An Ashez Release Day Review: Strays and Lovers by John Inman

Rating : 4 stars out of 5

Forty-six-year-old Eddie Hightower has a problem. He’s all alone. The only thing that saves him from facing that stark reality is the fact that he isn’t really alone at all. He has a house full of pets and a refuge full of stray unwanted animals he spends every waking hour trying to place in homes. While he loves what he does with all the joy in his heart, that same poor aging heart is still missing something. And Eddie knows exactly what it is. Romance.

But wait. Cue the music. Suddenly, beyond all hope, it happens. In the small desert town of Spangle, California, where Eddie lives, comes a sad young stranger with piercing gray eyes. They are the palest, most stunningly beautiful eyes Eddie has ever seen. Poor Eddie Hightower is swallowed up in their silver depths and disappears without a gurgle. The stranger’s name is Gray Grissom. Gray, like his eyes. Without hesitation Eddie opens his doors—and his heart—to the lost young man. After all, that’s what Eddie does. He finds homes for strays. But this is one stray Eddie intends to keep for himself.

I love books involving animals, and, I mean, these are some well written animals!  I can’t believe how much the animals play an integral part in the storyline, and how adorable and well described they were.  From their actions to their playing aspects and how they looked – it was unreal.

I didn’t mind Gray or Eddie – Eddie acted his age (mostly, aside from the occasional awkward giggle) and Gray (also an awkward giggler) and his past were a truly interesting integration as well into the story.

I need myself a Louie – you know what, I’ll take every single one of the pets in the book I was seriously in love with them before the story was over.

Slow burn, sweet, funny, cute definitely a must if you love a good animal included story.  I thought the “romance” portions of the book fell a little flat but overall it was a fun read.

Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas – 100% fitting, and adorable
Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 152 pages
Expected publication: November 30th 2018
ISBN 139781640808720
Edition Language English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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