I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Puppy Love by Lucy Gilmore
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 28, 2019
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A brand new series from debut author Lucy Gilmore, featuring service puppies who might just be matchmakers in the making...
Sophie Vasquez runs Puppy Promise, a service puppy training organization. Sophie's always been treated as the frail baby of the family—a thing she hates but doesn't know how to change. Until, that is, she meets her newest client.
Harrison Parks is a wildfire firefighter who isn't allowed back in the field unless he finds a service dog. Reluctantly, he agrees, never expecting to be assigned a skittish Pomeranian and the equally skittish woman who's supposed to wrangle them both into order. As it turns out, they all have something to prove…and more than enough room in their hearts for a little puppy love.
Here is what I thought
Puppy Love was a fun, sexy romance and was just what I was needing to break up all the mystery/horror I have been reading!
Sophie is the youngest of three sisters and when she was younger she had leukemia and was smothered with love and attention. Now she is good health because of a donor and doesn’t need the protective smothering but it seems she is the only one who thinks that. She works with her sisters at Puppy Promise, a training facility for service dogs, and they have taken on a case because Oscar had asked them too. Oscar was Sophie’s donor so she owes him to do this but she was told that the guy is not going to be easy.
Harrison is a wildfire firefighter and is tough as they come and closed off emotionally. His only problem is that he has type 1 diabetes and has an insulin pump. Usually that keeps him regulated and okay but when he went into a diabetic coma while training firefighters his boss gave him an ultimatum, either he goes behind a desk or gets a service dog. Harrison hates his boss for making him do this but he ops for the dog.
Harrison is looking for a manly dog but Sophie sticks him with a little ball of fur named Bubbles. He refuses at first but he really has no choice and Sophie is sure that the pomeranian is the perfect fit for Harrison. She will be working with Harrison and Bubbles and can see that he is going to be a hard case to crack.
Sophie is drawn to him rather quickly and can see that when he smiles that rough and tough act is really just an act and she needs to bring down his walls. She also likes that he doesn’t treat her like a fragile doll as everyone else who knows her does. Actually Harrison is terrified of the little spitfire as he has never met anyone like her.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Sophie is quite different and her tactics with Harrison are unusual (and probably never happens in a real service dog training business), and makes for some fun banter. Harrison is sexy and a bit damaged emotionally, but very protective of others. I like her sisters and look forward to reading about them in the other books in the series. I also like some of Harrison’s firefighter friends as well as his boss Oscar. Really it’s a very well rounded group of characters.
The banter in this story is what made it really funny but I also must say that sometimes I wasn’t a fan of it at the same time. Sometimes the sexual teasing banter just felt like overkill to me, but that was just me. Other than that I really enjoyed it.
I would recommend it to any one who enjoys romance novels.A very enjoyable romance with lots of fun banter! Great start to a series! 4 stars! @sourcebookscasa #contemporaryromance #puppylove Click To Tweet