Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lots of Cute Puppies! (A New Leash on Love Review)

Before I start into my Halloween reading, I figured I needed to send The Dog Days of Summer out with a bang so today I'm reviewing a book I read over my 4th of July vacation.  It's a perfect choice for ending up the summer months!

TITLE: A New Leash on Love (Rescue Me #1)
AUTHOR: Debbie Burns
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks, Casablanca

FROM GOODREADS: When Craig Williams draws the short straw and has to take his daughter’s adorable new puppy to a shelter after the holidays, it’s just another painful episode in the fall-out of a miserable divorce. He needs to pick up the pieces of his life, and, after a fiery confrontation with Megan Anderson, the young woman running the shelter, he wants to put the whole episode behind him. However, when he keeps finding new ways to reconnect with her, he realizes Megan’s compassionate and caring nature just might be the perfect salve for his broken heart.

It's been a while since I read "A New Leash on Love" but I'm finding that two months later, I still love it just as much. It's funny how each year I associate my July 4th vacation week with a book that stuck in my mind and this year, this book is the one. It was a perfect way to spend a rainy day curled up on the couch with two lovable pooches reading about other ones.

Craig Williams is going through a divorce and as the book opens, he is having to take a puppy that his children adore to the local pound because it is too much for his wife and children. When doing so, he meets Megan Anderson. Megan has worked years at the shelter rescuing pets and finding them forever homes and she immediately thinks Craig is a pompous ass - and I'll have to admit, I agreed with her for quite some time. However, over the course of the book, Megan and Craig learn more about each other and he even becomes quite helpful to her in securing new funding sources to help the shelter grow. Megan takes Craig's daughter under her wing and shows her how to care for the dogs at the shelter in the hopes that eventually she will be able to take on the responsibility of another dog of her own.

One of the best things about this book to me was all the animals. There are lots of rescues and fosters and the reader is given insight to many of them. Also, all of the staff at the shelter have their own little quirks and foibles and I really liked getting to know all about them. I probably could have given this book 5/5 but since I don't read a lot of romance, it was hard for me to make a decision. The dogs alone scored a few points but I appreciated that the book wasn't one large case of insta-love and that there were no love triangles presented (things that immediately turn me off in books).

If you love dogs and enjoy seeing character development, this is a good book to pick up. In addition, I'm also sure any regular reader of romance books with absolutely be thrilled with "A New Leash on Love." I'm definitely keeping my eyes open for the next book in this series.

I received this book from Netgalley and the published in exchange for an honest review.



  1. Sounds like a cute romance! :) Dogs in a romance just make them

    1. It's pretty much the only way I'll read them. Just not my favorite genre.

  2. Yes to not having love triangles. I really hate those. And insta-luv. I'm about to slip into my comfort reading and some horrible apocalypses! Or would it be apocalypsi...?

    1. I know, if I'm going to read romance, I'm glad that it had neither of those elements.

  3. I am so glad you enjoyed this one, Barb! I loved it. I really enjoyed how much the shelter played a part of the story. There was a lot shared about the animals which I loved. Great review!

    1. Thanks. Have you heard anything about the next one? I'm super curious about it.

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    1. I liked it a lot which is saying something for me because I don't read a lot of romance.