Every Dog Has His Day by Jenn McKinlay

Every Dog Has His Day

Jenn McKinlay

A snowstorm brings out the best in two neighbors, who, it turns out, have more in common than their mutual attraction. 

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A stray kitten and a rambunctious poodle bring together a small-town bachelor and a single mother in the latest romance set in Bluff Point, Maine.

Bluff Point brewery owner Zachary Caine wants nothing to do with commitment. His wild bachelor lifestyle suits him perfectly—until a foster kitten named Chaos makes him a reluctant hero. Now he’s BFFs with the kitten’s two little girls and finds himself falling for their gorgeous mother, who couldn’t think less of him.

Divorced mother Jessie Connelly wants nothing to do with men like Zach. He’s sexy and charismatic and bad news, just like her ex. But her girls adore him, and he’s doing a good job filling in for their deadbeat dad. Then a snowstorm brings out the best in both neighbors, who, it turns out, have more in common than their mutual attraction...

So when Jessie’s past threatens her and her girls, Zach is determined to do whatever it takes to protect them—and live happily ever after with this family he has made his own.


Advance Galley Reviews

Every Dog Has His Day by Jenn McKinlay is an endearing, humor-filled romance with likable characters and adorable pets and children. This latest addition to the Bluff Point series can be read as a standalone. Zach Caine is a thirty-four year old mischievous, fun loving guy who is well known for his happy go lucky attitude. He is one of three partners who own a brewery and since he so friendly and outgoing, he is the “public” face of the company. Everyone Zach knows loves him but none of them are unaware that he is not exactly boyfriend material since he keeps his relationships short, sweet and fun. Which is why everyone, including Zach, is rather surprised when he becomes involved with his neighbor, Jessie Connelly, and her two little girls, seven year old Gracie and five year old Maddie. While Zach initially comes across construed as a little superficial, there is depth to his character that are slowly revealed over the course of the story. Jessie mistakenly believes Zach is a player so she easily jumps to conclusions when she finds her daughters at his house after he recues their adventurous foster kitten from his garage roof. Her experiences with her cheating ex-husband have left her very leery of becoming involved with anyone and Zach does not leave the best first or second impression on her. However, Jessie is quick to realize her mistake and even quicker to apologize for her jumping to conclusions. Although she knows that he is a good man, she is not sure she wants her girls to become too attached to him. Then there is the matter of Jessie’s pesky attraction to her roguish and sexy neighbor whom everyone is quick to warn is not interested in a long lasting relationship. Despite her reservations about Zach, Jessie cannot deny that he is a positive role model for Maddie and Gracie. The more time they spend together, the stronger their attraction to one another becomes. When Zach proposes a no strings fling, she does not really hesitate before agreeing to his proposition. However, living in a small town means keeping a secret is virtually impossible and someone from her past is not at all happy about her fledgling relationship. Although Zach and Jessie are fantastic characters, Gracie, Maddie, their kitten Chaos and Zach’s foster poodle Rufus completely steal the show. Gracie is a little quiet, a bit of a people pleaser and one to sit back and observe instead of jumping into the fray. Maddie is a little firecracker who knows what she wants and she can be stubborn when thwarted. Chaos and Rufus are darling pets who are as much a part of the family as their human owners. While it is nice to see the main characters interact with their friends, the sheer number of secondary characters from the previous installments who make guest appearances is a bit overwhelming. They are enjoyable additions to the current story but it is virtually impossible to tell them apart. And while Zach’s male friends offer helpful advice, the women are just a bit… well, immature. Juvenile humor, leads to ridiculous bets that are rather distasteful. The discussions between Jessie and the other women are just downright tacky especially since Jessie admits that she is not all that close to them. Every Dog Has His Day is a charming romance that readers of contemporary will enjoy. While there are a couple of serious elements that are touched on, the storyline is mostly light-hearted with plenty of humor. The romance has a bit of an insta-love vibe but Jenn McKinlay does a great job making the relationship between Jessie and Zach believable. A great addition to the Bluff Point series that old and new fans will enjoy.

