Barking up the Wrong Tree

New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay returns to Bluff Point, Maine, where one woman finds love with the help of an adorable golden retriever.

LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD.

Carly DeCusati returned home to Bluff Point, Maine, with her tail between her legs. But she’s determined to get her life back on track—and that means finding new homes for the elderly golden retriever and overly talkative parrot she inherited before her old life fell apart.

Enter physical therapist and hot one-night stand James Sinclair. James doesn’t care that Carly doesn’t do relationships. He is determined to win her heart, promising to help her with the pets if she’ll just give him the time of day.

Carly agrees to date the irresistible James, and, for the first time in years, she’s dreaming of a happily ever after. But James has secrets, and if he can’t open up to Carly, their future could go to the dogs…



McKinlay writes people and settings so vividly you wish it were real so you could move there and be surrounded by them. The addition of the animals makes for some great humor, how can you go wrong with a talking parrot?

This is the second in the Bluff Point Series and I’d recommend reading the first. Each book focuses on a different set of characters but the original characters are carried over so having familiarity from the beginning helps.

I liked that she wrote her characters with heart and you could feel for them as they started this new journey to learn how to trust again. Who hasn’t been there when you have been burned and want to avoid it happening again?

You’ll laugh, cry and enjoy getting to watch their lives unfold. I even wanted to get a parrot just to have another being get scolded by my mom for questionable language, lol. One of the more interesting aspects was how McKinlay changed gender personalities from the stereotypical; here Carly is the love ‘em and leave ‘em kind while James is the one who is more of the monogamous commitment kind. Getting to see how romance was going to blossom with these two under these conditions was fun.

McKinlay is well known for her mystery series which she is quite good at so it was nice to see her being able to carry that talent over to the Romance genre. I liked it and now want to read the third, Every Dog has his Day, which comes out this upcoming January.

Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for allowing me to review this!

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