Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Stay by Allie Larkin

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Savannah “Van” Leone has loved Peter since the day they met. The problem is, Peter has loved Van’s best friend, Janie, since the moment they met. And now they’re walking down the aisle, with Van standing nearby in a Halloween orange bridesmaid dress, her smile as hollow as a jack-o-lantern. After the wedding, Van drowns her sorrows in Kool Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin-Tin-Tin, and does what any woman in her situation would do: She buys a German Shepherd over the internet.
The pocket-sized puppy Van is expecting turns out to be a clumsy, hundred-pound beast that only responds to Slovakian. Van is at the end of her rope—until she realizes that this quirky giant may be the only living being who will always be loyal to her, no matter what. And thus begins a friendship that will alter Van’s life in ways she never imagined.
Joe leads Van to Dr. Alex Brandt, a rugged vet with floppy blond hair and winning smile. But just as things are starting to heat up, the newlyweds return from their honeymoon, forcing Van to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to have everything she ever wanted. Warm and witty, poignant and funny, Stay marks the arrival of an irresistible new voice

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I loved this book except for the author's choice of words in places. (see my words policy) For being her first book it was wonderful. Loved the setting, characters and plot. If you read Stay you'll fall in love with Joe, he's a wonderful character and has a personality all his own. He's the best friend anyone could ask for.

What I didn't like about the book was the author's choice of words it gets me every time when I try to read a secular book. Most people think nothing of their language. I am a Christian and taking my Lord and Saviors name lightly I don't & I don't care to hear (or read) others do it either. Too many times in the book did the author use language that I very strongly feel was poor choice. Other than that is was a very, very excellent Chicky, witty book.

Allie Larkin lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband, Jeremy, their two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella, and a three-legged cat.
She is the co-founder of, a site dedicated to helping readers take simple steps toward going green.
STAY is her first novel.
You can visit Allie’s website at
Read an interview with Allie @ Pump up your Book
A copy of this book was provided for review by Virtual Book tours


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