You’re fired. Manhattan workaholic Hayley Weaver is out of work, out of money and out of luck. Facing eviction, she grabs the first job offered, house-sitting movie star Paulette Stone’s New Jersey home. Hayley swore she’d never go back to Jersey but she’s hit rock bottom. The job sounds like a snap and the answer to her prayers. She should have known Jersey would throw a curve ball. Paulette neglected to mention her exotic menagerie and more critters than the Beverly Hillbillies in residence. Small town Jersey veterinarian Jake Marx is desperate to meet a woman he hasn’t known since kindergarten. Animal phobic Hayley has Jake on speed dial and the whole town is backing Hayley as their candidate to solve Jake’s love-starved life.

The Animals

As someone who lives with a lot of animals, I was kind of hoping this would be about a lot of animals.  Of course, this not being a book about an actual zoo, and it needing to leave room for the romance, the focus was on quality rather than quantity.

Instead there are just three: Antoine, the foul-mouthed parrot; Pansy the child-like baby chimp, and Henry, the deaf dog who would very much like to be a lap dog despite very much not being lap-dog-sized.

The Romance

If I tell you it’s about a (non animal-loving) woman who’s tricked into looking after a house full of animals, and that it’s a romance, do I really need to say who the love interest is? (If you can’t guess, you’ve somehow read even less romance than me.  Well done.)

Throw in the requisite obstacles, cute misunderstandings and characters you only find in these small town books and you have yourself a sweet, funny romance that you can enjoy even if it isn’t really your thing.

Who knows, I might even be tempted to read the next in the series after a romance hiatus… what can I say, I’m a sucker for quirky characters.



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