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Rebecca Miller is a gifted veterinarian with an extraordinary understanding of animal behavior. She is leading a fulfilling life as the owner and operator of the Animal Friends Veterinary Clinic. Ever since her 30th birthday, her mother has made it her mission to help Rebecca find a man, get married, and give her grandchildren. But Rebecca doesn’t see the need for a man in Rebecca Miller is a gifted veterinarian with an extraordinary understanding of animal behavior. She is leading a fulfilling life as the owner and operator of the Animal Friends Veterinary Clinic. Ever since her 30th birthday, her mother has made it her mission to help Rebecca find a man, get married, and give her grandchildren. But Rebecca doesn’t see the need for a man in her life. She has her dog, Captain, and that’s all the companionship she needs. However, her world changes the day she literally runs into Derrick Peterson, a gorgeously handsome ER doctor. Derrick’s experiences with women have taught him that they are vain, silly, and untrustworthy. He keeps his relationships with them brief and superficial. However, he finds himself being irresistibly drawn to Rebecca. She’s smart, witty, compassionate, and very different from the women he usually encounters. Will Rebecca be the one to break down the wall he’s spent a lifetime building around his heart?


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Rebecca Miller is a gifted veterinarian with an extraordinary understanding of animal behavior. She is leading a fulfilling life as the owner and operator of the Animal Friends Veterinary Clinic. Ever since her 30th birthday, her mother has made it her mission to help Rebecca find a man, get married, and give her grandchildren. But Rebecca doesn’t see the need for a man in Rebecca Miller is a gifted veterinarian with an extraordinary understanding of animal behavior. She is leading a fulfilling life as the owner and operator of the Animal Friends Veterinary Clinic. Ever since her 30th birthday, her mother has made it her mission to help Rebecca find a man, get married, and give her grandchildren. But Rebecca doesn’t see the need for a man in her life. She has her dog, Captain, and that’s all the companionship she needs. However, her world changes the day she literally runs into Derrick Peterson, a gorgeously handsome ER doctor. Derrick’s experiences with women have taught him that they are vain, silly, and untrustworthy. He keeps his relationships with them brief and superficial. However, he finds himself being irresistibly drawn to Rebecca. She’s smart, witty, compassionate, and very different from the women he usually encounters. Will Rebecca be the one to break down the wall he’s spent a lifetime building around his heart?

30 review for Dogs Aren't Men

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jaideep Khanduja

    http://pebbleinthestillwaters.blogspo... An Excellent Interesting Read Dogs Aren't Men by Billi Tiner is a fantastic read. It is a story about a lady called Rebecca Miller who understand animal's behavior more than a normal person. This is something she has in an extraordinary manner in herself. She owns and runs her own Veterinary Clinic under the name of Animal Friends. Soon after she crossed her age of 30, her mother got after her to marry a man as soon as possible in a hope to get a grandchild http://pebbleinthestillwaters.blogspo... An Excellent Interesting Read Dogs Aren't Men by Billi Tiner is a fantastic read. It is a story about a lady called Rebecca Miller who understand animal's behavior more than a normal person. This is something she has in an extraordinary manner in herself. She owns and runs her own Veterinary Clinic under the name of Animal Friends. Soon after she crossed her age of 30, her mother got after her to marry a man as soon as possible in a hope to get a grandchild at the earliest. On the other hand Rebecca feels no requirement for a man in her life. She owns a dog named as Captain and there is lot interesting to read about the two of them in this very interesting book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathie aka TJ Taylor

    Loved this book! The characters are very realistic. Rebecca is a sweet person with a big heart, Derrick can really be frustrating at times, and Mitch is the friend every woman should have (if he were a real person, he would really hate that I said that). The tension throughout the story keeps it moving; I couldn't put it down (I read it overnight). The lack of strong language is a nice change. This would be a great read for a young adult. Reviewed by Satin Sheets Romance Review Blog

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This was a cute,fun romance book! I really enjoyed this book. The characters are very enjoyable and very much developed. It is basically about two people that didn't view themselves as being able to have a serious relationship. I loved the title and that is what prompted me to read the book. It was just a very sweet romance and involved dogs. I would recommend it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    H.K.

