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I Kissed a Dog

(Werewolves of the West #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  289 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Chloe Carpenter isn't like other women. She can communicate with animals. A gift she unwrapped following one of her frequent dances with death.

In her otherwise wacky life, she's finally found a semblance of sanity working at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park, where her unique talents can make life or death differences for the animals in her care. That semblance is shattered whe
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Published October 20th 2012 by Charles River Press (first published October 18th 2012)
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Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I knew from page one I was going to like Chloe Carpenter. Funny, witty, and smart, she makes a great lead. After a life-threatening accident as a teenager leaves her with the strange ability to be able to communicate with animals, Chloe takes a job caring for animals at a wildlife park. Chloe is the type of girl who knows what she wants…at least she thinks she does. The day oh-so-sexy Zane shows up as the park's new vet, Chloe's world is turned upside down. With Zane's arrival strange things als ...more

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Loved Zane! Chole, I had a hard time dealing with. To me she seemed somewhat bratty and annoyingly difficult. Although I couldn't blame her too much. A mate she didn't ask for, a smitten vampire, and an evil someone after her for her particular talents, would make any girl a bit bitchy. An interesting twist on the typical werewolf. Will keep you turning the pag
Chloe Carpenter knows she is unusual, her ability to communicate with animals is unique and rare making her a target for creatures that go bump in the night, although until an unfortunate incident she hadn't realized they existed. Meeting veterinarian Zane Marshall throws Chloe into an immediate tizzy, she can't deny the attraction but occasionally she reads his thoughts and this is new to her.

Zane has been sent to protect Chloe and she has a way of finding herself in trouble. Already committed
Pages in Pink
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
What can I say about this book?? hummmm- well, its a 3.5 potentially 4 star read for me..

Book Synopsis as stated by author, with a few tidbits in there from yours truly (in parentheses, of course!):

"Chloe Carpenter isn't like other women. She can communicate with animals. A gift she unwrapped following one of her frequent dances with death. In her otherwise wacky life, she's finally found a semblance of sanity working at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park, where her unique talents can make life or dea
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Original Romancing the Dark Side Review:

Werewolves, vampires and villains...oh my! Love the fresh take the author brings to the werewolf myth...a definite must read for lovers of the furry and fanged!

When I first read the title of this book I thought it was going to be one of those humorous paranormal romance books, but to my surprise it was so much more! Chloe Carpenter has always been a bit accident prone and had her fair share of near death experiences, one in particular has left her with
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

This was an excellent start to a series and I was so happy to read this book!

Chloe isn't your average 24 year old. She's got some hidden talents that make life pretty interesting even before the Supernatural community starts to take notice of her. The last thing she needs is more trouble, or so she thinks! At the beginning of the book I had a little trouble connecting with Chloe. The writing was good, I just felt she was looking for any excuse to be mad at
Brenda Demko
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Loved it! I was wrapped up in this story from the beginning to end. I could only walk away from it when I had no other choice.

Before I get into the reasons that I loved it, let me say that the name of the book, I Kissed a Dog, had my attention from the moment I heard it. I knew that I had to read it being the werewolf loving reader that I am. Also what about the cover? Awesome isn't it.

Okay that said, let me tell you the other reasons that I loved this story.

First of all, this is the first boo
Chloe Carpenter has a unique ability she can communicate with animals, not in words so much, but she can read the thoughts as a series of images. An ability that she doesn't really know the full extent off. Until one day she hears the thoughts of the very sexy, yet annoying (to her) newest co-worker. Dr. Zane Marshall is new to Plum City Wildlife Park who has his special ability, other then being the rescuer of Chloe, he is a werewolf. He's been sent there to check out the murders that have been ...more
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Wow, this book really got me hooked. The characters are likable, right away. Chloe , the heroine is awesome, and a different type of heroine we usually see. I liked her right away. She has this amazing unique gift that enables her to talk to animals, and understand their thoughts. Which is great, because the alpha male Zane, who is all that is hotness, is a werewolf, so they can do this mind-messaging as they like to call it. Its pretty cool.

