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The Mating Game (Five Star Expressions) Hardcover – December 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star Expressions
  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME); 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594148244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594148248
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,496,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Mating Game is a love story where the main characters share a relationship filled with love, rejection, hurt, mistrust, and hope for the future. Ms. Raffin enhances the story by having the characters breed and show the collie line. It is apparent to the reader that the author has brought in her love and expertise of dog training. A good read.
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I enjoyed this story very much. The hero and heroine knew each other as teens and met again many years later. The heroine had a crush on hero as a teen and had her heart broken by him (in an unintentional way). There is that opportunity for a second chance at love as adults delighted me. I also was quite intrigued with the background of dog breeding and showing as part of the plot. A beautiful storyline as Clay persists and tries to understand the heroine's wounds from the past, even though she resists his charm. Strong plot, lovely characters--especially Grandma--and those endearing dogs added to the mix. I enjoyed every moment of the story. Would like a sequel some day, or another book by Ms. Raffin with the sport of dog shows and breeding interwoven with romance!
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Ten years ago they met in high school. He was a hunk and she was the too tall, too skinny and too shy. Clay Davidson made a bet that he could score with Kelby Richards, but when he had the chance in his mother's Winnebago, he fled. She later learned of the wager that just added to her broken heart as she knew he could not even make love to her.

His action towards "Stretch" upset Clay who ran away because he became frightened of his feelings towards Kelby. He changed how he treated people because of her. At a dog show in Wisconsin, they meet and he begs her for a second chance, but she refuses. He still sees the hurt in her eyes. His mom kidnaps his dog Pirate to persuade Kelby to breed with her canine Chancey. They sign a contract, but Stretch makes it clear one heat season only and she is not part of the deal. However, she fails to see the fine print he put on the contract.

This is an entertaining second chance at love romance as Kelby sees a second chance not to atone for what he did as a teen to Stretch, but to prove his love for her that he failed to understand back when they were in high school. The support cast enhances the tale whether they are four legged or two legged as each in their own way causes havoc. Fans will enjoy Clay's efforts to persuade Kelby that men like him stay (unlike him in high school or her father) though his lone regret at his desperate second chance is using his pet Pirate as a matchmaking stud.

Harriet Klausner
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Raffin's delightful book uses the world of dog breeding and showing to create the world for this story. And who doesn't love their dogs?

Long lanky Kelby does. But she's sure Clay doesn't see any use for them but filling the family dog run with pedigreed puppies and best of show/best of breed champions. The fact that Clay doesn't live down to her expectations is a conflict she fights against with greater diligence than her female dog who's come into season and contracted to breed with Clay's male dog. While the dogs create the second "love story," Kelby finds her attraction to Clay deepening.

Raffin deftly weaves the human love story and conflict into the canine's instinctual one. Love and nurturing abounds within this story: between family members--(Kelby's grandmother is a stitch), between humans and their beloved pets, between friends. A great feel-good ending with a unique secondary plot line.
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