Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 8, 2019
Page Count: 137
Reviewed by: Kristin F.
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Small dogs can make big changes… if you open your heart.
Carter Embree always hoped someone might rescue him 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 eases Carter into the world of dog ownership, first assumes Carter is a crazy-pants client who just needs to relax. But as Sandy gets a glimpse of 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 goodbye to his pristine house and hello to carpet treatments and dog walkers, he finds 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 man who stands up for his principles.
He can be the owner of a small dog.
Blurb sums up this super sweet story quite well so I won’t rehash the plot.
This is a small doggie, feel good, happy ever after read. The kind best enjoyed snuggled up on the couch on a quiet afternoon with your favorite beverage and maybe a furry, four legged buddy, nearby.
Carter is struggling with the ethics of his job and his life choices to stay employed. I liked this aspect of the book – the whole “what the heck to do?” conundrum. I loved watching his outlook on life change as he takes on the challenges of a first time puppy owner. Yes, in real life it probably wouldn’t happen as fast as it did in the book, so some leeway and understanding is needed.
I so enjoyed Sandy’s outlook on life. He…glowed with positivity and optimism. It was a perfect counter balance to Carter.
I also appreciated having two more established, or unconventional maybe? Characters who were a bit older and worldwise. I see so many books where the MC are in their mid to late 20’s that having a couple of 30+ year olds who’ve been working for a while was refreshing. Their approach to romance was a delight to read.
And Freckles. Freckles was so darn CUTE! And also my sore point. Being a dog owner (and recently survived the puppy phase) I can completely relate to the anxiety a small dependent critter can create. Carter’s desire to not crate I could understand – his reasoning was sound – but I would ever leave a new puppy unattended/unsupervised in a whole house/apartment. Don’t want to crate? Then put up a gate to limit puppy’s access and ability to poop and pee all over the place. This bothered me greatly and dropped my rating from 4 to 3.5 stars.
Still, Freckles and her owner were darn cute. Ultimately, a very enjoyable read.