Love Is a Four-Legged Word

Author: Kandy Shepherd

Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Release Date: July 7, 2009

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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Still reeling from the death of her elderly friend and landlord, Walter Stoddard, Maddy Cartwright has no idea that her world is about to be turned upside down. When Walter’s lawyer arrives to discuss the will, Maddy is caught unaware by not only the instant attraction she feels but the news that he delivers. Expecting to be told she has to move out, Maddy is stunned to learn that Walter, who she assumed was penniless, had left his estate to his beloved dog, Brutus, and to her as his caretaker…A multimillion dollar estate at that.

Tom O’Brien arrived at the house, fully prepared to meet a gold digging woman who had used sex to gain access to Walter Stoddard’s money. To  his surprise, a cute girl next door type greeted him, covered with the evidence of baking she was doing. Then he begins to seriously wonder about her as she tells him of Brutus’ mourning for Walter and that he needs a new Alpha male or he will die from a broken heart. But as he gets to know Brutus, he begins to wonder if, indeed, she is correct. Still uncertain that she wasn’t after Walter’s money coupled with her not fitting in with his five year plan, Tom tries to hold her at arm’s length but as he spends more time with Maddy, the walls around his heart begin to crumble.


Trouble arrives on the day of the funeral, in the form of Jerome Stoddard, Walter’s nephew from England. At first he turns on the charm around Maddy but soon begins to show his true colors. Suddenly Maddy and Brutus are coming under attack, both physical and media, and they end up hiding out at Tom’s apartment. A quick trip to her friend’s house leads to major peril in the form of Jerome and the couple barely escape his wrath.


Jerome contests the will but even with the contrived evidence his lawyer presents, his case falls apart when Tom presents a video tape of Walter about the will and blows Jerome’s case out of the water.


LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD is a really cute story with lots of twists and turns that the reader won’t see coming. Brutus is adorable even as he frustrates Tom and Maddy and the author clearly shows the pain a dog goes through when losing his master. The couple is adorable with the push-pull chemistry they have and Jerome is a very sneaky villain.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: CinLee

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