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Ain't Too Proud to Beg (Dog Walkers #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  1,765 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Josie Sheehan collects failed relationships the way some women collect designer handbags. Now, at thirty-five, she has exactly one male in her life: her Labradoodle, Genghis. In fact Josie, along with the three very single women in her dog-walking group, has recently sworn off men, resigning herself to long walks in the park with her devoted, four-legged friend.

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Paperback, 329 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Well it looks like Susan Donovan is getting herself a series. This is the first book in the series featuring a set of girlfriends who love their dogs and work for the same paper - The San Francisco Herald.

Josie is the obituary writer for the Herald and during an interview with widower, Glorida Needleham, she realizes her life is missing substance (more specifically a good man). Gloria tells her to make a list of the what she wants in a man, but she must do it before dawn the next day. So Josie,
Dec 12, 2009 jenjn79 rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to jenjn79 by: continuation of a series
I had planned to give this book 3.5 stars, but I didn't like the way things went at the end (made no sense to me) so it gets dropped down to 3 stars. I thought I would like this book more but there was something about it that I just did not really connect with.

Josie Sheehan is an obituary writer for a newspaper with no luck in the relationship department. After she interviews a recent widow, she is compelled to make a list of what would be her perfect man. While waiting in line to try t
Sigh. You really can't go wrong with Susan Donovan or Jennifer Crusie when it comes to your basic contemporary love story. The really good stories give you hope. Donovan may have a formula but it works.

The heroine is always smart and awesome but just doesn't see how awesome she is. She has awesome friends and family and isn't waiting to be rescued. The men tend to be flawed eve if they are perfect to the eye. Driving home the fact that nobody is perfect and things are not always what they seem.
Summary: Josie Sheehan collects failed relationships the way some women collect designer handbags. Now, at 35, she has exactly one male in her life: her Labradoodle, Genghis. Can he help her find Mr. Right? -- JCPL Catalog

First Sentence: The photo album crackled with age as the page was turned.

I am turning more and more to contemporary romance as I discover amazing authors writing in this sub-genre. This is the first book in Donovan's series about four female dog-walking-man-hating friends. The
Susan Donovan’s latest, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg is about a Josie Sheehan who is a major fail whale when it comes to the relationship department with men. Josie has a great group of female friends but the thirty-five year old San Francisco Herald obituary feature writer really dreads her single status. She doesn’t want to die a spinster with the only male in her life; her labradoodle, Genghis. She begins to lament the lack of human male companionship after she interviews an eighty-four year old wi ...more
Humor is hit or miss and this was a miss for me. The plot and all the interactions between the characters were too over the top for me and I didn't get have an emotional connection to any of the characters.

Also--and this is a personal pet peeve of mine--I never like interfering friends.
This book is more of a 3.5 than a 4, but better than your average romantic comedy, though this one has more drama than comedy. I loved Sophie and her story of falling in love with the wrong guys and pretty much not speaking up about anything. I could totally see it. I also loved Rick and his back story. While tragic, it's good to see someone trying to put their life back together in an honest way.

I did have a few issues with the book. First, Sophie's unremarkable group of friends. All their name
Ann Marie
I loved this book as I usually do love anything written by Susan Donovan. It isn't often I read about a guy who really turned his life around and it seemed believable. The characters were fantastic. The dogs were awesome. The suspense entertaining instead of intense. This was a great story about Josie who is looking to the universe for the perfect guy. She is a skeptic at best but the universe delivered. Could she handle what she asked for? This is what Donovan does best. She helps her character ...more
Bet Lantaff
This was another good book by Ms Donovan which seems to be the beginning of a "magical romance" series about 4 women who meet for dog walking several days a week. I'll admit that some of the book was predictable, but that didn't deter from the story. Some of the story, especially the first date for the hero/heroine, gave me a couple of laugh out loud moments. I've loved Donovan's writing from her first novel "Knock Me Off My Feet" and this book was no different. If you want a light romantic read ...more
Pamela Devereux
Loved this book. This is about 4 women friends who meet up twice a week to walk their dogs at the park. Josie, Ginger, Roxanne & Bea all swear off men. But Josie writes an obit for Mrs Needleman who tells Josie she needs to make a list of all the qualities she wants in a man. So as she is waiting in line to get into the new dog grooming place, she makes the list. Little does she know that the man who grooms her dog, is the one. So now she is hiding from her friends that she is dating. Rick R ...more
Silvia Marcaurelio
Per le patite del romanticismo, per una lettura dai toni leggeri “Orgoglio e perdono” si presta molto. E’ un romanzo rosa nel senso più stretto del termine, carico di quei buoni sentimenti, di un certo umorismo e di tanto, tanto romanticismo che di solito si legge per tirarci su il morale. La storia non è tra le più originali, ma grazie ad una scrittura semplice e scorrevole, la narrazione è piacevole. C’è anche una piccola componente gialla che non guasta e rende, con un tocco di mistero, la na ...more
Nicole Trott
This is a great book for any dog lover looking for a human partner! I was laughing at all the doggy comparisons that I had with my own furry baby. :)
christine danielle (Bibliophilic Madness)
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Ain't too proud to Beg

Cover: 5
Plot: 4
Characters: 4


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Josephine Sheehan an obituary writer was tired of her current life, after a meeting with one of her clients, she had an epiphany and decided to fight for. what she wants. While she was waiting for a free year grooming at celestial pet with her dog Genghis, she meets
Rick Rousseau. But with his past constantly behind them, would there love ever work out?

This b
Book Description:

Josie Sheehan collects failed relationships the way some women collect designer handbags. Now, at thirty-five, she has exactly one male in her life: her Labradoodle, Genghis. In fact Josie, along with the three very single women in her dog-walking group, has recently sworn off men, resigning herself to long walks in the park with her devoted, four-legged friend.

