Title: Pawsitively in Love
Author: M.J. O’Shea
Length: Novel (200 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 4th 2016)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts
Blurb: What Austin Lloyd lacks in academics, he makes up for in his love of the animals who frequent his pet salon. He’s not lucky in romance, though, and his family would like him to settle down with a good man. Austin—and his golden retriever, Maggie—couldn’t’t agree more.
Evan Partridge isn’t good at letting people in. His messy family life and the past that’s shaped him aren’t worth bringing up. But his pug, Dexter, sure likes the pet salon owner.
Austin and Evan get off to a rough start, but being friends soon turns into something more. Unfortunately, Evan’s secretive behavior nearly does the relationship in, and the budding love affair almost crashes and burns when Evan’s troubled sister shows up on his doorstep.
Not speaking to each other is killing them both, but Evan doesn’t know how to keep Austin and help his sister at the same time. He just knows he has to try. Winning back Austin’s trust back, however, is going to take a whole lot of work.
Product Link: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=7510
Review: There once was a little baby Pug called Dexter, and he was the most precious puppy ever! This little dude took everything in stride, from being the last one to be picked up from the groomer’s, getting his fur decorated with markers by a 3-year-old, and getting accidentally shaved. This little dude loved anyone and everyone and he wanted nothing more than to be loved on and cuddled.
In fact, I loved Dexter so much (not to mention admired him for his ability to see the cup always half full instead of half empty).he was the main character in this book, at least for me. He certainly was easier to love on and understand than his stubborn, aggravating father, Evan Partridge. Evan is a professor at the university, and Dexter is the only creature he lets himself get close to. A difficult childhood and a crazy sister he has to deal with on a weekly basis made Evan into a distant, cold person.
Austin Lloyd might not have a higher level education, but his love for animals and his dedication for his pet grooming business makes up for it. Austin is a very friendly person, whose parents and friends want to see him finally settled with a partner he loves. Things start off pretty rough between Evan and Austin, but eventually they become close friends.
I liked all the beautiful fun times they spent with Austin’s old friends and his family. But even that couldn’t overshadow my dislike for Evan. God, but he was a miserable bastard! He was hot and then cold, up and then down, in and then out… and in a great need of an epic ass kicking that I wouldn’t have minded giving myself! Once his sister showed up and declared Evan belonged to her and nobody else is welcome….. I was pissed off.
I didn’t think the whole drama towards the end was necessary, because Evan’s sister was more than enough; Evan really didn’t need to be such a jerk and push Austin away. Another complaint is that there was almost no steam. Okay, they do make it in bed, but it happened very late in the book, and by that point I was so aggravated with Evan, it didn’t matter anymore. Besides, as soon as they got there Evan’s sister showed up and ruined everything.
5 Hearts for Dexter the Pug and for Maggie the Golden Retriever (Austin’s dog), 4 hearts for Austin and his awesome friends and family, and 1 Heart for Evan and his psychotic sister…. 3 Hearts final rating.
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