This book was one of the mo
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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It's a good thing when a book surprises you, you tend to develop this much more mature love and understanding for the characters and plot. I personally have a tendency to become infatuated with books that completely dismisses your presumptions - well only if it has been executed correctly.

I Kissed a Dog starts off light and easy but fret not: if a thought provoking and fast pace plot is what you wish for then this novel will effortlessly bestow it upon you. The story stars Chloe Carpenter, a wom
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
This one grew on me. Started as a three but the more I thought about it then it turned into a 4.

It has been awhile since I have read any paranormal books besides of course the BDB series so when given the opportunity I thought sure what the heck. This looked like it could be a good read.

I had no expectations of this book and I think sometimes that makes the journey so much better.

In this book there was a lot of information and I think it was well done with all the history and development into t
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ok. I must say that I love this book’s title. It is the most descriptive title imaginable. It is also straight, to the point, and very catching. I would have read this book just based on that. Of course, the book itself was awesome too.

This book is so easy to read. There is a natural flow to the writing. Nothing is forced or dumbed down. It flows naturally, the way that one would speak. It is also very detailed. Every little piece of information is there without every breaking the flow of the st
Barbara ★
I liked Chloe Carpenter but her on again/off again feelings for Zane (and others) was irritating. (view spoiler) I thought she accepted the Vegas incident too readily and the next thing you know she's freaking out over something minor. She just seemed kinda mental at times. On the other hand, she's a "real" person who is clumsy as all get out and actually feints. She has hair issues ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This book is about a woman, Chloe Carpenter, falling in love and coming to grips with the supernatural realities and conflicts that come with the new romance.

The characters are real to life, which is both a plus and a minus as sometimes they can get annoying and opinions on actions differ, but that is life after all.

There were a number of typos; however, I was reading an advanced copy. Therefore, these should be more or less ironed out by final printing.

The ending while entertaining, left the r
BBMoreB ~
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I was pleasantly surprised with Carol Van Atta’s twist on the genre; it is both refreshing and totally captivating. She has created a world with a whole passel of supernatural creatures from werewolves, vampires, to mutants and everything in between. The supporting cast in the book is very well fleshed out with distinctive personalities and relationships to Chloe. I Kissed a Dog more than met my expectations – I was very invested in the outcome of her story. Although this story had a very satisf ...more
Tessa Dawn
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“I kissed a Dog by Carol Van Atta is an engaging, witty, Paranormal Romance with a hunky shape shifter hero, an alluring (but dangerous) vampire adversary, and a spunky heroine who keeps them both on their toes. Well written and fun to read, this exciting tale is full of adventure. If you like Terry Spear or Molly Harper, you will enjoy Carol Van Atta.”
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat Read

I picked this title up for two reasons. The first was because the title alone intrigued me. I mean seriously, “I Kissed a Dog”…yeah, I just had to know why anyone would want to kiss a canine. I mean come on, us cats are much better kissers, believe me, and that’s not only because we don’t slobber all over you when we do kiss. We are much more refined and better mannered than any dog, any day. So I had to know what was up. And finding out that the m
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Original post here:

I Kissed A Dog is definitely a Paranormal Romance that tickled my fancy. Werewolves, vampires and whatever you can think of in between, I had a blast with this book. Quite the page-turner for this Urban Fantasy nut.

The characters in this book were so different and a lot of fun. No dull moments that is for sure. Our main character Chloe has a special ability. She can talk to animals through t
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Chloe Carpenter has had an unique ability since an accident left her in a coma for six months. She can communicate with animals which makes her job at Plum Beach Wildlife Park ideal. She love interacting with the animals on a daily basis. When Luke, the Director of Plum Beach Wildlife Park and secret crush, tells Chloe that he hired Dr. Zane Marshall as Park's vet. Chloe is stunned by this news. She thought that she'd help Luke pick out the new vet for the Park. Dr. Zane Marshall is a dangerousl ...more
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ok, it has to be said, i think i loved this book from the start! Books that start great normally end up being great, and this was. I totally enjoyed it!

