It’s not long before their pet-centric arrangement sparks a person-centric desire…
Simon Burke has always preferred animals to people. When the countdown to adopting his own dog is unexpectedly put on hold, Simon turns to the PetShare app to find the fluffy TLC he’s been missing. Meeting a grumpy children’s book illustrator who needs a dog walker isn’t easy for the man whose persistent anxiety has colored his whole life, but Jack Matheson’s menagerie is just what Simon needs.
Four dogs, three cats and counting. Jack’s pack of rescue pets is the only company he needs. But when a bad fall leaves him with a broken leg, Jack is forced to admit he needs help. That the help comes in the form of the most beautiful man he’s ever seen is a complicated, glorious surprise.
Being with Jack—talking, waking, making out—is a game changer for Simon. And Simon’s company certainly…eases the pain of recovery for Jack. But making a real relationship work once Jack’s cast comes off will mean compromise, understanding and lots of love.
Rating: Narration – B+; Content: B
Roan Parrish’s Better than People is a sweet, tender and steamy character-driven romance that is rather less angsty than other books of hers I’ve read and listened to, but is no less enjoyable for that. It’s a lovely, romantic hurt/comfort story featuring two guys who bond over their love of animals and gradually start to build a deep and genuine friendship that turns into something more.
Jack Matheson is a successful illustrator of children’s books, but when his friend and collaborator shafted him by presenting their publisher with Jack’s ideas as his own, Jack – quite understandably – felt terribly betrayed and hurt. Since that happened about eight months earlier, Jack hasn’t drawn a thing; worried that perhaps he won’t ever draw again, he’s holed himself up in his cabin in Wyoming with his ‘pack’ of rescue dogs and cats, cut himself off from his brother (his only family) and drifts from day to day rather aimlessly.
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