Barking Up the Wrong Tree

Barking Up the Wrong Tree

by Jenn McKinlay

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New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay returns to Bluff Point, Maine, where one woman finds love with the help of an adorable golden retriever.


Carly DeCusati returned home to Bluff Point, Maine, with her tail between her legs. But she’s determined to get her life back on track—and that means finding new homes for the elderly golden retriever and overly talkative parrot she inherited before her old life fell apart.

Enter physical therapist and hot one-night stand James Sinclair. James doesn’t care that Carly doesn’t do relationships. He is determined to win her heart, promising to help her with the pets if she’ll just give him the time of day. 

Carly agrees to date the irresistible James, and, for the first time in years, she’s dreaming of a happily ever after. But James has secrets, and if he can’t open up to Carly, their future could go to the dogs...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399584749
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Series: Bluff Point Romance Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 198,405
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Former librarian and New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jenn McKinlay is the author of the Bluff Point Romances, including Barking Up the Wrong Tree and About a Dog, as well as the Library Lover’s Mysteries, the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, and the Hat Shop Mysteries. Jenn lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets, and her husband’s guitars.

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This author, that cover, this series. While I really liked the first one, this one I did like but there were moments where I wasn't Carly to be honest. I did like her, she does have her moments but there were moments where she was being a little frustrating. What made this book was not only the side characters, the small town setting, Carly's friends but James, Ike and Saul. Even Gina had her moments. Also nice to see Mac and Gavin from the first book appear in this second book. Overall I did like this one. I give it a 3 and a half stars. Still a good installment in the series so far. So of course I'm looking forward to next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. There were many parts that caused me to laugh out loud! It was enjoyable, and also touched my heart. Great characters, great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this one
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this romance. I had such a good time with the first book in this series, About a Dog, when I read it earlier this year so it was a given that I would want to read more of the series. I will admit that I was a little surprised when I saw this book was about Carly and an unknown character named James. I had kind of thought that we would see Carly and Zach end up together but it looks like they are truly just friends. I was quickly won over by James and ended up really enjoying watching him win Carly over. The characters in this book are great. Carly is just full of life. She had to come back home to her parents' home after losing her job. She doesn't come alone. She has just inherited a senior dog and a bird with a colorful vocabulary. Carly doesn't do relationships. One night stands are fine but that is where she wants things to end. I liked Carly from the start and loved watching her try to figure out where she wants her life to go. James was nearly perfect. He was kind, funny, and easy on the eyes. He wants more than the one night stand Carly is offering. He quickly shows that he will do what is needed in order to keep Carly near him so he can convince her to give a relationship a try. I loved James from the start of the book and fell a little bit more in love with him with each page. Carly and James made a great couple. They had some amazing chemistry and I really enjoyed their banter. There really were just as many comical moments in this book as tender ones. There was a point in the book that Carly seriously overreacted which kind of annoyed me. James made a rather boneheaded statement which annoyed me fairly equally. I did really enjoy the book so I guess all is forgiven. I would recommend this book to others. This is the second book in the Bluff Point series but could easily be read as a stand alone. I thought that this was a great romance filled with wonderful characters including 2 awesome dogs and a talkative bird. I am really excited to start reading the next book in the series. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts All the characters I loved in the first book are back. This time the focus is on Carly. Carly DeCusati does NOT do relationships. One night, the guy never sleeps over, and she never sees them again. That all could change when she has moved back to Bluff Point and meets James Sinclair. A physical therapist who doesn’t know about Carly’s rules. She has enough to do trying to find a new job and finding homes for a couple a pets left to her in an old neighbor’s will. She doesn’t have time to deal with a guy wanting to date her, even if the sex was absolutely amazing. James has some secrets too, he just doesn’t feel ready to share with Carly. I loved this story as much as the first book in this series. Jenn McKinlay creates such strong characters of all types whether she is writing a romance or a mystery. I always am very engaged with them and want to know more. The human characters in this story are terrific but their pets are fabulous too. James has adopted Hot Wheels, a Basset Hound, he has a little mobility problem. Carly inherited Saul, a lovable elderly Golden Retriever and Ike, a foul mouthed parrot that had me in stitches. I was laughing from the beginning when Carly arrived home and her parents just jumped in their car and took off for Florida. Leaving Carly to deal with her sister who is still living with their parents. The sisters do not get along at all so I knew this going to be very interesting. I was thrilled that Mac’s aunts were also part of this story and really living life to the fullest. Carly and James romance was steamy and sweet from the start. Their dialogues are fun, kinda snarky, but very believable, and their kisses were toe curling. The morning after their first night together was hilarious. I was laughing out loud and couldn’t stop. How could she think she could walk away from the hunk of burning love? I love the way James just didn’t give up though. He was a man with a mission and he was going to make Carly see she could have a real, adult, relationship. I liked James’ story, his secrets, his family. This not only gave his character depth but it gave the entire story more strength as well. I love a story with a happy ending. I love that there is another book coming soon in this series so I will get to visit these characters again. Every Dog Has His Day comes out January 2, 2018. Fun, lighthearted, friendship and family with just enough drama to get you invested from the beginning to the end. A positively delightful read!!
