Chaney Braxton has just suffered the ultimate humiliation with her fiancé Shane. The teacher has also discovered that her life is about to be further derailed as one of her sisters has dumped her golden retriever on her for several months. So, after picking the dog up at the airport, it's on to the vet's office.

The new vet is Devin Rhym, a Tiger Woods look-alike, but much taller. He seems to like her as much as she likes him. Meanwhile, Tony, the all-too-happy overgrown puppy, will be keeping Chaney busy.

This is a multilayered book not only about Devin and Chaney's love, but also about the relationship Devin has with his father. For lovers of animals, the tale demonstrates how well Devin relates to animals in general, but especially Tony. There is also a sister-like relationship between Chaney and her friends that many woman will relate to. This may only be Coakley-Thompson's sophomore offering, but it is a deep book that is a good read. The language is a bit strong at times, but then that's the reality of life. (Nov., 304 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Robin Taylor