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Tying the Knot in Texas #2

Her Kind of Cowboy

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No wedding is too much for the little town of Ido, Texas to handle...or is it?

Having successfully established themselves as a destination for weddings, the town of Ido is ready to kick it up another notch. Zina Baxter has stood on the sidelines during most of the matrimonial mayhem. But when a disaster at the pit bull rescue has her relocating the pups to share space with a winter wonderland scene, she finds herself smack dab in the middle of planning the craziest wedding yet.

Alex Sanders ran as far and fast as he could from his hometown--all the way to Antarctica. But a job opportunity as the penguin handler for an over-the-top wedding jerks entices him back. Being home means he can finally help his overwhelmed sister wrangle their unruly grandpa--at least until the next opportunity comes around and he can hit the road running again. The last thing he expects to find in Texas is a shot at love...

Once Alex crashes into Zina's life--literally--there's no denying their chemistry. But are their feelings for each other enough to keep Alex in Texas for good, or will he follow the march of the penguins back to the South Pole?

352 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published January 5, 2021

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Dylann Crush

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Dylann Crush writes contemporary romance with sizzle and sass. A romantic at heart, she loves her heroines spunky and her heroes super sexy. When she’s not dreaming up steamy storylines, she can be found sipping a margarita and searching for the best Tex-Mex food in Minnesota.

Although she grew up in Texas, she currently lives in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul with her unflappable husband, three energetic kids, a clumsy Great Dane, a rescue mutt and a very chill cat. She loves to connect with readers, other authors and fans of tequila. You can find her at www.dylanncrush.com.

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Profile Image for ♥Rachel♥.
1,825 reviews836 followers
February 11, 2021
Zina and Alex are thrown together when her dog shelter is damaged forcing a relocation to the warehouse/farm where Alex is training penguins for an over-the-top wedding.

Both Zina and Alex are reluctant participants in the wedding shenanigans. Zina takes over wedding planning duties when her best friend, Lacey, the mayor of Ido, is ordered on bedrest. That coupled with having to move her rescue dogs over to the warehouse on the wedding property puts her in the thick of things.

Alex agrees to take on the training of penguins since it’s close to his hometown and his family needs him. He’s on break from a job in Antarctica, one of many that’s taken him all over the world. It gives Alex a chance to help out, get his grandfather situated in a senior home and relieve his sister from some of the responsibilities she’s been handling all on her own.

Zina was an inspirational character. She showed an admirable strength of character leaving the army to come home when her brother needed her, but also by her dedication to the pit bulls in need of rescue. Alex was a sweetheart to his sister and her brood of little girls, but I can’t say I wasn’t a little disappointed by his constant wish to get the heck out of Ido. His sister and grandfather clearly needed his continued assistance, but I guess there had to be conflict somewhere. The romance between Zina and Alex was lighthearted fun.

Her Kind of Cowboy
had me cracking up from all the whacky, chaotic situations Alex faces with four little girls, a feisty, foul-mouthed parrot, and a stubborn grandpa! With dogs, penguins and a parrot there’s no shortage of cute, entertaining animals. I think it’s fine to read this as a stand alone as each book focuses on a particular couple romance. I didn’t read the first book and didn’t feel like it impacted my enjoyment.

A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.
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1,581 reviews19 followers
January 11, 2021
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Her Kind of Cowboy is the second book Dylann Crush's Tying the Knot in Texas. I really enjoyed the first book in the series and was so glad to be able to read the second one.

This one doesn't have as many of the townspeople in it but you get Lacey and Bodie. I really liked them for The Cowboy Says I Do so I was glad for the visit.

Lacey, you meet in the first book and get to know her somewhat. You get enough to want to know more. Alex is a new character and one for the most part I really enjoyed. Together these two work. There is an easy rhythm to them that makes for a seamless relationship. For most of the book, there are no rocky moments.

Sometimes that doesn't work but with this book it did. I liked that there wasn't a ton of conflict. Instead what you got was a plain "getting to know you" type of book. I really enjoyed that. I liked how in each chapter we learned more about them and they got closer and closer.

