The Returns are back!!!! As was the case in Book 1 The Returns by M.K. Clinton, The Returns 2 Showstoppers is just as brilliantly clever, raucously funny, sensitive and loving as the first book. Showstoppers may be read as a stand-alone book, but it is strongly recommended to begin with the first in the series, The Returns by M.K. Clinton.
Both of The Returns books were influenced by M.K.’s dogs and cats that had come before, as well as some who she currently shares her life with. As M.K. has mentioned, without the pets she had shared her life with and loved before, neither of The Returns books would be possible.
From the Publisher: The Returns, whose human lives were mistakenly cut short, found themselves being returned to Earth in the bodies of some of the funniest dogs in creation! Now, they have a new case to sink their teeth into and this time they enjoy a bite of The Big Apple. Your favorite fun-loving, junk food eating, crime fighting canines are once again partnered with FBI Agent Aiden Davenport. Someone is stealing the world’s top show dogs and the boys go undercover to sniff out the criminals. Along with their rookie Guardian Angel, a couple of wise cracking cats, and some new recruits, the crooks don’t stand a chance.
Enjoy the laughter and adventure as the gang takes you on a thrilling journey from the quaint French Quarter of New Orleans to the exciting crowds of Times Square in New York City.
Author M.K. Clinton excels in creating characters that have zany senses of humor, her depiction of “Westie” Pierre and his flamboyant, over-the-top personality before, during and after he “struts his stuff” at the dog show was hilariously funny and had me thinking of Carson Kressley (whom I loved), from the old Queer Eye series, (which I was a HUGE fan of!)
M.K. is adept at writing books that have a moral without being overly saccharine sweet. I have had the privilege of meeting M.K. in person and it is no wonder that her characters are warm, witty, sensitive and loving, those are the exact characteristics that she possesses as well.
A quote of M.K.’s that is prevalent throughout both of The Returns books and is now famous is:
“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.”—M.K. Clinton
The quote is so perfect that it was featured in the 2015 Spring Issue of Modern Dog magazine!! It was also featured in Natural Muscle magazine in their May edition.
Another point that is unique about The Returns series is how M.K. often refers to various dishes, snacks, and treats that are native to her local Louisiana cuisine. Being an avid foodie, reading the many references to food throughout book books had me wanting to eat constant snacks and might be the reason I gained some weight this week!
I give The Returns 2 Showstoppers a resounding 4-paws up!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: M.K. CLINTON: By her own admission is a GRITS…Girl Raised In The South. She has been married to her best friend for over 31 years. She has two grown children. Her other “children” include a four-legged hairy child, Bentley, who is trapped in the body of a Bassett Hound. For the time being, she has her grand-dog Pierre, the Westie staying with her. Her family enjoys playing, making each other laugh, and spending time together. They are also HUGE LSU Football fans. M.K. has a blog:Barking from the Bayou where she shares funny stories, important dog information, product reviews, and dog care tips.
GIVE-AWAY!!! M.K. has generously offered ONE of my readers the chance to win a copy of BOTH of the Returns books!! (Winner will receive The Returns AND Showstoppers!!) You must be 18 and over to enter and you must reside in the U.S. Entering is easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below, there is only ONE MANDATORY ENTRY REQUIREMENT!! Good Luck!
In full disclosure: I received no compensation for this review/give-away. I received a copy of The Returns 2:Showstoppers in exchange for my always honest review.