Dogs Aren’t Men: Billi Tiner
What happens when one stubborn ER doctor and one can’t believe he would fall me veteran Ian literally collide? Rebecca Miller cannot understand why she felt a tingle in her arms and became all tongued tied when meeting ER doctor, Derrick Thompson. Hot, gorgeous and definitely anyone’s pick for a date, why would she think he was not interested in her? Smart, sassy, honest, good-natured and definitely no slouch in the looks department, Rebecca fails to see her own qualities and never listens when others point them out! So, what do you do to bring these two together? Enter one stud cop named Mitch Holt, one friend named Marilyn and of course who better than her mother Barbara to take the reins, orchestrate the events and hopefully make these see the light.
Mitch Holt was not the date that her mother wanted for her. Meeting Derrick’s mother in the beauty shop she handed over her daughter’s phone number hoping he’d call her for a date. But, Derrick is too busy and something in his past blocked him from wanting to form any permanent relationships. Therefore, why waste a good number and Mitch makes the call and Rebecca relents and says yes. The scene is priceless when Derrick walks in with Ginger, who heard me yes someone named Ginger that looked right out of a Victoria Secret catalogue. So, why did Derrick cringe when he saw Rebecca with Mitch? Why did she do the same when she saw Ginger?
Things start to heat up as her receptionist gets into a car accident on a story night leaving her with no one to man the front desk. But, her trusty tech Jimmy solves the problem by having his sister fill in. But, Kara is not your usual receptionist and the sight of this young girl with her attitude; multiple piercing and wild outfits did anything but comfort Rebecca. But, chances were given; Jimmy explained her situation to Rebecca and things worked out until Kara’s boyfriend decided to come around.
As Dalton learned not to mess with Rebecca after hitting Kara, threats were made, Mitch was called to file a police report and then things take an ugly turn in more ways than one. Entering the clinic come Brian, a contractor who seems quite taken with Rebecca and offers to renovate her home. Hoping to date her as well things seem to progress at an even pace but both Derrick and Jimmy sense something about him, and of course part of it is jealousy and the other maybe just great instincts.
As Rebecca tries to forget about her feelings for Derrick and channel them for Brian we hear their innermost thoughts as strong emotions come out, situations bring them together and the tension rises. But, when someone decides to take things even further and Kara winds up at her doorstep beaten and bruised the police take control, the situation calls for tougher action and the end will surprise you. Someone has been robbing and stealing drugs and no one seems to be able to pinpoint the robbers. But, when Dalton pushed it too far and something fatal happens just what they learn about him will bring one case to a close, Rebecca’s safety no longer in question but a strange twist in the plot will change it all.
While Rebecca, her mother, Marilyn and June are planning June’s wedding they forget about Dalton, they regal in the wedding plans and then think that she no longer needs Mitch or Derrick to protect her. When Dalton is finally in custody Mitch does not realize that someone else would strike at Rebecca.
Dogs might not be men but one dog named Roscoe would prove that dogs can be more than just man’s or in this case a woman’s best friend. Friendships are tested, loyalties are proven and although she is often tired and needs her rest, Rebecca always checks on her surgery and overnight patients before going home to bed. But, one feisty dog named Roscoe would prove to one robber that entered the clinic that messing with Rebecca would prove to be the last time he would mess with anyone again. Things get violent, Rebecca is seriously injured and the end result would change things for her, Derrick and those at the clinic. Critically injured in the robbery, unconscious, broken bones, head injury and much more doctors have to work feverishly to save her life but will they?
Author Billi Tiner’s Dr. Rebecca Miller is truly someone that can be admired. A vet that adores animals, time to coach girl’s basketball team and along with her best friend, her dog Captain, they bring joy and smiles to kids in the hospital in the children’s ward. Coaching the team, hoping they win with Mitch and Derrick as there hot and steamy cheerleaders, what more can a girl want? Oh Yeah! A hot guy!
So, what happens when this hot doctor realizes that practically knocking her over in the gym was the best thing that could have happened to him? Sharing an elevator in the hospital when she was going to the children’s ward and then getting her number from his stepmother but giving it to Mitch. Is it love at first bark, sight or just plain chemistry? Let’s not forget our shifty contractor, the rage that Derrick shows each time he finds out she is dating him, the barriers they both put in place to block their feelings and then the dramatic ending that will give you some heart stopping moments. This book will make you laugh, cry, smile and definitely keep your reading until turn the very last page and wish it would never end.
Blind dates can turn out to be disastrous or they can lead to romance. With her mother as her champion and hoping she finally sees the light at the end or the romantic tunnel, will Rebecca use what happened between her and Brian as an excuse to shove Derrick away? Will Derrick use his past and not trust his instincts?
Strong action scenes, strong dialogue, characters that are true to life and story that would make a great Lifetime movie, the author brings to light her own career as a veteran Ian within the pages of this story. A plot that is really easy to follow with some surprises that will caution the reader that not every situation turns out right, this romantic novel is filled with some suspense, some drama and definitely tons of love. Judgments are often clouded and appearances are deceiving, as the reader will learn. Who can be trusted? Who has created an illusion that will cause Rebecca to rethink her feelings about a relationship? An ending that will surprise you with several special twists and turns. This is a definite must read for all romantics, animal lovers and everyone that loves a good romance with a surprise ending. So, do moms know best? Find out!
Fran Lewis: reviewer