Lacey is the sweetest. Her biggest problem is that she feels the need to take care of everyone. She also has an issue with the word no, even with it needs to be said. Her big heart with the dogs and just so wonderful and the way she came back to take care of her brother just shows you what a good person she is.

Now Alex is slightly different. He too is a good person but has some internal conflicts that he doesn't know how to deal with. He's running from something that makes it impossible for him to settle in one place for too long.

You finally find out why and might think to yourself, really? But it works with the book. The realization of why is only a blimp in the story. My favorite part is the ending. So romantic and loving. It shows you what kind of guy he really is.

As a whole, this is a great story and wonderful addition to Tying the in Texas series. It makes me what more.

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3,818 reviews116 followers
September 13, 2021

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Her Kind Of Cowboy is a very fun read that I really enjoyed. It has a great heroine and hero, lots of adorable dogs and a cute group of penguins.

Zina had returned home to take care of her brother and to run a rescue for pit bulls. The rescue building is in disrepair and she has to find somewhere to house the animals until it can be fixed up. When she finds herself agreeing to help plan a wedding for a rich girl who wants penguins in her wedding, she really has her hands full. But her good friend Lacey needs her help, and she has a hard time saying no.

Alex has been in the Antarctic, but when he gets a chance to be involved in a wedding, training some penguins to be part of the ceremony, he cannot say no. The fact that he is going back home is icing on the cake, he can visit his sister and nieces and help get his grandfather settled in an assisted living facility. It is a win-win situation.

But things do not go as smoothly as either Zina or Alex had planned. Whatever could go wrong does go wrong, and what follows is a funny, heartwarming tale. Zina and Alex really like each other, but Alex is not someone willing to settle down, so there is no hope for them getting their happily ever after. Or Is There?

The animals were adorable, both the dogs and the penguins. The secondary characters brought a lot to the story and I enjoyed getting to know everyone. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. I am plan I am planning on reading the first book in the series and the ones that come after.
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941 reviews20 followers
December 29, 2020
Some people cross your path and change your whole direction..

I was hoping that we would get Zina's story and was thrilled that the second book would be about her. Mayor Lacey has landed the wedding of all weddings. The bride from L.A. wants a Winterland Celebration, in Texas of all places. To say that this is impossible is an understatement. And to top it off she wants Penguins headlining the ceremony.

Alex, world traveller is called in from the Antarctica to train and take care of the Penguins. Alex and Zina together made me laugh and fall in love with them right away. Their story is funny and full of angsty wit and a lot of sultry steam. Alex is in for a wild ride when he shows up in Ido, Texas. One he won't soon forget. Meeting Zina stirs many locked up feelings in him and makes him forget the goals he set for himself since he left Texas. The Penguins are a hilarious and welcome addition to this story and they captured my heart. I am looking forward to more high jinks in the next book in this series.

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2,280 reviews67 followers
January 24, 2021
Zina Baxter have enough on her plate with her pit bull rescue shelter and even if she's not totally on board with her friend's plan; the new mayor, of transforming their little town into a wedding venue, she wouldn't hesitate to help her with the preparations, even as ludicrous those brides' ideas could be.

""Penguins." Alex rolled the word around on his tongue. "In Texas. For a wedding." Yeah, still sounded just as ridiculous as the first time the attorney on the other end of the phone said it out loud."

Alex Sanders was a research assistant for a study on penguins breeding in Antarctica. That's why he got the call for a temporary job offer as a penguins handler to take care of and train the half-dozen penguins lent by the Houston Marine Life Aquarium for an heiress' wedding.

Zina and Alex will have to team up to make this ceremony a success and they're definitely in over their heads with the many challenges coming their way, but that doesn't mean they won't try. Could the same be said about their love story?

