Dog Gone, Back Soon - some quick thoughts

Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout
Bedside Manor Series, book 2
Hachette Books // April 8, 2014
paperback, 336 pgs
ISBN-13: 978-1401310899
source: egalley from the publisher

About the book:
When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town-especially an alluring waitress named Amy.

So Cyrus is now determined to make Bedside Manor thrive. Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its mom-and-pop competitor. And the rival vet practice isn't Cyrus's only competition; a handsome stranger shows up out of nowhere who clearly has a mysterious past with Amy. To top it off, Cyrus finds himself both the guardian of a very unique orphaned dog and smack in the middle of serious small town drama.

My thoughts:
What a cute and heartwarming tale! I adored this book. When I started this book, my initial thought was that I'd be bored with it. I was delightfully surprised to find that this story was engaging, funny, easy to read, and a little bit quirky. The male protagonist, Cyrus, was developed fairly well for one that we don't hear a full back story from (if, like me, you haven't read the first book... which, I'd like to). He was needy, nerdy, and new. I didnt think he was typical- Cyrus was different from other male leads, which was refreshing. I found that Amy, Lewis, Winn, Charlize, Gabe, and Dorkin were all interesting without taking over or needing much of their own stories. The character I loved best though, was Stash. He is amazing in every way! The ability he has mixed with the emotion that Cyrus transferred to him was a great build.
The overall story- big box vs ma and pop- has been done, but this setting (Veterinarians in Vermont) was new and added a different take on a classic underdog tale. The drama was just enough without being pushy and over dramatic; the same goddess for the romance. The technical veterinary and pathological stuff was interesting and really kept the sidelines entertaining.
Overall, I really liked this book. Quick and easy read, certainly pleasurable, totally a summer beach book.

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Book image and synopsis from Goodreads.com
I received this book as an egalley from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review

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