Freckles (Gigi’s Review)

Title: Freckles
Author: Amy Lane
Buy link: (Second Edition)
Release Date: November 14, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 170
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Carter Embree has always hoped to be rescued from his productive, tragically boring, and (slightly) ethically compromised life. But when an urchin at a grocery store shoves a bundle of fluff into his hands, Carter goes from rescuee to rescuer—and he needs a little help.

Sandy Corrigan, the vet tech who helps ease Carter into the world of

This book is one of the stories in Riptide Publishing’s annual charity bundle. From their website:

trevor projectEach year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity.

Twenty percent of the proceeds of this title will be donated to The Trevor Project.

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

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This collection would not be possible without the talent and generosity of its authors, who have brought us the following holiday stories:

    Freckles by Amy Lane
    Frostbitten by Charlotte Stein
    Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

Pre-ordering this collection will allow you to download each story two days prior to its official release date, as well as save almost 25% off the list price of the individual books.

This is the story of buttoned-up Carter, a lawyer who hates his job and was recently dumped by his live-in boyfriend of 3 months. He finds himself in the position of having a small puppy thrust into his hands and before he can say, “No! I can’t have a puppy!” the puppy’s owner takes off, leaving a clueless Carter with a 2 pound bundle of joy he names Freckles.

Freckles is a Chihuahua/Shih Tzu cross, commonly referred to as a SciChi. Here are some photos of SciChis and a good idea of what Freckles might look like.

In his quest for help with his new pet, Carter visits his local PetSmart and meets carefree spirit Sandy. Sandy is back in school at age 33 to become a veterinarian and is working as a vet tech on the side to pay the bills.

Carter and Sandy meet, bond over lovable Freckles, and start a slow-burn romance.

This book is completely angst free and made of sugar and spice and everything nice. This is a book for dog lovers who need a dog fix in the form of a M/M romance on a crappy day. It will set your mood to right and leave you with a goofy grin on your face.

Puppy/Romance/Charity is a WIN in my book. Recommended.


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