Title: Beauty and the Wiener
Author: Casey Griffin
Series: Rescue Dog Romance #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 7th Feb
A TAIL AS OLD AS TIME…
Addison Turner has scripted a perfect future for herself, complete with a fairytale ending. She will become the name in doggie fashion design and live happily ever after with the husband of her dreams—and her dachshund, Princess, by her side. Just when her plan is on track and she’s gaining recognition at the local dog show, Addison is hit with some Oscar-worthy drama. A group of prize-winning show dogs are stolen from under her nose, and she’s stuck asking for help from Felix Vaughn, an infuriatingly hot bartender who is the exact opposite of Prince Charming.
When more dogs go missing—and Felix becomes a suspect—the two team up to clear their names. Although Felix and Addison fight like cats and dogs, there’s an undeniable spark between them. And as the trail to the missing dogs heats up, so does their red-hot chemistry. Can Addison be persuaded to throw away her script to find an ending that just might be better than she ever expected?
Source: ARC from St. Martin’s Paperbacks via NetGalley
This is another cute Rescue Dog Romance with a mix of opposites attract between a dog groomer/fashion designer and a cynical bartender and a touch of mystery thrown in. It makes for a fun read, with plenty of dog show drama and a flirtatious romance that tweaks at groundless assumptions throughout. Plus dogs, lots of dogs, and one particularly impressive Princess.
Our heroine Addison is a little tricky to get to know at times. The whole book is told from her POV, but her history is a little sketchy and many of her life goals simplistic and rather too idealised. Her quest for a perfect man was rather immature, especially given the pain in her more recent past. I would have expected a bit more realism from her on that score and a little more emotional depth at times. Her business sense also seemed a bit lacking for someone who has been successful for a number of years. I did love her little Princess, though. That dog was adorable.
Felix is completely different to Addison. There are no stars in his eyes or idealistic dreams in his life. He comes across as a charming, flirty bad boy, but there’s a lot more to him and I loved how he kept confounding Addy’s expectations. He may seem callous at first, but there are reasons and I thought he was great.
The romance is pretty slow moving. It heats up a few times, but never really progresses beyond the flirty stage. It was fun throughout, but the end emotions felt a little rushed and premature given the rest of the book. More chemistry would also have been nice, and less obliviousness from Addison. She drew dangerously close to brainless at times.
The mystery plot was good fun. I guessed fairly early on, but seeing how things unfolded definitely kept my interest. The cut throat world of dog shows provided an excellent backdrop for all the events to unfold around, with plenty of opportunity for drama and excitement.
In all this was fun. It wasn’t perhaps as romantic as I might have liked, but the mystery was good and the dogs were cute. I’m not really big on dressing dogs up, but it worked for this book. I found it enjoyable throughout and will definitely keep my eyes out for the next one.
Beauty and the Wiener is out February 7th.
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