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Rylee has a secret. Her father is Ponzi-Pete, in jail for bilking millions from investors. She's changed her name and lives a quiet lifestyle as a dog trainer. Yet behind the scenes, she runs a charity--turning empty warehouses into housing for returning veterans. She funds this with her inheritance and donations. She has an immense heart that reaches out to others.
Coop is on the fast track as a lawyer to enter politics. He's focused on helping himself. Too bad he's so darn good looking.
Pippin' is a dog with behavior problems. All he wants is love and structure. What he has for owners are two adults who never expected him to get so big. Rylee trains him and falls in love. The two have a special bond that will touch anyone's heart.
The chemistry between Rylee and Coop is hot. So hot it starts to melt Coop's frozen heart. Don't you love it when a good woman can do that to a man? Ms. Crowne knows how to draw emotions from her characters--and her readers. I laughed. I cried. I fumed. I cheered. I sighed. But, mostly, I enjoyed every morsel of this story like one would a warm chocolate chip cookie. Keep them coming, Ms. Crowne.
Her Aunt has gotten married to a man named Elliott Reed, who is ex-military and the father of a well known lawyer, working at the District Attorney's Office.
Elliott and his son Cooper(Coop) have a strained relationship due to an upbringing where Elliott was introduced to a barage of new women every six months, due to the fact that his mother chose to leave and let Elliott raise him all on his own. They both share the same trait of being womanizers. They are both charming, assertive and respectful.
Due to Elliott's marriage to Sil and an accident involving an untrained Great Dane named Pippin, Coop and Rylee are introduced and right away a match of sorts begins asserting both their strong traits and their appeal to one another. However, Kylee has a secret-she is the daughter of Wall Street's infamous schemer Ponzi Morris-and this secret kept from Coop for obvious reasons, sets a whirlwind of events in motion that can potentially destroy not only their developing relationship but their businesses and careers.
I really enjoyed the love story for various reasons: It was honest in it's insta-attraction and kept away from over the top sweet insta-love scenerios. You actually got to see feelings develop rather than them being there and you just having to go along for the ride. Also while there was a love story, it focused a lot on the characters as people and their business, careers and relationships with supporting characters. I felt it added depth to the story, which a lot of other stories lack when in the romance realm. It also had it's steamy scenes but they weren't over the top which I deeply appreciated in it's context. You even got to know and love Pippin'.
I definitely recommend. I felt I was reading about a real relationship and that is always a plus.
Rylee is a prickly pear heroine who relates better to canines than to people. (Think dog whisperer.) She has a handful of close family and friends who know who she really is, but the rest of the world is kept at bay due to her traumatic childhood. She operates a dog training business for problem animals out of her home. Her compassion and empathy for her pupils, her aunt and the military veterans she secretly helps with her inherited fortune paint the image of a truly admirable heroine. But she is not without flaws. She has secrets. Big Secrets. As the story progressed, I found that I emphasized with Rylee less than Cooper. It seemed like she created a lot of her own problems and maybe didn't realize it.
Cooper "Coop" Reed is an attorney working in the violent crimes unit of the New York City D.A. office. His father is a retired Colonel who recently married Rylee's bohemian aunt and also lives in Rylee's residential building. Cooper is a wonderful guy. He's a little sarcastic and a little suspicious but his crusty exterior conceals a man who cares deeply for his friends and family, especially his father. I particularly enjoyed the way the two men related to one another. The author really seems to "get" how guys communicate.
I've noticed what seems to be a theme with Mackenzie Crowne heroes. (They come from broken homes with moms who ran away from responsibility, so the poor guys are left with lifelong commitment issues.) Cooper is an evolved fellow though. He deals with his insecurities and demonstrates an admirable willingness to change once he realizes that Rylee is the only woman for him. And he has an instinctive rapport with dogs, which I took as another indicator of his emotional intelligence.
Mackenzie Crowne is a talented writer who delivers easy, flowing prose. Secondary characters are balanced and well-developed, including the doggies who provide much of the comedy relief. Plotting is seamless with excellent pacing throughout. External conflict comes in the form of Rylee's notorious past and the threat of discovery. Internal conflict revolves around the fears and insecurities of both the heroine and hero as they struggle to resist an irresistible attraction. Romantic scenes are spicy. (But damn it, I really wanted more! Less talking, more of the horizontal mambo!)
As they must, the couple experiences some setbacks on the road to Happily Ever After. When Rylee's secret is revealed, Cooper has a perfectly understandable over reaction to her deception. Unfortunately, he winds up in "the wrong" with everyone, which I thought was unfair. I think the heroine owed him an apology for not being honest about her past.
The climactic scene with Rylee, Cooper and the press was definitely the best part of the novel--conflict, tension, humor, the hero riding to the heroine's rescue (even though she's doing a more than adequate job of defending herself) and dramatic declarations of "I love you." THAT DATING THING is a great romance that won't disappoint.