Review: Freckles by Amy Lane

Review: Freckles by Amy LaneFreckles by Amy Lane

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Riptide on November 14, 2016
Pages: 170
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Cute, fun, and light-hearted holiday romance!  Whether one loves animals or not, this is cute, but being an animal lover, made it more poignant and funny.  Amy Lane tells this sort of story so well.

A fastidious, organized workaholic lawyer is out of his depth the second a kid cons him into the tiny white fluff ball in his hands.  This is a dog?

In blind terror, he races to the veterinary office attached to the local Pet Smart because his new white fluff ball has, erm, fleas.

Carter can’t even keep a boyfriend happy or a plant alive.  What is he going to do with a sweet little innocent thing like this, well whatever she is.

Sandy Corrigan is the vet tech on duty when the crazy guy comes in babbling and incoherent, but oh so sweet with his little dog.  Seeing the average-looking guy settle into new pet ownership and love on his little Freckles attracts Sandy to up his game and go for this guy.

Carter is a contract lawyer and working for a boss who is amoral at best and many times crosses the lines.  His soul is starving in his lackless existence until Freckles.  While dealing with a puppy, he now has Sandy, the great guy who is in his thirties and still in school to be a vet, Sandy’s perky and fun niece who is Freckle’s dogwalker, and a chance to step out of his rut.

As Christmas approaches, will both these guys who have been burned by relationships be able to reach out for something special?  Can Sandy stay interested in an average guy? Carter wonders.  And Sandy wonders if Carter will soon figure out that he is way out of slow-plodding Sandy’s league.  Only Freckles might know the answer to that.

Freckles was a light and adorable holiday story.  Average joes with average lives that it was great to see them find their chance at happiness.  Definitely recommend it to M/M Contemporary Romance fans who want a bit of spice, but an easy afternoon heartwarming read.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Holiday Extra

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One of the central elements of this story is Freckles, the abandoned puppy, who is taken in and loved by a man who needed her as much as she needed him.  Abandoned animals have always been a thing with my family going back a few generations.  I grew up surrounded by dogs, cats, fish, and birds (no reptiles- dad has a thing about those).

I guess word got out about the kooky Italian family in the neighborhood because after a while, people were leaving them in our yard.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t keep them all (nope, not on the news for being the weirdies with 69 cats in the house), but our kind vet’s office would help us find people to adopt them, particularly pet people whose furry friend past away and were ready for a new companion.

But anyhoots, one rainy California Christmas morning (okay it was three days after, who’s counting), dad went out to get his morning paper and there was a little ball of blond fur shivering under the back tire of the van.  Now dad is a phlegmatic sort (not very Italian of him in the least), but the hot blood came out that day.  He put the little guy in his robe pocket, collected his paper, and marched back into the house where he discoursed long and hard on people who abandoned Holiday animals after Christmas.  Raised voice and hand gestures and even a curse on jerks who abandon babies my nonna would have been proud of.

This little guy had been someone’s present and was unwanted, it seemed (he had a green ribbon collar that had caught in some weeds).  Dad was preaching to the choir of course because even my foster sisters knew better when it came to animal care and responsibility.

Now in their seventies, dad and mom are still taking in the abandoned furries.  This is a picture of Rusty. He looks pretty good now, but when they got him, he was emaciated and terrified of people and loud noises.  Rusty came along shortly after they lost their last two abandoned rescue dogs to old age (one didn’t long survive the other because they were such great pals).

What about you?  Are you an animal peep?  Have any funny animal antics for the holidays?  Do tell!  My cat likes to hide in the tree, but that’s about it for me.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • amy lane

    What a lovely story– thanks so much for sharing!

    We’ve always seemed to know someone who had puppies or kittens–but Johnnie–our first rescue, may have changed all that. I loved Rusty’s story–and I’m glad you loved Freckles 🙂

    • Howdy, Amy!

      So glad you could stop by and enjoy Rusty’s story. Yep, that first one who grabs the heart and opens the door for more. Glad you could give Johnnie a good home. I adored Freckles. 🙂

      • amy lane

        Thank you so much, again– it was a lovely review 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh, (wiping tears) lovely review, lovely side story. As you know I’m the proud mamma of a 5yr old rescue dog and I LOVE her, couldn’t imagine my life without her and can not understand why someone gave her up, at least they gave her to a rescue and didn’t abandon her on the streets.

    • Exactly, Debbie. I ask myself that each time we welcomed a new one in- how could people abandon him/her? Glad you took in your own beautiful furry family member.

  • oh this sounds like a charming read especially for the upcoming holidays!!!

    I think its great that you grew up with so many animals!! My family had cats and when I graduated high school, they got a dog for my youngest brother (who just passed away when he got cancer) and of course a tank of tropical fish my dad loved until my sisters put bubble bath in the tank because fish need to take baths too right?? hehehe Thanks for sharing your sweet story.

    • Your household sounds like mine sans the fish bubble bath, Renee. LOL Glad to see that your brother got his furry buddy, too.

  • Sounds like a great book. My current dog is a rescue. I just love him to pieces. As for a funny holiday, pet story. When I was little (like 3 or 4), my cousin’s dachshund had puppies that just happened to be ready to sell around Christmas. I wanted one, but my dad said no. Well, come Christmas morning, my mom’s parents brought a wrapped present that we were told to unwrap first. It was the puppy I wanted. My mom was hiding behind her father while we opened that present (no that my father would ever do anything more than get angry, she was just going to make him get angry through her father LOL). The dog’s registered name was Brenda’s Trouble, because she got into so much trouble for that. My dad loved that dog and she loved him.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Haha, oh boy! That’s hilarious. Thanks for sharing about your Brenda’s Trouble, Melanie.

  • I could tell this would pull at my heartstrings from the abandoned puppy element. This one looks so adorable! Great review!

    • Yes, it had that tenderhearted quality from the beginning because of the puppy and how scared he was to mess up with little Freckles.