Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ARC Review: Freckles by Amy Lane

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.
Todd's rating:

This one was all sweet adorability, wrapped up in all things puppy.

Carter is a 33 year old attorney, whose boss loves to push the boundaries of what's legal, while unconcerned about what's actually ethical. So Carter, being a nice guy, isn't happy with his job.

Sandy is a 33 year old vet tech, working toward becoming a veterinarian at night. He has a full, mostly-happy life, but wishes he had someone to share it with.

Then a kid at the grocery store quite literally thrusts a flea-bitten puppy in Carter's arms and speeds off. Carter has no idea how to take care of a dog, so he takes it to see the vet at PetSmart and our adventure begins.

Sandy initially thinks that Carter is crazy, but quickly warms to him, when he sees how much he's beginning to care about the puppy, Freckles. Then Sandy pursues Carter. Pretty darn hard.

The main part of the story is just the slow, steady dance of feelings between Carter and Sandy developing. And lots of page time dealing with the little eating and pooping machine that Carter inherited.

The story is cute and laidback as it unfolds, without tons of drama for the sake of drama. However, this one did feel a bit low on the conflict side for my tastes.

Also, when Carter does finally grow a backbone at work, the details are actually off-page. I was sad that I didn't get to witness that first-hand, because I just love a good 'telling off the bad guy' moment.

The sexy times were kept to a minimum, but we did get plenty of cuddly, non-sexy scenes to solidify the romantic feel here.

The story does end with an HEA, which these two nice guys definitely deserved, so I'd rate this one at around 3.5 stars.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.


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