After a passionless marriage under the scrutiny of high society, Avery Stowe is taking back her life. All she wants is a little privacy and a quiet place to raise her autistic daughter, Hailey. Redwood Ridge, Oregon, seems to offer all the right ingredients. Except for the problem of the local sexy veterinarian. The last thing she needs in her life is to fall for his irresistible allure, even if he is a nice guy who keeps doing her favors. But the well-meaning patrons of her new hometown have other ideas, and it appears playing Cupid is one of them.
Cade O’Grady has never met a woman he couldn't handle, but when Avery Stowe walks into his office late one night cradling an injured puppy, he’s struck stupid. Which might explain her total lack of interest in him. But now that she’s working for his family’s clinic, he doesn't have to lust from a distance. He might just have a chance at convincing Avery—and her too-guarded heart—that falling for the right man isn't a mistake . . .
Puppy Love was such a delightful story!
I am so glad I saw it on the NetGalley because I loved the author's voice, the emotions she brought out via the characters, the pure joy, devotion, dedication, caring, love, angst, fear, passion - it was all there and in such an attractive package, I loved it!
The beginning of the story was filled with delightful humor, light banter, and high spirits of starting new, the fresh launch of life in a new place, with new people, new job bringing out the adventures side of life and living.
Cade O’Grady is gorgeous, smart, great with animals and children and can even cook a bit. His player ways have given him a reputation, he is the catch of the small town, even with two as gorgeous brothers, and the town folks with their twitter feeds and Pinterest boards make sure everyone knows his conquests, even those that are made up or exaggerated. Cade is kind, caring, sweet, considerate, and generous. The only thing against him is, he can't think straight when Avery is around, so the opportunities to miscommunication are abundant.
Avery Stowe decided after the painful, two-year long divorce process that she will never marry again, not to mention date again. Her autistic little girl needs all her attention, time, and energy, and that's the way she likes it. Avery is determined, organized, methodical person. She has always been the caretaker, standing on her own. Asking or accepting help and support are not easy for her, the small town gossip and rumors a bit much to her at times.
I loved how the story was built, the time it took for Avery and Cade to get to know each other, get comfortable with each other, and accept their feelings for each other. The joy and cheer of life at the beginning pulled me right in and I didn't want to put the book down. I just wanted to keep smiling and laughing at the antics of the characters as they were fumbling with life and fiddled about falling in love. The connection Cade had with Hailey, Avery's daughter, was precious and so sweet it took my breath away.
The angst and fear that came to both Cade and Avery as their feelings got deeper were overwhelming. There were times I wasn't sure what the problem was exactly, being as confused as the characters themselves seemed to be. But the author knew exactly what she was doing, and took the reader's mind and heart from the bottom of despair to the top of jubilation and elation.
I'm not sure if I have ever read a book before where I was swooning through it, not just having a moment here and there, but in a constant state of being enamoured and thrilled over the tale and the characters in it. The emotions, the feels, the affection, the passion, the devotion, the family bonding - just wow! I think I am still in the state of wonder over the sweet, tender, adorable tale. This series will be on my watchlist, that's for sure!
~ Five Spoons