy suburban home. Freedom to have her own apartment in the city, freedom to focus on what she wants for a change. And what she wants is something her ex always vetoed -- a puppy. A bouncy puppy to cheer her up. Instead she gets . . . Fred.

Overweight, smelly and obviously suffering from some kind of doggy depression, Fred is light-years from perky. But for all his faults, he does manage to put Nina face-to-face with Alex Moore, her gorgeous, younger downstairs neighbor.

I picked this one out hoping to read it and The Art of Racing in the Rain for Jennifer at the Literate Housewife's Dog Days of Summer week. She had this cute logo that I'll stick here so you can see it and if you'd on over and check out what everyone who did get their reading done had to say! I didn't even get The Art of Racing in the Rain started so now I'll have to decide if I am going to read it or save it for next year!

Anyone But You was a fun, romantic escape. I liked all the characters, especially the dog, Fred. I could identify with the over forty heroine. Although I am married, the idea of freedom to do what you want is appealing - don't we all sometimes feel restrained by our roles - worker, wife, mother? A little fantasy about a hunky young doctor downstairs was a delightful diversion!

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