This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on November 27, 2018
I adored the book before this in the series and wanted to keep going with more of the same heartwarming romance and cutie shelter dog co-stars. I found it moderately engaging and enjoyed the rescue shelter world once again.
My Forever Home takes up the story of Tess who does dog therapy and Mason a baseball player who is recovering from an injury along with John Ronald a stray Huskie. The book is third in the Rescue Me series and is connected to the other two with recurring characters and the shelter, but can also work fine as a standalone.
Tess has returned from a long sojourn in Europe where she worked and traveled while trying to get a handle on her life. Her nonno’s ill health and death bring her home to St. Louis. Tess plans to start up her own pet therapy business and in the meantime is working with the abused dogs that were brought in from a dog fighting ring bust at the rescue shelter. She encounters Mason who is trying to help a neighbor with their dog and also trying to coax a stray huskie into trusting him. They hit it off and share a love for dogs, but Tess isn’t aware Mason is a big time baseball pro who plans to get back in the game after his injuries heal and he keeps it a secret which you can imagine doesn’t stay a secret.
Tess, on the other hand has some issues that complicate things even beyond Mason’s secret. She was the oopsie kid who came late in the family and her parents were always distant and her siblings much older. She tends to start things and not stick with them. She doesn’t have a lot of confidence in herself or accepting that others see her differently than she does. Now, she is sorting through the family situation after her grandfather died and working hard to get her business off the ground. It takes a stray dog to keep this pair together.
I liked it. I wanted to love it because I like slow burn, heartwarming romances, circle of friends, adorable animals, and family situations. But, I couldn’t seem to get past like. I think the big reason was nothing reached out and pulled me in. I was easily distracted and had no trouble putting it down or read other things between book encounters though, that said, I wasn’t reluctant to pick it back up.
The plot was cozy and heartwarming and easy-reading. I definitely was rooting for Tess and Mason to take their chance at happiness. He was good for her and she, for him. Their time together working with the dogs and spending time against the backdrop of the holidays made it fun. John Ronald and especially the occasions when that dog got the narration were the highlights for me. Tess’ issues and Mason’s secret were not overblown for which I was glad since I didn’t find them huge things, but other than that it was cute and sweet.
So, it was all right. I preferred the book before it, but didn’t dislike this one. I’ll definitely take a look when the next installment comes out. I think it will be for those who adore dog side characters, gently-paced and gently plotted slow burn contemporary romance.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Having pets around during the holidays can definitely add to the experience. My Forever Home is part of a series that is set against a dog shelter world and the heroine of this particular book was a pet therapist. Our latest feline was a stray who was rescued after being hit by a drunk and not expected to survive. Simon came with physical issues but, thankfully, he is not badly behaved for holidays. He will chew on the strings of lights if you leave them on the ground and he will drag off greenery and bat around ornaments that have already fallen on their own. He loves to jump up and plop right in the middle of card writing when he feels he’s been ignored long enough and gift wrapping is his favorite holiday tradition. I give him the leftover pieces of paper and a snip of ribbon to keep him occupied and out of mischief while I work on my task. His favorite holiday music is Charlie Brown Christmas and his favorite holiday movie is Homeward Bound (he’s a cat, he doesn’t know its not a holiday movie). Incidentally, he’s terrified of 101 Dalmatians and Lady and the Tramp (howling dogs in both). Do you have a pet who gets a bit quirky around the holidays?
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