Chloe is our female for the books journey. She has a special "gift" (or pain in the ass- depending what day it is!). She works at the local wildlife farm, where she uses her gift - she can talk to animals. Yup, you read right - she can talk telepathically to them, which is a great asset for the job - she can ask why they're agitated, what the pai
Maghon Thomas
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I kissed a girl and I liked it... ok so I keep singing this song because of the title, but let me just say that this story is nothing like that! I've found another werewolf book to drool over!! I had seen this title a few times and had put it on my TBR want list, so when the tour came up I had to jump on it! It's a very unique tale because there really is so many cool parts going on! You like paranormal romance, it's there,
You like mystery, it's there, you like action, it's there, you like a lit
Laura Greenwood
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

I received a copy of I Kissed a Dog, book 1 of The Werewolves of the West series, in exchange for my review.

After a near death experience when she was 15, Chloe has been able to communicate with animals. 9 years later she works at a zoo, with people who know her talents and allow her to use them in the treatment of the animals there. But when the new doctor, Zane, turns up things start to get a bit weird. Firstly there is the insane a
Laurie: Almost Faemous
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Original review posted on my blog Urban Fantasy Review

I received a copy of I Kissed a Dog from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review, so here goes. Chloe Carpenter nearly died as a teenager and as a result she was gifted with the ability to communicate with animals and as she finds out weres as well. Chloe has taken a job in a wildlife park and it is there she meets Zane a purebred werewolf. Zane saves her life more than once and an attraction builds between them and Chloe is intro
Laura Thomas
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a review all written, but as I was rereading it, I kept changing things and I finally just threw it out and started over. It was too serious for such an exciting and fun story.

Chloe’s near death and seven month coma have left her with the ability to hear and see animals thoughts. She uses this to her advantage working at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park and her ability is often sought.

A new veterinarian, Zane, comes along and her vows of celibacy are in danger. This aplha male calls out to h
I love a supernatural world where the writer takes you for such an insane ride, you lose sight of your own reality. Carol Van Atta’s book, I Kissed a Dog -Werewolves of the West, was one of those books. And what a ride.

The story starts out with meeting Chloe, our star and the background and explanation of her "gift". She is basically a Dr.Doolittle, she can communicate with the animals. Very cool gift I must say. Chloe goes about her day to day working at the local wildlife preserve. Content and
I was lucky enough to win this book through Goodreads First Reads contest.

Carol Van Atta puts a whole new twist on werewolves, that no author to my knowledge has done before.

After an accident that nearly claimed Chloe Carpenters life, she is left with a sixth sense: animal mind reading. She works at a little zoo, where she helps the veterinarians and zookeepers find out what is wrong with the animals, by seeing into their minds and finding the problem. In comes Zane Marshal, new in town, and d
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I was initially drawn to this book for it's catchy title. I am so glad I got my hands on this little beauty. I was completely mesmerized with the story and a certain sexy alpha male. Carol Van Atta has a major hit on her hands with I Kissed A Dog!

Chloe Carpenter is not your average woman. She has the ability to communicate with animals. I love this about her. She uses her skills to help injured or traumatized animals at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park. Chloe is funny and a bit sarcastic, which I f
Diane Lynch
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
On Chloe Carpenter’s fifteenth Birthday, she was attached by a dog and knocked into a pool, nearly drowning her. The ordeal left her comatose for seven months. Upon her unexpected recovery, she gained an ability to communicate with animals and a fear of dogs.

As an adult, she utilizes her gift by working at Plum Beach Wildlife Park. It is there she meets the new veterinarian, Zane Marshall. Oddly, she can hear his thoughts, and she soon discovers that he is not human. To top things off, there is
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Due to an accident Chloe Carpenter has developed the power to communicate with animals, which comes in very handy in her job at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park. She’s a bit put out when Dr. Zane Marshall arrives at the park to take over vet duties. She’s attracted to him but wary, especially when suddenly, she can hear his thoughts. Prior to this she’s only been able to hear the thoughts of animals. Shortly after meeting Zane, Chloe tries to help the local police catch a murderer by talking to the ...more
Heather andrews
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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“Words" he growled.
His mental message almost changed my mind.
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