cover image My Forever Home

My Forever Home

Debbie Burns. Sourcebooks Casablanca, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-4926-5089-8

The touching third Rescue Me contemporary (after A New Leash on Love) unites two animal lovers from very different walks of life. Tess Grasso is back home in St. Louis after a backpacking tour of Europe. She’s eager to embark on her chosen career as a holistic animal therapist, but progress is slow. On her way home from yet another rejection by a potential client, she’s caught in a driving rainstorm. Nonetheless, she can’t resist retrieving an impish Westie who’s evading a man helplessly holding the dog’s empty leash. Tess has no idea the man is Mason Redding, the St. Louis Red Birds’ famous third baseman and one of the city’s most eligible bachelors. He prefers it that way, since he doesn’t like being chased for his fame. Their instant mutual attraction leads into a tender love story. This isn’t the best in the series, but chapters from a stray husky mix’s point of view improve it and will win the hearts of animal fanciers. Agent: Jessica Watterson, Sandra Dijkstra Literary. (Dec.)