    It’s ok It was a little too sappy, predictable plot and too perfect characters but an ok romance. Wish there was more passion and steaminess from the main couple. The dogs were the best characters in the whole book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    April

    This is a really sweet romance that is squeaky clean. There are a few hot kisses but the action never gets to the bedroom. I really enjoyed this book it has great characters and an engaging story line. Rebecca is very sweet, but do not let that fool you, she has spunk as well. Derrick is a yummy, hunky and oh so serious doctor. He needs a gal like her to lighten him up! There is a lot going on in this story, definitely loads of coincidences in the beginning. Almost as though fate is trying to get This is a really sweet romance that is squeaky clean. There are a few hot kisses but the action never gets to the bedroom. I really enjoyed this book it has great characters and an engaging story line. Rebecca is very sweet, but do not let that fool you, she has spunk as well. Derrick is a yummy, hunky and oh so serious doctor. He needs a gal like her to lighten him up! There is a lot going on in this story, definitely loads of coincidences in the beginning. Almost as though fate is trying to get them together. It was kind of cute. While I enjoyed the story it was extremely detailed about everyday life. As a reader I really do not need to know every small thing a character does when when gets home. Just tell me she iced her ankle and it was painful. I do not need to read everything she did to put that ice soak together. Also, the Vet scenes we more detailed than I needed. I know nothing about being a Vet or Vet Tech, so the fancy jargon was wasted on me. The POV switches out between not just the leads but supporting cast. The switched are jumpy and brief at times. We go into somebody's POV for only a sentence or two and then back to the lead. It makes the story feel very disjointed. The great thing is the narrator does a wonderful job of keeping the reader in the know about who is speaking with her changes in tone. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Rebecca Roberts, who is great. I enjoyed her swift pace and smooth tone. She did a terrific job of infusing emotion and energy into the read. One of her best attributes was the way she handled the changes of POV. She helped keep them clear during a very choppy narrative. Her voices were consistent and distinct, which helped keep the switches clear. Even with the issues I had, I was thoroughly entertained and can not wait to start the next book. While this was a romance it felt more like a mix of fiction and light suspense. The romance was kind of light, up until the end. Then things got real, fast! Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Although, I did seek out the author and request a copy because it interested me. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    H.L. LeRoy

    Loved this book!! Dr. Rebecca Miller is a gifted veterinarian, leading a happy and fulfilling life at her veterinary clinic. Her Golden Retriever, Captain, is her constant and only companion, and she doesn’t see the need for any men in her life. She believes that having crossed the Rubicon of thirty, her odds aren’t that great anyway. However, her mother has other plans. She wants grandchildren. Rebecca runs (literally) into Derrick on a basketball court, and she feels a strange attraction to the Loved this book!! Dr. Rebecca Miller is a gifted veterinarian, leading a happy and fulfilling life at her veterinary clinic. Her Golden Retriever, Captain, is her constant and only companion, and she doesn’t see the need for any men in her life. She believes that having crossed the Rubicon of thirty, her odds aren’t that great anyway. However, her mother has other plans. She wants grandchildren. Rebecca runs (literally) into Derrick on a basketball court, and she feels a strange attraction to the tanned and handsome ER doctor. Coincidentally, Rebecca’s mom sets up a blind date for Rebecca originally intended to be with Derrick. It goes haywire and she winds up with Derrick’s best friend, Mitch, on a double date. Unfortunately, Derrick has shown up with a stunning blonde and this does nothing to make Rebecca think she has a chance with Derrick. Rebecca is an independent, tough, and intelligent heroine. And the rest of the other characters are written with a depth and realism that makes you really care about their lives. The interaction and chemistry was great, and the dialogue terrific. Being an animal lover, I enjoyed the realistic depiction of veterinary life, especially after I discovered that the author is herself a veterinarian. I also liked the quick pace of this story. Ms. Tiner keeps it moving and doesn’t get caught up in lengthy filler paragraphs that you’ll find in other books. A fun read. Highly recommend

