A millionaire businessman. A vegan, animal-loving personal assistant. A small town called True Love. When you mix these three ingredients together, you have a clean, contemporary “Animal Sanctuary” romance novel written by Eliza Boyd.
No Kidding in Love is Boyd’s second installment of her Animal Sanctuary romance series. (I posted about her first book in the series, A New Leash on Love, a few months ago). I enjoyed her first book in that series so much, I was excited to read the second book (
due to my own
’s release in November, I had to postpone reading and reviewing Boyd’s)
. Now that I’ve had time to complete No Kidding in Love, I’m happy to report I enjoyed her second book, too.
Different primary characters than found in A Leash on Love (although some characters from the first book migrate to this one), and a focus on farm animals (primarily goats), this story weaves humor and love for animals into a romance story involving a millionaire (Trent) reluctant to become involved with any woman due to heartaches he experienced years before. His personal assistant, Macy, however, has been secretly in love with the man for years. She, too, experienced loss prior to coming to work for him. However, Trent’s gentlemanly manners, his brilliance in business, and his kind family of origin make their mark upon Macy’s heart. Can she continue to keep her secret as the two travel to True Love, Arizona, where, once again, they spend a week with his family and she begins volunteering
the Animal Sanctuary? Can he continue to push his own feelings for her away as they spend more time together in a town known to bring couples together?
Boyd’s characters are likeable (although I admit to becoming frustrated with Trent). Of course, I
LOVE the animal sanctuary concept, and bringing goats into the story versus the usual dogs and cats is unique and fun! (especially talking about the baby goat!) And weaving Macy’s skill of event planning to help raise funds for the sanctuary is an added
bonus – she’s not just a rich guy’s personal assistant!
Boyd has authored many clean romance books – it’s definitely “her jam!” She writes about small towns and about billionaires. I’m sure I’ll be adding more of her work to my “to-read” list this year.
For a delightful, clean romance read this winter or during February (Valentine’s Day!!), pick up a copy of Eliza Boyd’s No Kidding in Love. If you love clean romance, fun characters, and rescue animals, you’ll enjoy this book. No kidding!
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February is known for two main things: Valentine’s Day and Hallmark Movie love-stories.
Love is a Hallmark movie… well, not for everyone, and certainly not for every companion animal. Pets are called companion animals for a reason – to provide companionship to people, to be devoted, loving, faithful… and they would be, if only we let them. Instead, many cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, even turtles and lizards are mistreated, neglected, and abused. Where is their Hallmark Valentine hero/heroine?
In truth, humans and animals share this one thing in common: rejection. The person you love and trusted abandons you, mistreats you, breaks your heart and spirit. Yet, many people and pets have another thing in common: resiliency. We pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, as they say, and carry on. That perseverance may take months, even years, but when we dig deep inside ourselves and we let others help and encourage us, we discover that fortitude and we move ahead to a brighter future.
For animals as well as us, that brighter future involves compassionate, kind people. When you watch a Hallmark movie, friends surround the broken-hearted, hurt individual, encouraging them to be open to love again. And, surprise, surprise, s/he comes along! That can be true for pets as well. Rescues, SPCAs, Humane Societies, and others step forward to lift pets’ spirits, saving their lives from abuse and neglect, and then prepare them for adoption. But, there needs to be more adopters, more heroes and heroines to help the light shine more deeply into the spirits of those animals cast-away, those treated not just poorly, but many times cruelly.
Can you be an animal’s Hallmark Valentine this year?
Five years ago, my husband and I adopted a springer/cocker mix named Mary. She wasn’t abused or neglected; in fact, she was deeply cared for by her previous owner. Sadly, that person died, and Mary needed a new loving family. Greg and I answered the call, and we have been her Valentine ever since! She is devoted to us and she has also impacted others, serving sometimes as a library read-to-the-dog companion, nestled among a group of children and giving them affection as well as courage. Her stories which I’ve written take kids on adventures and teach them lessons like kindness, friendship, and joy. I love sharing Mary with others and teaching them the value of adoption.
Then, there’s Jeremiah, whom we adopted last fall. He came from a puppy mill, serving as a stud for three years. He lost 28 teeth due to poor nutrition and came to us from a rescue still timid and uncertain about living in a house. Now, five months later, he realizes kindness and compassion can come from human beings, and he’s settled in well, with Mary as his best friend. He walks proudly on a leash, dashes through our fenced-in backyard with joy, and cuddles next to me on the couch with thankfulness on his face. His Valentine’s Day gift this year is a warm home and caring people (plus a canine BFF!)
Even if we, as a man or woman, have been rejected by human love, there’s a way to share our love. Numerous animals – dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, and others – are waiting for their special Valentine. Nearly 1.5 million dogs and cats die in kill-shelters every year, and more than 10,000 animal mill facilities confine creatures (especially dogs and cats) simply for the act of breeding. They lack socialization and medical care. Several rescues, such as National Mill Dog Rescue and Hearts United for Animals, take in these animals and care for them while searching for loving, permanent homes for them to call their own, i.e., for their special Valentine.
Find your four-footed Valentine this month, knowing that creature will be devoted to you for its life, and then make some popcorn and sit on the couch together while enjoying some Hallmark movies!
NOTE: The Hallmark Channel features several films in which animals play important roles. Check out titles such as Like Cats and Dogs; Love at First Bark; Walking the Dog; and Eat, Play, Love -- some of these are scheduled this month and others in March. Enjoy, and especially enjoy your furry Valentine!