Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Barry Dunning is a pet stylist and a gentle soul. Animals love him and he adores them. And while he would love to have a dog or cat of his own, the lease on his tiny studio apartment doesn’t allow pets. So, he paints miniature cats and dogs on rocks, instead.
Hurt by an ex-boyfriend, Barry doesn’t date. But his sister Trixie is always pestering him to get back out there, though he doesn’t think anyone would want him or his baggage.
Not so. Sheldon Svenson, the owner of the animal shelter where Barry volunteers on weekends is attracted to Barry and asks him out on a date. Barry — for once taking his sister’s advice — accepts.
Dinner ends in disaster, but Sheldon, undaunted, pursues Barry and asks for another chance. Will Barry decide to risk losing his heart?
This was a wonderful short sweet story. Barry has basically been surviving since his ex left him high and dry three years ago, feeling like he doesn’t deserve a nice guy and that no one should have to deal with his problems. Sheldon has carried a torch for Barry since they first met and since he is now unattached he is willing to take the plunge.
Barry continues to tell himself and others that he is happy with his life, but we can see how much he is hurting from the beginning of the story. His sister and her husband are hilarious and a great source of support for him, no matter how much he tries to deny it. Even though this story is told from Barry’s point of view you can see how much Sheldon really cares for him and is willing to wait until he is ready.
The cover art is wonderful and gave me a great visual for Barry interacting with the animals.
ebook, 39 pages
Published: March 30, 2016 by JMS Books
Edition Language: English