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really enjoyable read. While the premise is not anything knew, I loved the characters themselves. Carly was not afraid to be who she was and do what she wanted. She did not want a relationship with anyone and never fell under the pressure to fit the “norm”. Plus, when you hear about what went down with her one and only “boyfriend”, it’s no wonder the girl swore off relationships. I would too if I were here. That is a horrible situation she found herself in and I don’t blame her for reacting the way she did. However, James was a stand up guy and I really wish she would have realized that sooner. Not only did that have amazing chemistry, but they were so cute together. You could just tell that James was head over heels in love with her from the moment they met. And that may have something to do with him meeting her in college when she was with her then boyfriend but her not remember him. Poor James. I loved the added bonus of Hot Wheels, James’ wheelchair bound dog and Ike the ill-mouthed parrot becoming best friends. The image I conjured up of Ike riding Hot Wheels’ back was just too precious. I really wish that they had been added into the cover because in all honesty, Saul (the Golden Retriever) did not get as much book time as these two did. Barking Up the Wrong Tree was a fun read. It was adorable, had me laughing, and was easy to relate to. Not only did I have a connection with the main characters, but I loved all the secondary characters as well. While I know it’s impossible to transport yourself into a book, I REALLY want to go to Bluff Point and meet all these amazing people. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
grammyx3 More than 1 year ago
I am a new reader of Jenn McKinlay's books. I have to admit that the dogs on the covers of both books in her Bluff Point series attracted my attention. I picked up book #1, About A Dog and the love affair began. Barking Up the Wrong Tree cemented the relationship. I really loved this book! I smiled, I laughed, I cried, and then I laughed a lot more. The dog owned by hero, James Sinclair was cute and I greatly appreciated that James rescued "Hot Wheels" who has an underdeveloped back leg and is working on rehabilitating the leg. The dog owned by heroine, Carly DeCusati was cute too. I love Golden Retrievers and this one, Saul is special. But it was the parrot, Ike who really stole the show and made the story so much fun. Carly inherited Saul and Ike from an elderly neighbor and friend who passed away just before Carly loses her job in New York and has to pack up her apartment and move back home to Bluff Point, Maine. Carly no sooner gets back to Bluff Point with her friend, Mac and the dog and parrot when they see Mac's feisty and newly adventuresome septuagenarian Aunts Sarah and Charlotte with new red and purple highlights in their hair exercising in the park with hero, James Sinclair. Mac gets Carly to stop to see what trouble her aunts have gotten into this time and the fun begins. There's a jailbreak and Ike the parrot flies off into the park where "Hot Wheels" sees Ike and starts to chase him. Carly, Mac and James take off to try to catch the two. Next thing you know here comes Mac's Aunt Sarah singing "Rollin', rollin', rollin'," and Aunt Charlotte singing "keep them doggies movin'," as "Hot Wheels" comes busting out from under the bushes with Ike perched on his harness whistling the tune to "Rawhide." Then there's Ike's salty language, such as outbursts of "Shut your stupid cake hole", "Butthead" and the best is his imitation of a phrase he heard during James and Carly's "one-night stand", "James, oh James." Besides the fun of the parrot and dogs the book tells the story of how commitment-phobe Carly falls for James whose motto seems to be "Never Give Up" when it comes to Carly. I enjoyed the role reversal with the female being the commitment-phobe as in so many romance stories it is the male portrayed in that role. There's lots of friends and family interaction here who contribute to the HEA which is something I like to have in the romance stories I read. This was a "stay up way past my bedtime" to finish this delightful story type of book. I highly recommend it!
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Jenn McKinlay is the 2nd book in her Bluff Point Romance series. Barking up the Wrong Tree continues the trend of a sweet cute romance that McKinlay gave us in the first book. This series not only has cute animals, but a fantastic group of friends. Carly Decusati, our heroine, has returned home to Bluff Point, Maine, with the help of her friends, to stay temporarily, until she finds a new job. Carly, much to her displeasure was left to care for a senior dog (Saul) and a parrot (Ike), who loves to curse. Carly does not do relationships, whether its men or animals. But sometimes things don’t go as planned. James Sinclair has recently moved to Bluff Point, and when he sees the gorgeous and outgoing Carly, he is determined to get to know her better. They end up having a one night stand, which James wants more of, but Carly is afraid to become attached…”no relationships” I actually loved the hot hot James, who was a lot of fun. He will do everything to win Carly over, even if he has to play just being a friend. Early on, I kind of was annoyed by Carly, with her stubborn insistence to find homes for the pets and ignore her growing feelings for James. Other then Carly’s stubbornness, this was such fun enjoyable book. James was fantastic in the many ways he would entice Carly, and by the half way point, she was succumbing to her feelings. When James’s family comes out for a birthday party for his Dad, Carly is forced to help plan the party, which brings her into James life and great family. That was a lot of fun, especially when Carly knows she is falling in love with James. They both had bad experiences with love that defined the story, and together they will both face their nemesis to get past those issues. It was great to see Mac & Gavin again, as well as Carly’s other girlfriends & the guys. The camaraderie between them all was terrific. As for the animals, they played a major part of this story. Saul, the senior dog was quiet, but loving, which slowly wore Carly down. James’s dog was very sweet, especially with him being handicapped and Ike was a riot throughout. LOL What follows is a sweet romance that was slow build, for Carly only, as James knew what he wanted; the two dogs and parrot added a nice element to the story, with much humor; and a fabulous group of friends that were so much fun. Barking Up the Wrong Tree was such an enjoyable read, fun, with likeable characters and very well written by Jenn McKinlay. If you enjoy pure simple small town romances, fantastic secondary characters, humorous and fun camaraderie and two adorable dogs, and a rascal parrot, then should be reading this series.