Reading Challenge 2023

After loving and losing a soldier once, Isabella Knowles made a vow: No more military men. She’s rebuilt her life and has a classroom full of fifth graders to love, which is more than enough even though her father doesn’t agree. When he sets her up on a blind date, she only goes to humor him – never dreaming that the man she meets will tempt her to break her one rule.

In theory, Ethan Masters is not opposed to the wife, kids and house with a white picket fence. But he loves his career as a K-9 handler in the air force, and a dream promotion dangles before him like dog tags. While contemplating his future, he accepts a drunken bet for a blind date, never dreaming that the captivating woman fits perfectly into his ideal, all-American dream. Only one problem. She's gun-shy about all things military.
This week for my reading challenge I'm doing a new author. I've been looking for new authors to try. Sadly this review is going to be a mix of good and bad. I find these reviews to be the hardest to write. 

The reason I picked this one is the great cover. I love stories with animals that play a role in them. They like babies often give the characters someone to talk to without really talking and to quickly fix a problem. A wonderful way for us to become involved. 

The story starts off with an alarm going off in a mall. I get that it would make a great way to meet but what was weird is the heroine. She's just, I don't know how to explain it. Her reactions are just...different. The next thing you know she's on a blind date with the guy who had just in her opinion treated her rudely. 

Still all good but then you find out she doesn't date anyone in the military. You're not totally sure why but you figure she must have a reason. Hey, if you can't go out with someone for whatever reason you shouldn't do it. Why would you make yourself uncomfortable?  All that is fine. What's not fine is that she lets her father dare her to go out with him again. 

This just came off a bit childish, but I guess the whole idea of the book is. So going against what she feels she goes out with him and then spends the rest of the book whining. Okay, maybe not the whole book but that's kinda how it felt to me. It's not that I didn't like her I just got a bit tired of her after a while. 

I will say that I really liked Ethan but didn't feel like I really got to know him because of all that I mentioned. I also was a little disappointed that I felt like we didn't get much of his work and felt that the cover made you think that the dog would be in the story a lot more after all the series is called Man's Best Friend. 

As a whole, the story isn't horrible but not exactly the one I loved either. I might try the next book in the series and see if I like those characters more. If not sadly I will be done with this author. 


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