Dylann Crush's books are always a delight to read and the second book in her Tying the Knot in Texas series is no exception! The animal lover in me wondered about the penguins handling in real life though. But this author gives a different and pretty interesting (re)definition of what is a motley ragtag crew😂. Because other than penguins and dogs, we also meet the hero's 5 nieces and his kicked-from-the-home-retirement grand-father. Zina was absolutely endearing but the best part for me was the emotional evolution of the hero. He's not happy to be back in Texas and can't wait to escape again. He's a little impatient and not used to be around children. For the first time he realize the implication the people in his life have to face every day and he'll need to commit to people instead of fleeing. All that, without no one dear to him trying to change the man he is, because love is the only driving force❤.
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273 reviews13 followers
January 5, 2021
Only Dylann Crush could combine pit bulls and penguins, laugh-out-loud comedy and profound emotional depth, parrots and painted flowers, and zany small-town charm with heat, heart, and a HEA.

Reading this book was like putting together a (seriously entertaining) jigsaw puzzle-- I saw all the pieces, I knew they *had* to fit together (although I had no idea how!) and once I got started, I couldn't stop. I was already in love with the residents of Ido, and I felt like I was visiting with long-lost friends from the very first page. Zina might just be my new favorite Crush heroine-- bold, funny, a little badass with a huge heart-- I aspire to be half that awesome some day! Alex was just as amazing, but then again, Crush has yet to conjure up a man I couldn't see myself running away with 😂

I don't want to say too much or ruin the surprise of how all the ragtag characters (including the veritable zoo of animals) come together, but I will say that this was one of the most fun reads I've come across in a looooooong time, and it's Dylann Crush at her finest.

As with any series, I recommend reading the first book...well, first, but even if you start here, you'll get so wrapped up in Ido and all the things they do (see what I did there?!) that you'll still be able to appreciate the story.
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592 reviews23 followers
December 19, 2020
A beautiful book. The story is about Alex Sanders, a man who has led an adventurous life. For now, Alex lives in Antarctica, where he enjoys his single status. One day, Alex receives a unique job opportunity, taking care of penguins in Texas for a wedding. Of course, Alex takes the opportunity to be in his home and thus see his family. Upon arriving in Texas, Alex visits his grandfather and sister to resume the relationship with them. After settling in and preparing his new workspace, Alex meets Zina Baxter, a very nice young woman full of life. I loved the concept that started this book because I have always loved penguins. I liked that the author described Alex as a responsible boy with a huge heart. This book has made me very happy about the interaction between Alex and Zina. Besides that, it takes place in Texas, one of my favorite places. I'm glad this book is part of a series so I can enjoy these charming stories more. I thank NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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1,776 reviews4 followers
January 15, 2021
Her Kind of Cowboy by Dylann Crush is the second book in her Tying the Knot in Texas series. This is the first time I have read this author, and I am happy to say I really enjoyed this story. Her Kind of Cowboy was a fun read, but what is not to love about it; dogs and more dogs, even penguins, and hot couple who were steamy together.

Zina Baxter, our heroine, is Lacey Cherish’s best friend (previous book heroine), and owner of a dog shelter, as well as Lacey’s right hand in handling weddings for the town of I Do’s wedding destination business. Lacey is the mayor, as well as in charge of building up the town with planning weddings; but she is pregnant and desperately needs Zina help. Zina has her own problems, as the roof of her shelter has fallen apart, and she needs to find a place to bring the dogs, until the place is fixed

Alex Sanders, our hero, has returned home from his time in Alaska, to visit his sister and grandfather. Alex’s time in Alaska made him a penguin handler, and when he receives a call from a wealthy man who is planning his daughter’s wedding, and she wants penguins to be a part of it. When Alex visits Lacey at the office, he asks if he can use the warehouse across from the wedding venue, in order to bring the penguins into a safe environment, until the wedding which is months away. Zina ends up taking Alex to the warehouse to view it, and decides she will need some of that room for the dogs.

Lacey learns that the wedding planner is one of the most famous and she is thrilled, as it will help enhance her destination weddings. With her on bed rest, Zina is put in charge of working with Alex to plan the wedding (wild crazy setup), bring in the penguins to be trained, and have a place for the dogs. Alex is also being pressured to help his sister, who wants to put the grandfather (Morty) into a home, as he has become difficult.

