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Home is Where the Bark Is

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  131 ratings  ·  22 reviews
From the author of the delightful Love is a Four-Legged Word comes another novel of romance, mystery, and dogs.

Former model Serena Oakley has opened Paws-A-While, a doggy daycare and spa in San Francisco. When a ruggedly handsome client walks in, holding a Yorki-Poo too dainty for his personality, Serena knows something's not right.

Undercover PI Nick Whalen has followed
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Berkley Trade (first published May 26th 2010)
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Home is Where the Bark Is by Kandy Shepherd
Contemporary Romance – July 6, 2010
3 stars

I was at the Romance Writers of America meeting when Editor Kate Seaver said to me, "Send me a romance with dogs in it!" and that's precisely what this book is: a light-hearted, fun romance set in an unusual location and peopled by fur-folk.

Home Is Where the Bark Is opens in a doggie day spa of staggering indulgence. This is a very uncomfortable place for ex-FBI, now private eye hero Nick Whalen to go undercover
This is kind of like a sequel to "Love is a Four-Legged Word." The main character, Serena, was introduced in the first book as Maddy's best friend. Now Serena, ex-model, has opened up a doggy day-care. PI Nick has noticed that quite a few of Serena's clients have had identity theft issues which leads him to the doggy day-care to check out the owner, his number one suspect. Right away there's tons of fireworks between Nick and Serena that they both deny and the book follows them, a sweet doggy Ma ...more
Eleni Konstantine
Brilliant. Loved the humour, and the romance, and the mystery.
Virginia Campbell
The sexiest weakness in a man is his vulnerability to that one special woman. No matter how big, gruff, rough, and tough a man may be, love makes him reachable. The bigger they are...the harder they fall. The most invincible Alpha male may offer his heart like a gift to the woman he loves, and then he will wait for the look on her face to make sure she is pleased with the gift. In one who is usually without self-doubt, that moment of uncertainty is very appealing. I love a man who loves dogs and ...more
Jul 09, 2010 May rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dog lovers, happy romance fans
This is the second novel I've read (and I believe it's her second as well) from this author and both times the hook for me was that her stories revolve around dogs + some romance.

For a 'former model' woman, I found Serena to be highly likeable and didn't feel like she was a perfect woman. In fact, there were a few things about her that actually grated on me. She's terrified of "cops" a term that apparently extends to anyone in military, fbi, or any other remotely related field. She also has som
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Serena Oakley is starting over. After a successful modeling career – her crowning moment was posing half-naked in a bath of melted chocolate – she’s trying to put the past behind her.

Failed relationships and a traumatic threat from a stalker have soured her taste for the spotlight. She’s chosen to hide out at her new business venture – the upscale Paws-A-While Doggie Daycare and Salon in San Francisco.

All goes according to plan until Nick Whalen
So, My four year old daughter actually pointed this book out to me at the library becuase the little puppy on the front looks likes our neighbors dog and we love her so I had to pick it up. It was fun, quick read, didn't have to think to hard which is a major plus for me at the moment. Just an easy one to sit back and enjoy. Also perfect for those of you who find the dynamic of the little hand held dog being the latest fashion statement as interesting as I do... It's a DOG! I'm a dog lover, owne ...more
I should have known better by the description... This is time I will never get back. However, I am proud to say I figured out the whodunit before the undercover sexy FBI agent did... But then again sexy FBI agent had other things on his mind wink wink... Oops
The characters are likable. The situations range from day to day realistic to somewhat outrageous and rushed. And maybe it seemed like a happy surrender of women's autonomy every time the expression "his woman" and it's cousins were tossed about.
This was a pretty good book. It was very easy to read. It wasn't boring at all, but it isn't one of my favorites either. I liked that every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was wrong! I absolutely loved the ending.
Slow, predictable plot. The ending is supposed to come as some surprise but you see it coming around the middle. There are some character details and a few plot details that are too far-fetched to overlook.
Oh god. I knew it was going to be bad, but it was SO bad. Fortunately I was able to move the story along by skipping pages at a time.
no thanks, i read about three chapters and was so confused by the characters and the all over story line, i'm done.
Fun and entertaining, but nothing unique. Recommended if you like a healthy dose of dogs in your stories.
Jul 01, 2012 Libbet rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
This was in general fiction, so I wasn't expecting formulaic pot-boiler romance. Cute, but very predictable.
Cathleen Ross
Loved it. This one is very funny. Shepherd writes engaging characters. An author to watch.
Fantastic feel-good read with likeable characters, spoiled doggies and with gorgeous cover to boot!
Nicole Stockton
Feb 20, 2013 Nicole Stockton marked it as to-read
It's one of those books where you wish their was a second one! Very funny.
I loved this sweet romance! Would love to read this author again!
Katharine Holden
Inane. Worst kind of chick lit/"pink" mystery-type writing.
This was such a good book a fun book to read
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Kandy Shepherd left a fast-paced career as a magazine editor to write award-winning romantic fiction.
Kandy lives in a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her husband, daughter and a menagerie of four-legged friends.
She believes in love-at-first-sight and real-life romance—they worked for her!
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