Freckles (Renee’s Review)

Title: Freckles
Author: Amy Lane
Buy link: (Second Edition)
Release Date: November 14, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/Holiday
Page Count: 170
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level:  2.5 flames out of 5
Rating:  3.5 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 dog ownership, first assumes that Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax. But as Sandy gets a glimpse into the funny, kind, sexy man under Carter’s mild-mannered exterior, he sees that with a little care and feeding, Carter might be Super-Pet Owner—and decent boyfriend material to boot.

But Carter needs to see himself as a hero first. As he says good-bye to his pristine house and hello to carpet treatments and dog walkers, he finds that there really is more to himself than a researching drudge without a backbone. A Carter Embree can rate a Sandy Corrigan. He can be supportive, he can be a hero, he can be a man who stands up for his principles!

He can be the owner of a small dog.

This story is a dog lover’s dream. A lot of page time is spent on the experiences of a brand new dog owner and the chaos that ensues with it, especially a puppy.

It’s at the vet’s office where new-doggy-daddy Carter meets vet tech Sandy. Carter is shy and sweet, and completely miserable with where he’s at in life. Sandy sees something interesting pretty immediately in the new dog owner.

This one was short and sugary sweet. Carter is vulnerable, doesn’t have the best self-esteem, and has a nightmare of a boss. Sandy wasn’t quite as fleshed out as Carter was, but I liked what I learned about him.

This is a no angst holiday treat. If you’re a fan of Lane and her angst-free stories, this one is for you.

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Galley copy of Freckles provided by NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


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