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Love Gone to the Dogs (Second Chances, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Daley
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Love Gone to the Dogs, Book 1 Second Chances Series, by Margaret Daley, sweet contemporary romantic comedic

Single mom, Leah Taylor, has her hands full with a grandfather, an inventor, who lives a bit risky when it comes to his job and two sons, one a rambunctious genius. But it is her free spirited beagle who gets her into trouble with her new neighbor, Dr. Shane O'Grady, when her dog makes a move on his champion bichon that he wants to breed.

Leah and Shane clash over their dogs that clearly like each other. Leah is determined to ignore her neighbor, but when her youngest son who tries to defy gravity and fly ends up hurt, it is her neighbor, the doctor, who takes care of her son. Can Leah and Shane find love or has love gone to the dogs?

Excerpt from Love Gone to the Dogs


When Leah Taylor heard the pounding on her front door at seven o'clock in the morning, she jumped, nearly sloshing her coffee all over her hand. Did burglars now announce themselves before stealing a person blind? No one else in his right mind would be out visiting at this time. Carefully, so as not to spill the hot brew, she placed the mug on the kitchen counter and made her way toward the insistent pounding that she was sure was waking up the whole neighborhood.

She peered out a narrow slit in her mini blind and saw an enraged, huge man standing on her front porch with a shredded newspaper in one hand. The other was clenched at his side. He wore practically nothing except a pair of jean shorts. He stepped back and glanced around, clearly not happy that no one had answered his summons.

Backing away from the window next to her door, Leah nervously chewed the end of one of her acrylic nails. The man looked familiar. She was sure she had seen him in the yard across the street. He had to be a neighbor. But why was he welcoming her to the neighborhood at such an early hour, and with an angry expression on his face? She had been here only a few days, and her family hadn't done anything yet to upset the delicate balance of this small town. Or had they? She thought back over the past few days of almost nonstop unpacking. She had been too tired to even venture from the house much, and the same went for the rest of her family—she hoped.

When the pounding started again, she was so surprised by the sound that she bit through the end of her new acrylic nail. Well, now he was making her mad. Without thinking, she yanked open the front door and prepared to confront the man who had the nerve to pay her a call at seven o'clock in the morning.

"Look what you made me do!" Leah held up her hand. "I've tried everything to grow my own nails long, and nothing's worked. I finally decide to get fake ones—that I might, by the way, tell you cost me forty dollars—and look what your pounding has done. They haven't even lasted one week." She blew out a deep breath, then brushed her bangs away from her face in frustration.

His dark eyes widened, and his mouth dropped open. He started to say something, but decided instead to allow his gaze to trek downward slowly—way too slowly for Leah's peace of mind. A blush leaped into her cheeks as she remembered her skimpy attire. She controlled the strong urge to try to stretch her large, white T-shirt until it covered more than the tops of her thighs. When his survey stopped at her bare feet, her toes wiggled as if they had a will of their own.

She felt practically naked under his intense look. While he was staring at her, she began at his bare feet, which were braced apart in a stance that conveyed his anger, not one toe wiggling. Her gaze traveled upward over long legs that probably belonged to a runner, to narrow hips that the jean material hugged nicely. She paused ever so slightly at the washboard ripples in his flat stomach and came to the decision that the man worked out religiously, something she religiously tried to avoid. Her impression of his being an exercise freak was confirmed when he


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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL Funny and Sweet March 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this read. It was a quick read, but well worth my time investment. It is a sweet loving story between Shane and Leah. Leah recently moves into town with her quirky family having left the last town because people would not accept them as they were. Her dog has a run in with a neighbor in the opening scene and there we have the start to their relationship. There was also a relationship between Gramps and Margaret that moved along in the background of the story. The story is laugh out loud funny. Leah's family is a riot and is so enjoyable. I just overall enjoyed this book. Yes, it was in the predictable category, but still so much fun learning how they get there. I could not put it down once I started. This book is PG-13, but no graphic sex scenes. Enjoy! I received this book for free for an honest review.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very cute story February 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In Love Gone to the Dogs (Second Chances) Single mom, Leah Taylor, has her hands full with an eccentric grandfather, two sons, and a sassy dog. She is just trying to get by with her group in a new town, and not cause any problems. It is the dog that brings her neighbor, Dr. Shane O'Grady, to her door in a snit - more than once. Grandpa and the kids cause their fair share of problems, along with her growing attraction to her neighbor.

