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About a Dog

(Bluff Point #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,847 ratings  ·  335 reviews
Fall in love with a little help from man’s best friend in New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay’s contemporary romance debut.

Mackenzie “Mac” Harris fled her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine, after being left at the altar—and seeking solace in the arms of her best friend’s off-limits brother. Now, seven years later, she’s back to attend her best friend’s wedding—saf
Mass Market Paperback, 305 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Berkley Books
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Mary No! The dog is a catalyst for the two main characters to come together and fall in love again. By the way they name the dog, Tulip.

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Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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I just loved this book! It wasn't overly complicated but it was just a lot of fun to read. Once I started reading this book, I was almost instantly hooked. I couldn't get it out of my head and wanted to do nothing but sit down and read. I decided to read this book really just because of the title and description. It was really a pretty impulsive decision but one that worked out extremely well for me.

Mac is going back to her hometown
I was excited to pick up About a Dog since it sounded like a cute romance with an adorable dog. Unfortunately, the heroine, Mac, made the story completely frustrating by continually pushing Gavin away. Off limits because he’s your best friend’s younger brother just didn’t seem like a good enough reason to try and stay away for the majority of the book. Even when they did get together, which seemed like it took forever, Mac still fought their connection.

Don’t even get me started on the useless “
Elle G.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

For those of you who don't know, Jenn McKinlay is the author of many cozy mystery novels and About a Dog is her debut contemporary romance. Now, I will admit I was a bit skeptical when I purchased this novel because going from cozy mysteries to contemporary romance is a big jump. However, I am pleased to announce that I absolutely LOVED this book. It's sweet, funny, lighthearted, low on drama, and perfect for summer. Jenn McKinlay makes th
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

About a Dog is Jenn McKinlay’s first foray into contemporary romance and it was a delightful, entertaining story. As soon as I saw the cover with the dog and read the blurb I knew I wanted to read it. Mackenzie Harris is returning to her hometown for the first time since her own wedding fiasco 7 years ago. Her groom left HER at the altar and now she’s back to be the maid of honor for her best friend. What has her anxious is that she is going to be seeing her friend’s younger brother Gavin, who c

ABOUT A DOG is the first book in the Bluff Point series by Jenn McKinlay. McKinlay has written many bestselling mysteries but this is her very first Romance book. I’m a big fan of all her Mystery series so when I heard that she would be writing Romance, I knew I had to try it.

First off, I will say that this book is very light-hearted. It’s a perfect summer read if you just want something that you can breeze through. There’s quite a lot of emphasis on friendship in this book and actually the
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I'm really not a big reader of romance novels however, I love Jenn McKinlay's cozy mysteries and I'm mad about dogs so I couldn't pass up reading her first foray into a new genre. "About a Dog" tells the story of Mac, a hard working, independent woman who returns to Bluff Point for her best pal Emma's wedding. Mac hasn't been back to visit Bluff Point since she was stood up at the alter seven years ago and ended up sleeping with Emma's baby brother, Gavin. The wedding has reunited a group of fou ...more
About a Dog is the start of Jenn McKinlay’s contemporary romance series, A Bluff Point Romance.

What I highly appreciated in this book was the female friendship between Mackenzie Harris (the heroine) and her Maine crew. The book opens with Mac and two of her best friends trying their bridesmaids dresses – and this closeness of sisterhood is very strong throughout the book. The girls have helped Mac when she was left at the altar too, seven years ago. Although that night Mac also got her conso
Angie Elle
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

So right off the bat I want to say that I think About a Dog sacrificed reality for fun. And it worked; this was a feel good read that kept me in stitches through most of the book. I loved everything about the town. The two bars the ‘Maine crew’ stuck to while they were preparing for their friends’ wedding, the bakery where you could get Maine whoopie pies, and of course, the veterinary clinic where Gavin worked. And Gavin – I was head over heels for that man in no time
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Okay. I know you've seen this cover. How freaking CUTE is it?! I could not resist it. I didn't even make an attempt to resist it. I was all ohmigawd it's adorable I neeeeeed it *grabby hands*

I really was.

And About a Dog was a fun little read, too! Forbidden flings, crazy friends, adorable pups, a lickable veterinarian. Totally fun.

So. Mac's best friend is getting married and everyone's come home to celebrate and in Mac's case
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Coffee Dates with About a Dog

First Date: Mac left Bluff Point after her fiance left her at the altar. In her grief, she slept with her best friend's younger brother. She fled Point Bluff and never looked back. She has never told anyone about that night. She now lives in the city and is in a relationship of sorts with a man who has asked that they take a break. Her best friend is getting married and as the maid of honor, she heads back home. With two weeks of activity will she be able to resi
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Jenn McKinlay makes her return to the romance world with About a Dog. The first book in her Bluff Point series will have you laughing out loud, swooning over a Veterinarian hero, and wishing you could jump into the pages and cuddle a puppy.

Mackenzie “Mac” Harris left her hometown of Bluff Point, Maine with her proverbial tail between her legs, after being left at the altar on her wedding day. It’s been seven years since she's been back, and the only reason she is returning is because her best fr
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not a huge romance reader. Jenn McKinlay is one of my favorite cozy mystery writers, so I thought I would give her new romance series a try. I was not disappointed. I love the interaction between the main character, Mac Harris, and her friends. The characters are well-written and fun. Mi love the small-town setting, and there is also a dog! I am looking forward to Book 2, Barking Up the Wrong Tree..
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mackenzie (Mac) has returned to her hometown of Bluff Point Maine after a seven year absence. She was left at the alter and was so embarrassed, she ran. She has been asked to stand up in her best friend's wedding and she can't say no. She is sure that what happened seven years earlier, a one-night stand with her friend's brother, has been forgotten. Even though Emma does not know about the night, Gavin has never forgotten it. Mac tries not to be alone with Gavin, but it does not work out that wa ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it

Other person : Aren't you tired of reading books about dogs ?

