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Barking Up the Wrong Tree

(Bluff Point #2)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  927 ratings  ·  135 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay returns to Bluff Point, Maine, where one woman finds love with the help of an adorable golden retriever.

LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD.

Carly DeCusati returned home to Bluff Point, Maine, with her tail between her legs. But she’s determined to get her life back on track—and that means finding new homes for the elderly golden retr
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Paperback, 315 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Berkley Books
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Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance. Humor.

Jenn McKinlay is going to the top of my list of must have romance authors! This is truly a big feat too as is this only her SECOND romance novel (she is well known for her cozy mystery series). This book is funny, romantic, sweet, and a pure pleasure to read. I can't wait for the series to develop more because I know it's going to be a forever top favorite of mine.

In this installment, readers will be rooting for Carly and Ja
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed this romance. I had such a good time with the first book in this series, About a Dog, when I read it earlier this year so it was a given that I would want to read more of the series. I will admit that I was a little surprised when I saw this book was about Carly and an unknown character named James. I had kind of thought that we would see Carly and Zach end up together but it looks like they are truly just friends. I
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)


Jenn McKinlay returns to Bluff Point with BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE. This is the second in the series and you don’t need to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one. If you’re new to Jenn and her books, this is her very first Contemporary Romance series. She’s a Cozy Mystery writer at heart, but I like that she’s expanding her genres and trying something new.

Jenn’s style is very fun and light in this series. There’s quite a lot of humor and banter in this series, which kind of r
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Brenda
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this author's mystery series, so I was a little apprehensive about her starting a romance series. Well she definitely delivers! I loved the first book and the second one did not disappoint. There was one little part at the end that seemed a little unrealistic, but overall, I found this story to be very believable. And I'm not sure if I was disappointed in the end, or if I just didn't want the book to end. I love that each book in this series is about a different character, but the origina ...more
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Ahhh the cute cover! I was loving Barking Up the Wrong Tree. The couple, the set up, the town, the pets! Oh the pets are adorable and hilarious. And I was having so much fun...until I wasn't. Yeah, sadly, there was a struggle before it ended.
The Gist: James and Carly have an instant connection when they spot each other across a bar and hook up. But Carly? She's a hit it and quit it kind of girl and she's n
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☕️Kimberly
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Coffee Dates with Barking Up the Wrong Tree

First Date: Our date begins in New York as Carly DeCusati learns her next-door neighbor bequeathed her a menagerie of pets that include a saucy parrot named Ike and an older golden retriever named Saul.  After losing her job and with no prospects on the horizon she is heading home to Bluffs Point. To say, Carly has reached a low point would be an understatement. When she gets home, her parents jump in their car destined for sunny Florida, shouting t
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Angie Elle
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars. RTC.
LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

All the characters I loved in the first book are back. This time the focus is on Carly. Carly DeCusati does NOT do relationships. One night, the guy never sleeps over, and she never sees them again. That all could change when she has moved back to Bluff Point and meets James Sinclair. A physical therapist who doesn’t know about Carly’s rules. She has enough to do trying to find a new job and finding homes for a couple a pets left to her in an old neighbor’s will. She doesn’t h
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Dawn Frazier
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Carly, Mac, Emma and Jillian are best friends who grew up in Bluff Point. Emma is now married, and Mac is very happy with Gavin. This book it is Carly's turn to find romance. Jenn McKinlay has turned the tables on the typical story of the man wanting the one night stand and being commitment phobic, as it is Carly that is afraid to see a man after the first encounter. Carly doesn't do relationships. She was been burned in the past and does not ever want to feel that way again. James, on the other ...more
Barbara Tobey
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Sure glad I am not involved in the dating scene. Jenn McKinlay made me laugh; she made me cry. James can fix my life any time. Parrot mimicry is why I made my spouse move his office back upstairs away from our parrot. I did not want those words he was yelling at the computer to be repeated. Ike, Hot Wheels and Saul had my heart from the beginning. Pops wormed his way in there, too. Fun group of friends. I want to spend more time in Bluff Point. I won the ARC in a contest.
Cheri
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 1st book by JM and it was very good! Romance, steamy sex, and hilariously funny. The parrot, and dogs made me laugh all through the book. The lizard is introduced but nothing else is said about him. I enjoyed all the characters as well. Will definitely read the others!
Saly
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Daniele
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE is an ultra light romance involving an initially unlikable Carly and the almost too good to be true James. I chose to read it just because I love all of Jenn McKinlay's cozy mystery series. I enjoyed James' pursuit of Carley, but the pets are the best part of the story. Saul and Hot Wheels the dogs are adorable, and foul mouthed Ike the parrot steals the show. I am not the biggest fan of contemporary romance, but Jenn McKinlay has penned a fun tale full of heart and hum ...more
Deborah Dingledy
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fun addition to the Bluff Point series. James and Carly are enjoyable and easy to relate to in this book. The author does a wonderful job of adding humor, along with romance. I enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to her next Bluff Point book.
I won this ARC copy by entering a contest.
meghann
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-ve-won
This book. I stayed up so late reading it and was such a mess today. But it couldn't be helped. James has officially moved up to my top book boyfriend, and I could not get enough. The tension in this one. Just, damn. And Carly! She was so much fun. I was laughing and cringing throughout this book at her antics. And, of course, all the animals. This book just got me.
Jessica Robbins
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, own-kindle
For complete review check out my blog at https://booksaplentybookreviews.blogs... ...more
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Barking Up the Wrong Tree is the second book in Jenn McKinlay’s Bluff Point Romance series. The story is a standalone, with characters from the first book, About a Dog, making appearances.

