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You Lucky Dog Paperback – August 25, 2020
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Carly Kennedy's life is in a spiral. She is drowning in work, her divorced parents are going through their midlife crises, and somehow Carly's sister convinces her to foster Baxter--a basset hound rescue with a bad case of the blues. When Carly comes home late from work one day to discover that the dog walker has accidentally switched out Baxter for another perkier, friendlier basset hound, she has reached the end of her leash.
When Max Sheffington finds a depressed male basset hound in place of his cheerful Hazel, he is bewildered. But when cute, fiery Carly arrives on his doorstep, he is intrigued. He was expecting the dog walker, not a pretty woman with firm ideas about dog discipline. And Carly was not expecting a handsome, bespectacled man to be feeding her dog mac and cheese. Baxter is besotted with Hazel, and Carly realizes she may have found the key to her puppy’s happiness. For his sake, she starts to spend more time with Hazel and Max, until she begins to understand the appeal of falling for your polar opposite.
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“Julia London's hilarious and sweet romance You Lucky Dog begins with an accidental dog-swapping which quickly leads to puppy love between two very different dog owners. Trust us, even if you're a cat person, you won't be able to resist this story's charms.”
“I laughed, I teared up, and I rooted for these characters every misstep of the way… a perfect choice this summer.”
“Comedic and fast paced. It is filled with an offbeat cast, zany coincidences and romantic moments and mishaps that will leave readers giggling in amusement.”
"A canine mix-up leads to unexpected love in this bright, bubbly rom-com….There’s heady chemistry between the optimistic Carly and the slightly nerdy Max as they stumble into co-parenting the pooches, with the fabulous, four-legged supporting characters providing both laugh-out-loud hilarity and some touching moments. Readers will be in doggie heaven."
“Once again, London proves she is a master of deliciously snarky dialogue and delectable sexual chemistry, both of which are expertly infused in a delightful love story that not only joyfully celebrates the special bond between humans and dogs but also doesn’t shy away from exploring some of life’s more serious challenges...”
—Booklist (starred review)
“[An] affecting and ebullient romantic comedy… London’s loose and limber comedic writing amplifies Max and Carly’s appeal, filling each voice with a unique perspective and personality.”
Praise for the novels of Julia London
"A passionate, arresting story that you wish would never end."
—Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author
"Julia London writes vibrant, emotional stories and sexy, richly-drawn characters."
—Madeline Hunter, New York Times bestselling author
"London's characters come alive on every page and will steal your heart."
“A novelist at the top of her game.”
“London's writing bubbles with high emotion as she describes sexual enthusiasm, personal grief and familial warmth. Her blend of playful humor and sincerity imbues her heroines with incredible appeal."
“Kudos to London—she tackles family issues and weaves them into a special romance that travels a bumpy road to happily ever after.”
—RT Book Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : Berkley (August 25, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593100387
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593100387
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.45 x 0.91 x 8.22 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #303,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I loved this book.
Carly Kennedy’s life is going no where. She is a publicist who has lost her job and is trying to make it on her own 2 with very difficult clients. Her family is just one basket case. Her parents have recently divorced and her mother, much to Carly dismay, has announced a sexual awakening and loves to share the details with her daughter. Her sister Mia, is always having a crisis, she has 3 small children and her husband is away for work a lot. So she is constantly calling on Carly. And Carly has a new basset hound named Baxter. Well originally her mother had rescued him for her sister Mia, but with 3 small children there is no way Mia could keep the dog, So Carly inherited him. And she loves him. But she is a by the book dog owner. No getting on the furniture, only organic food. But poor Baxter is so depressed.
Max Sheffington’s is a professor of neurology. He is up for tenure. He also has a basset hound named, Hazel. Hazel eats mac and cheese and loves to lay on the couch and watch dog tv. Max also helps is dad take care of his brother Jamie, who has autism.
Max and Carly meet when their dogs are mixed up. You see their dog walker was arrested so he had a friend return the dogs and this friend mixed up the bassets. Carly came home to find her favorite couch pillow torn to shreds by Hazel. And Max comes home to a very depressed dog who will not eat, so he gives him mac and cheese LOL
After an awkward first encounter they realize that their dogs really like each other so they set up a couple of play dates, and Carly and Max realize not only do their dogs like each other, but they like each other as well.
I loved both Max and Carly. Max is such a sweet guy. I loved watching him with his brother Jamie. He was so good with him. Even when he did get a bit aggravated at times, he always felt bad after. It brought a tear to my eyes a couple of times. And Carly with her dysfunctional family and crazy clients, she just kept pushing on no matter what got in her way. And I just loved Max and Carly together. They made me laugh, from their different dog parenting styles, to Max having to help Carly out of a crazy skirt one of her clients made. I was team Max and Carly all the way. As well as team Baxter and Hazel lol
Between chapters 4 and 7, 32 pages had not printed - there was just blank paper.
I have NEVER encountered this in any of the hundreds of books I've read over the years. I am returning it because I didn't really feel like I was a "lucky dog"!!
I loved how the two characters and their dogs bond so quickly and yet it seems like the world is working against them. The ending provides the most satisfying Happily Ever After you could want.
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This was the first Julia London book I’ve read, I thought it was very well written, with a great plot! Overall I really loved this book. Dogs and romance, what more could you want? I would absolutely recommend this book. I hope Julia writes more just like this
As I chuckled my way through this book I couldn’t help but admire Julia London for her superb observational skills. This is a lady who clearly knows her dogs and her portrayal of their antics is one of the things that made the story so special for me. I chuckled when Max was forced to take Baxter, whom he called Dog at this point in the story, into a lecture he was delivering. “Dog had wandered around as Max tried to instruct the students on the nervous system, plunging his nose into backpacks and crotches at will.”
Laugh-out-loud humour aside, this story also has plenty of emotional pull as Max, a combination of horny, oversexed male and scientist nerd feels his way around his relationship with Carly. I loved his inner thoughts, always scientifically phrased, “Max looked into her eyes. He wanted to speak, but words drifted out of his mind, almost as if he had frontotemporal degeneration. Which he did not.”
This is a book to keep and to read over and over whenever you want something to smile about or need a hearty laugh. I absolutely loved it.