A Heartwarming Contemporary Romance! Jenn McKinlay writes yet another gem! I highly recommend this read to women and men who adore a happily-ever-after and need a little more cheer this chilly holiday season! 5 stars!

I am not sure why I haven’t read anything before Every Dog Has His Day (Bluff Point #3) by Jenn McKinlay. I realized that there are so many authors looking for an audience but this one writes the kind of books I like; an amusing, believable story with wonderful likable but imperfect characters. No doubt the cover and the title made me request this one from Penguin. I am glad I did. Every Dog Has His Day is a romantic and heartwarming story. I loved the young daughters, their kitten, and the poodle who all helped to bring Zachary and Jessie together. The supporting cast of friends were believable and charming which means they were nosy and helpful. Enough of their background is given to make me want to read the first two books in the series now. This is a pleasing, relaxing story to read maybe during your own snowstorm. Some might call it light reading, I would call it bring-a-smile-to-your-face reading.

When I first saw Every Dog Has His Day by Jenn McKinlay available for review, I was extremely excited. I’ve read two other books by McKinlay and enjoyed them. So, I was ready to love this one too. Unfortunately, this one didn’t work out for me, and I ultimately ended up DNFing it. This really was a case of it’s me not the book. I couldn’t get into the story, and after weeks of trying—and reading no more than a few pages at a time—I decided to call it quits and move on. That being said, I would read another book by this author.

Who doesn’t love a good romance featuring a loveable dog? Maybe cat people? Well, cat people, you’re in luck! In this adorable tale, there’s also a cute little kitten, too. In this third installment of Jenn McKinlay’s Bluff Point series, due out January 2018, it’s the kitten that starts it all. When Zachary Caine wakes up one morning, he has no idea he’ll be falling off a roof with a tiny ball of fluff angrily clinging to him. But that’s the beginning of his steep slide downhill toward love and a forever home. Jessie Connelly, a single mother of shy Gracie and spitfire Maddie, has no idea what to expect when she finds her neighbor on the roof trying to rescue her tiny foster kitten. After a bad marriage, Jessie is a little shy about men. But after a blizzard in which Zach swoops in to help with her girls, Jessie starts to hope that a relationship with Zach may be possible. And after spending that time with Jessie and her adorable little girls, Zach rethinks his no real relationship policy. The only thing cuter than the two little honey blond girls and their kitten, Chaos, is Zach’s rambunctious foster poodle, Rufus. I loved every cute pun and naughty innuendo. I loved the chemistry between Zach and the girls. And I loved the pieced together family Zach has made for himself. It was a sweet and classic story that ended in the typical happily ever after, just as it should. What I’m not a fan of is the super fast timeline to their love story. In a matter of weeks the two are madly in love and jetting toward their happy ending. It’s a bit of whiplash with so much going on and having them learn all they need to know in order to realize that they’ve found their forever in each other. The saving grace for this story is McKinlay’s ability to make it believable and funny. In the end everyone gets a forever home. Who doesn’t love that, right? I give Every Dog Has His Day four stars!

I loved this book and this series. When I was selected to read this book I went and purchased the first two in the series. This book could totally of been read on its own but I am glad that I read the first two in the series. I like how the characters genuinely care for each other and their group. This story is about Zach and Jesse. From the first book at least in the beginning we should really hate Jesse but Mac forgives her for stealing her fiance and leaving her at the altar. She did her a favor. Zach has no interest in a long term relationship, however, he is deeply committed to his friends and is an overall lovable guy. Turns out Zach and Jesse are neighbors and Zach saves the next door neighbors cat Chaos.... this makes him a hero to Maddie and Grace and this is when he learns that Jesse is their mother. Add a snowstorm and great sexual tension and you have a remarkable love story. I hope we see more of Cooper the police chief in the next installment. Others have made comments about the adult content. I stopped reading romance books awhile ago because frankly I thought authors were taking it way too far. For the most I skim those pages real quick as that is not what I am reading the book for. I want the romance and the I love that there is whole group of friends and they all care about each other and that comes thru. So I highly recommend this book and series.

