Thank you so much for joining me on the blog today! Please help me welcome Jenna Sutton. She’s talking about pets in romance (a subject I love) and sharing her release The Perfect Fit with us. As you know, I am a total book cover junkie and I love this cover. What do you think?
Afterward, don’t forget to enter Jenna’s giveaway!
Take it away, Jenna …
Woof! What Do You Think of Pets in Romance Novels?
By Jenna Sutton
My household is one of the 40 million in the U.S. that has a pet. In fact, I have two pets: an apricot toy poodle whose fur looks like friend chicken and a “senior” kitty who jumps and runs like a kitten.
My animals are valued members of the family. They’re so valuable that they have better diets and healthcare than the humans in our family!
I love to read romances that include animals as secondary characters, but I haven’t come across that many. I wish there were more books with heroes and heroines who have pets because I think they add a lot to the story and tell us quite a bit about their owners (or pet parents, if you prefer).
The heroine of The Perfect Fit, Margo Lange, is a veterinarian, and she loves animals (as one would expect of someone in her profession). After experiencing a home invasion, she adopts a Doberman Pinscher.
Margo’s dog, Roby, is protective, inquisitive, and often rascally. He plays a huge role in the novella; the canine is responsible for making the hero, Zeke May, see Margo in an entirely new light.
Here’s a little excerpt:
On the way through the living room, Zeke caught sight of Roby. The dog was lying on his belly on the Afghan rug with a scrap of purple material tucked between his front paws.
Knowing that it wasn’t one of the dog’s squeaky toys, Zeke distracted the animal by scratching behind his pointy ears. With his other hand, he snatched the unknown item from the Doberman’s paws. That was when he realized that Roby’s misappropriated plaything was a pair of bikini panties.
Tiny. Lacy. Delicate.
And then his brain disobeyed a direct order from its commanding officer. It conjured up an image of Margo wearing these panties and nothing else.
If not for Roby, Zeke and Margo never would have gotten their happily ever after. And that would have been a real shame because they’re perfect for each other.
Do you have pets? What are some of your favorite books that feature animals?
Zeke May has spent the past two years recovering from an IED attack and trying to adjust to life as a civilian. The veteran hiring program at denim empire Riley O’Brien & Co. offers a new beginning. The only problem is the high cost of housing in San Francisco, and Margo Lange could be the perfect solution.
Now that Margo has completed veterinary school, she’s ready to fulfill her dream of living in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, she’s drowning in student loan debt and the only places she can afford are dumps. Luckily, one of her uncle’s Army buddies needs a roommate.
Although Zeke’s place is a perfect fit for Margo’s budget, he is not what she expects. He’s much younger than her uncle, and he’s melt-your-panties hot. She doesn’t want to fall for him, but it doesn’t take her long to realize that Zeke is the perfect fit for her, regardless of their age gap. Too bad he’s so obviously still in love with his ex-wife…
As Zeke stood in the elevator in the Four Seasons, he ran his hand over his hair, searching for any unruly strands. Satisfied that everything was in order, he adjusted the French cuffs of his bright white tuxedo shirt and furtively checked his fly to make sure it was zipped.
Never in his life had he showered, shaved, and dressed as quickly as he had tonight. He was surprised he’d only nicked himself once.
Even though he’d driven like a maniac to get to the hotel as fast as humanly possible, he was still forty-five minutes late. He hated being late, regardless of the circumstances. But his tardiness tonight was even more unacceptable because Margo had been counting on him.
Because of stupid softball game, she’d had to take a taxi in an evening gown. She was probably livid, and he couldn’t blame her.
Why hadn’t he just left the game early? Better yet, why hadn’t he declined Margo’s invitation to attend Pictures & Paws?
He should have. But he’d hated the thought of her going to this type of event alone. And, if he were honest with himself, he would admit that he’d wanted to go with her, even if it was a monumentally bad idea.
Being around her was torture. A couple of days ago, he’d accidently bumped into her in the kitchen, his front grazing her back. That small touch had created a big problem … behind his zipper.
Ever since that day when he had retrieved Margo’s panties from Roby’s paws, Zeke had tried—and failed—to push her back into the roommate-only zone. But those tiny panties had already done their damage.
Whenever they were together, he constantly thought about what she wore underneath her clothes. He even thought about it when they weren’t together.
His dormant libido had awakened, and now the damn thing was boiling like an active volcano. It could erupt at any time.
Zeke should be happy that his penis had returned to its normal operations. But he wasn’t. Instead, he was frustrated and edgy and hard all the fucking time.
He didn’t understand why this was happening now. And he sure as hell didn’t understand why it was happening with Margo.
It didn’t happen with anyone else.
Today, during the softball game, a pretty woman on the opposing team had run into him. The force of the impact had knocked them to the ground, with her sprawled on top.
She’d been a sweet-smelling, curvy armful. And his penis had been uninterested.
If it could talk, it would have said, I’m bored. But around Margo, it said, Mmm, I want some of that.
Of course, his dick didn’t care about the eleven-year age gap between them. And it didn’t care that she had her whole life ahead of her, while he had already lived a big portion of his.
Finally, the elevator reached the fifth floor. When he stepped out, he immediately began to look for Margo. No matter where they were, her bright hair made it easy to spot her.
After searching the area where the pictures were displayed and the ballroom where dinner would be served, he wandered onto the terrace. The huge space overlooked Yerba Buena Gardens, and the surrounding buildings provided plenty of light.
He surveyed the small group of people on the terrace. His gaze landed on a woman with vibrant reddish-gold hair. She was a little taller than Margo, and her hair was wavy instead of straight. Her back was to him, the flawless skin exposed by her form-fitting dress.
Damn, that dress is something else.
The dress’s lace overlay gave the impression that she was naked underneath. And the way it hugged her curvy hips and cupped her round ass … that should be prohibited in public venues to prevent riots.
Wait … he recognized that ass. He saw it—stared at it—every day.
The woman in the sexy dress was Margo. And the moment his dick realized that fact, it woke up from its nap and did a couple of stretches in preparation for vigorous exercise.
Zeke took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. For a brief moment, he thought about turning around, going back home, and locking himself in his bedroom until this insanity passed.
But then Margo glanced in his direction. And he knew, without a doubt, that he wasn’t going anywhere.
Sutton spent most of her career as
an award-winning journalist covering business-related topics including
healthcare, commercial real estate, retail, and technology. Nowadays she writes
about hot, lovable guys and the smart, sexy women who make them crazy. It’s the
culmination of a lifelong dream, and she feels so lucky to be able to do it.
Jenna has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and
a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern
Jenna and her husband live in a 103-year-old house in Texas.