Review of Joint Custody

Joint Custody

Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Jackie Logsted

5 Star

The Gatz Chronicles Book 1


A mischievous dog takes matters into his own paws when his beloved owners split up in this offbeat romantic comedy.

The Man has custody Monday through Friday, The Woman has custody on the weekends. But that’s not enough for Gatz, who will do anything to bring them back together–even if it kills him. And it almost did. Of course he knows chocolate is bad for him, especially two whole pounds of it, but it’s the risk he’s willing to take to get them back together.

Gatz knows that The Man and The Woman are perfect for each other–how can they not see it too? She is an editor and he’s a writer. She’s a social butterfly and he’s as introverted as a guy can get. After the misguided death-by-chocolate attempt, Gatz thinks he still has time. But when New Man–so handsome, so nice, so perfect–enters The Woman’s life, he realizes he’ll need to step up his game. And you know what they say: drastic times call for drastic doggy measures.

A laugh-out-loud romance that will touch your heart and make you want a furry friend of your own.   (Goodreads)


This book is told entirely from the dog’s, Gatz, point of view.  It tells the story of when Gatz was a puppy and got adopted by The Man.  Shortly after they meet The Woman and for a while they are all happy.  But then things change and The Man and The Woman split up and they share joint custody of Gatz.  I thought it was really clever that the book was told from Gatz’s point of view, it gave it a special twist.

Gatz has all kinds of tricks up his paw to try and get his owners back together.  Even after The Woman becomes interested in another man, Gatz still tries to keep his owner’s together.  Gatz has to learn, like we all do, that sometimes things do not go the way we plan and that there are no guarantees in life. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted rom-com.  This is a charming “tail” of “puppy love”.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Berkley Publishing Group, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

Joint Custody (The Gatz Chronicles Book 1) by [Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Jackie Logsted]

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