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