Day 75: 3 Heads & a Tail by Vickie Johnstone
Summary From Goodreads:
When nature lover Josie moves into a house share with two pals, dreamer Ben and model man David, she sees it as a short stop and doesn’t bank on an attraction developing with one of them. Meanwhile, Ben’s dog, Glen, has the hots for Miss Posh, the beautiful golden Lab in the park. When dog meets dog it’s puppy love, but a complication leads to Glen taking matters into his own paws. In this comedy of errors, romance and walkies, it’s anyone’s guess who is going to get the girl/dog and live happily ever after.
3 Heads & a Tail is exactly what the title and cover would suggest, a funny and cute romantic story that is filled with heartfelt sentiments and some doggy perspective. I’m not sure that it has an intended age group audience, but it could be enjoyed by anyone from YA to adult. It isn’t overly steamy but tends to be more on the “aww” side of romance.
The only major complaint I had was repetitious writing. A lot of phrases were repeated, often without much of a gap between them. I won’t list a bunch of examples, but suffice it to say a thesaurus or just changes of wording would have been lovely at times. The characters could have been brought so much more to life it they just had slightly altered dialogue, kind of like in a movie where the actors are great but the material they are working with is too rough to let their talent fully shine through.
The characters were done quite well. The main character, Josie was a bit of a space case at times, but she seemed realistic. She didn’t always make the best decisions yet she owned up to that and took her lumps when she knew she deserved them. Ben is devoted, caring, and though he doesn’t have the highest self-esteem, he still tries to get Josie to notice he likes her, in his own way. The standout for the humans oddly enough is the pretty boy David. Johnstone really fleshes out his character well, he’s one of the most convincing asshats I’ve seen in a while, quirky sense of humor or no, he’s not a character that is easily liked which is definitely by design.
Of course, the fun part about 3 Heads & a Tail is the dog’s perspective. Johnstone does a great job creating a convincing personality that if you didn’t know better, or wasn’t filled with so many “voofs”, might be that of a human. Glen is often hilarious, and even devious, but, being a dog, is more easily convinced to do things than your standard character. He has his own set of views on how the world works with insight that only a dog could have. Overall a very enjoyable second main perspective.
The plot, while predictable for the most part, was entertaining. Love triangles, failed attempts at love, drunken nights and many a chase combine for quite the thrill ride, and cheesy romance fest. There are enough twists and turns along the way to keep the reader interested and I breezed through the book with ease. If you want a light funny read, and don’t mind the repetitious dialogue I mentioned earlier then this is a good pick. Thanks as always for reading and come back again for Day 76!