Book: A New Leash On Love
Series: Rescue Me #1
Author: Debbie Burns
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca, July 1, 2017
If you open your heart to love
When Craig Williams makes the tough decision to return his daughter’s adorable new puppy to a shelter because of his unfortunate divorce, it’s just another part of putting the pieces of his life back together. Getting grief from the fiery young woman running the shelter is the least of his problems…or so he thinks.
There’s no telling where it might take you
Megan Anderson loves the animals at the no-kill shelter she runs, and seeing puppies and kittens returned breaks her heart. Taking on the problems of a handsome man returning his puppy is something that just fires her up. Been there, done that, got burned. But as Craig and Megan are drawn closer together, they realize that the world isn’t all black and white, and the magic of unconditional love can do anything…
If I have to tell you the biggest winner in this book, it’d have to be the shelter. As an animal lover myself-a huge dog person to be exact- reading about how a shelter works and how the animals and people interact, what goes through the minds of those who work there and how they manage the place, interested me more than the romance itself.
Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t get into the storyline of how Megan and Craig fell in love, I couldn’t even pinpoint when they forged an intimate relationship before taking that big step forwards. It felt as if their bonding took place off the pages and we got the details of what happened after. As interesting and emotional as the shelter storyline was, Megan and Craig’s romance was that passive.
Craig’s personal life was in shambles and it was emotional and though it could’ve used more detailing and care, I’d have accepted it if the romance was there to hold the fort. And all the shelter stuff and staff were interesting but still not enough to save the romance. I just couldn’t click with either Craig or Megan, and that was just sad.
I’m prepared to give the series the benefit of the doubt though, because we all know how first books can be tricky in a series.
I’m adding two spoonfuls of this story into my hodgepodge and hope romance will rise again in the next book.