I’m going to make this review short and sweet. I LOVED Barking Up the Wrong Tree. From the beginning, the story had me laughing and that laughter continued throughout. I loved the characters of Carly DeCusati and James Sinclair immensely. I loved the way they interacted and talked to each other. I loved that th
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OpenBookSociety.com
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: daniele
http://openbooksociety.com/article/ba...

Barking of the Wrong Tree
Bluff Point Romance #2
By Jenn McKinlay
ISBN# 9780399584749
http://www.jennmckinlay.com/
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele

Synopsis:

Carly DeCusati returned home to Bluff Point, Maine, with her tail between her legs. But she’s determined to get her life back on track—and that means finding new homes for the elderly golden retriever and overly talkative parrot she inherited before her old life fell apart.

Enter physical therapist and
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Barb Lie
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Jenn McKinlay is the 2nd book in her Bluff Point Romance series. Barking up the Wrong Tree continues the trend of a sweet cute romance that McKinlay gave us in the first book. This series not only has cute animals, but a fantastic group of friends. Carly Decusati, our heroine, has returned home to Bluff Point, Maine, with the help of her friends, to stay temporarily, until she finds a new job. Carly, much to her displeasure was left to care for a senior dog (Saul) a ...more
Kristin
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable read. While the premise is not anything knew, I loved the characters themselves. Carly was not afraid to be who she was and do what she wanted. She did not want a relationship with anyone and never fell under the pressure to fit the "norm". Plus, when you hear about what went down with her one and only "boyfriend", it's no wonder the girl swore off relationships. I would too if I were here. That is a horrible situation she found herself in and I don't blame her for re ...more
Moondance
"I bet it's a stash of yarn or maybe a collection of troll dolls and bingo daubers, " Carly DeCusati said.

Carly's life is in flux as she is giving up her apartment in Brooklyn to move back home with her parents and younger sister in Bluff Point. Her elderly neighbor has included Carly in her will. Hoping that the inheritance is money is quickly disproved when Carly ends up with a fish, a lizard, an older dog and a foul mouth bird. Finding homes for the fish and lizard leaves Carly with Saul and
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Joan
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of great characters, especially 2 dogs and a parrot who says the funniest things at the best of times.

It is as story of people afraid to take chances after being burned, and their journey to trust.

The humor and the crazyh occurences make for a fun rread.
Julie
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
When life doesn’t turn out like you planned, a feeling of unease and uncertainty plagues your thoughts. For Carly DeCusati - part of the plan to get back on her feet includes moving back home to Bluff Point, Maine. Dread fills Carly as she gives up the feeling of independence by headed home. There is a ‘bright’ spot that Carly might not see yet. She is gaining two new family members. An elderly golden retriever and a not-so-polite parrot.

With her ‘inheritance’ in tow, Carly moves back into her
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Under the Covers Book Blog
Jenn McKinlay returns to Bluff Point with BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE. This is the second in the series and you don’t need to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one. If you’re new to Jenn and her books, this is her very first Contemporary Romance series. She’s a Cozy Mystery writer at heart, but I like that she’s expanding her genres and trying something new.

Jenn’s style is very fun and light in this series. There’s quite a lot of humor and banter in this series, which kind of re
...more
Lino  Matteo
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Barking Up the Wrong Tree
(Bluff Point #2)

Jenn McKinlay

What can I say? I went to the library and they handed me this book as one o f my reservations. I do not remember reserving; I do not remember wanting to reserve; I do not even remember having heard of the book beforehand. But it is summer and this seemed like a summer read.
It was a very good way to escape to a Maine fall – which we will soon be experiencing in Montreal, while still at the tail end of our summer season.
How can someone not lik
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☘Tara Sheehan☘
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
McKinlay writes people and settings so vividly you wish it were real so you could move there and be surrounded by them. The addition of the animals makes for some great humor, how can you go wrong with a talking parrot?

This is the second in the Bluff Point Series and I’d recommend reading the first. Each book focuses on a different set of characters but the original characters are carried over so having familiarity from the beginning helps.

I liked that she wrote her characters with heart and you
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Jackie Lane
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is such an adorable series. I am fully enjoying the storyline, characters and especially the animals.

This is the story of Carly who moves back home and James and how they meet 11 years later, only Carly doesn't remember meeting James.

James tries everything to get Carly to go out with him, but after being spurned by Preston, she does not want anything to do with him.

The chase is on.

4 stars
Jessica
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was another fun one to read! Carly and James were great and I loved how we got more than just the one domestic pet!
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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.

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