Tory Hoffstra is a serious psychologist who has already "dissed" Keenan James latest brand of psychobabble in an academic journal, so she is less than thrilled when a publisher suggests the two should co-author a book. Keenan has a celebrity status and Tory has professional credentials, so their book would be a guaranteed bestseller in the relationships/self help genre. Before Tory makes a commitment to this bizarre book deal, she decides to go undercover to a couple of Keenan's round table discussions. She has watched his Discovery Channel special, but wants to see how he operates up close and personal.
Tory decides she needs to have a disguise of sorts before she sets out on her mission. She has a makeover with new makeup and more stylish clothes to replace her usual boxy suits. Keenan does have some intriguing ideas about relationships, but are his motives altruistic, or just a way to meet attractive women who are vulnerable?
Tory is an empathetic heroine who has to deal with her own stalled relationship of eight years and a dog phobia. Her dog phobia creates a great deal of the humor, as Tory must deal with the dog Keenan has inherited. The poor dog is bound to have issues since she is a mix of poodle and golden retriever and has been named Barbra Streisand.
Keenan may look like a commitment-phobic alpha male on the outside, but he has his own vulnerable side. He worries about his elderly mother who has been moved to a nursing home. He does care about women and wants to encourage them to move on.
Elaine Fox has created several books that cleverly combine canine and human foibles. Hello, Doggy is a deft blend of sizzling romance and rollicking fun. I know it will charm all contemporary romance readers and garner Ms. Fox even more fans.