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Good Guys Love Dogs

(Second Chance Novel #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,446 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Desperate father Ian McKinley moves his delinquent teenage son to the small Virginia town of Keeling Creek, a place very unlike the New York City life he has been leading. Love takes him by surprise when he falls for Colby Williams, a woman unlike anyone he has ever been drawn to, a small town vet with a heart for animals and a fierce love for a teenage daughter she is als ...more
ebook, 1st, 300 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Fence Free
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Lori Clark
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ms. Cooper's writing reminds me of someone else's... but I can't put my finger on who. It might be Fern Michaels. I am an animal lover. Dogs are near and dear to my heart. There's a bit in the book about puppies being abandoned along the road. I cried. People who abandon animals deserve their own special torture. I loved Colby, she was an amazing, strong woman. And Ian. Who wouldn't adore Ian? Very good story, well written. I pictured the imaginary setting of Keeling Creek in my mind's eye while ...more
Who can resist a book with this title? Well my curiosity was surely piqued, as a dog lover and a fan of feel-good romance. I wasn’t disappointed, although I wished for a bit more consistency. Don’t get me wrong; on the whole the story did what it promised, but the author should have delivered on some aspects of the story she threw in there, but never developed any further. Here, I’m referring to the budding and possible romance between both Colby Williams’ daughter, Lena, and Ian McKinley’s son ...more
Kim Hansen
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a cute book! This is the perfect book for a lazy, cold day on the couch!

This book revolves around two different families that are both struggling with issues of hurt, disappointment and struggling to raise their children the best way they can.

Colby Williams lives in a small town in Virginia and is the mother of a teenage daughter Lena, and has a very busy career. As a dog lover, she has always wanted to buy a large farm near her and start a no-kill animal shelter – but could never come up w
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I've read anything by this author before; I will read her again after finishing Good Guys Love Dogs . This was a delightful story of a NYC successful male stockbroker and a small town female vet. They both have teenagers who throw some curves into their lives. I thoroughly enjoyed this was perfect for a cold, windy day inside!

Veronica of V's Reads
Why I liked this story–this four POV tale doesn’t just follow the leading lady and her leading male–it also encompasses their teen children, who themselves have a bit of a fling…

Here’s what happens:

Ian McKinley has worked hard to reach the top. He’s a major player in an NYC stockbrokerage and he’s newly engaged. Sure, the relationship is more a merger than a romance, but hey, he lost his heart when his first wife died of a stroke days after delivering their only child, Luke. Ian’s perfect little
Dianne Hunt
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story is about finding love when you least expect it. It was a wonderful and easy read with an uncomplicated plot. The pace was just right, not too fast and not too slow. It's a great story to read on a lazy Sunday morning or while relaxing at any time.

From the minute I read the prologue, the story grabbed my attention. I needed to know how Ian McKinley was going to fix the huge rift that was in between him and his son, Luke.

The emotions the story invoked in me were topsy turvy. I laughed a
Amy Barber
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't love a good romance, especially when there are adorable dogs included? Sometimes that storyline can get a little cheesy, but definitely not in this case! Ian is a widowed guy from the city trying to write the wrongs he feels he has done to his teenage son and moves to a small town for his last year of high school. Colby is a single mom of a 14 year old girl and the only vet in town. These 2 have sparks between them from the first moment. I think we forgot to mention the finacee that ...more
Dakota Storm
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Very sweet, romantic and touching story. Colby is a tough as nails, loves her daughter more than life veterinarian who doesn't date or want love (or does she?) . Ian thinks he has it all, the trophy fiancé, money and prestige but what he doesn't have is the trust and love of his son. I loved Ian's decision to move away and make it up to his son and be there for him. I loved their on and off relationship, I learned alot about Luke and Ian's Lives. Both Lena and Luke have had issues and there are ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Good Guys Love Dogs, is a "Hallmark" kind of story involving people and animals.

It's a funny, cute, poignant, romance. You'll find yourself laughing one moment and grabbing tissues the next. It was refreshing to read a book with love scenes that weren't leaning towards the pornographic side. It left those things up to one's imagination.

I became immediately invested in the characters and read it straight through. There were plenty of surprises and I never felt the need to skip any pages. I LOVED
June Biswas
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This touching story of a rich businessman who has a strained relationship with his son and the heroine Colby who has a similar problem of her own with her teenage daughter was sweet, relatable and enjoyable. Being an animal lover and a sucker for romance at times, I was charmed by Good Guys Love Dogs. To add to that, I always wanted to be a vet as a child so I instantly fell in love with Colby. The characters are realistic and the story is humorous and interesting. I would recommend this sweet s
This did not for me. I loved the premise and I love small town love stories that involve vets, but I was unable to connect to this one.

The hero has a fiancee. His son gets busted for drugs so the hero decides to move to a small town so his son is taken out that environment. The hero does not break up from his fiancee, they just decide to put the wedding plans on hold for a year. They did not break up. The hero seemed like an idiot when it came to the fiancee.
The whole thing with the hero having
Anita Johnson
This sweet story deserves at least 3.5 stars and a thank you to the author for creating such strong, relateable characters. It is very well written.
Judy Churchill
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful book. Of course any book with dogs in it catches my eye immediately. Easy to read, city versus the country type of story. Throw in a couple of teenagers and you have it all.
Ian McKinley feels like he finally has a handle on his life. His son has become a responsible young man, his career is flourishing, and he is engaged to a woman who he feels comfortable with and has the same ambitions. When the rug is pulled from underneath him, he realizes that his role as a father has been on the back burner for too long and now he needs a chance to try and fix the mistakes he has made with his son, moving them from New York to Virginia is just the first step.

