Title: Pawsitively in Love
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Narrator: Marc Schindler
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 6 hours and 19 minutes
At a Glance: Pawsitively in Love kept me engaged right to the end. M.J. O’Shea and Marc Schindler were a perfect fit for this story and audiobook.
Reviewed By: Kathie
Blurb: What Austin Lloyd lacks in academics, he makes up for in his love of the animals who frequent his pet salon. He’s not lucky in romance, though, and his family would like him to settle down with a good man. Austin—and his golden retriever, Maggie—couldn’t agree more.
Evan Partridge isn’t good at letting people in. His messy family life and the past that’s shaped him aren’t worth bringing up. But his pug, Dexter, sure likes the pet salon owner.
Austin and Evan get off to a rough start, but being friends soon turns into something more. Unfortunately, Evan’s secretive behavior nearly does the relationship in, and the budding love affair almost crashes and burns when Evan’s troubled sister shows up on his doorstep.
Not speaking to each other is killing them both, but Evan doesn’t know how to keep Austin and help his sister at the same time. He just knows he has to try. Winning back Austin’s trust back, however, is going to take a whole lot of work.
Review: I love dogs and I love people who own them and take care of them and write stories about them.
Right out of the gate, “Son of a goddamn bitch,” Austin proclaims as he is chasing down a wet, slippery, soaped up Jack Russel Terrier. M.J. O’Shea has a way of pulling you right into a story, and this time it’s with laughter. I can just see Annabelle, the Jack Russel, running around the salon. They have a reputation for thinking they are smarter than their owners, and in this case, smarter than Pet Salon owner, Austin Lloyd.
It’s immediately obvious that narrator Marc Schindler understands the characters of both the dogs in the story and the humans who own them. When Austin is talking about his dog, Maggie, Schindler’s voice changes, slightly, into a smooth, silky voice just like I would imagine a “sweet natured, adolescent Golden Retriever” would sound like if she could talk. He does this throughout the story, really bringing out the personalities of the pets and also the characters.
Some parts of the story really dragged, and sometimes I really wanted to give Evan a push to quit enabling his sister, but overall, Pawsitively in Love kept me engaged right to the end. M.J. O’Shea and Marc Schindler were a perfect fit for this story and audiobook. Great storyline and awesome narration.
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