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Subject: books with dogs
Date Posted: 10/16/2008 4:08 PM ET
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I am looking for a good romance novel that has a fantastic dog in it.  I tried to read "The Perfect Match" by Kimberely Cates and almost went into a Diabetic coma.....it was too disguestingly sweet!  No overly cutsie stuff! 

i love romance stories....but I would love to have a story with a great side-kick dog.

Thanks,

Diana C.



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Date Posted: 10/16/2008 4:18 PM ET
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Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie, funny but not sugary.

Also, Getting Rid of Bradley by her...I actually like the romance even better in it.



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Date Posted: 10/16/2008 4:18 PM ET
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The only one that comes to mind for me is Guys and Dogs by Elaine Fox, though it's more chick lit than anything.  Oh, wait, I did think of another one- the Grace Valley series by Robyn Carr, the heroine inherits a dog named Sadie.  That's a fantastic series- I'd recommend it even without the dog.  There are 3 books the first of which is Deep in the Valley, followed by Just Over the Mountain, and then Down by the River.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 4:23 PM ET
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I just read A FIREFIGHTER IN THE FAMILY by Trish Millburn.  It is a Harlequin, but interestingly enough, it was written by a PBS member's sister.  It was a pretty good book too... quick read.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 4:29 PM ET
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Getting Rid of Bradley - already mentioned and a great book! 

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 4:38 PM ET
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Thanks!  I've ordered almost all of them!

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 4:43 PM ET
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The heroine in Kiss and Tell by Cherry Adair has a great dane, or mastiff or some kind of huge dog that is part of the story. It is a romantic suspense book, and pretty steamy.



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Date Posted: 10/16/2008 4:50 PM ET
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Take a Chance on Me

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 5:05 PM ET
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Accidental Dragon Slayer by Angie Fox, I havent read it yet but I heard it's pretty funny.  It's paranormal.

I haven't read them, but I have a couple of Kristin Hannah's books. I know they have dogs on the cover not sure about in the book, someone else might know that answer better lol.



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Date Posted: 10/16/2008 5:14 PM ET
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Kristen Higgens has a few that have dogs as side characters.. Just One Of The Guys...Fools Rush IN..and another I cant think of right now...oh  and one i really loved was chasing stanley by deidre martin...about a hockey player with a huge dog living in nyc..the herione is a dog walker who relates better to dogs then people..

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 5:17 PM ET
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I second Anyone But You by Crusie!  Fantasic dog and a great older woman/younger man story.  Very funny also!

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 5:43 PM ET
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susan donovan has one - 'take a chance on me'..think that's the one..its' about an animal vet or psychiatrist or something and an undercover guy...the dog's pretty cool

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 6:09 PM ET
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WOW!!!!  This is great!  I just read Power Play by Deidre Martin last weekend so I am familiar with her writing.  I just ordered the book you recommended mom2three, thanks!  I also ordered Take a Chance on Me.  Thank you goddessani! 

Now the hard part will be the wait.......

Anymore suggestions?

Diana

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 6:49 PM ET
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I also liked Beware of Doug by Elaine Fox.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 7:36 PM ET
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If you are a fan of Catherine Anderson, I'd recommend Sunkissed.  The book is part of her Coulter/Kendrick series as features one of the twins (both of whom are vets)  This particular book has several different animals, but there is a special one that sort of takes center stage.  The heroine of the book is one of the wokers in the kennel and has suffered a traumatic brain injury that has caused her to have aphasia. Some people think Catherine Anderson is very sugary, but I really like her stories. I didn't think they were overly sweet (not diabetic coma worthy that's for sure).  Anyway, you might want to give it a try if you haven't already.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 7:50 PM ET
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Oh, I forgot about Take a Chance on Me...fun book.

Also thought of another--Lola Carlyle Reveals All by Rachel Gibson

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 8:03 PM ET
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I second Beware of Doug - the dog named Doug hates men.  He is a real character in the book.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 8:25 PM ET
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Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series has Bob, Morelli's dog and  Stephanie has a cute hamster. LOL funny!

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 9:08 PM ET
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Nora Robert's Tribute - the hero has a great dog - it's contemporary. Seems like I've read others recently too - oh yes, Elizabeth Hoyt's The Raven Prince which is no longer a WL book I guess. It's historical - Regency maybe?

ETA: SEP's It Had To Be You - Phoebe has a dog that isn't exactly pivotal but I love the last scene... The dog is a big part of her life, but not IMO as cute as Crusie's dogs, or the ones in Tribute or Raven Prince.

ETA again! I'm reading JoAnn Ross's Callahan Brothers Trilogy, and Jack in the first book, Blue Bayou, gets adopted by a stray dog he calls Turnip. Again, not really pivotal to the story but a great dog that makes appearances in book 2, River Road. I'm still reading Magnolia Moon, so I'm not sure if Turnip shows up there as well.



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Date Posted: 10/16/2008 9:31 PM ET
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ooh that rachel gibson book mentioned was good. lola somebody reveals all.can never spell the last name! and jennifer crusie's are good too..funny!

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 10:23 PM ET
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Not sure if this would be your type of book but THE SEARCH by Iris Johansen  is about Sara and her partner Monty(a golden retriever) who are part of a K-9 search and rescue team.

Date Posted: 10/18/2008 8:26 PM ET
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I suggest books by Fern Michaels.  She usually has dog heroes in her stories and they are pretty cute! :)

Angie -
Date Posted: 10/19/2008 6:27 PM ET
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On Thin Ice also by Cherry Adair involves a dog sled team. The only thing that made me crazy was I don't believe she ever mentioned what kind of dogs they were, and that made me a little crazy.

Date Posted: 10/31/2008 4:44 PM ET
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One of my favorite romantic series is by Emily Carmichael. The dog in the books is actually a reincarnation of a woman that did something bad and when she died she came back as a Corgie to make things right. I'll see if I can find links on here.

Finding Mr. Right

Diamond in the Ruff

Gone to the Dogs

 



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Date Posted: 10/31/2008 4:48 PM ET
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Oh, and I have read Take a Chance on Me. I loved it! Course I read it right after I got my first Chinese Crested. LOL

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