Loose Dogs

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Animal control officer Paige Newbury thinks she knows dogs.

She thinks she knows men.

She might be wrong about both.

Loose Dogs.

Unconventional romance.

Thrilling twist. More

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Words: 69,280
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301372270
About Kirsten Mortensen

Kirsten Mortensen's fiction includes the e-novels Can Job and When Libby Met the Fairies (and Her Whole Life Went Fey), as well as a number of short stories. Her published non-fiction books include Outwitting Dogs and 101 Dog Training Tips (both Lyons Press).

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Review by: Julie Harris on March 29, 2013 :
A satisfying read.

I have read two other novels by Kirsten Mortensen and enjoyed both of them. If you choose to read Loose Dogs you should not be disappointed.

There’s a matter of audience participation (in my case), questioning throughout why the lead character, Paige, come hell or high water, wants what she should not have i.e. the man the reader knows from the start is not ‘The One She Thinks He Is’. However, I also know a lot of people believe the grass is greener and don’t see the oak tree in the middle of the field until it’s too late.

Central to this story is the pit bull. Paige, the animal control officer, knows this dog has been bred to fight, but she can’t prove it. Yet.

Good on the author for donating a percentage of her royalties to pit bull rescue. I’m a dog lover, I’ve also learnt a lot from Cesar Millan, and if I have any criticism of Loose Dogs, it would be that Paige’s personal life and work life could have been balanced more evenly. Otherwise, the tension is good, pacing is good, characters are believable and at times very amusing. And it’s my belief this author should concentrate more on suspense, because, boy, she sure can write it well. But I’m not going to spoil it for you.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: John Earle on March 23, 2013 :
I really enjoyed Kirsten’s earlier effort "Can Job," and wondered if "Loose Dogs" would display a similar level of wit and writing talent. Not only was I not disappointed, I’m now a bigger fan than ever.

The two books are dissimilar, but in its own way "Loose Dogs" is better. I mean, come on... How many books have you read in which the protagonist is a dog catcher? But there’s no implied joke here—Paige Newbury is nobody’s fool, especially when she deals with dogs. She understands animals and loves them. With dogs, Paige is in control. It’s when she tries to apply similar logic to her relationship with Gil (and her non-relationship with Larry) that things don’t go quite according to plan. So yes, this is a romance, but with several twists. No spoiler here, but these twists involve a relative who’s a psychic, weird people and situations that an Animal Control Officer has to deal with, and Paige’s investigation into what looks like a dog-fighting ring that puts her in mortal danger.

Why do I like this book so much? The characters are real (believable, and to me that’s an essential), the pace is quick with no gaps (doesn’t bog down), the story includes a number of different threads that leave you wondering about their connection and possible resolution until she ties it all together in a neat package, and basically it holds your interest until the end and leaves you wanting more.

That’s my definition of a good book! Five bright stars from me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: John Earle on March 23, 2013 :
I really enjoyed Kirsten’s earlier effort "Can Job," and wondered if "Loose Dogs" would display a similar level of wit and writing talent. Not only was I not disappointed, I’m now a bigger fan than ever.

The two books are dissimilar, but in its own way "Loose Dogs" is better. I mean, come on... How many books have you read in which the protagonist is a dog catcher? But there’s no implied joke here—Paige Newbury is nobody’s fool, especially when she deals with dogs. She understands animals and loves them. With dogs, Paige is in control. It’s when she tries to apply similar logic to her relationship with Gil (and her non-relationship with Larry) that things don’t go quite according to plan. So yes, this is a romance, but with several twists. No spoiler here, but these twists involve a relative who’s a psychic, weird people and situations that an Animal Control Officer has to deal with, and Paige’s investigation into what looks like a dog-fighting ring that puts her in mortal danger.

Why do I like this book so much? The characters are real (believable, and to me that’s an essential), the pace is quick with no gaps (doesn’t bog down), the story includes a number of different threads that leave you wondering about their connection and possible resolution until she ties it all together in a neat package, and basically it holds your interest until the end and leaves you wanting more.

That’s my definition of a good book! Five bright stars from me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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