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It Started with a Dog (Lucky Dog) Paperback – October 5, 2021
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All Harper Thompson wants for Christmas is the huge promotion she's worked so hard for—which she should get, as long as her launch of the hip new coffeehouse, Deja Brew, goes according to plan. Jonah Rogers is trying to save his family's coffee shop, Lucky Star, from going out of business, which will be tough with the brand-new Deja Brew opening across the street.
When Jonah and Harper meet for the first time after accidentally swapping phones, their chemistry is as electric as a strand of Christmas lights. He's a tall, handsome, compassionate hunk of engineer, and she's an entrepreneur whose zest for life is very sexy. They love all the same things, like scary movies, greasy food—and most of all, dogs. It's a match made in heaven...until Jonah finds out that Harper's the one about to put him out of business.
Only one coffee shop likely can survive, and a competition of one-upmanship ensues in a battle of the brews. The paws really come out when the local rescue shelter has a fundraiser where local businesses foster dogs, and patrons vote with their dollars for their favorite pup. Harper takes in an adorable old bulldog on behalf of Deja Brew, while Jonah fosters a perky three-legged dachshund for Lucky Star. As the excitement builds for who will be crowned King Mutt and king of the coffee hill, Harper and Jonah must decide if their connection was all steam or if they are the perfect blend.
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“A perfect blend of coffee, dogs and romance permeates London's frothy rom-com that will leave readers thirsty for a third helping in this sweet, enjoyable series.”
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About the Author
- Publisher : Berkley (October 5, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593100409
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593100400
- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #102,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harper Thompson is a workaholic; she sets her sights on a project and will do whatever it takes to do the best she can. And when that project is done she moves onto another one. Currently she is working on the opening of a new hip and trendy coffee house ‘Deja Brew’. If she does a great job on this then she is sure to get the promotion she is hoping for.
Jonah Rogers is a scientist at NASA, who has taken a sabbatical to help his family out at their coffee shop ‘The Lucky Star’. This coffee shop was originally opened by Jonah’s grandparents and now his parents and aunt and uncle run it. But the coffee shop is not doing well. Jonah is doing everything he can to stop them from losing the business. Jonah also has an opportunity to help NASA develop a satellite in Spain. He would have to be there for six months, but how can he leave when his father is sick and the family business is in shambles?
Harper and Jonah cross paths when they share a Lyft ride. Both are heading out of town for the Christmas holiday. During the ride their phones accidently get swapped, and they make arrangements to meet and swap them back when they are back in town. During the week they both hit it off as they text each other. Harper has fallen in love with Jonah’s dog Truck from the photos on his phone and cannot wait to meet Truck and Jonah in person. After their first meeting the sparks flew, and it is clear they are ment for each other. They both loves dogs, eating and have the same sense of humor. Everything is going great until it is revealed that the new coffee house Harper is opening is right across the street from Jonah’s parents coffee shop.
I loved everything about this book. I loved the flirty banter between Harper and Jonah and just how well they we ment for each other. And I really hoped they could find a way to make both of the coffee stores a success.
I also loved Jonah’s family. They had me laughing so many times. They felt just the way a family feels. They are loved and loved to talk over each other.
I also loved the dogs. Give me a book with dogs in it and I am sure to love it. And the dogs in this book just made me smile. Truck is a bull in a china shop with no manner whatsoever. Bob is a moody bulldog that I just wanted to hug, and 3 legged Lulu is a dachshund who didn’t let the fact that she had only 3 legs stop her.
Seriously I loved everything about this book. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more. I really hope Thompson has another book in the Lucky Dog series in the works because I need more in my life.
Harper is in Austin, TX, launching a new coffeehouse, Deja Brew, and determined to make it the best one yet, as she is hoping for a promotion, but her boss and his new assistant make things difficult for her, which causes her to worry about the promotion.
Jonas is an engineer, who has taken a leave of absence to help his sick father run the Lucky Star coffee shop. When Harper and Jonas finally meet, neither knows that the new Deja Brew (which Harper is handling) is competition for the old fashion Lucky Star, which could put Jonas’s family out of business.
In a short time, their relationship heats up, as they have amazing chemistry together, not to mention that Harper loves Jonas’s big dog, Truck, who is wild and adorable. Even when they learn about their competitive coffee shops, both Harper and Jonas continue their relationship, as they are falling hard for each other. Harper gives Jonas tips about fixing up the old coffee house with some of her contacts, she also gets to meet his family, who are a fun group, and she has a homey feeling when around them. But she is still determined to make Deja Brew a great place, with high class and amazing features. The competition between coffee houses will include a dog contest ‘King Mutt’.
What follows is a heartwarming fun romantic romp, with a great couple, wonderful characters, and I absolutely loved the dogs. London has a way to bring wonderful romances and add fantastic dogs. I loved Jonah and Harper, as they were very steamy together. Jonah’s family and Harper’s friend Olive were lots of fun. Most of all I loved the dogs, who were adorable; Truck (Jonas dog), Bob, a grumpy bulldog (that Harper will adopt), and three legged Lulu (part of Lucky star).
It Started with a Dog was so very well written by Julia London. This was a fun cute story, with a fantastic group of characters and adorable dogs. What happens in the competition? You need to read the book to find out. I really enjoyed reading It Started With a Dog, and suggest you read this book.