An Alisa Release Day Review: Mischief Maker (Animal Lark #1) by Andi Lee

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

What to expect when your pet rat is expecting, or how to fall in love at a pet show.

Jamie Hewett rescues and breeds prize-winning fancy rats. While he’s surrounded by supportive, animal-loving friends, his ex-boyfriend has never been one of them. One embarrassing breakup later, he definitely isn’t looking for love again, but perhaps a rebound relationship might ease his broken heart.

Liam Donnelly’s quirky dating life is the subject of a popular vlog, and his viewers have interesting ideas on where he might find romance. When they suggest he take Mabel, his new rat, to a pet show, he’s up for the adventure.

Although they can’t deny their growing interest in each other, neither Jamie nor Liam believes in love at first sight. They’ve both had bad luck with men, and Jamie isn’t pleased that Liam makes a living as a serial dater. On top of that, others are conspiring to keep them apart, and Jamie is left holding the baby—or twenty-plus babies—when their fur children have no trouble making a connection. Will a YouTube ukulele serenade convince Liam that Jamie’s love for him—and their unborn rat children—is for real?

Liam doesn’t do relationships, one and done, that seems to be his MO and then also putting those disasters on YouTube.  He wants his plus one for a wedding and that means a real relationship, trying a fake one seems best to him and to help Jamie get over his ex but it quickly becomes much more.  Jamie is such a sweetheart and can be just a bit blind to what is actually going on around him.

Once Jamie accepts Liam’s proposal and they art to hang out for the most part everything between them goes smoothly.  I had more trouble with Jamie’s ex than I probably should have but seriously they had apparently all been friends for years you don’t go and cheat with another person in the friend group and then pout and throw tantrums when people are upset with you and you don’t get your way, it just proves that you were never good friends to begin with.  And the pettiness of trying to get back at Jamie because you seem to have lost your friends was just childish.

Though both of these two seems to have a problem with not getting their way they were likeable guys.  I think Liam has spent so much time only letting people see what he wants them to see it’s hard to actually open up and let people in but he lets Jamie in far more than he ever planned at the beginning.  I got a bit ticked at Jamie for only being concerned about himself when Liam’s rats got pregnant but he seems to have mostly redeemed himself in the end.  I want to see who the next couple could be as there are a few choices just going by the friends in the book.

I really like the cover art by Reece Notley and the cute visual of Liam with Mable.

Sales Links: Dreamspinner Press | Amazon | B&N

Book Details:

ebook, 196 pages

Published: August 13, 2019 by Dreamspinner Press

ISBN-13: 978-1-64405-421-5

Edition Language: English

Series: Animal Lark #1

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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