Hound Dog & Bean
Title: Hound Dog & Bean
Author: B.G. Thomas
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 276 pages
Rating: B List
Blurb: There’s been little love in H.D. “Hound Dog” Fisher’s life since the death of his beloved mom when he was a boy. Bounced around the foster care system, he ran away as soon as he could… and took the foster dog with him. As far as he’s concerned, only dogs have no ulterior motive, never hold a grudge, and offer unconditional love. Now he helps run a no-kill shelter and leaves relationships where they belong: in the back room.
“Bean” Alexander settled in Kansas City to open his coffee shop after years of traveling. He never expected to open his heart too. When a man with a grudge takes a swing at H.D. while in line at Bean’s shop, Bean jumps to intervene.
So taking a hit for H.D. gets Bean noticed, and H.D. feels obligated to pay a debt. But then the unexpected happens. A series of misadventures causes H.D. to open up—but falling in love makes him turn tail and run. Trust is a tough road to travel. Will good friends, a dog named Sarah Jane, and a bit of folk magic be enough to bring Hound Dog and Bean a happy ending?
Review: One of the things that I really like about B.G. Thomas’s writing style is that he gives you more than you expect. I was expecting a sweet, silly romance about two men and a funny dog. And I got that. But it was also fun, sexy and the elements about coffee and spirituality held my interest throughout.
H.D. relates better with animals than with humans, and he likes that just fine. Men are fun for a night but he has no intention of settling down. His past is full of people who should have loved him but didn’t, or loved him and left. He isn’t going to allow his heart to be in a position of pain again.
Bean knows love is real, he just doesn’t know if love is for him. He is content in his shop brewing his first love, coffee. He has good friends, a family that loves him, and a passion for his small business that take up enough of his time.
Beans world gets knocked flat when he meets H.D for the first time. Their instant attraction and compassion make them fast friends.
There is a lot of baggage from both men and their relationship is a tight-rope walk of tension. Beans likes H.D. more than he ever expected and he carefully wades into an intimate relationship. H.D. is a different story. He is extremely commitment phobic and even the slightest tinge of anything that hints at relationship or a future together can send him running. But Beans becomes very important in his life and H.D. has to learn how to believe that they can be happy and together. Beans is worthy of his trust.
There is a great tension between how close or loose to hold someone who might bolt at the first sign of trouble. They both have to grow and trust to make it work.
Okay, so I liked it, but I was also distracted by some things as well. As a coffee addict I enjoyed the history of coffee given, but recognize that it might have been too much for the story. Also H.D. is weird. I know, I know, what kind of description is that? He is just such an odd duck he drove me a little crazy and triggered the annoying button.
If you are looking for a sweet hippie romance this is the book for you.
Reviewed by Beans
Posted on June 10, 2014, in Beans and tagged a haunting past, Abandonment, Acceptance, Animal Rescue, Animals, B List, Beans, Career, Choices, Coffee, Coffee Shop, Commitment Phobic, Companionship, Compassion, Contemporary, Crazy Family, Dogs, DSP, Family, Foster System, Friendship, Healing, Hope, Love, Making a New Life, Pets, romance, Second Chances, Secrets, Small Business Owner, Spirituality, Sweet, Trust, Unconditional Love. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.