I am not one who enjoys romance novels, but this wasn't the worst one I have read. I was actually waiting for a little more of a fight from the Judge, but I was glad they were able to iron out their differences and that everything worked out in the end. Since I started in the middle of the series, I wasn't familiar with any of the Maine crew or actually any of the characters in the book. However, I was able to follow along without any issues.

I have not read the other books in this series so I had some trouble keeping names straight but otherwise, this can be read as a stand-alone. It is set in Maine and there is a blizzard so it is a great wintertime Book. I adore single parent love stories. Zach was swoony with Jessie’s daughters and I adored the role the pets played in the story. It was steamier than I expected but I enjoyed that.

If you like romance books then you will enjoy this book. I really don't care for romance books. This story didn't interest me. I felt like it was just dragging on due to the fact that I am not into this kind of story. The story itself isn't a bad story.

When confirmed bachelor Zachary Cain saves Chaos the neighbor’s cat from his roof, his life is changed forever.  Now there are two little girls coming by and laughing and talking and basically stealing his heart…. then there’s their mother.  Lord, their mother!  Jessie Connelly has already told him what she thinks of him… and it’s not good.  Yet she is gorgeous, strong, funny…. and anyone that wants her had better be ready for the long haul.  Is that what he wants? Jessie Connelly has been burned before.  Having one “bad boy” man-child in her past has made it glaringly obvious what she doesn’t want in her life.  Sadly, as hot as her neighbor is she’s pretty sure Zach falls into that category.  A storm pulls the households together as Zach and his dog Rufus come over to share the generator and help take care of the girls.  The more Jessie learns about him, the more she knows she was wrong- he’s one of the good guys.  One worth fighting for. When her past threatens her future, can Jessie pull through with her family in tact?  Can she trust Zach to be her partner in all things and help her through? I loved this book for a lot of reasons.  It was sweet and charming.  I loved the play between characters- and the pets.  It was a fast paced and often funny read.  Now I will admit that there were times where the adults were a bit… juvenile for my tastes.  Dirty jokes, betting on the number of orgasms and finding the best euphemism for basically everything.  Do people really do this?  Some other reviewers have spoken with distaste about the amount of time taken to introduce side characters- the main crew in particular.  I actually liked that part.  It gave me a better sense of who Zach was by who his chosen crew was, and I liked them as people.  In fact, several of the characters were so interesting to me that I will no doubt go back and read their books.  (Yes, I accidently grabbed a book in the middle of a series again).  I really did enjoy this book for the sweet, funny, fast read it was.  It’s a four and a half star book for me.    On the adult content scale, lord there was a lot.  Sexual content, dirty jokes, and language.  Obviously meant for adults.  Let’s give it an eight.   I received an eARC of this book from First to Read in exchange for an honest review.  My thanks!

A fun and light read, it was perhaps a little too descriptive at some points. A little lengthy for the story line. But I thought the characters were well done and the plot was good. I loved good guy Zach, he was a normal "good" guy and his actions while at times could be slightly improbable they weren't too far out to be unbelievable. The story centers around a single mother of two girls, Zach is their next door neighbor and he rescues the girls kitten off his roof and that begins a cute, quirky and love filled tale. the writing style was ok, I just felt it could have been a bit shorter. I have not read the other books in the series, but feel you don't need too.

Every Dog Has His Day was a quick, light, and fun read. Zach seems like a really great guy to be around and always up for a fun time. Jessie and her daughters definitely needed someone like Zach who while fun, is also dependable. I really liked the development of Zach and Jessie's friendship and relationship throughout the story. The story doesn't dwell too much on the dark parts of Jessie's past and focuses instead on what is going on now in their lives. I do think the issues with Jessie's former father-in-law was a bit clunky, but overall it was a good quick, winter read and I would recommend it to others.

Every Dog Has His Day was the perfect light and entertaining read to get through a plane flight. The storyline is cute and flirty, and I felt really invested in the characters. Zach seemed like a wonderful guy and I thought the author (Jenn McKinlay) did a great job bringing their romance to life. I would read another book by this author for sure.

