This is one of the cutest books I’ve read in a long time, and not just because there are animals (but also because, you know, puppies).
What was the book about?
After being betrayed by her boss, which, according to her, is worse than being betrayed by a girlfriend, Alana ends up in Yakima, Washington, far from the deluxe hotels she’s always aimed to work for. Refusing to be bitter about the situation, she does her best to do right by her new boss, a sweet guy who’s way in over his head with his new dude ranch. Tegan is the town vet and understands right from the start that Alana is out of her element. At first wary of her, she soon realizes that Alana could very well be the one who will break her heart.
Small Town Romance, Friends to Lovers, Veterinarian, Animals
I liked Alana from the start. She’s smart, kind, sweet, open-minded. Tegan is also really nice and of course they are meant for each other. The romance is really sweet and as I’ve written before, I don’t mind the instalove. I’ve been there, I know it happens.
Another thing I like so much about this book is the way Karis Walsh describes the surroundings, the trails, the beauty of nature. It reminds me a little of Gerri Hill’s novels, another author who’s so good at sharing how much she loves nature. This book also reminded me in particular of one of my all-time favorite Hill novels, No Strings, as the characters in both enter a relationship knowing it has an expiration date and trying (and failing) not to mind. The impermanence makes for great angstsy moments.
Is too much cuteness a weakness?
There’s definite instalust between Tegan and Alana, and the way the author describes it makes it totally believable. Their first meeting doesn’t go well (Alana is trying to bluff her way through this new job, Tegan is not fooled), but Alana is so nice and kind that Tegan can’t resist. Both first notice the other’s physical beauty, but what makes them fall in love so fast is who they are on the inside, their personality, and that’s what makes their relationship plausible.
Heat Rating: 4
This might not be as obvious a 5-stars book as others I’ve reviewed, but I can’t give any less to a novel that makes me laugh out loud in joy and brings tears to my eyes the way this one did.
Star Rating: 5
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