The Dog Walker Author:Leslie Schnur Part voyeur, part dreamer, Nina Shepard, a Manhattan dog walker, has been around the block, so to speak, a few times and yearns to find that something -- or someone -- she can be passionate about. She may not have a boyfriend or a real purpose in life, but she does have a job that offers her one great opportunity: the keys to her clients' ap... more »artments. And with these keys, Nina has the freedom to cross several foyers -- and a moral boundary -- and gain access to their lives...where she just might find the things that are missing in her own.
Enter Daniel, a man she thinks she knows from snooping far past his doorway when she comes to pick up Sid, his Weimaraner. Except for owning a designer dog (rather than a stray from the pound), he seems perfect in every way. Now if only she could meet him.
For anyone else that might seem simple, but for Nina life is complicated. Claire, her best friend, is an actress who loses every audition due to nervous sweats. Bono, a sullen and sarcastic eight-year-old, is neglected by his U2 groupie mom, one of Nina's clients. Mrs. Chandler, her eccentric neighbor, would rather discuss Barry Bonds than why the IRS is hounding her. And Isaiah, Nina's ex-con dog-walking colleague, champions the rights of pit bulls. And, of course, there are the dogs themselves: Wallis and Edward, the spoiled dachsunds; Che, the stone-deaf beagle; Safire, the bulldog who stares at walls; and Nina's own beloved mutt Sam.
But it is Daniel who holds the key to Nina's heart. One moonlit night on a pier overlooking the Hudson River they are pulled into the treacherous waters of love. What she doesn't know is that Daniel is an imposter, pretending to be what he is not. And by the time she learns who he really is, after mishaps and mistaken identities, deception and lost dogs, it's too late. She's fallen for someone she never would have expected.
This book is mediocre at best. It has funny parts and some glimmers of whit. The twist with the love triangle is good but it's not until 200 pages in, and the book left me disappointed and wanting more...or maybe less.
One of the worst books I have ever read. The writing style and storyline were so trite. The book was such a disaster and I only finished reading it because I have never abandoned a book, no matter how terrible it is.
A fun quick read for dog lovers and fans of chick lit. It's pretty predictable but isn't that what you're looking for in this type of book? How many dog lovers have seen the bad dog parents at the park and wanted to take their dogs away from them? My only problem is the minimal coverage that the romance gets in the end. If I'm going to wait 200 pages for the two to finally live happily ever after it would be great to have a sex scene between the two of them and a 5 years later chapter.