Thursday, 30 October 2014

Waiting for Doggo - Mark B Mills - doggedly determined to win you over

From Goodreads:

No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He's been with Clara for four years and he's been perfectly happy; but now she's left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, named Doggo. So now Dan is single, a man without any kind of partner whether working or in love. He's just one reluctant dog owner. Find a new home for him, that's the plan. Come on...everyone knows the old adage about the best laid plans and besides, Doggo is one special kind of a four legged friend...and an inspiration.

My thoughts:

Q. How can you guarantee readers will fall for your leading character in droves?

A. Make sure he's a quirky, loveable dog!

Like most other readers of Waiting for Doggo I fell, hook line and sinker for the eponymous canine of this quirky, quick read by Mark B. Mills.

However I failed to warm quite so much to his human counterpart Dan, whom I found to be a rather self centred, show off, too laddish for my taste.

It’s a simple little story told by Dan, whose long standing girlfriend has left him (I’d have gone a LOT sooner) and bequeathed him the ugly, snappy little rescue dog she took in from Battersea, who he doesn’t really want. Dan is also having a bit of a crisis on the work front and a few upheavals in his personal life. Of course being suddenly single again leaves the poor chap at the mercies of every predatory female who comes along.

It’s all told light heartedly with some genuinely humorous moments especially ones surrounding the delightful Doggo, who steals the show as I’m sure he was intended to, I was especially amused by his obsession with Jennifer Aniston. Also a rather tear jerking little scene towards the end of the book which had me wiping my eye.

A quick easy, romantic read and a must for anyone who likes curmudgeonly canine companions who are doggedly determined to win you over.

My thanks to Netgalley and Headline for my advance review copy.

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