This was a cute, though short, story. I totally enjoyed it, an easy read that makes you feel good.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in order to review.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Gone to the Dogs July 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The story was good maybe a little predictable. Leah is divorced with 2 young boys and a grandfather to take care of. They have had to move several times because of her grandfathers inventions which sometimes blow up. Leah's youngest son is a genius and has a hard time fitting in especially since he is in the same grade as his 12 year old brother. Add to the mix a beagle named Arnold who on their first day in Shady Oaks escapes his fenced in back yard and chews up the newspaper of the Town Mayor and doctor Shane O'Grady. There is an instant attraction between Leah and Shane when he comes to tell her to keep her dog locked up. Then Leah's grandfather gets shocked while standing in water working on an invention. Things seem to keep going wrong and her next door neighbor wants them out of Shady Oak's. Leah and Shane try to fight their attraction to each other each for different reasons. Some of the things that happen to Leah and Shane are funny. This was a cute story I just wish it had Leah getting to know more of the people of Shady Oak's, you will know why I said this by the end of the book. Do not want to spoil the ending. This is a fast cute read, good if you like clean love stories. I was given a free copy of this book in order to review it.....By Loves to Read
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chaos, Chemistry and Second Chances in this Cute Story January 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
My rating is 3.5 stars...
A very cute romance story about a single mom, her two sons, and her elderly father and their dog Arnold moving to a new neighborhood looking to start over. However, Arnold immediately finds a way to escape the backyard promptly causing trouble with Leah and her neighbor Shane O'Grady, the town's widowed doctor and mayor. Arnold takes a liking to Shane's pure breed dog Princess and the chaos begins! As Leah tries to get her family comfortably moved into the small town, she is constantly dealing with disasters that her father, her dog, and her sons create while trying to avoid Shane and their physical attraction. And on top of these dilemmas, her next door neighbor is very nosy and determined to get Leah and her family kicked out of the small town of Shady Oaks. This short story didn't make me laugh but it was cute to see how much trouble Leah's dog and family could create in such a short time. I was uncomfortable with the kissing scenes between Leah and Shane, their romance was way too physical for my liking. However, it was interesting seeing how they dealt with issues and worked things out. A cute and entertaining read especially for dog lovers! I look forward to reading more of Daley's books :)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too rushed October 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
** spoiler alert ** Having found this ebook on a Christian site, I was surprised to discover that the two protagonists considered a casual sexual relationship an acceptable thing, even though they never really 'get there' (they keep getting interrupted or have a fight), but this is not my reason for giving it such a low rating.
Although the story has interesting characters, I found the book didn't spend enough time developing them. I felt that there was more to be done to make them better. The relationship between the two leads was also sparsely developed and didn't seem to be based on much more than physical attraction. Also, one of the characters, Shane, went from not wanting to make a commitment to a relationship to proposing marriage within a few pages.
The resolution was so rushed it took me a moment to realise I'd come to the end of the book. I expected more at that stage and would have liked to have a bit more spent on it, especially when there was such a build up to a possible conflict. Also, I wonder how Ned found enough support to pursue the matter when everyone turned on him so quickly.
So there were a few problems which I felt make the book a less enjoyable read for me, but if you're after a light romance, you may enjoy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute story.......
Published 2 days ago by GIGI
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed with Daley
I was disappointed. I didn't finish it. I like Christian fiction that is clean. This is too focused on physical attraction, no substance. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kina
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this story
This book was full of emotions and love. I felt sorry for Leah and her family. Everything she went through with her two boys and grandfather. Read more
Published 12 days ago by LovetoRead
4.0 out of 5 stars and you keep reading because you know you will enjoy the process
This is one of those books that you know how it's going end, before you finish the first chapter, and you keep reading because you know you will enjoy the process. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Linda Dyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Gone to the Dogs - Wonderful, funny, and refreshing
This is a sweet, funny, and sometimes a little bit sad book. Overall it is refreshing and a very good read. I am looking forward to other books by this author. Read more
Published 16 days ago by gmarkus
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice love story, too bad there is sex
Sad to think that some authors think that they have to sneak in a couple of sexual episodes to make a novel acceptable. I would have enjoyed it better without sexual content.
Published 19 days ago by celinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Funny, entertaining, and downright hilarious at times - love the dogs.
Published 24 days ago by Michaela D. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Gone to the Dogs
Great book. I loved Leigh, Shane, the eccentric grandfather and the genius son. Very good story. Smart dogs. You will love it.
Published 1 month ago by Cathy bishop
3.0 out of 5 stars nice
Not the greatest read, but was good enough to finish. I hope you all enjoy it better than I did
Published 1 month ago by Mary R. Baran
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting on a 2nd part.
this book was hard to put down, It kept you wondering about what was going to happen to this family. I read it in about 3 days and I am a slow reader.
Published 1 month ago by Margie
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More About the Author

Margaret has been writing for over 35 years. She started writing in the late 1970s because she wanted to see if she could put a whole story down on paper. That book is still in the drawer and will never see the light of day. But she was able to finish a book, which was her goal.

She decided after that to get some help, and joined a writers' roundtable where she met once a week with some fellow writers who went over each other's work. She sold her first book in the early 1980s and has been selling ever since. She loves to tell a story. When she was a little girl she made up stories while playing with her dolls. On long trips with her family she would weave a story about the surrounding countryside. From those early beginnings grew a love of entertaining people with a story. She has sold nearly 5 million books worldwide with over 90 books.

When she went away to college, she met her husband, Mike, to whom she has been married for over 40 years. He is her support and her best friend. She has always felt she was the luckiest woman the day she bumped into him on campus.

When they married, they moved to Tulsa, where she finished her degree in special education and began teaching. She loved teaching and working with students with special needs. They helped her remember what is important in life. She also participated in the Special Olympics as a coach with her students and has attended the State Games in May for years. Recently she retired from teaching to write full-time.

Besides teaching and writing, she is also a mother of one. Her son, Shaun, loves animals and there have been times they could have their own zoo at the house. The most interesting pet Shaun had is a leopard tortoise, which could outlive him. She has joked that his children will be inheriting a tortoise. He is married with four daughters.

When she isn't working, she loves to read, travel, and go to lunch and a movie with a friend. She has been to many countries in the world and loves to meet new people. Her favorite place is Tahiti -- Bora Bora. It is as beautiful as all the pictures portray it.

In her travels she has found herself in some interesting situations. Once, in London, she got caught in the middle of a protest that later turned into a riot over poll taxes. In the rain forest of Costa Rica, she was covered from head to toe in mud and ruined a perfectly good outfit. She should have remembered it was going to be wet since it was called a rain forest. In Rio, she and a friend were left with no means to get back to the hotel on the other side of the city. Neither Margaret nor her companion spoke Portuguese and there wasn't a cab in sight. Thankfully one finally pulled up to the curb at the museum because she couldn't see herself hiking across Rio to get back to the hotel at night.

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