I'm not an animal lover. I don't hate them, I'm just sort of an avoider. The exception is the “Animal Matchmaker” theme, or where an animal brings lovers together. I just adore it and cannot get enough.
I first came across this trope in a Zebra Regency Romance series by Jeanne Savery. The first one I read was titled, Taming Lord Renwick, with the tag line… “Only a four-footed cupid could bind two hesitant hearts.” The cover drew me in, but the story held me. It is a heart-breaking tale of a man returned from war, convinced he is no longer good enough because he cannot see.
“Only two things could cheer Lord Jason Renwick, near-blinded by an accident in India. One was his pet tiger, Sahib, who earned Jason's Sussex house the nickname Tiger's Lair; the other, his journals of that exotic land which he could no longer read. But when he secured the well-schooled services of Miss Eustacia Coleson and her lovely lilting voice, and embarked on a memoir, a dilemma faced him. Eustacia had become the light of his life--and Sahib's! She was an angel who made him dream of the most intimate bliss. Yet no man of honor, maimed as he was, could aspire to such a lady's hand.”
Not only is this book really enjoyable, it’s a series of books by the author that star Sahib the tiger, matchmaking all Lord Renwick’s friends.
1 Taming Lord Renwick
2 Lady Serena's Surrender
3 The Christmas Gift
4 The Perfect Husband
5 A Perfect Match
6 Smuggler's Heart
A few years after reading this series, I stumbled upon a movie starring Sarah Michele Gellar and Sean Patrick Flanery called Simply Irresistible.
In this flick, a “love crab” brings two lonely people together in a strange Rom-Com that is absolutely adorable.
“While walking down a street in New York City, a young woman meets a mysterious man who sells her crabs for her restaurant which is having trouble picking up business. When a crab gets away from her, she chases after it and bumps into a business man. He promises to stop by the restaurant. Madness ensues when either the crab or the cook’s inherited magic causes everyone who eats her food to feel the emotions she feels while cooking. As the relationship blossoms, the crab is there in the background and escapes being cooked at every turn.”
This movie does not have good ratings by the critics, but I just love it. If you can give it a little leeway on how the magic works, you might enjoy it too.
Now, I am on the hunt for well-done animal matchmakers. Any suggestions????
Emmy Z. Madrigal is the author of the Regency novella, Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe. Her previous works include the Sweet Dreams Musical Romance Series and the novelettes Anime Girl and Anime Girl 2. Emmy has been praised for her realistic portrayal of modern female characters and their will to survive in a world of adversity, prejudice, and economic hardship.
Currently, Emmy is working on a modern-day adaptation of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, due out soon.
Lord Harrington's Lost Doe