Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: Caring For Riggs
SERIES: Love Off Leash
AUTHOR: Bonnie Dee
PUBLISHER: self published
LENGTH: 99 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 20, 2017
Love, loss and finding a forever home.
After years abroad, Kyle Skelton returns to New York to plan his grandfather’s funeral. Weighed down by guilt about neglecting the prickly old man who once looked after him, Kyle is determined to find a good home for Gramps’s senior dog. The last thing he needs as he confronts his complicated past is the distraction of the handsome next door neighbor who’s been taking care of Riggs.
Darrell Baines is prepared to despise his neighbor’s grandson on sight. He believes this stranger is only interested in valuable things Vince may have left behind. But after witnessing the renewed bond between Kyle and Riggs and learning more about the unhappy teenager who fled New York years earlier, Darrell’s hard stance softens. It’s easier to forgive when Kyle is heaping blame on himself.
Darrell is almost too comfortable in his quiet routine, while Kyle has never found a place that felt like home. As these opposites walk their dogs together, unexpected friendship grows. A late night adventure adds passionate fuel to the fire, but Kyle is only passing through so a chance for anything more than a fling seems impossible.
When Kyle’s never-met father arrives for the funeral and Riggs’ health takes a turn for the worse, Kyle’s emotional turmoil reaches critical mass. Will his fragile new bond with Darrell be the powerful lifeline he has always needed?
Caring for Riggs is a wonderful, bittersweet, absolutely heartwarming and very emotional short story. I read it in one sitting and truly enjoyed it.
This book is part of an ongoing series. If you love hot men and dogs the LOVE OFF LEASH series is perfect for you. Unrelated stories by different authors with the same theme of men, new love and pets. What’s not to love?
Bonnie Dee writes in many genres and has a great style. The writing here is flawless, it has a great flow and true emotions. The plot-line is gripping and you find yourself emotionally invested right from the very beginning. A well written short story has always been my favorite. It’s a very difficult task but when the writer is able to get my attention and heart from the start these stories are the best. When just a few pages give you all the great feels, it tells you a whole story with just a few paragraphs and memories. There are some great flashbacks, thought provoking inner monologues and some true self analysis. Bonnie Dee does an excellent job here. Our MCs are lovable with great personalities, natural flaws and quirks. They both go through a difficult time together for different reasons but this unexpected meeting changes their lives for good. Kyle and Darrell have great chemistry both sexual and personal. Their deepening connection is palpable, and their growing emotions are believable and very well written. I loved the time jumps in the last chapter. It gave the story and our guys a well deserved HEA.
The four legged characters add an extra layer of warmth and love to the story. The depth the writer could create in such a short time is amazing. This story is going to stay with me for a long time. Highly recommended.