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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Concealed Beauties Publishing (March 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615788629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615788623
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,433,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kirsten Mortensen's other novels include "Can Job" (like your job--only funny!) and "When Libby Met the Fairies" (first she saw the little folk--then the internet found out).

More About the Author

Kirsten Mortensen has been writing fiction ever since she picked up her first crayon. And no, her illustrated picture book "Mic and Mac the Bunnies" will never be a best seller, but it hinted at two of her future lifelong loves: writing and animals.

Today, Mortensen's plots are a bit more involved than the adventures of Mic and Mac. And her novels also span a number of categories including comedy ("Can Job" and the novella "BJs on the Roof"), light literary romance ("Loose Dogs" and "When Libby Met the Fairies"), and, with her latest title, romantic suspense ("Dark Chemistry").

Her non-fiction books include "Dog of Your Dreams: How to Pick a Companion Dog Who Will Fit Into Your Home and Your Life" (a Kindle book), "Outwitting Dogs" (co-written with professional dog trainer Terry Ryan; Lyons Press), and "101 Dog Training Tips" (Lyons Press).

Please say hello to Kirsten at www.kirstenmortensen.com, on Goodreads, or on Twitter @Kirstenwriter.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tamyla Abraham on May 15, 2013
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I loved the story, the build up and especially the end. Just an ordinary girl who turns into a hero and finds love with several lessons along the way. Loved the hidden analogy of men and dogs.
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By Loren S Hawkins on August 16, 2013
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I really enjoyed the characters and the pace of the story. I found the main charachter to be both flawed and likable. I would read other books with her as the main character.
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By JP on July 5, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. At first it was a bit slow going but it was a very realistic type of story so that makes sense. I originally got the book more for the animal part of it. I am usually an erotic romance reader so I really didn't expect to enjoy the romance part of this story, and at first I didn't. But by the second half of the book I really did enjoy seeing how Paige - ever so slowly - realized that she wasn't in love with Gill anymore and her good friend Larry was the one for her. I personally thought he was the better choice anyway.

As for the Animal Control story. It was dead on. I've been the Dog Control for my area for 3 and a half years now and I could completely relate to everything she dealt with. I really loved how the story tried to instill in people that Pit bulls are not the dangerous animals people think they are. They really get the raw end of the deal all too often. I have dealt with many people who have a blind hatred for this breed, and any breed that looks similar enough to them. And yet in my time on the job I have dealt with many Pits and none were dangerous (yet). But there were other breeds I've picked up that were dangerous to deal with. Go figure!

And thank God we have animal rescues for these dogs. This was absolutely worth the purchase. And a big thank you to the author, who donates part of her proceeds to Pit bull rescues. They need every bit of it.
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By Dream Beast VINE VOICE on June 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Kirsten Mortensen's Loose Dogs is a wonderful novel, full of comedy without overlooking life's sadness and cruelty. The characters are deftly drawn. The author gives them individuality even when they're recognizable types. The story unfolds at a satisfying pace.

Paige Newbury, the narrator and protagonist, works as an animal control officer in Rochester, New York. She seems content with her life, but then she receives a ring in the mail - not a diamond engagement ring, just gaudy costume jewelry that her erstwhile boyfriend, Gil Rudman, picked up at a flea market. Paige takes the ring as a sign that Gil, who left a while ago to pursue his career as an artist, is coming back to her.

She doesn't want Gil to think she's been waiting around for his return, even though she has, so she enlists the help of an acquaintance to pose as her boyfriend. Larry Crawford is a slick attorney and an accomplished player. He's attracted to Paige and only too happy to help out with her scheme.

At this point I almost lost respect for Paige. The fake-boyfriend routine is such a stupid move, bound to end badly. And she obviously lacks the panache to bring it off. But Paige is a kind person. She sacrifices a meal at an expensive restaurant (courtesy of Larry) to catch a loose pit bull whose wounds suggest he's been used for dogfighting. She worries about what will become of the pit. When a callous owner abandons her pregnant dog, Paige takes Lady in and sets about finding homes for the puppies. How could you not like and respect someone like that?

Many of Paige's observations about the world and herself are laugh-out-loud funny. She thinks of romance as "the Prozac nature has slipped in our drink" to make life bearable." She has intelligent and wit.
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