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    "Dogs Aren't Men" is a very clean romance that is fast paced and easily read. While Rebecca and Co. seem to have the worst luck (and a lot of clever coincidence), the story is romantic and feels pretty true to life. Ms. Tiner does a nice job of balancing the fact with fiction. You can tell she is writing of something she is passionate about but she doesn't over do it. Career knowledge aside, the love story comes first and foremost. There is a well-written connection between Derrick and Rebecca a "Dogs Aren't Men" is a very clean romance that is fast paced and easily read. While Rebecca and Co. seem to have the worst luck (and a lot of clever coincidence), the story is romantic and feels pretty true to life. Ms. Tiner does a nice job of balancing the fact with fiction. You can tell she is writing of something she is passionate about but she doesn't over do it. Career knowledge aside, the love story comes first and foremost. There is a well-written connection between Derrick and Rebecca as well as plenty of plot. What made this book so enjoyable for me was that it has a realistic execution of how a relationship begins between two strong-willed characters. "Dogs Aren't Men" had me turning page after page to see what would happen next, and how Rebecca and Derrick would bring themselves together. While this book didn't change my life, it is certainly deserving of four stars. I wish the ending would have given us a little bit more. Because Ms. Tiner kept the tension building, on multiple levels, we don't get to see Rebecca and Derrick happily together for very long. I certainly was sad to see their story end as it was really sweet once there. Ms. Tiner presents a great contemporary romance, and if she keeps at it, I'd love to continue following her books. I hope others don't judge this book based on it's not so intriguing cover and try it on for themselves. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Rebecca is the owner/veterinarian who has a mother that keeps dropping hints that Rebecca is 30, unmarried and her mother wants grand babies. Derrick is an ER doctor who doesn't want a permanent relationship . When Derrick finds a lost puppy, he locates the nearest vet office to unload the puppy. But a funny thing happens when he meets Rebecca. Can she thaw the wall around Derrick's heart? Can Rebecca open up to Derrick?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    A really good book about Rebecca, a tough vet falling for an even tougher Derrick the ER Doctor. Add their two dogs, some great people working at her vet clinic & some of drama & you have a enjoyable book. I read it in 2 nights and loved it. Hope Ms Tiner writes a story about their friend Mitch & his dog Roscoe. A really good book about Rebecca, a tough vet falling for an even tougher Derrick the ER Doctor. Add their two dogs, some great people working at her vet clinic & some of drama & you have a enjoyable book. I read it in 2 nights and loved it. Hope Ms Tiner writes a story about their friend Mitch & his dog Roscoe.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I really liked this book. Maybe because I wanted to be a vet when I was growing up and am sad that I missed that opportunity. The storyline was really good and I hope that the author writes more just like it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Graham

    Cute, easy to read light romance focusing on dogs, a veterinarian, her mom and staff members, a doctor, and a cop. Lots of action, several baddies, humor, and ... the best part ... all the lovable dogs. I'm a sucker for dog stories.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    A nice sweet romance ... A veterinarian and an er doctor have a rocky relationship punctuated by dogs. I really enjoyed it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kay Van Slyke

    I can't help it, I'm a sucker for dog stories. I also liked the characters in this book. Rebecca, Derrick and Mitch were fun.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fran

