Please Don’t Feed the Mayor by Sue Pethick @KensingtonBooks #bookreview #contemporary #romance

Title: Please Don’t Feed the Mayor

Author: Sue Pethick

Publisher: Kensington

Publication Date: February 26, 2019

Page Count: 256

My rating:  4 stars

About the book:

When the lumber mill closes, laying off most everyone in Fossett, Oregon, Melanie MacDonald plans to revitalize her beloved but beleaguered homestead by running her border collie Shep in Fossett’s mayoral race . . .Shep wins by a landslide.

A lover of democracy and dog treats, Shep is rapidly earning the goodwill of Fossett’s citizens. Tourists are streaming in and everyone wants to glad-paw the new mayor. Suddenly Melanie and Shep are media darlings, with requests for interviews, game shows, and personal appearances through the roof. But there’s trouble in paradise. Determined to win back his former wife, Bryce MacDonald discovers a rival in tabloid reporter Chad Cameron, who’s in Fossett to dig up dirt on Melanie and Shep. He finds a willing co-conspirator in the malcontent who lost the election. Hounded by the press and desperate to head off a potential dog-napping, Melanie unwittingly puts herself in danger. Shep comes to the rescue, proving his mettle to save his faithful human at the risk of his own life . . . and new political career.


Please Don’t Feed the Mayor by Sue Pethick is a contemporary story with a bit of romance and mystery. This would be a book that is the perfect example of please don’t read the blurb as it makes no sense to the book that I just read.

Melanie MacDonald has been trying for four years to revive her little town of Fossett, Oregon when she comes up with the plan to bring publicity into town by having her trained Border Collie Shep elected mayor. Not everyone in town is behind the publicity stunt though so Melanie finds that she actually needs to go through an actual campaign and election to get Shep the title.

Not knowing much about politics Melanie makes a call to her ex-husband, Bryce MacDonald who is a lawyer to find out just what she needed to do. Bryce had recently received his own disturbing news that a convict had escaped custody that Bryce had helped put away so the opportunity to head to Flosset to help Melanie couldn’t have come at a better time.

Please Don’t Feed the Mayor starts off as a rather cute story with a second chance romance happening between Melanie and Bryce while a not so happy puppy does his best to run Bryce off. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ex when he arrived but as the story went on he got a bit better and then the second half of the story picks up the action and intensity to really keep the pages turning. Considering the majority of the story is pre-election I’m not sure where the blurb came from but I do think readers will enjoy this one regardless of the differences.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Sue Pethick is an award-winning short story writer whose life-long love of animals inspired her to write Boomer’s Bucket ListPet Friendly, and The Dog Who Came for Christmas. Born in San Diego, California, she now lives with her husband in Vancouver, Washington. Please visit Sue online at


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3 replies

  1. Awesome review! I thought about requesting this one because it looked quirky, but I wasn’t sure after reading the blurb. Nice to see there are some differences. I think I’ll give it a shot.


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