All bets are off, however, when she meets Rick Rousseau, a pet-company CEO who is smart, sexy, and, best of all, head-o
Josie Sheehan collects failed relationships the way some women collect designer handbags. Now, at thirty-five, she has exactly one male in her life: her Labradoodle, Genghis. In fact Josie, along with the three very single women in her dog-walking group, has recently sworn off men, resigning herself to long walks in the park with her devoted, four-legged friend.

All bets are off, however, when she meets Rick Rousseau, a pet-company CEO who is smart, sexy, and, best of all, head-over-heels for Jos
Judy (Geeky Reading)

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I was expecting to enjoy this, although I liked it even more than I thought I would, and it really shouldn’t have taken me so long to get to it.

This was a very lighthearted story, very sweet and cute and funny, but also with some really good character development and depth.

I really liked Josie; she’s sweet and optimistic and funny and strong, and I related to her a bit. I also really liked Rick, how he got along with Josie, and how he didn’t avoid hi
Cara Ellison
Susan Donovan has always been a weird hit or miss for me. When she's good, there is nobody better. Public Displays of Affection and Knock Me Off My Feet remain two of my favorite romance novels of all time. And once in a while, she'll just go flat. Kept Woman was like that for me. But I picked up The Night She Got Lucky, the second in the dog walker series, with renewed hope. The Night She Got Lucky blew me away. Donovan was back on! If I'd picked up Ain't Too Proud To Beg first, I'm afraid I'd ...more
Jo (My House of Books)
A cute and surprisingly hot contemporary romance. Just what I wanted!

I picked up Ain't Too Proud to Beg, thanks in part to Ms. Donovan's interview with Sarah at Smart Bitches Trashy Books, and I am so glad I did.

Josie is normal, a little gun-shy when it comes to relationships because she's dated some real "winners" recently. She and the three other ladies in her dog-walking group have sworn off men, though Josie never seemed to vehemently swear this oath. Regardless, she's not looking for love
I'm a huge fan of Susan Donovan, I have almost all of her books in my keeper shelf, and I re-read them. I enjoy her stories, they are always interesting and fast paced, but mainly what I love is the humor. I know when I read Susan Donovan that laughter will always be a part of the story. And this one did not disappoint...I read this book in one sitting. I devoured it!

The main characters were interesting enough. The heroine, Josie, was funny and quirky, and she had an interesting job, she writes
Lynn Aoude
Title: Ain't Too Proud to Beg

Reality: the book isn't too proud to beg for a good rating. I couldn't finish it. It was the most ridiculous thing I've ever read. I was rolling my eyes every couple of seconds. Even though the back stories were pretty good, they should have given the main characters more depth. However, that did not happen here. The heroine was a total pushover. She had no inner strength. She didn't dare stand up to her friends, taking the easy way out every time and let them march
Beth Yarnall
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. Josie started out great in the beginning, embracing her new outlook on life. By the end of the book she was less of a heroine and more of a character things happen to. Her reaction to Rick's supposed fathering of a child was childish. He had been honest with her all along, admitting to just as bad or worse things. Why would Josie think he'd lie about this?
Although I liked Rick I didn't really get why he liked Josie. She wasn't enough of a sta
Books like this are why my husband keeps saying, "Just write a bestselling novel and then I will stay home with the kids." I can't believe this got published.

"Dogwalker finds romance" is the basic plot, and it started out well. Josie makes a list of the ideal attributes for a future partner/husband/boyfriend and emboldened by the list, meets and asks out a man who seems to fit her requirements. Lots of hot sex is thrown in, and that was fine too. But when her good friends actively start to sabot
Trina Knittle
This was a decent read but it just didn't have that emotional aspect that I like in my books. The beginning of the book is a little slow but it slowly picks up as you get more into the book. I will admit I did find a few annoying characters in this book. By the end of the book I really enjoyed it.
Betty Ann
The only reason I'm giving this book even 2 stars is because of the picture of the dog on the cover- which is why I picked it up- and the only characters worth reading about in it were the dogs! The main characters were pretty blah and shallow.
My grade: C+. Rick and Josie were likable, and did have some issues to work through and some conflict to resolve by growing as people. The big bust-up at the end was caused by Josie's failure to simply ask Rick if he'd lied to her. She chose to believe something Rick's enemy told her (and that after he'd drugged her, kidnapped her, held her prisoner and threatened to kill her). Sure, it makes perfect sense to believe him instead of the man who is the love of your life--NOT! This secondary charac ...more
The female relationships in this book are the best part of the novel; not the romance itself. Four dysfunctional friends whose dogs mimic their neuroses. They have witty banter and the heroine of the book has a great personality. The thoughts inside her head kept me laughing. However, I didn't feel the connection between the male and female protagonists. Of course the author wrote about there being one... but I didn't buy it. I found myself skipping the parts about the relationship to find out ...more
Nov 17, 2014 Sunny rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Just... kind of boring. A little clunky. Did not hold my interest. Paused halfway through, tried to finish, and gave up.
I gotta say this one surprised me with Rick. Here was a romance hero, sure, but the pain in the guy? Diz-amn. She wrote it beautifully, and I could see the demons this guy was running from. And Josie was the perfect, adorable, neurotic but with so much love to give, place for him to land.

Her friends? Obnoxious. Honestly. The whole dog walker aspect of the thing was too...much for me. Which is probably why I haven't read the next ones, and am not really interested despite my love for Susan Donov
Fun and light, but for some reason I had trouble really getting into the story
Well...this series is just a bit too over the top for me. I like Susan Donovan and I am going to continue reading this series but I can tell from this book, I am not really going to be into it.
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