    Dogs Aren’t Men: Billi Tiner What happens when one stubborn ER doctor and one can’t believe he would fall me veteran Ian literally collide? Rebecca Miller cannot understand why she felt a tingle in her arms and became all tongued tied when meeting ER doctor, Derrick Thompson. Hot, gorgeous and definitely anyone’s pick for a date, why would she think he was not interested in her? Smart, sassy, honest, good-natured and definitely no slouch in the looks department, Rebecca fails to see her own quali Dogs Aren’t Men: Billi Tiner What happens when one stubborn ER doctor and one can’t believe he would fall me veteran Ian literally collide? Rebecca Miller cannot understand why she felt a tingle in her arms and became all tongued tied when meeting ER doctor, Derrick Thompson. Hot, gorgeous and definitely anyone’s pick for a date, why would she think he was not interested in her? Smart, sassy, honest, good-natured and definitely no slouch in the looks department, Rebecca fails to see her own qualities and never listens when others point them out! So, what do you do to bring these two together? Enter one stud cop named Mitch Holt, one friend named Marilyn and of course who better than her mother Barbara to take the reins, orchestrate the events and hopefully make these see the light. Mitch Holt was not the date that her mother wanted for her. Meeting Derrick’s mother in the beauty shop she handed over her daughter’s phone number hoping he’d call her for a date. But, Derrick is too busy and something in his past blocked him from wanting to form any permanent relationships. Therefore, why waste a good number and Mitch makes the call and Rebecca relents and says yes. The scene is priceless when Derrick walks in with Ginger, who heard me yes someone named Ginger that looked right out of a Victoria Secret catalogue. So, why did Derrick cringe when he saw Rebecca with Mitch? Why did she do the same when she saw Ginger? Things start to heat up as her receptionist gets into a car accident on a story night leaving her with no one to man the front desk. But, her trusty tech Jimmy solves the problem by having his sister fill in. But, Kara is not your usual receptionist and the sight of this young girl with her attitude; multiple piercing and wild outfits did anything but comfort Rebecca. But, chances were given; Jimmy explained her situation to Rebecca and things worked out until Kara’s boyfriend decided to come around. As Dalton learned not to mess with Rebecca after hitting Kara, threats were made, Mitch was called to file a police report and then things take an ugly turn in more ways than one. Entering the clinic come Brian, a contractor who seems quite taken with Rebecca and offers to renovate her home. Hoping to date her as well things seem to progress at an even pace but both Derrick and Jimmy sense something about him, and of course part of it is jealousy and the other maybe just great instincts. As Rebecca tries to forget about her feelings for Derrick and channel them for Brian we hear their innermost thoughts as strong emotions come out, situations bring them together and the tension rises. But, when someone decides to take things even further and Kara winds up at her doorstep beaten and bruised the police take control, the situation calls for tougher action and the end will surprise you. Someone has been robbing and stealing drugs and no one seems to be able to pinpoint the robbers. But, when Dalton pushed it too far and something fatal happens just what they learn about him will bring one case to a close, Rebecca’s safety no longer in question but a strange twist in the plot will change it all. While Rebecca, her mother, Marilyn and June are planning June’s wedding they forget about Dalton, they regal in the wedding plans and then think that she no longer needs Mitch or Derrick to protect her. When Dalton is finally in custody Mitch does not realize that someone else would strike at Rebecca. Dogs might not be men but one dog named Roscoe would prove that dogs can be more than just man’s or in this case a woman’s best friend. Friendships are tested, loyalties are proven and although she is often tired and needs her rest, Rebecca always checks on her surgery and overnight patients before going home to bed. But, one feisty dog named Roscoe would prove to one robber that entered the clinic that messing with Rebecca would prove to be the last time he would mess with anyone again. Things get violent, Rebecca is seriously injured and the end result would change things for her, Derrick and those at the clinic. Critically injured in the robbery, unconscious, broken bones, head injury and much more doctors have to work feverishly to save her life but will they? Author Billi Tiner’s Dr. Rebecca Miller is truly someone that can be admired. A vet that adores animals, time to coach girl’s basketball team and along with her best friend, her dog Captain, they bring joy and smiles to kids in the hospital in the children’s ward. Coaching the team, hoping they win with Mitch and Derrick as there hot and steamy cheerleaders, what more can a girl want? Oh Yeah! A hot guy! So, what happens when this hot doctor realizes that practically knocking her over in the gym was the best thing that could have happened to him? Sharing an elevator in the hospital when she was going to the children’s ward and then getting her number from his stepmother but giving it to Mitch. Is it love at first bark, sight or just plain chemistry? Let’s not forget our shifty contractor, the rage that Derrick shows each time he finds out she is dating him, the barriers they both put in place to block their feelings and then the dramatic ending that will give you some heart stopping moments. This book will make you laugh, cry, smile and definitely keep your reading until turn the very last page and wish it would never end. Blind dates can turn out to be disastrous or they can lead to romance. With her mother as her champion and hoping she finally sees the light at the end or the romantic tunnel, will Rebecca use what happened between her and Brian as an excuse to shove Derrick away? Will Derrick use his past and not trust his instincts? Strong action scenes, strong dialogue, characters that are true to life and story that would make a great Lifetime movie, the author brings to light her own career as a veteran Ian within the pages of this story. A plot that is really easy to follow with some surprises that will caution the reader that not every situation turns out right, this romantic novel is filled with some suspense, some drama and definitely tons of love. Judgments are often clouded and appearances are deceiving, as the reader will learn. Who can be trusted? Who has created an illusion that will cause Rebecca to rethink her feelings about a relationship? An ending that will surprise you with several special twists and turns. This is a definite must read for all romantics, animal lovers and everyone that loves a good romance with a surprise ending. So, do moms know best? Find out! Fran Lewis: reviewer