What follows is a slow build romance between Alex and Zina, as well as the wild crazy group, staying at the warehouse, including the dogs, penguins, grandfather, nieces. I loved both Alex and Zina, as their chemistry was off the wall. The secondary characters were all very good, and I got a kick out of the niece’s parrot, and loved the dogs. Zina knew she was falling hard for Alex, but he was a wanderer, unable to stay in one place too long. Will Alex stay in Texas?

Her Kind of Cowboy was a fun, sweet, humorous & charming small-town romance. The bantering between our couple, as well as all the wonderful secondary characters was great. Dylann Crush did a great job writing this wonderful story, that was totally enjoyable. Her Kind of Cowboy reads well as a standalone, but it might be a good idea to read the first book.

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2,995 reviews21 followers
January 20, 2021
I loved getting to know Zina more and boy does she have the weight of the world on her shoulders and it doesn't help that her best friend Lacey is also trying to get her to find love just like she did. Alex is back home after leaving years ago, but it isn't soon enough for his overwhelmed sister becomes quiet the reality check for him on what he left behind. Now Zina and Alex have to work together for an extravagant wedding that leads to laughs, cute dogs, crazy family and friends, majestic penguins, bad guys and an attraction that can only be fought for so long and this makes for one fantastic read from start to finish!!
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10.5k reviews112 followers
January 6, 2021
I loved this book. With a storyline that was fresh, fun and flirty, Zina and Alex's romance captured my heart and gave me a major case of the feels. This clever blend of wedding craziness, adorable animals, small town charm and a colossal amount of heart are combined to create a couple you can root for, a romance you can believe in and a place you long to visit. Simply wonderful!! This is my independent, impartial review.
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469 reviews
January 13, 2021
I received an advanced copy of this book from the author as part of her street team.

Pit Bulls and Penguins - what else is there to say??? You definitely need to read this story so you can see how these two unlikely animals end up housed together in a warehouse in Texas. The animals aren’t the only unlikely pairing - Alex and Zina work together to pull off a very unusual dream wedding in Ido, Texas. Yeah, yeah, yeah - there are human characters, but the penguins and pit bulls are the big draw!!!
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1,640 reviews12 followers
December 5, 2020
This was such a fun, crazy story! I never thought I'd be reading about penguins at a wedding but Dylan Crush made it all happen in her latest Tying the Know in Texas book, Her Kind of Cowboy. I love the whole idea. Add in heroine Zina Baxter's For Pitties' Sake pit bull rescue and there's lots of craziness to enjoy. I love Zina and Alex Sanders as a couple and enjoyed reading along for their HEA. Plus it was good to encounter Mayor Lacey and Deputy Sheriff Bodie Phillips again.
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1,152 reviews168 followers
February 19, 2021
When Zina's pit bull rescue ends up in jeopardy due to building issues, she takes refuge in what is supposed to be a vacant warehouse. However, she soon finds out that she will be splitting the warehouse for a little while with penguins. Apparently there's some bit wig millionaire who's daughter wants to have a wedding in Texas... with penguins. Needless to say, what ensues is a lot of chaos for everyone.

This was a cute romcom that deals with a lot of animals, two people over their heads, and a looming wedding date from hell. I will admit that the romance didn't really work for me. I don't know why, but I had a hard time connecting with these two. However, what drew me in wasn't the dogs... I know you thought I was going to say the dogs or even the penguins, but nope! What drew me in was Alex's grandpa who helps out. This poor old man has lost his children and his wife. Not only that but his granddaughter keeps sticking him in nursing homes when all he wants to do is go back to the ranch where he spent all his years with his wife. So when his grandson make an appearance after a decade away, he's ready to be tossed around some more. However, he's able to work out a deal with Alex and starts helping at both the dog rescue, and the with the penguins. Seeing him go from this comatose angry person to this guy full of life was just beautiful.

