When divorcee Megan Rose, a veterinarian, arrives in Fredericksburg to revitalize her father's vet business, she meets reclusive software mogul Sutter Foley -- by way of a lost puppy -- and romance ignites. The problem is the puppy doesn't belong to Sutter, who is not a fan of animals and does not want the responsibilities of becoming a pet owner. Still, he reluctantly keeps the pooch, and soon realizes that what he lacks in life is pure, true and unconditional love.

As frigid Sutter, dubbed "the Vault" because of his hermit tendencies, slowly begins to thaw and actualize his need for love with the vet to whom he owes his realization, he falls for her wholeheartedly ... and, happily, finds that she needs him, too. As feelings grow between the pair, misleading accusations in the tabloids put a strain on their passion until the truth is revealed.

Guys and Dogs' core revolves around Megan and Sutter, but the subplots are superfluous, and the book drags a bit. Readers may find themselves predicting the ending and finding their thoughts right on target. It's a pleasant read that taps into the intricacies of human personalities deftly, but it lacks a powerful bite. (Feb., 373 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Debra LiCausi