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Carol

    A Fun Read... Billi Tiner wrote a grown up book for us romance readers without all the hot sex I'm accustomed to drooling over. Believe it or not, it was the inclusion of pets and a vet hospital with a devoted animal doctor that kept me reading. All the characters were believable and personable. Loved the dogs!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lea

    This is a sweet, clean romance full of dogs and crime. It starts a bit slow but picks up once all the characters are in play. Definitely recommend for romance readers who love dogs! Trigger warnings for domestic abuse and assault.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda Phillips

    A Dog is Special A dog who comforts sick children, a busy vet practice, and some scary situations make a mixed background for romance. A delightful and riveting book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl

    I loved this story The main character of this book is a sweet caring vet. She meets an er doctor. I really enjoyed it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    Dog lovers heaven Good light read, easy flow. Well rounded characters, interesting plot, quite a bit of excitement & intrigue. All in all a great summer read. liked it a lot. Dog lovers heaven Good light read, easy flow. Well rounded characters, interesting plot, quite a bit of excitement & intrigue. All in all a great summer read. liked it a lot.

  20. 5 out of 5

    connie Craddock

    Excellent and entertaining, great story, I didn't want to put the book down!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Good this young woman who had her own veterinary clinic and she loved the animals she treated.she had good friends but no special Nan in her life.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris Bainbridge

    I get a lot of free books and this was one of them. It was a fun read with some interesting twists. I liked it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lexxi Kitty

