Title: Puppy Love
Author: Kelly Moran
Series: Redwood Ridge
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Available: 28th Feb
After a passionless marriage under the scrutiny of high society, Avery Stowe is taking back her life. All she wants is a little privacy and a quiet place to raise her autistic daughter, Hailey. Redwood Ridge, Oregon, seems to offer all the right ingredients. Except for the problem of the local sexy veterinarian. The last thing she needs in her life is to fall for his irresistible allure, even if he is a nice guy who keeps doing her favors. But the well-meaning patrons of her new hometown have other ideas, and it appears playing Cupid is one of them.
Cade O’Grady has never met a woman he couldn’t handle, but when Avery Stowe walks into his office late one night cradling an injured puppy, he’s struck stupid. Which might explain her total lack of interest in him. But now that she’s working for his family’s clinic, he doesn’t have to lust from a distance. He might just have a chance at convincing Avery—and her too-guarded heart—that falling for the right man isn’t a mistake . . .
Source: ARC from Lyrical Shine (Kensington) via NetGalley
Oh, this book. It just filled me with so many happy feelings. The characters, the town, the cute, cute pets – it’s charming and enjoyable and I found it thoroughly enjoyable throughout.
I loved Avery and Hailey. Avery is such a good mother to her daughter, always putting her first and doing what’s best for her. She’s hardworking, caring and strong and I really liked her. I also really appreciated Hailey’s personality. She may be autistic and non-verbal, but she’s so much more than her disability and she completely stole my heart in this book. She and Avery are a wonderful pair, especially when little Seraph comes on the scene.
And then there’s Cade. He’s a good guy who works hard with his brothers, even if he does have a slightly playboyish reputation. He’s confident and a little pushy at times, but he’s also capable of apologising when necessary, and I loved the way he interacted with Hailey. The chemistry he shares with Avery is undeniable, but there’s so much more than that between them and I loved seeing them grow closer. Plus he lets his kitten ride on his shoulder. The man is too gorgeous for words at times.
On top of all that, the community of Redwood Ridge is packed with eccentric and intriguing characters. I loved Cade’s brothers and can’t wait to get to know them both a lot better, as well as the rest of the vet clinic workers – they’re such a fun bunch. I also liked the Battleaxes, even if the way they interfere with and organise Avery’s life would have me crawling out of my own skin in order to escape. There’s a real sense of caring in this community and it gives Avery just what she needs by supporting Hailey, which was wonderful to read about.
In all this was a delightful book – fun and sexy and charming. I cannot wait to read the next one.
Puppy Love is out February 28th.
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