DOG COVER FRONT FINAL1L.A. Knight’s Dog Training the American Male wasn’t what I expected.  At first I thought it was a self-help book, but I quickly learned otherwise. It’s actually a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek novel that will have you in stitches from start to finish. Each character has the same smart, witty banter that you can actually hear going back and forth in your head. Although it’s a bit over-the-top, (I could have done without the sexcapades in retirement homes), I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this. And lucky for my boyfriend, I’m no closer to “training him.”

The novel follows Nancy Beach, a relationship expert with her own radio talk show called “Life’s a Beach with Nancy Beach.” The only problem is she hasn’t had a relationship in quite a long time, so her credibility is low and her ratings are even lower. At the risk of losing her show, Nancy’s live-in sister and her lesbian lover set Nancy up with said lesbian lover’s gynecologist’s brother, Jacob, who lives in his guest house. Are you following me?  It’s love at first sight and they quickly decide to move in together at the mercy of their siblings who are eager to get them out of their houses.

Soon after Nancy and Jacob move in together, Jacob realizes it’s not easy to live with a woman. His brother suggests buying her a small white “foofie” dog like a Bichon to keep the peace between them. On his search for a “foofie” dog, Jacob instead comes home with a huge, sloppy German Shepherd. Nancy isn’t thrilled and it becomes clear that they need some professional dog training. But when Nancy observes the way the dog responds to the dog trainer, she thinks Jacob could possibly benefit from the same techniques. And if it works, her listeners might be interested in teaching their boyfriends as well. Hilarity ensues as we find out if these tricks really work and observe the difficulties of male/female relationships as a whole.

P.S. I didn’t find out that this book was written by a man until after I read the whole thing. So I’m waiting until the end to tell you too. I bet you’re just as surprised as I was.

Laura Knipping is the Special Projects Editor at Spa Week Daily.