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on 18 October 2014
This is a fun romance about Leah, moving to a new neighborhood with her two sons, grandfather and pet beagle. They don't have the best luck in being able to stay in one place because her grandfather is an inventor whose experiments often go badly. It doesn't help that her six year old son is a genius who wants to fly and keeps trying different machines to help him accomplish this. The beagle, Arnold, doesn't help them to be liked by the neighbors when he repeatedly chews up Shane's newspaper. Shane happens to be the mayor and a doctor who is widowed but won't let go of his past.
It's pretty funny that Arnold somehow keeps getting out to visit his new love, Princess. Princess is Shane's purebred Bichon Frise so when she is pregnant, Shane is understandably angry. But the more he visits Leah to vent his anger, the more he realizes his attraction to her. They eventually decide to have a casual relationship with no commitment but find out that's easier said than done.
To make matters worse for Leah and her family, Ned, the self appointed neighborhood watch person tries to have the family kicked out of the small town because of all the issues with the grandfather, son and dog.
While this was a fun story, I had problems with the characters. First I thought the information about genius' was too extreme and Leah was too extreme in her thoughts. The inventor grandfather was also just weird. And then the doctor turned out to be highly intelligent! I think you got the drift that I just didn't like the characters in this book.
Just because someone has an IQ of a genius does not make them as intelligent as this book makes them out to be. Yes we do associate a genius as being extremely intelligent but the author made the 6 year old into a weirdly intelligent person. She made the mother seem none too bright because she seemed to believe that just by telling someone that her son was a genius that would intimidate them and make them go away. I guess you have to live with one to really understand that a genius is not so intimidating. All in all, the author could not have researched this topic before writing about it.
The blurb about second chance at love with dogs involved sounded cute and I was looking forward to it. While the story line was nice, the characters were not. They ruined the story for me.