Saturday, 27 January 2018

Book ~ "Talk to the Paw" (2018) Melinda Metz

Jamie Snyder is thirty-four and single but NOT ready to mingle. After suffering through The Year of the Non-Commital Man, The Year of the Self-Absorbed Man, and The Year of the Forgot-to-Mention-I’m-Married Man, Jamie’s ready to celebrate The Year of Me - and MacGyver, of course. MacGyver is an adorable tabby with a not-so-adorable habit of sneaking out at night and stealing things from the neighbors. That’s right, MacGyver is a cat burglar. He’s still the only male Jamie trusts - and the only companion she needs.

MacGyver knows his human is lonely. He can smell it. It’s the same smell he’s noticed on their neighbor, David. David is a handsome young baker who’s tired of his friends trying to fix him up. But now MacGyver’s on the case. First, he steals something from David and stashes it at Jamie’s. Then, he steals something from Jamie and leaves it with David. Before long, the two are swapping stolen goods, trading dating horror stories and trying not to fall in love. But they’re not fooling MacGyver. When humans generate this much heat, the cat is out of the bag.

Jamie is in her mid-thirties and her mother recently passed away.  She was left enough money so she could move from Pennsylvania to Los Angeles to spend a year finding herself.  She is a history teacher and wants to figure out what she wants to do with her life ... she's declared it "The Year of Me".  She has a tabby named MacGyver (I'm a big fan of tabbies!).  Her nosy neighbours mean well but they keep wanting to fix her up with their loser godsons, dentists, etc.

David's wife passed away three years ago and he's still grieving.  His best friends think it's time he moved on and have signed him up to a date app.  He doesn't want to but his friends are bugging him.  he goes out on some disastrous dates.

MacGyver smells loneliness between the two and makes it his mission to get them together, even though David has a bonehead dog.  So he sneaks out at night and steals things from David's house and leaves them at Jamie's.  He leaves things that belong to Jamie at David's house.  When Jamie and David realize what's happening and meet, they see it as a solution to their problems ... they will pretend to date to get the neighbours and friends off their backs.  MacGyver also tries to hook up other people in the neighbourhood who need each other.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I thought it was cute.  I've been reading some heavy serious stuff lately and was looking for something light and fun and this did the trick.  It is written in third person perspective from the point of view of Jamie, David and MacGyver (it was funny to get into the head of a cat).  I liked the characters, though I found Hud a bit much and annoying.  He is a (former) actor who played a private detective on a long ago TV series and still acts like that persona today.

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