Title: Caring for Riggs (Love Off Leash)
Author: Bonnie Dee
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Page Count: 99 pages
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Love dogs and smoking hot men? The Love Off Leash series is for you. Different authors. Unrelated stories. Shared theme of new love and pets.
Love, loss and finding a forever home.
After years abroad, Kyle Skelton returns to New York to plan his grandfather’s funeral. Weighed down by guilt about neglecting the prickly old man who once looked after him, Kyle is determined to find a good home for Gramps’s senior dog. The last thing he needs as he confronts his complicated past is the distraction of the handsome next door neighbor who’s been taking care of Riggs.
Darrell Baines is prepared to despise his neighbor’s grandson on sight. He believes this stranger is only interested in valuable things Vince may have left behind. But after witnessing the renewed bond between Kyle and Riggs and learning more about the unhappy teenager who fled New York years earlier, Darrell’s hard stance softens. It’s easier to forgive when Kyle is heaping blame on himself.
Darrell is almost too comfortable in his quiet routine, while Kyle has never found a place that felt like home. As these opposites walk their dogs together, unexpected friendship grows. A late night adventure adds passionate fuel to the fire, but Kyle is only passing through so a chance for anything more than a fling seems impossible.
When Kyle’s never-met father arrives for the funeral and Rigg’s health takes a turn for the worse, Kyle’s emotional turmoil reaches critical mass. Will his fragile new bond with Darrell be the powerful lifeline he has always needed?
My first Contemporary story from Bonnie Dee was a winner. Caring for Riggs is short but packs a punch.
It’s a story about lost chances and second chances. About settling for less when you can have more, or wandering around the world because going back hurts too much. It’s about loss and grief, but also about hope and newfound love. And DOGS! Don’t forget the dogs.
Kyle and Darrell meet under not so great circumstances, and make not so great first impressions. But appearances can be deceptive and soon they hit it off.
I enjoyed the time they spent together; the sexy times, the quiet times getting to know each other, the walks in the park, the time they spent with the dogs…I even teared up during one particular scene.
Because of the short length I was afraid we wouldn’t get a strong ending. Do not worry. There is an epilogue, and then another one…and then another one! Dee used every page to full advantage and came up with a very fitting and strong HEA without making it insta-lovey.
My only niggle, which is a completely personal thing, is the way Kyle handled the issue with his father. Obviously, Kyle is a better person than me.
I recommend this for a short, emotional, sexy story, low on the angst, high on sweetness and feels. I’m looking forward to more books in this series.