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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on May 28, 2019
Cuteness Alert! A sweet, adorable puppy brings together two people who need all the help and support the little fur baby can give to find their way past their troubles to happiness. A new to me author and a new series introduces several elements around a romance series that I was eager to grab up.
Puppy Love introduces three sisters who have a puppy training business and provide service puppies in training. Sophie is the youngest and she feels that she has a lot to prove as a leukemia survivor who missed out on a ton because of health issues and now wants to prove that she’s no fragile, china doll. The way to do it is get big, tough guy Harrison to accept little Pomeranian puppy Bubbles as his service dog partner and give Sophie and Bubbles a chance.
Harrison’s boss makes it a matter of coming back to work on active duty as a wilderness fire fighter that he accept a service dog that will help alert him when his diabetes goes into the danger zone. He was already reluctant to pair with a dog, but why couldn’t he have the Great Dane? He is a man convinced that he is better off alone and he scares people with his ‘resting brick face’ and off-putting manner, but Bubbles and Sophie are determined to work on more than his diabetes and he might not be as impervious as he thinks.
Puppy Love is as adorable as all get out. It brings to light what life for people living with severe health issues or recovering from one have to deal with. I liked that sister dynamics and family are core elements, too. It’s an easy-going, gently paced story that makes you smile and occasionally laugh. If you’re like me and have to be in the mood for sugary feeling stories to appreciate them, keep in mind that this one has that flavoring.
Harrison and Sophie are wonderful together. I love it when a couple bring out the best in one another and clearly have each other’s backs even when they don’t consider themselves a couple. This pair were givers, but it wasn’t obvious to very many when it came to Harrison because his gruff, solitary nature meant people would have to work at it to see the diamond in the rough. Sophie loves her family and friends, but they don’t see her as she is now and how she needs to be accepted. Harrison is not part of her past so he has no trouble accepting that she can do what she sets out to do even if he’s not on board with being her project in the beginning.
I’m actually a tad biased against Poms since I lived nest door to a pair for five years or so and they both yapped and snarled and went for people’s ankles any chance they could. But, I’ll trust that Bubbles shows that there are other personalities to be had among that dog breed.
All in all, it was a good series starter. Sweet with a hint of spice. If you love dogs as main characters in a romance and want an uncomplicated, easy, gently-paced contemporary romance, then this one is a good bet.
My thanks to Sourcebook Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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