Caring for Riggs (Love Off Leash) by Bonnie Dee #mm #review @Bonnie_Dee

Disclaimer MaleTAGLove dogs and smoking hot men? The Love Off Leash series is for you. Different authors. Unrelated stories. Shared theme of new love and pets.

Love, loss and finding a forever home.

After years abroad, Kyle Skelton returns to New York to plan his grandfather’s funeral. Weighed down by guilt about neglecting the prickly old man who once looked after him, Kyle is determined to find a good home for Gramps’s senior dog. The last thing he needs as he confronts his complicated past is the distraction of the handsome next door neighbor who’s been taking care of Riggs.

Darrell Baines is prepared to despise his neighbor’s grandson on sight. He believes this stranger is only interested in valuable things Vince may have left behind. But after witnessing the renewed bond between Kyle and Riggs and learning more about the unhappy teenager who fled New York years earlier, Darrell’s hard stance softens. It’s easier to forgive when Kyle is heaping blame on himself.

Darrell is almost too comfortable in his quiet routine, while Kyle has never found a place that felt like home. As these opposites walk their dogs together, unexpected friendship grows. A late night adventure adds passionate fuel to the fire, but Kyle is only passing through so a chance for anything more than a fling seems impossible.

When Kyle’s never-met father arrives for the funeral and Rigg’s health takes a turn for the worse, Kyle’s emotional turmoil reaches critical mass. Will his fragile new bond with Darrell be the powerful lifeline he has always needed?addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14Liz Cat

Caring for Riggs by Bonnie Dee is a sweet male/male contemporary romance. Kyle Skelton is home for the first time in years, unfortunately, it’s to plan his grandfather’s funeral. Darrell Baines has lived next door to Kyle’s grandfather and taken care of him and his senior dog Riggs while Kyle’s been away. Darrell expects Kyle to be cold, how else could he abandon his grandfather? But the two of them find something very different in each other. Something neither knew they were looking for.

First, I adore books with animals: cats, dogs, whatever. Pets just make characters more relatable for me. So, Caring for Riggs had an immediate boost. Overall, it was a fine short, cute book. I connected with the main characters. Kyle and Darrell’s relationship was given enough room to grow in their limited time together that their romance made sense. Their affection for one another was deep and realistic. All in all, Caring for Riggs is a cute novella.

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