Sunday, September 30, 2012
Sleeping with Dogs and Other Lovers: A Second Acts Novel
by Julia Dumont
Published by BroadLit
Genre: romance; chick lit
Thanks to NetGalley for the preview
2 / 5 cupcakes
My first thought upon finishing this book: what in the hell was this book about?
My second thought: thank goodness that's over.
Here is your basic plot: Cynthia has started a matchmaking business, determined to use her time honed skills of sussing out who's right for whom to help out the lovelorn. An ex boyfriend shows up to test her limits, and she has to decide whether she wants to try again with him.
Oh, and dogs. There are dogs here too. One of Cynthia's clients owns some dogs, one of whom seems to be telepathic and other worldly.
Emphasis on "seems to be," because we never really know. In fact, the vast quantities of things we never really know could make up a book in themselves.
Parts of this are funny and entertaining. Cynthia has a somewhat predictable relationship with her mother - there is nothing new here, and you will feel as if you've read it before - and her first client, Lolita, is unique.
But not enough is interesting. It's as if you are reading synopses of previously published books, because this feels like you've read it before. And that, my little book loving friends, is not a good sign for a novel. Even the sex scenes are a snooze-fest.
The good news: it's a quick read.