Review: Sit, Stay, Love by Debbie Burns

Posted April 14, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: Sit, Stay, Love by Debbie Burns
Sit, Stay, Love

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Series: Rescue Me #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on April 3, 2018
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

A mass rescue operation of dogs abused in a huge dog fighting ring bust for a local St. Louis area shelter leads a sweet yet closed off woman and a scarred and rudderless man a new chance right along with the rescue dogs.  I saw the blurb and it was all over.  I had to give this new to me author and series a go.


Sit, Stay, Love is the second book in the Rescue Me series.  Fortunately, it works so well as a standalone because I spotted the blurb and didn’t have the patience to go back and start from the beginning though I suspect Megan and Craig’s book was a sweetie, too.

So, this one begins when a call goes out to local dog handlers, shelters, and volunteers to step up when a hug dog fighting ring is busted up.  Megan thinks this is a great opportunity for their shelter to reach out and for her best gal bud, Kelsey, to have an opportunity to get out of her rut and expand her horizons to partner with an experienced dog handler to begin rehab on several of the fighting dogs.

At the same time, Kurt returns to the area to visit family now that he’s out of the Marines before he heads west for a job doing anything, but working with dogs.  Being a K-9 handler with several tours under his belt has left him raw after the lost of human and canine friends.  But, he can’t look away when he spots optimistic, but woefully out of her league Kelsey looking over the dogs with his old mentor to take back to her shelter.  Kurt knows that hugs and kisses and big doggie wishes are not going to cut it.

I know it sounds crazy, but I was actually wary about this book  It was laid back and sweet and engaged me from the beginning.  I kept waiting for it to morph into some sort of soap opera.  Yes, Kelsey and Kurt have their hang-ups.  Yes, they didn’t always see eye to eye on the rehab work.  And yes, there was a green-eyed monster moment.  But people!  This book about adults had the adults acting like adults.  I mean… shazam.  I know you’d think that’s kinda a given, but its not.  I think I fell in love with this book for almost that alone.  Okay, not really.  There was more to love.

Kelsey and Kurt were fantastic.  Their separate stories and their slow build romance was developed and paced just right.  I know this story is not loaded with drama or pulse-pounding excitement, but it was subtle with natural rises and falls of conflict and resolution throughout the story.  It was sexy, but again, this was understated letting the relationship develop first.

And the dogs.  They weren’t just wallpaper for the people story.  I adored seeing their individual characters fleshed out.  Oh, and let’s not forget Mr. Longtail, the cranky Maine Coon cat who ran the place and took an immediate liking to dog- guy Kurt.  I enjoyed getting glimpses of the training work, but I also appreciated that the author showed just how much work shelter volunteers put in.  They aren’t just cuddling the cuties all day, though they do that, too.  And what a fun variety of folks to fill out the cast of secondary characters, particularly Patrick.

So, it was fabulous.  It was laid back and sweet, but not saccharine.  Gently-paced character-driven romance that was definitely one to make me smile and swoon with the pups and people whose story it was.  Those who enjoy light, but engaging contemporary romance should give this a try.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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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.

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4 years ago

I love dogs in stories and the couple looks great to discover too!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Me, too! I missed the first book somehow, but I love the looks of this series after reading this one.

Ailyn Koay
4 years ago

oo this is one cutie dog i’d love to read about.. shame about the dog ring

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Ailyn Koay

It was a great story. I was so glad to see all these dogs getting rescued from the fight ring and prepared so they could have loving homes. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

That does sound like it would be good and emotional.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It was a cutie, but yes, I had the feels for both the people and those poor dogs. 🙂

Lily B
4 years ago

aww there is a grumpy maine coon in this? 😀 that’s cute, this would endear me. I have a black maine coon who is pretty grumpy at times but loves dogs…hum

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lily B

Oh yes, the cat was quite the personality. I loved that the animals were as well drawn as characters as the people.

4 years ago

I love it when there’s a dog in a story or a cat. However, I am wondering about how horribly hurt they are by being in a dog fight ring. I think that might upset me. I know it’s just a book but I recently quit watching a series on NetFlix because the next part concerned a dog fight ring.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

There are no details from the fight ring as this starts after they break it up. One dog’s injuries are described to prove the heroine is in over her head, but for the most part, the rehab is working on getting rid of the fighting habits so they can be put up for adoption. I know what you mean about not being able to stomach animal cruelty scenes.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

LOL adults acting like adults. Yep. That always has me going omg I love yall! lol I remember seeing book one and thinking it looked so good. Can’t believe book 2 is already out!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

I kept waiting for them to go full drama out of the blue b/c that’s been my experience with several CRs these days, but they didn’t and I just sat their amazed. Disagreed, made mistakes, but didn’t blow it out of proportion, just wow!

Somehow, I did not notice this series until this one popped up. I usually zoom in on covers or blurbs with animals so I must have really been out of it. 🙂

4 years ago

That cover looks so fun! Hugs…RO

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  RO

It’s a cutie and matched the story, well. 🙂

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

This sounds really good! I have to read this one! =)

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

It’s so adorable and heartwarming. Hope you get the chance, Mary!

4 years ago

That sounds lovely how the adults actually acted like adult and it didn’t turn into a soap opera. Now I do like a bit of drama in my books as well at times, but it’s also refreshing to have a book where the adults actually act like adults. I like how you describe the dogs and how they all have their own personality and aren’t just the background for the romance story. And it has a great cover too with the dog and the couple on it. Great review!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, its not that I love no drama ever, but once in a while, I want something that doesn’t go there with the emotions and is just an easy romance.
The dogs were sweeties. I felt so sorry for how they were treated, but was glad they were rescued and now had Kelsey and Kurt to take care of them.