Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Book Review: Dog Gone Back Soon (Cyrus Mills #2) by Nick Trout

When Dr. Cyrus Mills returned home after inheriting his estranged father's veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, the last thing he wanted was to stay in Eden Falls, Vermont, a moment longer than absolutely necessary. However, the previously reclusive veterinarian pathologist quickly found that he actually enjoyed treating animals and getting to know the eccentric residents of the tiny provincial town-especially an alluring waitress named Amy.

So Cyrus is now determined to make Bedside Manor thrive. Not an easy goal, given that Healthy Paws, the national veterinary chain across town, will stop at nothing to crush its mom-and-pop competitor. And the rival vet practice isn't Cyrus's only competition; a handsome stranger shows up out of nowhere who clearly has a mysterious past with Amy. To top it off, Cyrus finds himself both the guardian of a very unique orphaned dog and smack in the middle of serious small town drama.

Dog Gone Back Soon is the second book in the Cyrus Mills series by Nick Trout.  I reviewed the first book in the series, The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs here.  It's not necessary to read the first book before this one, although the story picks up right after The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs ends.  

The story is written well and flows smoothly.  There are some great moments with animals, as is to be expected with a book about a veterinarian.  The characters are growing in depth in this second book, and we are introduced to some new ones.  I enjoy the quirkiness of the small town community.

A couple things in the story just didn't sit well.  Cyrus falling for and going along with the blind date and all it entailed went too far for me.  Then Cyrus diagnosing a human without the man asking for one and without any testing, Cyrus just blurting it out, was irresponsible and stupid.  While Cyrus is a bit of a bumbler, he's not irresponsible or stupid, so that scene wasn't believable.

Everything with Stash, the labradoodle was wonderful.  I wish there was more with him.  Actually, I would have preferred more animal interaction throughout the whole book.  

I was given a copy of Dog Gone Back Soon in exchange for my honest review.  I enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to anyone, especially animal lovers.

 I give this book 3 Bookworms.

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