The Truth About Love and Dogs: The laugh out loud new romcom about friendship and happily ever afters
Lilly Bartlett, author
Four little words, uttered by her husband… ‘Oh my god,’ he gasped into her shoulder. ‘Shannon!’ There’s just one problem: her name isn’t Shannon. Rewind six months and Scarlett and Rufus aren’t in the honeymoon stage anymore so much as the honey-should-we-bother phase. Desperate to get their sparkle back, Scarlett has plotted, planned and waxed more than any woman should have to, but none of it is working. Which makes it very hard to start the family they want. At least her business is going strong, even if her marriage isn’t. She and her best friend spend their days tangled up in dog leads and covered in fur. Scarlett is the fairy dogmother, training hopeless pets like compulsive eater Barkley, impulsive Romeo Murphy and bossy Biscuit. Meanwhile, her best friend walks the dogs and pines for the man who doesn’t know she exists. Thank goodness the women have each other. If only Scarlett could work out how to get her marriage back on track. But Rufus isn’t sharing his feelings with her. He is, though, sharing with her best friend. Her best friend, Shannon.
Despite the seemingly winning combination of love, heartache, and dogs, this tale of a rekindling marriage is muffled with fluff. Scarlett and Rufus are in the marital doldrums, and tirelessly trying to get pregnant has not exactly kept the romance going. At least Scarlett’s business—training hopelessly disobedient dogs with her best friend, Shannon—is going strong. The mischievous pups and their eclectic owners keep the women busy. But Scarlett loses her ability to bury herself in work after Rufus calls out Shannon’s name in bed. Shannon, who has never thought of Rufus that way, is appalled, but that doesn’t stop Scarlett from questioning their friendship or from kicking Rufus to the curb. Once she’s alone, though, she realizes she misses them both, and the three have to find a way to move forward. The sympathetic looks into everyday hardships are overshadowed by clunky, hollow chapters of puppy training quasi-comedy and Rufus’s self-centered angst. Fans of feel-good romance will find the story touching if they can get through the unnecessary drama. (BookLife)