Secondary characters who steal the show are one of my favorite parts about reading romance. Sometimes they are simply the best character but not the hero and you can't wait to see what they say or what happens to them. But what about animals in stories? Do they steal the show or just your heart?
In Mindy McKinley's new book SHELTER ME, from her new series THE BAXTER BOYS: BOOK 1, animals are more than simply a plot point. The main character, Jenna is trying to finish her degree so she can become a veterinarian. It's all she's dreamed of. Now working as a vet tech, she gets to love on the animals and we are able to see them play a secondary role in this funny and heartwarming story.
Photographing pets may be the way into her heart….but this veterinarian-in-training is determined not to let a man derail her life.
Studying to be a veterinarian, vet tech Jenna Howard has little time for anything other than school and her work at Chicago Pet Rescue shelter. With no support to fall back on and a mother who is determined to pull her down, Jenna can’t afford to step out of line. Even a night of promised adventure from the hottest bachelor in town isn’t enough to pull her out of her routine.
Newly famous photographer Luke Baxter finds himself enjoying his role as the most eligible bachelor in Chicago. But when he wanders into Chicago Pet Rescue to shoot a fund-raising calendar, and meets the adorably feisty Jenna Howard, everything changes. He’s gotten so used to ‘yes’ that Jenna’s ‘no’ takes him by surprise. Suddenly she’s all he can think about. She’s gorgeous, smart, impossibly difficult to read, and he’ll do almost anything—even adopt a puppy—to make her realize that taking a chance on him doesn’t have to mean giving up on her dreams.
Can he convince her that life isn’t worth living without a little fun?
Releases on May 4th
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