Vet Colby William
Elizabeth Behler

This story was written at a. Middle school level. Although entertaining, the out come was easy to predict. Not recommended if you are a reader of intricate, adult novels. 😐
Julia Mackin
Predictable and boring

I kept waiting for the plot twist but it didn't come. Its a sweet enough story, but not for readers liking for depth or something less predictable.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
very predictable
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too predictable.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't read romances much anymore, but I'm a sucker for stories involving pets. I really really enjoyed reading this book.
Nancy Brady
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While more of a cat person than a dog person, this reader found this to be a wonderfully romantic story. A contemporary romance that brings together two wounded-by-losses people, who have guarded their hearts for too long.

Colby Williams, single mother to her daughter Lena, has shielded her heart for years when Lena's father dumped her when she became pregnant. She's the town veterinarian, and loves all animals particularly dogs.

Ian McKinley, single father to his son Luke, has shielded his heart
Carrie Houston
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was in the mood for a cheesy romance. But this just made me wanna gag.

The parts crafted to make the reader swoon were uncomfortable and nauseating, knowing our hunky male lead was engaged to another woman at the time. And honestly, how flawed is a man to actually profess his love and propose to a woman, within days of breaking up with his fiancee? Run, Colby, run! You're not THAT desperate, are you?

Are we supposed to conclude that Colby became pregnant the one and only time she had
Virginia Bozarth
I loved this book. I have read four books so far, and three of them were by Inglath Cooper. I just finished "Fences", which I enjoyed, and I read "And Then You Loved Me". I think it was my favorite, but each book has touched my heart. I read the first chapter of , I believe, titled "A Touch of Grace"..about a man whose wife died and he gave up their new baby. I have to wait until next month to get to finish it. I have read my monthly quota...two books. I wish I could read many books. I am 81, an ...more
Beckimoody Moody
Liked this very much

I don’t like sappy romance novels and so I nearly passed this up. But it was free and I didn’t have anything to read at the moment so I thought I’d give it a try. It was very good and well worth it.

Colby is a small town vet and single mother of a teenage daughter who thinks she put love behind her years ago. Ian is also struggling to raise his teenage son, and when Luke is arrested for drug possession, decides to move them to the country so they can spend time working on the
Shawn Hamdorf
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. Very realistic on what single parents go through and how secrets can ruin a relationship. Ian McKinley moves his teen-age son to the little town of Keeling Creek. After being caught with drugs, Ian decides he needs to reconnect with his son. Colby has lived in Keeling Creek her entire life and raised her daughter alone. After her daughter discovers she lied about her real father, things turn worse. When the truth comes out her daughter discovers her real father doesn ...more
Rosemarie Grainer
Wow! Powerful story about the healing power of love

And not just the love between a man and woman, but the love of parents for their children, the children for their parents and the love between people and their pets. This story covers it all! I loved it. This is another story that I had put off reading for a long time. Now I am not sure what I was waiting for. The leisurely pace, heartwarming tone, character oriented storyline with a little steam and vibrant, realistic characters make for a love
Carole Mckee
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Loved It!

Such a great story, with wonderful characters. And being the animal lover that I am, I loved the animal parts in the story. Colby is a small town veterinarian and Ian is a big city corporate executive type, who puts work before human needs. Colby has a teenage daughter she is trying to understand, and Ian has a teenaged son, with whom he is trying to reconcile his relationship. The last thing either of them needs is for match-making Phoebe to try to pair them up. But Phoebe is Phoebe,
Susan C Stafford
Fun and satisfying

For me, the best part of this novel was the character development. I enjoyed getting to know Colby, Ian, Lena, Luke, and all the rest of the characters in the book. I was eager to find out what happened to them in the course of the story, and I liked getting to know the small town in which most of the story takes place. The book includes memorable lines, light humor, and fun animals. I skipped over the steamy parts - that's just me - and I found that the book was just as satisf
The synopsis gives a relatively good explanation. Colby our vet was dealt an unfortunate hand but is now successful, but with a teen. Ian moves to town to reconnect with his son, also a teen.

BUT IAN IS ENGAGED... and despite this, he pursues Colby and Colby wants him right back. They're together a lot and while they don't sleep together they do some hot and heavy kissing/petting and it's completely distasteful re cheating. They are cheating cheaters who cheat. I felt really bad for his fiance w
Betty Davidge
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not your run of the mill romance novel....

As I started to read this book I'm thinking to myself,this is just another cutesie romance story.... After starting to read I thought yup it's going to be another same same,closed the book and got into another story,a who done it... Finished with that I stumbled back to "good guys love dogs". After reading a couple more chapters I was hooked. The story only got better,although a predictable end was in sight,the way InglathCooper got there was
A really ent
Katherine Davis
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and sweet

A very well done story about two single-parents of teenagers, trying to do their best. Each have suffered losses that make loving and trusting again a challenge to overcome. Lovely, rich characters set in a small-town, with excellent veterinarian Colby-a strong and successful woman, and gorgeous work-obsessed Ian, who comes to the small town to get his son in a slower environment due to some acting out that life in NYC made too easy. Rich storytelling, a very engrossing read!
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Virginia author Inglath Cooper fell in love with reading as a little girl, devouring most of the books in her elementary school library. At some point, she decided she wanted to pursue a writing career, creating romance fiction that did for others what her favorite books have done for her. “I love character-driven books that leave me feeling as if I’ve really known these people and make me wish I ...more

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