REVIEW: His and Hers Dalmatians by Grace Tyler
Dear Ms. Tyler,
I’ll be honest and admit that it’s the cover of this book which got me to buy it. Plus I love dogs so that part didn’t hurt either. Unfortunately, the book itself didn’t live up to the awesome cover it got.
Callie and Hayden met, fell in love, quickly got married. Then their marriage fell apart almost as quickly under the weight of mistrust and miscommunication. Now, two years after the acrimonious divorce, they’re thrown together as best man and matron of honor at the wedding of mutual friends. Both are just hoping to avoid a meltdown during the festivities. Neither expects to still feel the impact of a love that’s still simmering.
Still…Callie remembers the hurt of Hayden’s betrayal and tries to avoid him. Until she inexplicably hears herself invite him over to her house for dinner so that their dalmations can see each other again. When they split, Callie got Lucy and Hayden got Ricky. Hayden’s been depending on his housekeeper, concierge and dog trainer to keep the standardly hyperactive Dal from destroying Hayden’s townhouse but both figure an evening of the dogs chasing each other around the yard will be good for them.
And thus Callie and Hayden begin to explore the possibility of getting back together. The ten year gap in their ages, along with the remaining issues that figured in their first split are still there to be worked out but both realize their love is as strong as ever. But will that be enough?
The book starts strongly. Both characters seem to be strong, intelligent and mature. However, as the story progresses I began to question all three adjectives. Hayden remains centered on getting Callie back and never hides that he wants them to eventually remarry. At first Callie holds firmly to her anger at the supposed infidelity that made her sue for the divorce. But a few kisses and some heavy petting have her panting in need and fogging up the windows. Until she recalls the infidelity then she’s suddenly saying,”No, no, no” where just moments earlier she had been helping Hayden yank off her clothes.
And when the truth about the “infidelity” comes out, I couldn’t help but shake my head. Honestly, one good sit down talk and magically Callie accepts what Hayden tells her now that she apparently never bothered to question him about before she slung him out of the house two years ago. Yes, I know that she had some cause to question Hayden’s intentions towards his assistant but for cryin’ out loud if you’re going to sue for a divorce, at least tell the a**hole why you’re tossing him out and seeking legal council. And Hayden, for all he professes to still love Callie after always loving Callie, apparently never tried to demand she give him a reason for wanting a divorce. How smart is that?
As for maturity…I don’t care of Hayden is almost forty and a top man in a cutthroat business or if Callie feels she’s matured some in the two years since their breakup. He starts pressing her hard for a reconciliation almost immediately despite her obvious hesitation. Then when he pops the question again and she declines, he pouts off in a snit. While Callie instantly – instantly! I tell ya – jumps to the conclusion that Hayden is having a fling with one of her co-workers. And his end-around sneaky way to check up on her business smacks of little more than not thinking she’s mature enough to do a good job no matter how he tries to dress it up.
I do like the dalmatians, Ricky and Lucy (awww at the names). Either you have some or took the time to look up details on the breed. A friend of mine used to know a woman who bred champion dalmatians and she filled me in on how few people really know what they’re getting into when they see “101 Dalmatians” and just have to have! one. And how many animal shelters get overwhelmed with them once the new owners realize just how active they are. Very pretty dogs but you need Hayden’s backup staff to deal with them.
So, I’m sorry to say that “His and Hers Dalmatians,” despite the cute cover and title, didn’t work so well for me. I’m still not convinced that these two have worked out all their issues. And I hope for the environment that Hayden sells that gawdawful Hummer (I have a larger dog than a Dal and manage to fit him nicely into the back of my compact car). C-
May be purchased in trade paperback or ebook form. Ebook price is $2.00 – sweet. The press is going out of business at the end of the month but the book also appears on lulu.com in both print and ebook.