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Title: A Dog Called Valentine
Author: Roxanne Snopek
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Published: December 4th, 2018
I loved this delightful story, mind you, that’s not really a surprise as I have thoroughly enjoyed every book I’ve read by this author! Valentine is a mistreated dog that is struggling to find a forever home so one of the rescue centre volunteers, Lily, decides she’ll do her best to help him become a more appealing, well behaved dog in the hope that someone will then choose to keep him. However, Valentine is a much stronger and stubborn dog than she’d anticipated and she has no prior experience of dog training so is really struggling. During their first walk he slips off his collar and runs off to where handsome Shane is helping restore his Grandmother’s home. Shane is recovering from an incident in which he was shot and his canine partner was killed. He doesn’t want another dog but he can’t resist offering to help Lily and Valentine, never realising just what that will lead to!
This is a contemporary fake to real romance with great characters – human and canine! There’s plenty of drama as Shane and Lily work together to thwart their match making Gran and Mother. It is a story of relationships and misunderstandings, grief and moving on. I found it an enthralling read and have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending this – and any other books I’ve read by this talented author.
I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
No good deed goes unpunished. When an unwanted Valentine’s Day present is dumped at the shelter, volunteer Lily decides to foster the poor dog herself. A little attention is all he needs to blossom into a loving pet, ready for his forever home. Plus, helping a poor, rejected animal will distract her from her own problems. Win, win. Right? Wrong. Valentine needs more than a makeover if he’s going to be adopted. He destroys her home, hates to be groomed and when he behaves better for a perfect stranger than he does her, Lily swallows her pride and begs the good looking but quiet stranger for help After losing his canine partner in a horrific moment that upended his future, sexy and stoic Shane turns to books, walks in the park and remodeling his grandmother’s home. No more intense K9 officer career, no more dogs, no more risks. But it’s hard to ignore the misunderstood mutt at the park and his well-intentioned, but clueless, handler. Shane reluctantly agrees to give her a few tips and tricks, but that’s all. He won’t care. He won’t get invested. And once Valentine finds his new home, his life can go back to normal. But Shane doesn’t bargain on a new normal in town and, suddenly, Valentine’s Day will never be the same.
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