Such a beautiful story. Loved the setting and the storyline.

Thank you First To Read for providing me with an advanced copy of Jenn McKinlay's Every Dog Has His Day to read in exchange for an honest review. The story of Zachary Caine and Jessie Connelly to me was predictable however it was a nice easy read. Zachary goes over to his neighbor Jessie's during a snow storm and helps her and her two girls Gracie and Maddie ride out the storm. One thing leads to another and Zach and Jessie end up together. Yes there are bumps along the road but what relationship doesn't have them. This book to me showed that no matter what happened in your past that was bad there is something good out there for you, you just need to trust it. After reading some of the reviews on this site I just learned that this book is part of a series, but with this being the first one I have read I can say that you didn't really need to read the previous books before reading this one. I did enjoy this book and am hoping to read some of Jenn McKinlay's other books as well.

Every Dog Has His Day is a cute, feel good romance set in the small town of Bluff Point. Jessie, a single mother, raising two daughters, Gracie and Maddie, has had her share of heartbreak. With an ex-husband who cheated constantly and spent more times in bars than with his family, Jessie has reason to possess trust issues. When their foster kitten, Chaos, ventures onto the roof of their neighbor, Zach, Jessie and her girls suddenly have a man in their life, but issues with trust and commitment threaten to keep the ever present sizzle between Jessie and Zach from becoming more. I loved the story of Jessie and Zach. Gracie and Maddie added such humor and warmth to the story that I found myself smiling while reading. McKinlay's vivid descriptions of the Maine setting compounded with the real world woes of raising kids as a single parent while trying to date in today's time made this a throughly enjoyable story. I became invested in the characters and certainly continued to read to determine if these characters would get their happily ever after. If you like small town romances with well written secondary characters and steamy love scenes this novel is for you complete with two foster pets who certainly steal the show. I enjoyed this read.

I was given a chance to read an advance copy of this book. This is the second book I have read from this author and again, I was so disappointed. The characters are likeable. The storyline is good...a single mother with two young daughters living next door to a single man. There is humor and real situations, but the explicit sex is too much!!! Leave something to the imagination, please. I like a love story with good characters and a storyline and romance. This was not romance, but pure sex. Tell the author to try again and leave out the details, but leave the charisma and attraction.

I don't have many requirements when reading a romance novel other than I just hope the book will have likable characters and the story will hold my interest. This book met my expectations and given this was my first time reading anything by Jenn McKinlay I now am interested in checking out her other books. I liked the chemistry between Zach and Jessie. My only criticism is I did not like the storyline with Jessie's former in laws. I didn't think it fit in well with the rest of the book. Thanks to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

On the surface, neighbors Zachary Caine and Jessie Connelly couldn’t be more different. Zach is a man-child with commitment issues who is dog sitting and Jessie is a divorced mom of two young girls who is fostering a kitten. He lives in the moment and she struggles to get through the day. Their first encounter (recorded in Barking Up the Wrong Tree, Book 2 of the Bluff Point Romance series), does not go well and their developing relationships is filled with mistakes and misunderstandings. If a kitten and rambunctious poodle can become friends, can two lonely people find their way to happily ever after? Finding out the answer was well worth the time. Jenn McKinlay , author of the Library Lover’s and Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, creates engaging characters and story lines that make the reader eager for her next book. This third book in the Bluff Point Romance series is no exception. I have read all her books and have never been disappointed.

“Every Dog Has His Day” is a sexy, wintertime modern romance filled with love, friendship, family, and plenty of laughter. Jenn McKinlay wrote a lovely tale where not only do two lonely people find love, but they also create a full family. While the conversational tone writing style isn’t to my taste, I still thought that the book was well-written and engaging. The characters were charming and sweet, though I had a hard time keeping “The Maine Crew” straight. I had not read any of of the Bluff Point series, and I suspect this would have been easier to follow if I had. I wasn’t convinced by a few of the peripheral characters (e.g. Jessie’s father-in-law), but overall I enjoyed getting to know everyone in Bluff Pine. If you’re in the mood for a hallmark-style winter romance with a sweet HEA, this book is sure to please. This book was provided as an ARC by Penguin Publishing’s First to Read program.

