Sunday, July 3, 2016

Book Review: Puppy Love by J.R. Barten

Puppy LoveBlurb:

It’s a fresh start for Jack. Frustrated with relationships, he has happily found companionship with his new rescue dog, Angus. He knows Angus will love him unconditionally, and he won’t complicate his life like all of his ex-boyfriends did.

Except when Angus, who hasn’t been fixed yet, gets loose at the dog park, finds a female in heat, and gets her pregnant. So much for Jack’s easy life as a dog owner.

It’s not all bad, though, since the female dog’s foster parent, Sean, happens to be tall, dark, and just his type. Not to mention the guy has a lopsided grin that Jack finds sexy as hell.

Their attraction is electric, and Jack gets caught up in the excitement until he remembers why he’s sworn off men and chose to adopt a dog instead. Fearful of getting his heart broken, he pulls away, but not for long. Angus plays matchmaker, Sean wins his heart, and Jack finally takes a risk that pays off big in the end. And they have puppies. Really cute ones.

My rating:

Jack hasn't had much luck with relationships, so he's recently adopted a dog named Angus, whom he adores. He's a bit taken aback when someone at the dog park accuses Angus of getting her dog pregnant. Jack's a good guy and thus offers to help with any cost and such.

This brings him to Sean who's fostering the female dog that Angus impregnated.

Jack has some self-confidence issues, likely brought on by the ex-boyfriend, but Sean has no such trouble and starts pursuing Jack.

I liked the characters, and the plot, in this novella. The writing was fine for the most part, even though the dialogue felt a bit stilted on occasion. The romance happens rather quickly, which is expected for how short the story is, but what bothered me is that Jack threw out his convictions too quickly for my taste. The "when you know, you know" didn't really work for me here.

The dogs were fun, and seeing both Jack and Sean be good doggie parents was also a positive.

I didn't like Sean's sister (the one who accuses Angus). The other sister was nice enough, I suppose, though we don't find out much about them in the book due to its shortness.

Overall a sweet story that didn't take me long to read. Enjoyable, for sure.

** I received a free copy of this book from its author. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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