I think my problem with connecting with the characters or their story is because you get the sense that Alex is not into setting down roots, but we're never told why. He just despises the idea of having people rely on him or the idea of being stationary for too long. We're also given some leads that there is someone stalking Zina and threatening her over the dog shelter, but that just ends up being forgotten throughout the story. What ever became of that? There just a few things that just pop up in the story without there being any background info or follow up. So in the end, I just felt like this was a story being told instead of reading about someone's life. Which is probably why I gravitated towards the grandpa so much. He had such rich character development that it was hard to not take notice of him when he popped up on the page.

Her Kind of Cowboy was a fun read. There were a lot of things that happen in this book. Which I wish that the characters had more depth and history to them, and that certain things were fleshed out a bit more, I still enjoyed reading about how these two were going to pull off this crazy wedding.
1,991 reviews11 followers
February 7, 2021
Her Kind of Cowboy by Dylann Crush was not your run-of-the-mill cowboy romance. It involved penguins. Yes, penguins. Alex Sanders was in Antarctica, planning to get out soon: it was cold enough in summer and he wasn't interested in winter. He'd been working as part of a team working on a penguin breeding research project. That was pretty much all he knew about penguins, except for a summer job when he was a kid. Now there was some rich guy that wanted to hire someone to house and train some penguins for his daughter's wedding. Rich guys! It was in Texas, though. He could see his sister and her girls and spend some time with his grandfather, who apparently was causing trouble wherever he went. Yep! He'd do it. When he got to his sister's place, eh could see that she was completely overwhelmed, what with four girls, two jobs, and a husband overseas. Not to mention, his grandfather. At the first stop he made, he found the perfect spot, if the mayor would rent him the warehouse. He could build the perfect environment and deliver to his boss. He also met a pretty girl; one that he kind of used to know. What more could a guy ask?

This turned out to be a very entertaining book between the penguins, the rescue pit bulls, Zina Baxter, and his family, not to mention, hers. It was fun! It was busy and full of people and problems. Training penguins to walk down the aisle at a wedding was not exactly a cakewalk, not to mention the regular problems a wedding causes. Zina was independent, cautious, and totally into her dogs. Alex never let any grass grow under his feet. His supposedly demented grandfather had an explanation for that, entertaining as it was. The romance was quick and dirty as the wedding was only six weeks away. That had been a surprise. Zina's best friend and mayor, Lacey, was newly pregnant and although the wedding business was her idea, she was on bed rest currently so Zina was in charge. Could the whole thing NOT turn into the travesty it had the potential to be? Very entertaining book. Clever. Good romance, too.

