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Puppy Love: An Adorable Contemporary Romance (Forever Home Book 1) Kindle Edition
This sparkling, escapist, feel-good contemporary romance is full to the brim of great banter and beloved tropes: a grumpy hero, a sunshiney heroine, delicious forced proximity, and enough puppies to make anyone smile.
When Sophie Vasquez and her sisters dreamed up Puppy Promise—their service puppy training school—it was supposed to be her chance to bring some good into the world. But how can she expect to do anything when no one will take her seriously?
Enter Harrison Parks: a rough, gruff, take-no-bull wildlife firefighter in need of a diabetic service dog. He couldn't be a more unlikely fit for Sophie or Bubbles—the sweet puppy she knows will be his perfect partner—but when Sophie insists he give them both a shot, something unexpected happens: he listens. Even better, he keeps on listening, even as Sophie and Bubbles turn his lonely, uber-masculine world upside-down.
As it turns out, they all have something to prove...and more than enough room in their hearts for a little puppy love.
"This is a romance which makes your heart feel good." - Harlequin Junkie
"Puppy Love is as adorable as all get out...Sweet with a hint of spice." - Delighted Reader
"The most uplifting, romantic and heartwarming novel I've read in a long while...Run, don't walk, to get your own copy of Puppy Love." - Long and Short Reviews --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
About the Author
Lauren Sweet is an experienced narrator and actress who loves falling in love. She has narrated over one hundred audiobooks for multiple USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors. When not narrating, she enjoys writing, traveling, and chocolate. Originally from New York, she currently resides in Los Angeles, California. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07LGD5NQ5
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 28, 2019)
- Publication date : May 28, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1739 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 310 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #114,131 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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With an unconventional premise, Puppy Love features a bit of a love triangle between three main characters, one of which is a Pomeranian named Bubbles. Along with her two sisters, Sadie Vasquez is a dog trainer with Puppy Promise who agrees to do a favor for an old friend, Oscar. Harrison Parks is a diabetic firefighter and his boss, the aforementioned Oscar, puts Harrison on temporary leave until he has a service dog to alert him when his blood sugar gets in the danger zone.
Now, to understand how wonderful this story is, you need to know more about both Sophie and Harrison. Harrison is a tough nut to crack, and he's been known to make grown men cry during firefighter training. His heart isn’t simply guarded. It's wrapped in barbed wire with mile-wide walls around it. He would hate for you to feel sorry for him, because he's doing just fine all by his lonesome, but when Sadie and Bubbles invade his life, he doesn’t know what hit him. He also doesn’t stand a chance.
Sophie has been protected and coddled all her life, leaving her to feel inferior to her beautiful, accomplished sisters. But Sophie knows canines and is confident Bubbles is the perfect pup for Harrison. Despite any perceived shortcomings, Sophie is nothing if not determined, and she’s not afraid to push Harrison. The first crack of Harrison's heart happens in less than twenty-four hours, and Bubbles wags her way past the wall and through the barbed wire. The next crack is due to the machinations of Sadie, who innately knows just how far to push to draw out that soft marshmallow center Harrison has worked so hard to keep locked down.
I loved everything about this book, but especially the relationships between these two females and Harrison. Adorable little Bubbles overcomes fear, rises to the occasion and becomes the perfect companion, and both she and Sophie bring out the best in Harrison. At its heart, this is a story about overcoming adversity and fear, healing old hurts, finding the best in yourself and bringing out the best in someone else. It’s sweet and funny, poignant and inspiring, and uplifting and satisfying. Give this new author a chance and read Puppy Love. You won't be sorry you did.
*I reviewed an advance copy of this book freely and voluntarily, having made no commitment to provide a review and receiving no compensation of any kind from any source for this review.
That being said, this book has a few errors. Maybe not errors, because I cannot swear by the accuracy of my research, but my info comes from the leading dogs-for-diabetic agencies in the US as of 2019.
I've been taught, the best dogs to truly smell BG fluctuations are larger dogs - specifically labs and retrievers. Also, the book says the dog was sleeping on a pillow on the protagonist's bed and/or chest. Ah, no. Scent travels like pouring water. So diabetic dogs have to sleep on the floor next to the diabetic. Otherwise nightime BG changes are less likely to be detected. It doesn't matter how much the dog wants to sleep with or near you, you CANNOT acquiesce. It's your life on the line. Literally.
I'm not trying to nitpick over details, but since I'm applying for a dog I want to know every tidbit of info I can. Many families pay over 30K for a dog, because that is how much it costs to train one.
I needed an emergency glucagon shot less than 4 hours ago, which saved my life. If I had a dog, my life would be so different. I'm reviewing 4 stars because I so much appreciate the author for shining light on a real problem!!! And I enjoyed the book :)
And make no mistake--this is a romance. The premise itself was interesting enough; a service dog training facility run by three sisters. The youngest one finds romance when the hero comes to get a diabetic service animal to help him detect when his sugar levels are off. That is the only way his Boss will allow him to return to his job fighting forest fires. So in theory, it's a decent idea for a romance series.
However, I found the Heroine to be more irritating than the self-described grouchy Hero. The sub plot of his parents' reconciliation made absolutely no sense to me, and I didn't like them at all. I found it hard to believe that a service dog training facility was operated as portrayed in this story. And finally, the entire town of characters was too good to be true. At least the sex started about half way through to help relieve my aggravation.
But I admit that I'm not the best judge of romance stories....so I'll cut this book and Author some slack. And say that if you want a 'Feel good' romance with some sex and profanity and a cute puppy...this may be the book for you.
Harrison Parks is gruff firefighter, who is told by his boss to go to Puppy Promise to get a service dog, his heart is set on the Great Dane, but what he got instead, was a little tiny Pomeranian, named Bubbles. Harrison thinks he's going to step on it, no tiny dog is going to hold its own with him fighting fires.
Sophie Vasques is a partner with her other two sisters in Puppy Promise, where they match and train dogs with their owners. Sophie has been handled with kid gloves all her life by her family. She sees this opportunity to work with Harrison to prove herself, and it doesn't hurt that he likes that she has no qualms to take him on.
Bubbles is special, she's a rescue dog, that Sophie just knows is the perfect fit for what Harrison needs, even if he doesn't think so!
I loved that we got sneak peaks at Harrison's tenderness and behind that heart of stone was one of compassion. I loved how Sophie was able to see through the Parks men, their gruffness and little by little they changed. This story was filled with so many laugh out loud moments, that my husband was constantly giving me the side eye. It's also a very sweet heart warming story!