Review: Rick R. Reed – I Heart Boston Terriers

Author: Rick R. Reed
Reviewer: Guest Reviewer: Cal, the Golden Retriever
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★½☆ 


Love at first sight can work for dogs as well as humans.

When Aaron finds Mavis, an emaciated and timid Boston terrier, at a pet adoption fair, his heart goes out to her—irrevocably.

When Christian, who is manning the adoption fair for the Humane Society that fateful autumn Saturday, finds Aaron, his heart goes out to him—irrevocably.

I Heart Boston Terriers is all about embracing love, whether it’s for someone who walks on four legs, or someone who walks on two. The Boston terrier Mavis’ journey back to wholeness and finding her forever home runs parallel to the story of two men discovering one another at just that perfect moment—a moment that defies logic, propriety, and common sense.

But then when do the dictates of love follow a rational course?

Come along for a journey about a man and his dog and see how that journey teaches him the truth about love and making a caring connection that just might last a lifetime.


I couldn’t believe that my friend Mavis got her story told in a real book! I read romance stories with Mom when I’m sitting on her lap because, hey, I’m neutered so that’s all the romance I get! When she walked away from her open laptop, I decided I’d take a quick chance to paw this review. I knew Mavis when we were both pups and resided in the same shelter for awhile so I was happy to find out what happened to her later in life, but sad to learn she didn’t have a wonderful family like I got.

Mavis was a scared little Boston Terrier cowering in the corner of her cage at the big pet store with the bright lights and the noisy people and barking dogs. Who wouldn’t be scared in all that noise? And Mavis was tiny so she couldn’t bark and growl and look fierce like I can (although Mommy knows that’s a joke ’cause I’m a gummy bear inside.) I felt really bad for Mavis when I read that part. But then this really nice guy named Aaron came along and Mavis looked like maybe she’d be okay with him. She was still a scaredy-cat (I made a joke!) but then the nice sister lady with Aaron said Aaron should take Mavis home where they’d all live happily ever after—or until Aaron found his own apartment. The good guy from the Human Society—um, I mean Humane Society—came over to help Aaron and Mavis, and Mavis really liked him so decided to go with Aaron too.

Aaron lived with his sister because he broke up with his older boyfriend (Mavis heard his sister say that bad man took up with someone else and kicked Aaron out) so he’s pretty much homeless and still jobless, but then that good-looking volunteer guy, Christian, caught his attention so maybe he’ll be happy again someday.

When Aaron brought Mavis home, she jumped out of Aaron’s arms and dove under his sister’s bed and refused to come out—even for the great-smelling bowl of food he put out. Thank goodness there was enough space for Mavis to do her duty under the bed ’cause she was too scared to come out. Then Christian called Aaron to see how Mavis was doing and Aaron got mad. Something about privacy and phone numbers. But when Aaron left her alone to go running (why do humans run if no one is chasing them?!) she ate the lady’s shoes—Jimmy Chews shoes (weird name—why not chew a shoe named chew?!) so he came right over to help. Christian coaxed Mavis out from under the bed where she was living ’cause the lady was screaming about those shoes and made too much noise for Mavis’s perky dog ears!

Christian and Aaron took Mavis for a walk. She liked that and they pretty much let her sniff and scratch and mark out her new walking territory ’cause they were busy making goo-goo eyes at each other. When they came home, they started chewing on each other’s lips and then they took their clothes off and rubbed on each other—like I rub on my toys—and then they jumped on his sister’s bed—and then—oh, oh!

I can’t say what happened next. Mommy said we can’t spoil our reviews. Is she kidding? I would never do my duty anywhere except my special spot in the yard—definitely not on her keyboard where it would spoil the review.

Anyway, dear Hearts on Fire lady, here’s my review. This story is very dear to my doggie heart because Mavis found a home with these two nice men who found each other. I didn’t like the sister lady too much though. She shouldn’t have wanted to kick Mavis out over a pair of chewy shoes, especially since she’s the one who talked Aaron into taking Mavis home. It’s not good to get a doggie’s hopes up and then send them back to the cages.

Mom said in her review she told people that this is a great short story, full of promise for the future, and it’s sweet and light and a good mood-picker-upper. I’m a good mood-picker-upper, too, so I’m gonna go give my mommy a doggie kiss right now. Thanks for letting me paw this review for you. I hope you all have a good doggie by your side when you read this, but if you don’t, just go to a local shelter where hundreds of dogs are waiting for someone like you.


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