Me: Are you kidding me?! What's more comforting than a story with a cute furry friend ? By the way, without the dog, I don't think I would have enjoy this book as much.

Other person : Why not ?

Me : It became interesting when Tulip entered in the protagonist's life. I had a hard time warming to the heroine. There's this totally adorable, kind and sweet hero who's in love with her since forever and who helped her cope with being left a
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have a serious weakness for a book with a dog on the cover. This one was especially sweet!

One homeless puppy + a crazy wedding + sexy veterinarian = one fun read!!

Can't wait to read the next book in this series!!
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The story is just lovely and adorable, but not in the ugly, messy, full of sugar, hearts and flowers way!

Mackenzie -Mac- Harris has a wonderful job she loves in Chicago. Away from her home town, Bluff Point, Maine. A place she tends to avoid, given that her fiance left her standing at the altar for one of the town’s rich girls. Mac was devastated and found comfort in the arms of her best friend’s off-limit little brother. After those two, she would hardl
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Every second chance should have a puppy involved…

This was a sweet, small town second chance romance. Mac and Gavin had a lot of history but it was old history. Having a relationship with her bestie’s little brother was NOT in the cards for Mac and facing him again after their last encounter was just icing on the ‘back home because I have to’ cake. Gavin, on the other hand was thrilled to see Mac again and maybe, hopefully, possibly, rekindle what never really got started…

I enjoyed this sweet tak
Kate Olson
I listened to this one, and the narration was unobjectionable. BUT, I do think I would have probably enjoyed the story more at my faster visual reading pace because I got frustrated with a lot of the unnecessary drawn-out angst. I will read more in the series but in print vs audio. Overall, it was cute / sweet / fine. And there was a dog!
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Aug 27, 2020 added it
Recommends it for: I wouldn’t
Shelves: jumped-ship-dnf
Got as far as chapter 4 and started wondering when Tulip the dog was going to appear. I randomly flipped the pages to find the part about her rescue, and ended up finding sex scenes instead.
Jumped ship and did not finish; not enough “dog parts” and too much other “adult” stuff.
Sigh. This is why I enjoy middle-grade novels more.😕
Brian Frauenknecht
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I absolutely loved this book. I love all of Jenn McKinlay's books, and this was no exception. I absolutely adore Mac's aunts, Sarah and Charlotte. The antics those two get into had me rolling from laughter. This was an excellent first book and I can't wait to read book 2 in September!! ...more
Heather andrews
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I loved how Gavin could reassure Mac and worries would go away, "Gavin reached over and took Mac’s hand in his. He squeezed her chilly fingers in his warm grip and Mac felt reassured. “Let’s save the panic until we have something to panic about,” he said." Oh Tulip, sometimes that dog ruins some moments, “huh? What?” He opened his eyes and saw Mac staring down at him and a slow smile spread across his lips. Then Tulip pounced and kissed him good morning on the mouth. “Ugh, blerg.” I liked this b
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts
Back in 2011 I found some romance novels written by Jennifer McKinlay written for Harlequin. I am not sure when they were originally released but they were re released as e-books in 2014. I really enjoyed them so I was very excited when I heard she was starting a new romantic comedy series. I was over the moon to receive an early copy of the first book to review.

We meet Mackenzie “Mac” Harris as she returns to Bluff Point after leaving seven years prior when her groom left her
Katie Fitzgerald
I wanted to read this book solely because of how much I enjoy the author's cozy Library Lover's Mysteries series. I appreciate those books both because of what they include (realistic details about day-to-day life in the public library) and what they don't (profanity and explicit sexual content.) I took a chance that this book, the author's debut contemporary romance novel, would also be light on swearing and sex. Unfortunately, though I liked the characters very much and enjoyed the plot, there ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-to-read
What a fun read, I really appreciated this opportunity to read About a Dog by First to Read. This was a very relaxing cute tale with group of longtime friends and a wedding, what could be more interesting. Throw in a little craziness and a past fling to make you look for more. This will be the perfect book to take along on a trip to lighten your day!
Adria's Musings
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Romance Reviews (Blog post MAY have additional content such as playlists, interviews, giveaways, etc).
* A copy of this book was and provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.

What’s it About? Poor Mac Harris has commitment issues. Seven years ago she got left at the altar and ended up spending some memorable time with her best friend’s younger brother
K.A. Davis
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I heard that Jenn McKinlay was writing a romantic comedy, in addition to her cozy mysteries, I knew I just had to read it. ABOUT A DOG, the first in the Bluff Point Romance series, did not disappoint! I found it to be the ultimate beach read: entertaining, humorous dialog; an easy read; characters you can love and characters you can hate; an adorable puppy; and romance with just the right amount of zing. The protagonist, MacKenzie “Mac” Harris, wants the world to see her as self- ...more
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audiobooks, fun
4.5 Stars for About a Dog: Bluff Point Series, Book 1 (audiobook) by Jenn McKinlay read by Allyson Ryan. This was a fun story. I really liked the characters. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. The narration was great too.
Rebecca Alston
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
LOVED IT ! Very entertaining read. I burst out laughing . I got so angry I fisted my hands. I cried . Looking forward to reading the next one in the series .
Monica Gearhart
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I've read by Jenn Mckinlay and I loved it. I honestly did not want to put it down. I can't wait to read the next one. ...more
Heather L
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A heartfelt and humorous romance. It’s been a while since I read a 300 page book in almost an entire day (first six chapters last night), but once I got into it, it was hard to put down.
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Jenn is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of several mystery and romance series and will be debuting a stand alone romantic comedy in July 2020 entitled PARIS IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband's guitars. ...more

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