    My first book by this author and my tenth Chick-Lit book. At least I think its Chick Lit. I’m not going to get bogged down again, as I have in the past, so I’ll just note in passing that – other than ‘contemporary romance involving a woman as the lead, family, and plenty of humor’ I’m still not 100% clear what differentiates Chick Lit from Romance (especially since so many books I’ve read seem to have those characteristics to a lesser or greater extent, and many books I’ve read labeled Chick Lit My first book by this author and my tenth Chick-Lit book. At least I think its Chick Lit. I’m not going to get bogged down again, as I have in the past, so I’ll just note in passing that – other than ‘contemporary romance involving a woman as the lead, family, and plenty of humor’ I’m still not 100% clear what differentiates Chick Lit from Romance (especially since so many books I’ve read seem to have those characteristics to a lesser or greater extent, and many books I’ve read labeled Chick Lit appear to be lacking, to me, in humor). This is one of those books that I found hard to stop reading, to put it down. I just kept moving along, pulled for whatever reason. That’s vaguely strange, on one hand, as that’s what is normally said for a fast paced thriller, and while this one had violence and a tiny bit of action, it’s by no means a thriller. I’m not going to say it was an easy read as I’m sure someone else could attempt it and find that it isn’t – for them. But it was an easy read for me. Easy in that I found myself easily drawn into the story, and finding it difficult, as I noted, to put down. The book had a lot of little flags here and there that I would probably, if written differently, have found off-putting, labeled them as being red flags. A couple come near, but do not immediately come together for various reasons. Sometimes I get annoyed when people play cat-and-mouse around having a relationship, with many books adding a dash of miscommunication. Written poorly, those types of books are tiring, tedious, and boring. Then there are those couples who meet, and instantly move in together. Those can be annoying for other reasons; though it is hard to think what they might be since that particular storyline never seems to actually occur. Well, this one had a ‘flowed naturally’ feel. There was a reason why they were apart when they were apart, and there was a reason why they were together when they were together. Flowed naturally – wasn’t forced, the things that kept them apart seemed reasonable and not a ‘trick’ by an author to ‘build’ forced tension, and the reasons they were together were similarly of a natural feel. Though, flags were there. There was a certain melodramatic vibe that might have built and expanded to consume. But it didn’t. Wow, no idea what I’m writing. Hmms. The characters, for the most part, seemed fully formed. The main ones at least. The mother, Barbara, seemed a little bit ‘pesky mother who can’t shut up about marriage/boyfriends/etc.’ cliché-like. The receptionist, June, was on the edge of coming across as a little too ‘perfect’. An aged woman who fit perfectly and ‘magically’ got what needed to be done, done. Though there was an enough there to keep from falling over that edge. The best female friend Marilyn seemed a little thin, but she didn’t seem to fall into any clichés. So . . . what I’m really saying is that the characters seemed strong, except for Barbara and Marilyn, but, while Barbara came off as a stereotypical nagging mother cliché the book wasn’t about her so it’d be hard to build her up more. I suppose more could have been done to fill Marilyn out more, though I’m not sure when that might have occurred, since Rebecca, the main character, seemed to always be working. And even when she wasn’t at the Vet office, and was near Marilyn, they couldn’t interact as much as might otherwise occur, as Rebecca was being a coach, and Marilyn was being a parent in the stands (Marilyn’s daughter being one of the player’s on Rebecca’s team she was coaching). Now I remember why I normally just say if characters were thin, or strong, or clichés, or whatever. Because I’m just babbling now. So . . . Plot: strong/solid Characters: mostly fully realized with a few clichés here and there Romance: Several romances occurring, all but one seemed relatively well done. When Jimmy the vet tech had a woman pop up for him to ask out, did kind of cringe a little. I recall thinking at the time that it all seemed a little too . . . .bah, not sure how to word it . . .a little too ‘must find matches for all my characters!’ type vibe (no, not all characters hook up with someone, so that vibe doesn’t really ‘work’, but that’s what I was thinking at the time).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan Bourgeois

    wonderful characters I felt personally attached to the three main characters and the dogs added an extra layer to the story. Great book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Margo - my business is in ashes but now I have time to read

