Gone to the Dogs by Lee Kilraine

I’m a dog person. Our family, both growing up and my own with my husband and four children, has always had dogs. I don’t think I can pick a favorite fictional dog—even if you threatened to take away my access to coffee or dark chocolate with salted caramel. Wait… Did I just write that? (Quickly imagines life without coffee or chocolate with salted caramel and my soul recreates Edvard Munch’s famous “The Scream” painting.)

On second thought, here are my top three favorite fictional dogs that don’t make me cry are…

  1. Dug from Disney’s movie Up.
  2. Murray from the old TV show, Mad About You.
  3. Gromit from the Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit movies.

As it turns out I’ve also written a few (cough, cough) fictional dogs myself. The funny thing is I never plan to place a dog into one of my romances. They just show up. A lot. Along with few kittens, rabbits, llamas, a pig, and a chicken named Petey.

My top three favorite fictional dogs from my own books are…

  1. Snot the dog from Bringing Delaney Home. (My hero Quinn Cates made the mistake of letting his three-year-old godchild, Henry Lee, name the dog.)
  2. Houdini the three-legged rescue dog from my book Crazy Love. (Houdini ends up adopting a kitten.)
  3. Sully the three-year-old blue and gold Yorkie, the companion dog belonging to my heroine Tessa from Give a Little in the Thorne Brother Series.

My favorite real life dog is our dog Harley, a four-year-old Golden Retriever. Harley spends her days keeping me company while I write—either in my office or on the front porch. When she isn’t busy keeping me company she stands watch, protecting us from all the vicious deer, rabbits, and squirrels that dare to enter her kingdom. We live in the woods so this is a job that requires lots of attention. And lots of barking.

Fictional or real, who’s your favorite dog or cat? It’s hard to top the unconditional love of a pet.

Beckett. Asher. Gray. Eli. Ryker. Wyatt. Five out of six very different brothers reunited—and working to make their construction firm a success. But oldest brother Beckett just found their major new project becoming one hard and sexy challenge . . .

A rough childhood tore Beckett and his brothers apart. It took everything he had to track them down and establish Six Brothers Construction. He only trusts them—and his drive to win. Now if SBC can build a billionaire team owner’s much-hyped new mansion, it will put them on the map—and finally fulfill Beckett’s promise to take care of his siblings. Too bad he’ll have to collaborate with hot new rival Samantha Devine, who’s throwing him curves on-site, out-the-box . . . and between the sheets.

Sam knows from experience that arrogant good-ole-boy Beckett is long, strong, and built to go the distance. But this is her only shot to prove she and her fledgling design company can succeed on her own terms. She’ll match Beckett’s expertise by day—and reignite the explosive heat between them by night. But when passion threatens to become real love, will this competition separate them for good . . . or make the sizzling collaboration of a lifetime?