Feature book: The Wild Thing
One PI, one dog salon owner and one precious dog and the drama that happens when the dog is dognapped and the PI and salon owner need to get her back before her pedigree is compromised.
Percy Graham is a private investigator who desperately needs a holiday. A very important client has asking him to collect his dog from the dog salon as his wife does not have custody and will be doing things with the dog that are not acceptable. Percy goes to get the dog. Once there he finds the woman who broke his heart; well she left his bed without calling again.
Andrea Tanner is the owner of a dog salon, Fur’sace, a life-time dream. She is gaining a reputation for her work with the dogs but there is someone, her competition, who would rather see Fur’sace close. When Percy finds Andrea she has been tied up and the dog, Medusa, is gone. But Andrea has been smart and has a tracker on the dog and the dog and kidnapper are easy to find. When snatching the dog back, Andrea’s bag and details are dropped and this leads the dognapper to them. The pair are able to return Medusa with an unexpected result for Andrea.
This was one of the stories in Blazing Bedtime Stories Volume VII, an anthology. I really liked this story as it had Percy lamenting the loss of a woman and fearing that he might be heartbroken when she left. Of course Andrea has every woman’s fear, ‘Will I be good enough for him?’ Of course she is good enough and they make it through this ordeal and get to spend their life together.
The dog, Medusa, is certainly a character. She is discerning but does take a liking to Percy and that is something Andrea also likes. This is only a short story but you certainly have the same impact as a longer story with the tension between Andrea and Percy. It is all about how they resolve their relationship issues and they do so without the usual misunderstandings. It is more about Andrea’s self-image and how she views herself in Percy’s eyes but Percy is love blind. I really enjoyed this story.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.