    Summary – 1.5 stars “Dogs Aren't Men” by Billi Tiner wants to be a Cinderella story with an adorable animal cast, but it falls far short. The best word to describe this book is awkward. The writing is stilted and the dialog is terrible. The characters are juvenile at best. The dogs aren't given enough personality to be more than wallpaper to the story. The not so subtle lectures on proper animal care are a bit off putting as well. Even if you receive it for free, “Dogs Aren't Men” isn't worth the Summary – 1.5 stars “Dogs Aren't Men” by Billi Tiner wants to be a Cinderella story with an adorable animal cast, but it falls far short. The best word to describe this book is awkward. The writing is stilted and the dialog is terrible. The characters are juvenile at best. The dogs aren't given enough personality to be more than wallpaper to the story. The not so subtle lectures on proper animal care are a bit off putting as well. Even if you receive it for free, “Dogs Aren't Men” isn't worth the time it takes to read it. It's definitely not worth the $2.99 ebook price. If you are in the mood for a cute romantic story with an adorable dog, watch “Turner & Hooch”. Favorite Quote “I need to see Dr. Miller this instance!” Fantasy World Lots of time is spent on what the daily grind of the life of a veterinarian is like. May I never read about another dog getting their shots or the specifics of neutering. There is also a scene of a dog being put to sleep which is just depressing, and doesn't really add to the story. Tingle Factor This story doesn't even achieve lukewarm. For such a supposedly hot man, the heroine sure is careful about keeping her hands to herself. At one point she makes an intellectual decision to sleep with another man she has been dating, which is prompted by an afternoon of thumbing through bridal magazines. Oh yeah, pictures of emaciated models in enormous white dresses make me hot too! Romance The main characters dance around each other refusing to admit their attraction to each other for most of the story. Only when pushed by circumstance and interfering friends/family do they suddenly surge forward to true love. Drama There are sub-plots involving 'bad' men which seem to be included to illustrate the difference between Derrick and other men. They run through the standard cliches of cheating, abuse, and criminal. It doesn't add a lot of drama since it's obvious how those situations are going to be resolved. Heroine Rebecca is about as exciting as her sensible shoes and her Camry. She lets her mother interfere in her life to an astonishing extent, and is unable to stand up to her mother or anyone else. Her mother expects her to call her after a date and provide all the details, which Rebecca sees as a perfectly reasonable request. She's such a dutiful wet washcloth, I wouldn't want to date her either. Hero Derrick is a very handsome man, and a doctor, who only dates Pamela Anderson look-a-likes. He's portrayed as shallow and is dismissive of Rebecca. At first it's because she's too plain and later because she's a danger to his heart. Derrick is likeable enough you'll think he deserves better than Rebecca, but not enthralling enough to add to your book boyfriend list. For access to all links in this review, please visit http://www.damesunrestrained.blogspot...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Schober

    Fun easy read. With dogs.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    Head's up to my "clean-read" Goodreads friends: This book contains profanity, sensual content, and a scene of violence. Dogs Aren't Men started off as a really good contemporary read. I was drawn to the character of Rebecca as a vet who loves animals. I have been to vets who you know could care less about your pet and those who truly love every animal who walks through the door and truly desires to help them. So, Rebecca was my kind of vet until she started adding curse words to her language towa Head's up to my "clean-read" Goodreads friends: This book contains profanity, sensual content, and a scene of violence. Dogs Aren't Men started off as a really good contemporary read. I was drawn to the character of Rebecca as a vet who loves animals. I have been to vets who you know could care less about your pet and those who truly love every animal who walks through the door and truly desires to help them. So, Rebecca was my kind of vet until she started adding curse words to her language toward the latter half of the book. I know in real life people do say curse words. However, society has made that a way of life and taken away the common courtesy and respect that fellow citizens should have for one another in their speech. In other words, cursing isn't necessary, and I would like to see more authors avoid yielding to the hollywood-ized standards that we see so much on TV and in movies. Good points to this book. Every animal character was awesome especially Captain and Roscoe! How Ms. Tiner handled the relationship Kara was trapped in, was well done. I see many young women entrap themselves in dangerous relationships and they can escape if they will only find the courage to press charges and trust the right kinds of people to help them start over. Jimmy, Kara's brother, is an absolute sweetheart. So is June. I was disturbed by the anger tendencies of the "good guys" Derrick and Mitch. Although neither acted on their anger, the story sometimes came across as if they might act on it. If I were Rebecca, I would not want to be in a relationship with a man who is angry all the time. That's what got Kara into the mess she was in during the story. That being said, I am going to take the anger/jealousy at face value and say it was just a man not willing to admit that he liked the girl and was angry with himself more than anything or anyone else. So who does Rebecca choose...you'll have to read the book to find out. Final note: Ms. Tiner has written some excellent elementary/middle school age books - Heart of a Hero and The Rescue Team. Check these books out for your family if you have an opportunity.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Lopez