Sorry. This one didn’t do it for me. Definitely not my favorite, or even close to favorite, author.

Unfortunately there was a disconnect in the download and I could not get this title. I wrote a email explaining my problem but no one ever responded. Please advise

I have never read a book by this author, however I may just have to get the next installment when it comes out. At first, I wasn't too enthralled with the story -- there are far too many secondary characters and most of them are introduced to you all at once, which really distracts you from the story. The scene where readers meet most of the secondary characters actually seems a bit forced and rushed. However, once I read through the first quarter of the book, I became hooked. Jessie is a likable heroine who is able to take care of herself and her girls, yet is still able to let Zach take care of her and her daughters without making it into an issue. Zach, on the other hand, is smitten with both Jessie and her little ones right away and his way of protecting them in even just simple, everyday tasks is beyond heartwarming. I really enjoyed the characters' journey together. Just a side note, though: the dog has very little to actually do with the story. He's in it a lot, but the plot revolves around him very seldomly, so the title of the book confuses me a bit. I know it's a metaphor for the main male protagonist, but I was expecting more of the dog in the plot itself.

I loved this book. I had not read any of Jenn McKinlay's books until now. I can tell you I was not disappointed and am going to go back and read all of the rest of the Bluff Point series. Zach and Jessie are amazing together. I laughed out loud on several scenes with Maddie, Grace, and Rufus. What a wonderful book. Provoked the best emotions. Definitely two thumbs up!

As of late, with all that is going on in the world right now, I find myself gravitating towards more contemporary, romantic, feel good stories and this definitely falls into that category. I've read the previous two books so I knew about the characters already, but I think you can read this as a standalone. I really liked the two leads, especially Zach and together and the two little girls were adorable. The story itself was breezy and low-key which I really appreciated. My only qualm was that I felt like the conflict between Jessie and her ex father-in-law was wrapped up a little too nicely, but it was to be expected in this sort of story. If you are looking for a fun, frothy read on a nice summer or wintery day, I recommend this.

This book was amazing!!! The prefect type of heart warming story to read when its cold outside! Brings out the best type of happy tears anyone could wish for.

Protocols! Thanks to Jenn McKinlay, First to read, and my own self for the delightsome reading of the One outta million books 'Every Dog has its own day' Really superb!!! Thumbs in the Air... "For digital marketing, patiently run through digoracle.com really great they are"

No one writes like Jenn McKinlay. I've loved every book she's written so far, but these Bluff Point stories are superb.

Every Dog Has His Day is a make you smile type of book. It’s a love story about two people with damaged pasts. As the story unfolds you learn why Zach and Jessie react the way they do. This story stands alone but I think I would have appreciated background story lines more if I had read the previous books. Thank you First to Read for giving me the opportunity to preview this book.

This book is just what the world needs right now! A feel good story with love, laughter, friendship and a happy ending. I read "Every Dog Has His Day" in one day and really enjoyed it. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next book in the Bluff Point series. I do agree with a previous reviewer that said it could use a good proof reader. Thank you to the First to Read Program for the advance copy!

A sweet and sexy romance novel with believable characters. The children were written so well that they stole this reader's heart. This is not the first in the series of Bluff Point but easy to enjoy even it's your first visit to the town. The secondary characters are a group of friends that you will want to get to know, too. It has just enough conflict to keep the story moving yet remains light and refreshing. It is a quick read with a happy ending that will cheer you on a cold winter's day. I will be looking forward to more of Ms.McKinlay's books in the series. I also recommend her Library Lovers Mystery series. Thank you to First to Read Program for an advance copy!

I couldn't put the book down and finished it pretty quickly. It has a good story line with lovable characters. There were some missing words and could use a good proof reader. A feel good love story with a happy ending! Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

 


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