I was invited to read a free ARC of Her Kind of Cowboy by Netgalley. All opinions contained herein are solely my own. #netgalley #herkindofcowboy
343 reviews3 followers
June 27, 2021
Dylann Crush is a incredible, funny & entertaining author & this book is no exception!! Alex Sanders & Zina Baxter are the h/H in this book and what a great couple!! There’s also wonderful supporting characters, adorable penguins, rescue dogs & a parrot!! Zina runs a pit bull rescue & Alex is returning home to train penguins for an expensive, over the top wedding that Lacey/Mayor is planning. He’s also home to help out his stressed out sister, Char, with their grandfather. He’s been living his life working & traveling with no responsibilities while she’s been raising four daughters while her husband is stationed overseas & taking care of their grandfather. Her kids are too cute, especially Dolly. The restaurant scene is hysterical!! Alex & Zina (while still running the dog rescue) end up in charge of the wedding after pregnant Lacey is ordered to bed rest. There are so many laugh out loud moments, romance, family coming together & becoming closer, emotions while dealing with past issues to be able to move forward. All the feels!! I also love & appreciate the author promoting animal rescues & adoption🐾🐾. Such a wonderful, funny book!! A must read!!
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795 reviews25 followers
December 19, 2020
Her Kind of Cowboy was another fun addition to the Tying the Knot in Texas series. Zina was one of my favorite supporting characters in The Cowboy Says I Do and I was so happy to get to know her character better. Alex was the perfect addition to this crazy town. A self appointed wanderer of the world who doesn't want to be responsible for anyone but himself meets a woman who is devoted to her family, friends and strays and really doesn't know how to tell anyone no. These two opposites on the surface have a lot more in common than either of them realize! Add in her rescue pitties and his wedding penguins and you have a really fun time in Ido, Texas the soon to be wedding destination of the country! Her Kind of Cowboy was sweet with a bit of heat, told from dual POV and had a lot of heart and a bit of angst. I recommend this to all fans of contemporary romance.
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235 reviews3 followers
April 3, 2021
I read over 130 pages but ended up with not finishing the book. I was disappointed because I had waited so long for the book on my library's wait list. It wasn't terrible or cheesy or anything, it just wasn't the book I was expecting. I was expecting an easy going, humorous story but I found it dry and the chemistry to be a bit forced. Who knows, I may try to reread in future to give it a second chance...sometimes I go through phases where it's hard for me to find any book at all to read. I get impatient with half hearted books and and so I return to books I had loved before to remember the joy of reading, and the pleasure of discovering new talented authors that write stories that are hard to put down. Maybe this read was part of a fickle phase, who knows.
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107 reviews24 followers
September 16, 2021
I absolutely loved THE COWBOY SAYS I DO, the first book in Dylann Crush's Tying the Knot in Texas series, so of course, I was excited to read the next book in the series. Since the release of HER KIND OF COWBOY, I've also gone on to read the third book in the series, CRAZY ABOUT A COWBOY. But I think HER KIND OF COWBOY is still my favorite of the three!

Dylann's books always make me chuckle and this book is no exception. What's not to love about rescue dogs, a foul-mouthed parrot, a grumpy hero, and - get ready - penguin handling? The town of Ido, Texas has definitely wormed it's way into my heart - one of my favorite small town romance reads of 2021, for sure. I recommend reading the series from the beginning, but each of the books is a standalone.

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1,552 reviews17 followers
January 16, 2021
Her Kind of Cowboy was a good follow-up to the first book in the series. We're in Ido, Texas planning a winter wedding and following their foibles.
It kept me reading but there is often too much going on in her books. Between the penguins, the dog shelter, her and Alex planning the wedding, his sister and her family, his grandpa, her brother etc there wasn't one story or event to focus on.
There were also parts of the story that were completely forgotten about. I'm not sure what happened the investigation on her shelter or really why Alex didn't want to settle.
Perhaps with a little less it could be more.
7 reviews
January 12, 2021
Penguins, puppies, love and laughter...a cute read you won't put down! Fate randomly pushes Alex and Zina together for an adventure they won't forget. While Zina rescues puppies, Alex wrangles penguins for a wedding because what bride doesn't want penguins to share the aisle with?! With some mystery about Zina's shelter and laughs about how to actually train penguins this book will have you hooked to their story! The perfect read to take you mind to a small town for some laughs and love!
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728 reviews12 followers
September 17, 2020
This is the second book in the series was a fast read. Zina is trying to get a specialized wedding off the ground and hopes with the help of alex they can get it done I think if my kid wanted penguins at her wedding in a hot place I would have to put my foot down and my wallet away!! It was fun reading how they dealt with the situation. Enjoyed the humor of this book
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1,589 reviews20 followers
January 18, 2021
Crush has brought together just the right amount of crazy in her latest novel and it 100% works. Alex and Zina are a fun slow burn couple, but it is the cast of supporting characters, including the puppies and the penguins, that truly make this novel shine. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morganthaler and Jenny Holiday.
1,224 reviews3 followers
January 12, 2021
Alex doesn't stay in one place too long, but he is forced to go back home, last place, he wants to go.
Zina is trying to run shelter for dogs, finding them homes is hard, especially when she finds more puppies.
Alex and Zina have to work together. She is the reason, Alex is thinking about staying in one place forever.
Loved the storyline, humor.
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