First novel in the Puppy Love Romance Series
Welcome to Junebug Farms, a successful, well-known animal shelter in upstate New York, where every day brings something new—love, stress, heartbreak, warmth—and not just from the animals.
Lisa Drakemore is in charge of intake and adoption at Junebug. She excels at her job, in large part because of her ability to keep her emotions in check. Her past has given her many years of practice and she’s become a pro. But once she meets dog-walking volunteer Ashley Stiles, a distractingly attractive, perpetually late, emotions-on-her-sleeve young woman who smells like cupcakes, all bets are off for Lisa.
When Lisa’s Mum left her dad and siblings, responsibility fell to her and had to give up her education and her life to become a ‘mum’ herself to her family. She avoids relationships so she doesn’t become a carer for someone else and works at Animal Shelter and that’s where she meets a volunteer Ashley. Ashley is the sort of person that falls in line, doesn’t speak out and does what she’s told… In other words her life is pretty passive. When she meets Lisa something in her changes and she begins to understand if you want something or someone you have to go ahead and get it… But can she be strong enough to care for herself and Lisa?
I am a massive fan of Georgia Beers but I was unsure about this novel before I read it. I though it might be a bit too cutesy… I couldn’t have been more wrong. The story line is clever and I like how you know that even at the end there is more to look forward to in the next book in the series.
When a line like “You make me brave” makes your heart jump and you get even more invested in a story and the main protagonists, you know you’re on to something great. Georgia Beers has a way of writing one liners that make you smile, arch a eyebrow, laugh and sometimes make you sad for the character… I guess what I’m saying is that she brings out emotions in her readers and that’s a trait that some Authors just do not possess but Beers does it with poise and confidence when she writes. It’s why I should never doubt her books before I read them and it’s the reason she is my favorite Author.
Anyway back to the novel… I like Lisa a lot. She’s a character that grows on you the more you read about her and that was good because in the beginning her personality was one of seniority and negativity but as you get to know her back story you know that she has emotional armor that has been protecting her for years. I have to say I loved Ashley, she was everything that makes a good character great. Ashley really showed that with a little courage, sometimes in life you’ve got to take a chance and her transformation throughout the book was beautiful to watch and in turn it showed the attraction and love that she had for Lisa.
The sex scenes in the novel where great and I was left a little hot under the collar after the scene in Lisa’s entry hall in her house… It was very sexy!
Great start to the new series and I expect great things from the next two books.
Quote of the Book:
Lisa laughed again and Ashley decided right then that she wanted to make her laugh as often as possible. It was a beautiful sound, slightly musical and very feminine.
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