Monday, March 24, 2014

Dog Gone, Back Soon (Cyrus Mills #2), by Nick Trout

Hyperion/Hachette, ISBN 9781401310899, April 2014

Last week, Cyrus Mills, veterinary pathologist, came home after the death of his long-estranged father, expecting to wrap up the business of his dad's veterinary clinic, Bedside Manor for Sick Animals, and return to his own life. Instead, he stayed to take over the practice.

This week, he's discovering what he got himself into.

His new girlfriend, Amy, is acting strange and apparently spending time with a drop-dead handsome guy who seems to have some connection to her past. Money is a major issue for many of his clients, challenging his ability to make diagnoses without running all the tests he thinks are best. A house call for an overweight cat turns out to be a teenager's attempt to set him up with her mother.

And Healthy Paws, the national veterinary hospital chain with a clinic in the next town over, sees an opportunity to put him out of business.

Cyrus is a nice guy who has spent the last fifteen years protecting himself from emotional hurt, who is finding out he needs to open up just to function in Eden Falls, VT. His essential decency is what sucked him in to keeping his father's veterinary practice open in the first place, and it is now the cause of both most of his problems, and most of his victories.

A very enjoyable light read. Recommended.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.