    Dr. Rebecca Miller is a veterinarian with the “heart as big as Texas.” She loves animals. In fact, she always got along better with animals than people. So who needed a man? “But dogs aren’t men,” her mother emphasized. In actuality, dogs might be better than men (I think.) Like Rebecca said, “dogs are a lot easier to please. [Dogs don’t] care that I’m plain and old.” (13) Then came the good doctor, Derrick…literally, out of nowhere! Twice! On first impression, Derrick was strikingly handsome, bu Dr. Rebecca Miller is a veterinarian with the “heart as big as Texas.” She loves animals. In fact, she always got along better with animals than people. So who needed a man? “But dogs aren’t men,” her mother emphasized. In actuality, dogs might be better than men (I think.) Like Rebecca said, “dogs are a lot easier to please. [Dogs don’t] care that I’m plain and old.” (13) Then came the good doctor, Derrick…literally, out of nowhere! Twice! On first impression, Derrick was strikingly handsome, but he was also a selfish louse. It was sad that he didn’t recognize the lady he so rudely bumped into. Still, the man did have a soft spot for animals, which you just couldn’t help but love. Although awkward at first, the attraction between Rebecca and Derrick was evident. I found myself loving Derrick more in those fleeting moments when he let his guard down and revealed a softer side. Unfortunately, like most of us, Rebecca felt that he was “too perfect” for her. Sure, compared to the blonde, big-breasted women he’s so used to, she was tater tots. Perhaps, at first, there may have been a few too many characters to keep track of with all the customers that kept bringing their pets in; however, I enjoyed the exasperating mother hell bent on getting her daughter hooked up and hitched before the next full moon. The story was well-crafted with a blend of drama, humor, and tender affection. It is a sweet, contemporary romance you can’t help but enjoy. You’ll want to snuggle up with your pets when you read this. A great book for animal lovers!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    Love isn't always at first sight. This is the case between the leading characters in Billi Tiner's novel Dogs Aren't Men. Rebecca and Derrick each have their insecurities and issues and when they first meet they don't really feel comfortable with each other. There is tension around the two when they are together and it takes awhile before they realize their true feelings for each other. This was a sweet romance with a believable storyline and likable characters who could be your next door neighb Love isn't always at first sight. This is the case between the leading characters in Billi Tiner's novel Dogs Aren't Men. Rebecca and Derrick each have their insecurities and issues and when they first meet they don't really feel comfortable with each other. There is tension around the two when they are together and it takes awhile before they realize their true feelings for each other. This was a sweet romance with a believable storyline and likable characters who could be your next door neighbors. Reading the book I wondered how the author knew so much about the veterinary world and was surprised when I read she was a veterinarian. Her experience as a real life animal doctor really came through in the story making it seem more authentic. The author has a writing style that makes the story easy to get into and entertaining from beginning to end. There were a couple of brief times I thought the writing seemed a bit juvenile but it didn't distract me from the story so no harm done. I have already picked up the next book in this series and am looking forward to reading more by Billi Tiner. A definite must read for the romantic heart or animal lover!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I won this as a Goodreads giveaway** This book was neither good or bad - it was a very fast read but not a lot of surprises. Veterinarian Rebecca is very content in her life - her Vet practice , her friends , her dog- her mother desperately wants her to settle down , get married , have grand-kids(because she is 30 after all) but Rebecca can either take love or leave it. Leave it to her mom to arrange a phone number set up with a gorgeous , single ,but guard up, wall surrounded ER Doctor - which Re I won this as a Goodreads giveaway** This book was neither good or bad - it was a very fast read but not a lot of surprises. Veterinarian Rebecca is very content in her life - her Vet practice , her friends , her dog- her mother desperately wants her to settle down , get married , have grand-kids(because she is 30 after all) but Rebecca can either take love or leave it. Leave it to her mom to arrange a phone number set up with a gorgeous , single ,but guard up, wall surrounded ER Doctor - which Rebecca doesn't pursue but it all falls into place eventually. I never felt connected to any of the characters , The writer didn't really go into each of them too deep and that's probably why. It is a pretty predictable book , it was a clean , easy read - decent book if you're in the mood for something light.

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