What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Off Leash by Jenna Anderson

I love a good romance story, and when Jenna Anderson approached me about reviewing her novella, Off Leash, I thought it sounded like it would be a cute idea. Here's the summary from Goodreads: Candice Gunderson and her purebred pooch, Phoebe, are driving through the Indiana countryside on their way to an appointment with a dog breeder. If all goes as planned, the “meeting” with Charles the Conqueror will result in a lovely litter of puppies.

Unfortunately, Candice is hopelessly lost, the GPS in her car has gone haywire, and she needs to find a bathroom in the worst way. The pair pulls up alongside a little house in hopes of finding some helpful inhabitants.

What she finds is Bull Ramsey, a cute farmer, and his mutt, Jack, who is more than happy to have a “meeting” of his own with Phoebe.

Candice is determined to maintain control of the situation and prove she is an independent woman. A few unexpected events and mischievous farm animals won’t interfere with her plans. She can handle this, right?

What I Liked: 1) Candice. She reminded me so much of myself. Hopelessly lost is a perpetual state for me! Okay, I'm not that bad, but I am directionally challenged. This kind of thing would definitely happen to me, and so I really was able to connect with Candice. 2) The plotline. I'm a sucker for a good love story, and this one was really fun to get into. I feel like it's always a challenge to fit a love story into a novella, but this one was excellently written, and did not feel forced at all. 3) An uncomplicated setting. A majority of the story was spent at Bull's farm, and it was a fun place to be. We didn't have to worry too much about where we were, and where we were going as far as setting was concerned, and could focus more on where the story itself was going. And in addition to having the farm as a setting, the farm is in this small town in Indiana, and Candice, as a city girl is all caught up in it. Has a sort of, Sweet Home Alabama feel to it, in some places. 4) The Dogs! This whole part of the plot was just too stinkin' cute for words. I am an animal lover, I have my sweet Sophie girl, so I loved that it was kind of like, the dogs brought these two together.

What I Didn't Like: 1) I did NOT like Candice's "best friends." In fact, at one point, I was so fed up with them that I said out loud to my mother (I was reading at her house) that "this girl's friends seriously are awful to her." Then on basically the next page, Candice was talking about how she wasn't sure her friends were really friends at all. She gets points for figuring that out, cause I was getting seriously irritated by them. 2) I would have liked to get to know Bull a little better. There were times that his character, while sometimes charming, also sometimes fell a little flat.

Overall thoughts: This was a great novella if you are looking for a light read. It was perfect timing for me, because I was reading all these paranormals for Halloween, and was definitely ready for something different when my Halloween reads were done! Candice is a completely relatable character and the scrapes she's gotten herself into are both comical and understandable. I found it very enjoyable and look forward to reading more from Jenna Anderson.

My rating: 4 shots


  1. Great review. The cover is so cute.

    I know what you mean about bad friends. I have like no tolerance for them ;)

  2. Juju - It's the same with me. I can't stand people who pretend to be your friends. But I'm always glad when the person realizes it for themselves! (instead of me having to tell them, which I try to do often with book characters. Someday, they'll hear me!) Thanks for stopping by!


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